Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic Test

Welcome

The Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with developmental disabilities and their families. The Waisman Center Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is a partnership with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital. The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides diagnosis and clinical care for children with or at risk for a developmental disability including: autism spectrum disorders (ASD), intellectual disability, fragile X, and genetic disorders associated with developmental delay.

Our evaluation services may include appointments with individual clinicians or a team of clinicians from the following professional disciplines: developmental pediatrics, psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, audiology, nutrition, nursing, and social work. Evidenced-based assessment tools are standard in our clinical care including use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule for individuals suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. Additional cognitive, language, behavioral, and adaptive behavior testing is included as needed. Results are shared with families and recommendations are generated for medical, educational and behavioral intervention.

If your child has a developmental disability or your doctor suspects so, call the Waisman Center Clinics at 608.263.3301. Please indicate that you would like to arrange for an appointment in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. A referral from your child’s physician is required.

Although we provide a range of services, we may not provide the services you are looking for.  If so, you will be contacted by one of our social workers with other referral options. While we are eager to help you and your family, the length of our wait time varies. You may want to contact your primary care physician or school about evaluation alternatives.

YOUR CLINIC VISIT

  • All clinic visitors should park in stalls outlined in blue and give their license plate number to the schedulers upon check-in. (See map and directions below.)
  • Our clinic is located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue.
  • Plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Check in at the clinic reception desk located just beyond the Waisman Center’s main lobby.
  • A medical assistant may obtain your child’s height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. You and your child will be taken to an examination room.
  • A clinician will obtain a thorough health history,  discuss the evaluation and answer any questions.  Visits with a developmental pediatrician may include a physical exam.
  • Your child will likely participate in evaluations including informal and standardized testing of behavior, cognition, language, and motor skills.
  • A family conference may be scheduled the same day or at a future appointment to provide integrated interdisciplinary recommendations at the conclusion of the diagnostic process.
  • The clinics are a nut-free zone.

NOTE: Full visit information will be shared in writing with you and your child’s primary health care provider, subspecialists, and others as indicated by signed release of information forms

GOALS OF THE CLINIC TEAM

  • Provide diagnosis and medical treatment for patients with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, including genetic conditions affecting neurodevelopment.
  • Provide support, recommendations, and resources for patients and families experiencing ongoing challenges associated with a developmental disability.
  • Support families as they work to improve their child’s feeding.
  • Provide comprehensive care, evidence-based treatment, links to research opportunities and support to children with Fragile X syndrome.

Clinic Director

Allison Ackerman, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Mike Ales

Position title: Facilities Maintenance

Email: ales@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5883 / Mobile 608-516-8563

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 202

Carrie Arneson, MS

Position title: Clinical Translational Core Manager

Randolph Ashton, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Karla Ausderau, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Madeline C. Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA, CST

Position title: Lead Behavior Analyst, Teen/Adult Clinic Lead

Email: Madeline.barger@uwmf.wisc.edu

Katie Benavente, PT, DPT

Position title: Physical Therapist

Jaclyn Bender, OTR/L

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Viridiana Benitez, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2016–2017

Lauren Bishop, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Jody Bleck

Position title: Associate Director, Finance and Administration

Email: bleck@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5900

Address:
Waisman Center, Room T201C

Daniel Bolt, PhD

Position title: Nancy C. Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Educational Psychology

Beth Boyd, RN

Position title: Nurse

Therese Breunig, RD, CD, CLC

Position title: Metabolic Dietitian

Nicole Brys, MPH

Position title: Autism ECHO Coordinator

Karen Carpenter, MS, CRC, LPC

Position title: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Melisa Carrasco McCaul, MD, PhD

Position title: Neonatal Neurologist

Pelin Cengiz, MD

Position title: Professor, Pediatrics

Qiang Chang, PhD

Position title: Professor, Medical Genetics and Neurology

Gail Chodron, PhD

Position title: Act Early Initiative

Christopher L. Coe, PhD

Position title: Professor Emeritus, Psychology

Leah Colligan, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC

Position title: Nurse Practitioner

Luis Columna, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Hayley Crain, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Richard J Davidson, PhD

