Researchers and Academics
Educators and Therapists
Families and Caregivers
Individuals with ASD
2 Day Conference $149 per person
- Includes Breakfast
- All symposium sessions and activities
- Panel Discussion
- Optional Wendella Chicago River Architecture Tour ($45)
Aaron Tendler, MD
Chief Medical Officer, BrainsWay
Dr. Tendler joined GrayMatters Health in August of 2023 as chief medical officer to help bring their FDA cleared technology to the market. In 2010 he began conducting clinical trials from BrainsWay (TASE, NASDAQ), becoming their medical director in 2015 obtaining four FDA indications, eight CE indications and growing their commercial footprint. Dr. Tendler also conducts VNS trials for LivaNova(NASQAQ) and OCD trials for Biohaven(NYSE). Dr. Tendler has numerous frequently cited publications, which have significantly altered the daily practice of psychiatry. Dr. Tendler received his MD from SUNY Downstate with a distinction in research, and subsequently completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago in 2006. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, and Obesity Medicine and he has a small private practice and research center in West Palm Beach, FL where he sees patients twice a week.
Andrew S. Rubin, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida, California & New York
Andrew Rubin, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, founder of the International Society for Autism (ISAresearch.org), and the founder and CEO of New Directions for Young Adults. Dr. Rubin was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in August 2013 to the Florida Department of Health/Board of Psychology where he served until August 2020, retiring as Chairman of the Florida Board of Psychology. Dr. Rubin’s background integrates expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology into an evidenced-based treatment approach called Direction Therapy. Both empathic and based on scientific literature, Direction Therapy is a flexible model/clinical approach specific to certain diagnoses. Dr. Rubin has expertise working in multi-disciplinary treatment settings and was formerly the lead psychologist at the Unicorn Child Development Clinic (Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. In this position, he supervised, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral-level practicum students, and student interns in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders. He was a leader of many of NSU’s parenting programs, teaching a variety of parenting classes and behavior management strategies. Clinical Expertise in child development, infant mental health, child and adult psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic interventions. He proudly volunteers and has lectured professionally on both university and community levels. Prior to working at NSU, Dr. Rubin was on staff at Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center. In those roles, he provided treatment and performed educational and neuropsychological evaluations. Licensed clinical psychologist State of Florida (Lic. #PY 7082), California (Lic. #PSY29086, & New York (Lic. #018730-1).
Gregg Chassin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Gregory S. Chasson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor, and Director of Behavioral Interventions of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Please see Dr. Chasson’s website for more details.
- Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
- Postdoctoral Clinical and Research Fellow – OCD and Related Conditions 2010
- University of Houston Houston, TX
- PhD – Clinical Psychology 2008
- Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital Belmont, MA
- Predoctoral Internship – Clinical Psychology 2008
- University of Houston Houston, TX
- MA (non-terminal) – Clinical Psychology 2005
- University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
- BA – Psychology 2003
Brian Leahy, Ph.D.
Director of Neuropsychology Services, Ascension Illinois Brain and Spine
Dr. Leahy is a licensed psychologist and a fellowship-trained and board certified clinical neuropsychologist. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and completed his residency training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. At present, he is the Director of Neuropsychology Services at the Ascension Illinois Brain and Spine.
Lorenzo Azzi Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Harris Institute
Dr. Azzi received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from Illinois Institute of Technology. Throughout his 23-year career, the vast majority of Dr. Azzi’s work has been in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, particularly with children/families involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Azzi received his training in IMH and Child Welfare work at the Tulane/Jefferson Parish Infant Team, a multidisciplinary team of professionals responsible for providing thorough, comprehensive evaluations and recommendations to the Juvenile Court, as well as therapeutic services for young children and families, under the leadership of international experts Dr. Charles Zeanah and Dr. Julie Larrieu.When Dr. Azzi relocated to Arizona in 2006, he accepted a position at Southwest Human Development where he served in a variety of roles, including working as a therapist and clinical supervisor at the Good Fit Counseling Center (Arizona’s only public mental health clinic serving children ages 0-5, over 90% of which are in DCS care), core faculty for the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute, consultant to a variety of programs including Early Head Start, Nurse Family Partnership and the AZ Department of Child Safety as a Unit Consultant.In 2019 Dr. Azzi began providing consultation to the AZ Department of Child Safety on a full time basis where he has been assisting Child Safety Specialists in a wide variety of decision making including (but not limited to) evaluation and/or therapy referrals, recommendations regarding visitation, transitioning children between homes/placements, family reunification/severance as well as helping Child Safety Specialists gain greater awareness as to their important role in the lives of families.
Michael Kellen, Ph. D.
Clinical Director, NDFYA
Dr. Michael Kellen received his clinical and neuropsychological training at The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medical Center, and at the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He has extensive training and clinical experience working in multidisciplinary settings. Dr. Kellen’s areas of expertise include:
- Anxiety/Depressive disorders
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Executive functioning deficits
- Behavioral clinical interventions
- Sleep Disorders
- Neuropsychological Assessment
Dr. Kellen has numerous publications in professional and academic journals in the field, and he has co-authored several book chapters. He has presented his research findings throughout the United States and internationally, with invitations to present coming from the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Dr. Kellen is originally from South Africa and received a portion of his doctoral training under the supervision of the renowned psychologist Nathan Azrin, Ph.D.