Continuing Education:
Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC)

Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC)
Team-Up - Collaborate - Empower
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Kean University - Hutchinson Hall
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083

Our Mission:

  1. Promote the use of evidence-based interprofessional collaborative approach, which is rooted in the emergence of functional outcomes by engaging in a transdisciplinary approach to learning that incorporates the skills of different disciplines, strengthening and building the community of services, based on mutual respect for what each discipline brings to the table.

  2. Develop an lnterprofessional Collaborative Resource Repository that makes resources available to professionals, healthcare service providers, educators, parents/caregivers, informing all of our practices and helping us develop the services needed for families and individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Who will be joining the Conference:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicial Therapists
  • Educators
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Psychologists
  • Parents
  • Caregivers
  • Students

Cecelia McCarton, MD
Why an Interdisciplinary Approach in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

mccartonDr. Cecelia McCarton is the founder of The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, a diagnostic and treatment center dfedicated to childhood developmental disorders and The McCarton School, currently known at The Keswell School, a school servicing children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. McCarton is also the founder and executive director of The Children's Academy, an integrated, multidisciplinary, K-8 grade school for children with speech and langauge delays, as well as The McCarton Foundation for Developmental Disabilities. Early in her career, Dr. McCarton developed an affinity for children displaying special needs. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. Dr. McCarton received two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development. Dr. McCarton served as Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Rose F. Kennedy Center. She has taught pediatrics for over 30 years and is currently a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. McCarton's work has been published extensively in medial books and journals.

Joanne Gerenser, PhD, CCC-SLP
ABA, SLP and OT: Bridging the Gap to Enhance Services for Children With ASD

gerenserDr. Joanne Gerenser is the Executive Director of Eden II Programs. She began working at Eden II in 1982 as a speech therapist. Dr. Gerenser received her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing at The Ohio State University and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College as well as Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Gerenser is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. She is on the boards of Heaven’s Hands Community Services, the Interagency Council of New York, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and the Staten Island Not for Profit Association. Dr. Gerenser has also co-authored the interactive CD-ROM entitled Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism. She has authored several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. She sits on a number of professional advisory boards for several programs serving children and adults with autism in the United States and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her work with children and adults with autism, including the Nassau Suffolk Autism Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mosaic Foundation’s Educator of Excellence Award, the Elija Chariot Award and the Lou Miller Business Leadership Award.

Tracie Lindblad, MSc, Reg. SLP (CASLPO), MEd, BCBA
Arranging Environmental Contingencies That Address Motivation and Preference Assessments: To Promote Effective Teamwork and Lead to Better Outcomes in Learners With Autism

lindbladTracie Lindblad is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA) with 30 years’ experience working with children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. She completed her undergraduate degree with a specialist in psychology and a minor in linguistics from the University of Toronto in 1983. She attended the University of British Columbia for her master of science degree in speech-language pathology (1985) and later attended Brock University where she completed a master of education in curriculum in 1992. She received her BCBA designation in 2010 and is part of a small group of approximately 265 dually-credentialed SLP-BCBAs in the world. Tracie was also the founder and president of Four Points (1997), a private centre providing intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with ASD and the co-founder and executive director of the Child Development Centre of Oakville (1996) and the owner/clinical director of the Halton Hills Speech Centre (2011), private paediatric speech and language centres in the Halton region. These centres were acquired by CBI Health Group in 2014 and have been merged into a large private interdisciplinary centre, Monarch House, which is located in Oakville, ON. Tracie is the Clinical Director of Monarch House and continues to function as the Clinical Supervisor within the ABA programs for the centre-based clients and for clients in funded (DFO) home-based programs throughout the southern Ontario region. She has also held private contracts to provide clinical supervision to children receiving intensive behaviour intervention (IBI) services within five of the nine regions in Ontario. 

Deirdre Muldoon, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA and Joanna Cosbey, PhD, OTR/L
Parents Promoting Mealtimes Using Evidence-Based Practices for ASD

muldoonDr. Deirdre Muldoon is a certified speech-language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst. She holds a PhD in special education. Dr. Muldoon has undertaken course work in social learning theory and counseling, and holds a graduate diploma and a certificate in these topics respectively. Dr. Muldoon has worked extensively in the area of special needs for more than 20 years. She has worked with individuals with disabilities from preschool age to adulthood. She has worked in a variety of settings supporting individuals, and those working with them, in the areas of communication, challenging behavior and feeding. Dr. Muldoon has presented nationally and internationally, and has lectured at the college level in both the United States and Ireland to a variety of students (e.g., SLP, special education, psychology).

cosbeyDr. Joanna Cosbey has a background in occupational therapy and special education, with specific training related to conducting mixed-methods research (such as this project), supporting children and families in natural contexts using a comprehensive approach, and working with children with disabilities. Dr. Cosbey has served as a researcher in five research projects involving young children in natural settings, including school, home and clinic. Additionally, she has conducted research related to the social participation of children with sensory processing difficulties—a population and issue that significantly overlaps with the current project.
In addition to her formal education, Dr. Cosbey worked for approximately seven years as an occupational therapist with children and their parents in the home and school settings. She has a deep understanding of the complex nature of the interactions of families of children with disabilities, which allows her to work effectively and sensitively with these families to best support them.

Conference Abstract
NJSHA first Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC) is bringing together distinguished professionals from different disciplines to share their interprofessional collaborative efforts in implementing evidence-based interventions and approaches when working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and to address effective collaboration competencies. This full-day conference welcomes all members of the treatment team to come learn from the experts about how to effectively develop collaborative intervention plans and strategies for families of and individuals diagnosed with ASD and the latest evidence-based intervention and instructional strategies.

Learner Ouctcomes
At the completion of this event, participants will be able to identify interprofessional collaborative competencies, describe evidence-based intervention approaches and strategies when working with individuals with ASD, identify potential strategies to promote interprofessional collaborative practice, identify areas of overlapping expertise and roles for the SLPs, OTs and behavior analysts and identify some of the challenges associated with interprofessional collaborative practice and describe ways to address those proactively.

Conference Schedule
7:30 am - 8:15 am Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:30 am Opening Address
Gerard Caracciolo, EdD, CCC-SLP, President of NJSHA
Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Chair of NJSHA Interprofessional Autism Task Force and Private Practice Committee
8:30am - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker
Cecelia McCarton, MD
Why an Interdisciplinary Approach in the Treatemnt of Autism Spectrum Disorder
9:30 am - 10:30 am Featured Speaker
Joanne Gerenser, PhD, CCC-SLP
ABA, SLP and OT: Bridging the Gap to Enhance Services for Children with ASD
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am Featured Speaker
Tracie Lindblad, MSc, Reg. SLP (CASLPO), MEd, BCBA
Arranging Environmental Contingencies That Address Motivation and Preference Assessments: To Promote Effective Teamwork and Lead to Better Outcomes in Learners With Autism
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Featured Speakers
Deirdre Muldoon, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Joanna Cosbey, PhD, OTR/L
Parents Promoting Mealtimes Using Evidence-Based Practices for ASD
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Panel Discussion
The conference will conclude with a panel of speakers discussing relevant issues faced with when working with individuals with ASD.
3:30 pm Adjourn


Online Registration

Printable Registration

Early Registration Discount has been extended to Sunday, May 21, 2017. After May 21, 2017, a $10 late fee will be applied.

For additional information, please contact NJSHA at 888-906-5742 or email

Continuing Education and Disclosure

This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Presenter Disclosures


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