Position title: William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry

Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD

Position title: Director, University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities

Doug Dean III, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Medical Physics

Erik W. Dent, PhD

Position title: Professor, Neuroscience

Jon Douglas, AuD, CH-TM

Position title: Audiologist

Nicoletta Drilias, RD, CD

Position title: Metabolic Dietitian

Meggan Dubin, MA, BCBA

Position title: Behavior Analyst

Waverly Duck, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2013–2014

Spencer Eckerty

Position title: Business Office Support Specialist

Email: seckerty@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-1656

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 202

Peter Ferrazzano, MD

Position title: Professor, Pediatrics

Lauren Fetsko, DO

Position title: Rehabilitation Medicine

Gina Forte, DO

Position title: Child Psychiatrist

Laura Friedman, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar 2016–2017

Molly Gard, RN

Position title: Nurse

Kailee Gawlik

Position title: Human Resources Generalist

Email: kailee.gawlik@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-9613

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 251

Mariah Ginter

Position title: Human Resources Generalist

Email: mvginter@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5671

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 251

Cheryl Ginther, PT, DPT

Position title: Physical Therapist

Scott Gletty-Syoen

Position title: Information Technology

Email: scottgs@waisman.wisc.edu

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 245

H. Hill Goldsmith, PhD

Position title: Antoine Bascom Professor & Leona Tyler Professor of Psychology

Timothy M. Gomez, PhD

Position title: Professor, Neuroscience

Jose Guerrero, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar

Dan Guilfoil

Position title: Shipping and Mailing Associate

Email: dguilfoil@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-5763

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 202

Tracy L. Hagemann, PhD

Position title: Associate Research Professor

Aviad Hai, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC

Position title: Clinic Coordinator, Genetic Counselor

Michael Harlowe, MS, OT

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Anne Harris, PhD, MPH, RD

Position title: LEND Director

Sigan Hartley, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology

Kellie Haugen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Lynn Havemann, MA

Position title: Family Navigator

Liz Hecht

Position title: Parent Projects Coordinator

Melissa Henning

Position title: Human Resources Manager

Email: melissa.henning@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1388

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 253

Sonja Henry, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Lizzie Hilvert, PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Libby Hladik, OT

Position title: Autism ECHO Coordinator

Zhen Huang, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Neurology

Edward Michael Hubbard, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Ping Jiang, PhD

Position title: Manager

Email: pjiang39@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9441

Address:
1500 Highland Ave
Room 622
Madison, WI 53705

Jeffrey Johnson, PhD

Position title: Professor, Pharmacy

Sterling C. Johnson, PhD

Position title: Professor, Department of Medicine

Axel Junker

Position title: Manager, Community Outreach Wisconsin

Ned H. Kalin, MD

Position title: Professor, Psychiatry

Jean Marie Kammer, RN

Position title: Nurse

Kathleen Kastner, MD

Position title: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Rick Keir

Position title: Information Technology - Help Desk

Email: rdkeir@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1000

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 232

Clark Kellogg

Position title: Media Specialist

Email: kellogg@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-8726

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 240

Elizabeth Kellom, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Kim M. Keppler-Noreuil, MD

Position title: Clinical Geneticist

Alanna M. Kessler-Jones, PsyD

Position title: Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Karla M. Knobel, PhD

Position title: Cellular Imaging and Analysis Manager

Email: kknobel@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-2280

Address:
Waisman Center
1500 Highland Ave
Room T605
Madison, WI 53705

Lisa Koob, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Kayla Kristensen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Ashley Kuhl, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Janet E. Lainhart, MD

Position title: Psychiatrist and Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health

