Autism Spectrum Center | Autism Spectrum Center Leadership

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)

Eugene D'Angelo, PhD (Psychiatry)

Paul Hammerness, MD (Psychiatry)

Sandra Maislen, MS (Developmental Medicine)

Stephanie Coury, MS, CGC (Genetics and Genomics)

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

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

Caitlin Yengo, MS, OTR/L (Occupational Therapy)

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.