ACES Announces Formation of Clinical Advisory Board



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A Board of Leading Autism Experts to Support Continued Expansion of ACES Leading Clinical Model

IRVINE, Calif .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – ACES 2020, LLC (“ACES” or “the Company”), dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism and others special needs, today announced the formation of a National Clinical Advisory Board comprised of eminent experts in the fields of autism and health care. This represents another important milestone as the Company establishes itself as a nationally recognized supplier for a leading clinical model and high quality results. The creation of its clinical advisory committee follows The recent designation of ACES as Aetna’s first-ever quality institute for autism.

ACES provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) and ancillary services to individuals and families affected by autism or other special needs throughout their lives. Kristin Farmer, Founder and CEO of ACES, is a highly regarded expert in the field of autism, having used a humanistic approach to ABA since the founding of ACES in 1996. Since early 2020, ACES has continued to experience significant growth after announcing a strategic investment from General Atlantic, a leading global growth capital firm with a proven track record in healthcare scaling high-quality models of care , technology-based and value-based.

Farmer said, “We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with leading experts in the field of autism who have extensive experience and understanding of evidence-based ABA strategies, and who also share our passion for providing high quality ABA therapy based on research. . Working with these innovative leaders who have led advancements in the treatment of people with autism will make ACES even better to deliver the best possible results to our clients and help improve ABA services across the country.

The ACES Clinical Advisory Committee is made up of the following members:

John M. Dougherty, Ph.D.

Dr. John M. Dougherty is one of the co-founders of the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina. Over his more than 40 years of diverse experience both in direct client care and in consulting with educational teams and consultants, he has pioneered the development and methodology around business systems. visual. Since 1998, he has acted as an advisor to management service organizations focused on clinical social services in the field of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disorders. Dr. Dougherty has led approximately 750 guest lectures, seminars and workshops for staff and education and group home organizations. His primary clinical practice is the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with the autism spectrum. Dr. Dougherty has offered private practice in individual, couple and family therapy and counseling at group homes for adults.

Since 1998, he has been a consultant and management consultant focused on quality clinical social services in autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disorders. He is currently consulting with the management of a residential program serving difficult adults with ASD in Sweden. He got his doctorate. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech.

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

Dr. Peter Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr Gerhardt has nearly 40 years of experience using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to support adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in educational, professional, residential and community settings. . He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr Gerhardt is co-chair of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research and serves on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Dr Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New Jersey.

Heather Hughes, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Heather Hughes has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families of people with autism, developmental delays and learning differences. Her areas of specialization include social skills assessment and intervention. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Special Programs at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Dr. Hughes’ previous roles include Associate Executive Director of the Kristin Farmer Autism Center at the University of North Texas, Director of Special Education for Keller ISD, Public School Administrator, Educational Diagnostician , certified specialist in school psychology and certified specialist educator. teacher with an early childhood approval.

Dr. Hughes received her doctorate. from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas in 2010. She holds an MA in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce and an MA and BA in Special Education, also from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is also a proud veteran of the United States Army.

Mohit Kaushal, MD

Dr Mohit Kaushal is Senior Advisor at General Atlantic, a leading global growth capital firm. Dr. Kaushal’s extensive career in investment, clinical medicine, academia and public policy includes his work as a principal investor, board member or advisor to healthcare companies. transformational health. Dr Kaushal was a member of the White House IT Task Force on Health during the Obama administration and created and led the first dedicated healthcare team at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Safety and Innovation Working Group of the Health IT Policy Committee and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, advising health and social services on access and use. Datas. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of ACES and Oak Street Health. Dr Kaushal is also an Emergency Physician, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University and continues to be active in public policy as a Researcher-in-Residence at the newly established Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. Earlier in his career, he was a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.

Dr Kaushal obtained both a B.Sci. and MD from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Susan Nichols, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Susan Nichols is the Interim Executive Director of the Kristin Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) at the University of North Texas. Nichols oversees all of KFAC’s operations, writes grants, and participates in research at the center. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of autism intervention and has worked as a freelance special education teacher and interventionist in local school districts. Dr. Nichols is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served children with autism in home and in-center programs.

Dr. Nichols received her BA in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and her MA and PhD from the University of North Texas in the area of ​​Special Education / Autism Intervention. Dr. Nichols has also taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Special Education at the University of North Texas.

About Comprehensive Autism Education Services (ACES)

ACES is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism and other special needs. Founded in 1996 by Kristin Farmer, ACES provides comprehensive professional services to maximize the potential of individuals at home, school, clinic and in the community using recognized teaching and ABA therapy methodologies. ACES operates in more than 50 markets in 8 states, serving thousands of clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington with a long history of high quality results. Learn more about

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