Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director
Dr. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director of Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). She currently serves as the Chair of the New Jersey Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners, a state body that regulates the profession of behavior analysis. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field for more than twenty-five years.Read Dr. Buchanan's bio
Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical and operational leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. She and her colleagues have led multiple successful advocacy campaigns including but not limited to rolling back policies that would have decreased the availability of housing for adults with autism, establishing state licensure for the practice of behavior analysis, and facilitating Medicaid coverage of ABA for children with autism.
Dr. Buchanan also authored a paper on the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis for adults with autism that was part of the justification for removing the state’s age cap on its autism insurance mandate paving the way to a new funding source for treatment for adults with autism. She also serves on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Statewide Steering Committee to Address Mental Health and Special Needs Populations. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them.
Education and Training
Lauren Frederick, M.A., BCBA, Director of Clinical Initiatives
Lauren’s work at Autism New Jersey focuses on promoting and providing high-quality, evidence-based education and resources to families and professionals. In addition, Lauren’s unique experience in healthcare makes her uniquely qualified to establish and lead Autism New Jersey’s newest initiative which will focus improving access to safe, high-quality compassionate healthcare for individuals with autism . Lauren focuses on building partnerships with healthcare providers across New Jersey as well as providing education to families and professionals on best-practices in supporting individuals with autism within healthcare settings.
Joe Novak, Ed.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP, Director of Clinical Content
Jonathan Gottlieb, Director
Deb Charette, Coordinator
Claire Wieczerak, MSW, Coordinator
Laura Console, Director
Communications & Marketing
Jessica Barkosky, Director
Jeffrey Gaither, Manager
Michael Brockett, Conference Coordinator
Delmy Serrano, Assistant
Brynn Alberici, M.A., Manager of Special Events & Community Relations
Christina Toth, Coordinator of Special Events & Community Relations
Michelle Nini, Administrative Assistant
List as of 4/18/2023