Autism Spectrum Center | Autism Spectrum Center Leadership

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The Autism Spectrum Center (ASC) is co-directed by Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD, (Developmental Medicine) and Sarah Spence, MD, PhD, (Neurology) and guided by a multi-disciplinary executive committee. We also have support from workgroups focused on a variety of initiatives to make Boston Children’s the most autism-friendly hospital, and we work closely with our Family Advisory Council to keep our care child- and family-focused.

Executive Committee


Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD (Developmental Medicine)

Sarah Spence, MD, PhD (Neurology) 

ASC work groups chair:

Nancy Sullivan, PhD (Developmental Medicine)

Committee members:

Elana Bern, MD (Gastroenterology)

Stephanie Jo Brewster, MS (Translational Neuroscience Center)

Suzanne Daly (Occupational Therapy)

Eugene D'Angelo, PhD (Psychiatry)

Paul Hammerness, MD (Psychiatry)

Elisabeth Harding, LLB, RN (Center for Families)

Sandra Maislen, MS (Developmental Medicine)

David T. Miller, MD, PhD (Genetics and Genomics)

Sally Nelson, MEd, RN, NEA-BC (Behavioral Response Team)

Howard Shane, PhD (ORL/Center for Communication Enhancement)

Samantha Swankowski (Child Life)

Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council collaborates with the Autism Spectrum Center in the planning and operation of specific programs; provides a patient and family perspective to ASD care; and promotes strong relationships and communication between patients, families and staff.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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