Alison specializes in working with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, having spent six years as working as a clinical support specialist at Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (FAU CARD). Her training in both special education and marriage & family therapy informs her systemic approach to working with this population. Of particular interest are challenges relating to social skills, hygiene, romantic relationships, and intimacy.
Alison is passionate about improving the quality of mental health supports to individuals with ASD and their families. She enjoys presenting in the community on the importance of utilizing evidence-based practices, and has contributed to academic publications on this subject.
Alison received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in elementary education and psychology. She then followed her interests and received master’s degrees in both Early Childhood Special Education and Marriage & Family Therapy. Alison has worked with children and their families for the past 17 years in the capacity of special educator, counselor, case manager, researcher, and advocate. She is a registered intern with the state of Florida working towards her licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and is doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University with research focusing on the impacts of social connectedness on the mental health and well-being of adults with ASD.