Executive Staff


Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director
sbuchanan@autismnj.org
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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
lfrederick@autismnj.org
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Joe Novak, Ed.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP,  Director of Clinical Content
jnovak@autismnj.org
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Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA and Certified Health and Well-Being Coach, 
Director of Family Wellness
agolden@autismnj.org
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Information Services

Jon Gottlieb, Esq., Director
jgottlieb@autismnj.org
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Claire Wieczerak, MSW, Coordinator
cwieczerak@autismnj.org
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Anastasia Sanderson, MAC, Coordinator
asanderson@autismnj.org
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Michelle Nini, Administrative Assistant
mnini@autismnj.org
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Public Policy

Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA, Public Policy Director
dblough@autismnj.org
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Devin Baker, MPA, Deputy Public Policy Director
dbaker@autismnj.org
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Law Enforcement Initiative

Doreen Yanik, Esq., Law Enforcement Initiative Director
dyanik@autismnj.org
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Kayla Torres, MPA, Community Engagement Coordinator
ktorres@autismnj.org
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Communications & Marketing

Jessica Barkosky, Director
jbarkosky@autismnj.org
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Operations

Jeffrey Gaither, MPS, Manager
jgaither@autismnj.org
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Michael Brockett, Conference Coordinator
mbrockett@autismnj.org
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Delmy Serrano, Assistant
dserrano@autismnj.org
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Development

Brynn Alberici, M.A., Manager of Special Events & Community Relations
balberici@autismnj.org
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Christina Toth, Coordinator of Special Events & Community Relations
ctoth@autismnj.org
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Brittany Coleman, Administrative Assistant
bcoleman@autismnj.org
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List as of 5/17/2024