Mary Leatherman-Roberts, BS

Position title: Treatment Specialist

Emily Leclerc

Position title: Science Writer

Email: ecleclerc@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-0943

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 227

Pao Lee

Position title: Grants Administration

Email: paolee@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-6903

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 273

Janet M. Legare, MD

Position title: Pediatrician

Brian Leitzke, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar 2013–2016

Alyssa Lentine

Position title: iPSC/Gene Editing Service Staff

Email: lentine@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-4911

Address:
1500 Highland Ave
Room 641C
Madison, WI 53705

James J. Li, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Psychology

Shuang Liu, PhD

Position title: Data Scientist

Emily Lorang, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Morse Scholar

Brynna Lunde, BS

Position title: Treatment Specialist

Sharon Luu, MGCS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Amy Lyle, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Heather Mabie

Position title: Grants Administration

Email: hmabie@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-261-1514

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 265

Lily Machalek, MA, CF-SLP

Position title: Clinical Fellow

Brendan MaGee

Position title: Treatment Specialist

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD

Position title: Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

Mary Marcus, MS, RDN, CSP, CD

Position title: Dietitian

Tim Markle

Position title: Southern Regional Center Director

Jill Markus, RN

Position title: Nurse

Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Abygail Marx, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Laurie Matzdorf, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristin McArdle, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Erin McGraw, MGCS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Brianna McMillan, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2013–2016

Wanda J Meeteer, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Position title: Nurse Practitioner

Cassie Meffert, PA

Position title: Physician Assistant

Albee Messing, VMD, PhD

Position title: Professor Emeritus, Comparative Biosciences

Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

Position title: Clinic Director

Iulia Mihaila, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2015–2017

Michelle Minter, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Peggy Modaff, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Darcie L. Moore, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Mollie Moore, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2013–2015

Arezoo Movaghar, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar 2016–2018

Molly Murphy, PhD, BCBA-D

Position title: Behavior Analyst, Program Director

Molly Naef, DNP

Position title: Parent

Abby Neisius, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Maria Nogueron

Position title: Chair, Constituent Advisory Committee

Lisa Obernolte, MS, RD, CD

Position title: Metabolic Dietitian

Robert Olson, PhD

Position title: Associate Researcher

Email: rolson@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-3075

Teresa Palumbo

Position title: Communications Manager

Email: palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5837

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 239

Jules Panksepp, PhD

Position title: Behavioral Services Manager

Ben Parrell, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Robert A. Pearce, MD, PhD

Position title: Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology

Paola Perez, MSSW

Position title: Social worker

Tonia Peters

Position title: Grants Administration

Email: tpeters2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1405

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 265

Rista Plate, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar 2016–2019

Seth Pollak, PhD

Position title: Vaughan Bascom Professor of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Ron Pomper, MS

Position title: Morse Scholar 2017–2019

Matthew Rasberry, RD, CNSC

Position title: Metabolic Dietitian

Kourtni Reed, OTD, OTR/L

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth Reynolds

Position title: Treatment Specialist

William Rhead, MD, PHD

Position title: Clinical Geneticist

Gregory Rice, MD

Position title: Clinical Biochemical Geneticist

Charlene Rivera-Bonet

Position title: Science Writer

Email: riverabonet@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1033

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 227

Geovanna Rodriguez , PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Ari Rosenberg, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Computational Neuroscience

Linda Rowley

Position title: Web Manager

Email: rowley@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5973

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 229

Eric Rubenstein, PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow 2017–2019, Morse Scholar 2017–2019

Eric Rubenstein, PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Jenny Saffran, PhD

Position title: Distinguished Professor, Psychology

Krishanu Saha, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Julie A. Schears

Position title: Outreach Specialist

Marybeth Schlueter

Position title: Administrative Assistant, Autism Treatment Programs

Stephan Schmid

Position title: Treatment Specialist

Jaime Schmidt, PsyD

Position title: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Schumacher, DNP, RN, CPNP

Position title: Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Schumacher, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Jennifer Seale, PhD, CCC-SLP

