Advisory Board

The Shrub Oak International School Advisory Board represents a diverse, international team of world-class experts in autism education. The Advisory Board reviews Shrub Oak programs, processes, and practices, and provides counsel and guidance on best practices and leading international research on ASD educational issues.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Member
Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.
Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is co-author of a comprehensive model of intervention, The Ziggurat Model, which earned the Literary Achievement Award from the Autism Society of America.
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David Cihak, PhD
Advisory Board Member
David F. Cihak, Ph.D.
David Cihak is a Professor of Special Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, where he also serves as Interim Associate Dean and Director of the Bailey Graduate School of Education.
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Christine Emmons, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Christine Emmons, Ph.D.
Dr. Emmons is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University Child Study Center and has devoted her life’s work to educational issues, particularly in the areas of evaluating and enhancing school performance and student development.
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Peter Gerhardt, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. with more than 35 years of experience in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings.
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Barry G. Grossman
Advisory Board Member
Barry G. Grossman
Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author. He is co-owner of the Ziggurat Group, which specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and comprehensive intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
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Jeffery Guenzel
Advisory Board Member
Jeffrey J. Guenzel, MA, LPC
Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). Before joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel held key leadership positions in government and the private sector.
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Judy Shanley
Advisory Board Member
Judy Shanley, Ph.D.
Judy Shanley, Ph.D. is Assisstant Vice President, for Education & Youth Transition at the national office of Easterseals in Chicago, IL. She supports the Easterseals network to implement evidence-based transition practices and offers innovative solutions to facilitate student educational success.
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Brenda Smith Myles, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Brenda Smith Myles brings to Shrub Oak International School an extraordinary level of experience and expertise as one of the most prolific and respected researchers in the field of autism education.
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Gary Mesibov, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D.
Dr. Mesibov was director of TEACCH, an internationally recognized program for its pioneering approaches to service, treatment, training, research and education of individuals with ASD.
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Barry Prizant, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Barry Prizant is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities, with more than 40 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD and related disabilities.
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Stephen Shore, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Stephen Shore, Ph.D.
Now a professor at Adelphi University, Shore was diagnosed as a young boy with strong autistic tendencies and "too sick" for outpatient treatment.
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Advisory Board Member Colleen Thoma
Advisory Board Member
Colleen Thoma, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen Thoma is a Professor of Special Education and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Michael Lee Wehmeyer, Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Michael Lee Wehmeyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Wehmeyer is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and Chairperson of Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas (KU).
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