Advisory Board

Michael Powers

Michael Powers, Psy.D. is a Pediatric Psychologist and the Director for the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities. He completed his graduate work at Columbia and Rutgers and holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale University. In 1990, he was awarded the Literary Achievement Award by the Autism Society of America for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide (1989). Dr. Powers is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the United States and former member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America.

Veronica M. Zysk

Veronica M. Zysk is the former Executive Director of the Autism Society of America (ASA) in Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Zysk joined Future Horizons as Vice President of Administration and moved into an editorial position within the company in 1999 as Managing Editor of the first national magazine on ASD, the Autism Asperger’s Digest. She spearheaded the first National Institutes of Health International Symposium on Autism. Ms. Zysk is also the co-author, with Ellen Notbohm, of the book 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Albany and is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school systems, providing social skills training for students with pervasive developmental disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. Baker is also on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topics of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award-winning author of five books. Dr. Baker’s work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

Susan L. Hyman

Susan L. Hyman, MD is a pediatrician specializing in development disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Hyman is a graduate of Brown University Medical School and completed a fellowship at the Kennedy Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in Developmental-Behavioral and Neurodevelopment disabilities. Her area of clinical expertise is Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Hyman was the recipient of the 2006 Professional Service Award.

Stephen R. Anderson

Stephen R. Anderson, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the WNY Regional Center for Autism and the Chief Executive Officer of Summit Educational Resources in Getzville, New York. As a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Anderson has worked in the autism field for more than 30 years and has served as an expert witness and consultant in the education and treatment of children with autism and related developmental disabilities. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. He has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Kansas, Northeastern University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College. Dr. Anderson is a reviewer for a number of professional journals and has published journal articles, book chapters, and one book on the education and treatment of children with autism and related developmental disabilities.