Position title: Clinic Director

Lynne Sears, CPNP

Position title: Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Shutts, PhD

Position title: Professor, Psychology

Cory Smid, MGCS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Cheryl Soref

Position title: iPSC/Gene Editing Service Staff

Email: cmsoref@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-4911

Address:
1500 Highland Ave
Room 641c
Madison, WI 53705

André Sousa, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Brittany St. John, MS, OTR/L

Position title: Morse Scholar

Lindsey Stanek, DPT

Position title: Physical Therapist

Kerry Stanhope, MS, OT

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Maria Stanley, MD

Position title: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Rachel Sullivan, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Olivia Surgent

Position title: Morse Scholar

Masatoshi Suzuki, DVM, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Comparative Biosciences

Erin Thomson, MSW, LCSW

Position title: Social Worker, Parent Coach

Janet Torkildson

Position title: Financial Specialist

Email: torkildson@waisman.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5910

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 202

Brittany G. Travers, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Christie Turcott, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Jason Turowetz, PhD

Position title: Morse Scholar 2013–2016

Melissa Villegas, MD

Position title: Rehabilitation Medicine

Houri K. Vorperian, PhD

Position title: Senior Scientist, Waisman Center

Alyssa Walsh, PhD

Position title: Psychologist, School-age Clinic Lead

Martha Walter, PhD

Position title: Psychologist

David Wargowski, MD

Position title: Clinical Geneticist

Sara Warner, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Sara Warner, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Bryn D Webb, MD, FACMG

Position title: Medical Geneticist

Jacob Werla

Position title: Information Technology

Email: werla@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-3467

Address:
Waisman Center, Room 238

Donna Werling, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Genetics

Amy Whitehead

Position title: Clinics Operations Manager

Katie Williams, MD, PhD

Position title: Medical Genetics Fellow

Yingnan Yin

Position title: iPSC Service Staff

Email: yyin8@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-4911

Address:
1500 Highland Ave
Room 641c
Madison, WI 53705

Frank Yokosh, RN

Position title: Nurse

Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD

Position title: Professor, Neuroscience and Neurology

Xinyu Zhao, PhD

Position title: Professor, Neuroscience, Jenni & Kyle Professor

Sara Zoran, MS, CGC

Position title: Genetic Counselor

Lisa Zurbuchen, MA, BCBA

Position title: Behavior Analyst

Clinic Coordinator

Paola Perez, MSSW

Position title: Social worker

Physicians

Kathleen Kastner, MD

Position title: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Janet E. Lainhart, MD

Position title: Psychiatrist and Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health

Maria Stanley, MD

Position title: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Clinic Team

Jon Douglas, AuD, CH-TM

Position title: Audiologist

Michael Harlowe, MS, OT

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Kellie Haugen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Lynn Havemann, MA

Position title: Family Navigator

Lisa Koob, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Kayla Kristensen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy Lyle, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Mary Marcus, MS, RDN, CSP, CD

Position title: Dietitian

Jill Markus, RN

Position title: Nurse

Abby Neisius, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Jaime Schmidt, PsyD

Position title: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Schumacher, DNP, RN, CPNP

Position title: Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Schumacher, MSSW

Position title: Social Worker

Kerry Stanhope, MS, OT

Position title: Occupational Therapist

Sara Warner, PsyD

Position title: Psychologist

Frank Yokosh, RN

Position title: Nurse

Maps, Directions, and Parking for Clinic Visitors

Parking MapFrom the east—follow University Avenue through campus and then go off to the right on Campus Drive; stay in the right lane and turn right at the University Bay Drive/Farley Avenue intersection.

From the west—follow University Avenue and turn left at the University Bay Drive/Farley Avenue intersection. After making the turn (from either direction)... Continue straight over the hill; the road at that point becomes Highland Avenue. The Waisman Center is at the bottom of the hill on the left, across the street from UW-Children's Hospital.

PARKING: All clinic visitors should park in stalls outlined in blue and give their license plate number to the schedulers upon check-in.

ENTRANCE: Enter building in north tower at main clinics/lobby doors. Turn right and walk through lobby to clinics registration desk.

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