Asperger's Syndrome; Family violence Understanding and treating people with Asperger's Syndrome, with focus on parents of children with Asperger's and college students and adults with Asperger's. Facilitates a local Asperger’s parent support group.
Has studied and done research in the area of family violence, including extensive experience treating survivors of sexual abuse. Has a special interest in the multigenerational transmission of patterns related to abuse.
Research: Currently conducting research on the needs and concerns of parents of children with Asperger’s.
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Karen A Couture
Psychology Primary Interest: Organizational Psychology, Workplace Psychology, Social Psychology.
Ph.D.: Purdue University
Education Psychology Curriculum & Instruction, Student Learning Assessment, Test Development, Educational Database, Technology Integration of Teaching, Educational Research (Quantitative and Qualitative), Strategic Planning, and Instructional Technology.
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Indiana University
Hope, Depression, Suicide, Spirituality, Psychological Assesment (testing), Positive Psychology, Stress and coping, The mind-body connection My general area of expertise involves the emotions and health. In particular, I have spent more than a decade investigating the nature of "hope". I have developed a new theory of hope which is the basis for an upcoming book, several theoretical articles, two hope scales, and a half-dozen empirical studies.
My work on hope is grounded in research and clinical work related to behavioral medicine, spirituality and health, positive psychology, and the mind-body connection.
More than 40 publications and presentations on stress, coping, and emotion; Harvard University Research Fellow in Human Motivation; Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellow in Behavioral Medicine; Co-authored the chapter on emotions for The Encyclopedia of Mental Health
I am currently in the process of finishing a definitive book on hope; I have developed two questionnaires to measure (state and trait) hope. My current research examines hope in individuals dealing with a life-threatening illness; I have launched a hope website (www.gainhope.com)
Ph.D.: University of Rhode Island
Dr. Lawrence A Welkowitz
Autism & Asperger's Syndrome; Anxiety Disorders including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia
Dr. Welkowitz has over 50 publications and papers in the areas of anxiety (social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) as well as Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has published one book on shyness and social phobia (The Hidden Face of Shyness, Avon Books, 1996) and Asperger's Syndrome: Intervening in Schools, Clinics, and Communities, Erlbaum, 2005). He has presented conference papers and given talks on these topics throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Most recently, he has been studying the effectiveness of his new iPad Application which helps individuals with Autism to match the conversational styles of others. He is about to launch brain imaging studies using fMRI to study the neurological consequences of newly acquired language and communication skills in Autism.