Executive Staff

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director
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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.

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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.

Clinical Expertise

Lauren Frederick, M.A., BCBA, Director of Clinical Initiatives
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Joe Novak, Ed.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP,  Director of Clinical Content
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Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA and Certified Health and Well-Being Coach, 
Director of Family Wellness
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Information Services

Jon Gottlieb, Esq., Director
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Claire Wieczerak, MSW, Coordinator
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Anastasia Sanderson, MAC, Coordinator
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Michelle Nini, Administrative Assistant
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Public Policy

Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA, Public Policy Director
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Devin Baker, MPA, Deputy Public Policy Director
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Law Enforcement Initiative

Doreen Yanik, Esq., Law Enforcement Initiative Director
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Kayla Torres, MPA, Community Engagement Coordinator
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Communications & Marketing

Jessica Barkosky, Director
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Jeffrey Gaither, MPS, Manager
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Michael Brockett, Conference Coordinator
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Delmy Serrano, Assistant
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Brynn Alberici, M.A., Manager of Special Events & Community Relations
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Christina Toth, Coordinator of Special Events & Community Relations
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Brittany Coleman, Administrative Assistant
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List as of 5/17/2024