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FAU Experts on Autism

BOCA RATON, FL (March 30, 2012) – With the observance of Autism Awareness Month in April, Florida Atlantic University faculty are available to discuss autism and related disorders, including:

- Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal justice within FAU’s College of Design and Social Inquiry. Hinduja, also the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, works nationally and internationally with schools, law enforcement, businesses, parents and adolescents to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. He has spoken at autism conferences specifically about cyberbullying and youth on the autism spectrum, and how to work with those populations. Hinduja can be reached at 561-799-8227 (office) or

- Michelle Larocque, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exceptional student education in the College of Education at FAU.  Larocque received her doctorate degree in emotional and behavioral disorders. Her teaching interests are in areas that affect school and classroom climate, including home-school collaboration, classroom management, social skills training and school-wide discipline plans. Her research interests are in issues affecting adults with autism spectrum disorders including health promotion, housing, recreation and employment. Larocque can be reached at 561-297-0241 or .

- David Lewkowicz, Ph.D. , is a professor of psychology within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. He recently concluded a study that was the first to show that human infants become lip readers when learning to talk. In addition to offering new insights into speech development in infancy, Lewkowicz’s findings suggest a potential new way for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder earlier than is currently possible. He can be reached at 561-297-1276 or .

- Maryellen Quinn-Lunny is director for FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). Housed in the College of Education, CARD provides free support and services for people with autism and related disabilities, their families, schools and community agencies. Serving more than 2,600 families in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, CARD has offices in Boca Raton and Port St. Lucie; and a staff of five clinicians. In addition to direct support for families and schools, FAU CARD provides workshops and training, hosts support groups, and helps foster community understanding of and better services for persons with autism and related disabilities. CARD also provides free developmental screenings in its new mobile screening clinic throughout its service region. Quinn-Lunny is well versed in exceptional student education, and district and state-level decision making for students with special needs. She can be reached at 561-297-3052 or .

- Jack Scott, Ph.D. , is the executive director for FAU’s CARD. Scott is active in the areas of safety for children with autism; applied behavior analysis; and early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism and related disabilities. He has co-authored a book used to instruct educators in effective practices for teaching children with autism. Scott may be reached at 561-799-8582 or .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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