INSAR Board Elections 2015 - Treasurer (2 nominees)

Raphael Bernier, Ph.D.

Bio sketch:
I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, a licensed child clinical psychologist, the Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and a research affiliate of the UW Autism Center. In addition to my research, clinical and administrative duties, I teach a graduate course focused on childhood disorders and I direct the Autism Theory and Practice Certificate program at the University of Washington. My research team, funded by the NIMH, Simons Foundation, and Autism Speaks, investigates the etiology, neurophysiology, and behavioral presentation of autism spectrum disorders. I attended Tufts University for my undergraduate training where my interest in childhood disorders developed (through involvement in children’s theater). My interest in ASD solidified while working for Dr. Susan Folstein as a research study coordinator and under Dr. Geraldine Dawson’s mentorship as a doctoral student at the University of Washington. 

Personal Statement:
Since the start of my graduate studies I have been an active member of INSAR. I am excited to direct my energy by serving on the board to further support this organization that has so strongly contributed to the advancement of our understanding of ASD. I have several years of board experience, and specifically as treasurer, with two Seattle-based non-profits. Additionally, as director of both clinical and research programs in Seattle, I have extensive administrative and budgetary experience.  It would be an honor to apply these experiences to INSAR by serving on the board as treasurer. 

   

Matthew W. Mosconi, Ph.D. 

Bio sketch:
I currently am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern and Head of the Clinical Research Program at the UT Southwestern/Children’s Health Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). I also am a licensed child clinical psychologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill in 2007 under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Piven and then completed my clinical internship at UNC Division TEACCH. I did my postdoctoral research training in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Illinois – Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. John Sweeney. During this time, I also completed clinical training in pediatric neuropsychology. 

My research program is focused on characterizing the development of discrete brain circuits affected in ASD and related genetic conditions (e.g., Phelan-McDermid Syndrome) and understanding how they relate to clinical symptoms. I currently am supported by multiple NIH and private foundation awards to study ASD, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome. I have been funded by NIH at every stage of my career, and also have been supported by Autism Speaks, the Department of Defense, the Once Upon A Time Foundation, and others. My research has received recognition for several awards, including the INSAR Best Biological Dissertation Award and last year’s Young Investigator Award.

Personal Statement:
I am seeking your support in my pursuit to be Treasurer for INSAR. I have been an active member of INSAR since 2004, and I have attended each annual IMFAR meeting since this date. INSAR is a uniquely productive organization for advancing science and care for individuals with ASD and related conditions. It serves as a platform for many of us to develop highly productive research and professional collaborations, and I am committed to ensuring that INSAR continues to be this critical foundation, and that it grows in its support for advancing the science and treatment of ASD. As Treasurer, I will work closely with the INSAR board and broader INSAR community to develop approaches for expanding membership, supporting the increased involvement of young scientists and clinicians dedicated to advancing our understanding of ASD, and supporting the continued financial growth of INSAR to support its mission. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the INSAR Board as Treasurer and to serve this wonderful community over the next two years.

 

 

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