Autism Spectrum Disorder: from clinical practice to educational provision, January 12-13, 2012

Lucy Cohen Brennan

Dr. Lynn Cohen Brennan has served as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) consultant for children with autism for over 16 years, and has designed and overseen intensive ABA programs for families, school systems, private schools, hospitals, and early intervention programs.   She has made numerous presentations on the treatment of children with autism to organizations including the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), the New England Center for Children, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center – Pediatric Grand Rounds, the University of Connecticut – Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, Reykjavic University in Iceland, The Albanian Children’s Foundation, and various autism conferences on the east coast.   Dr. Brennan has also authored papers and articles published in journals including the Journal of Behavior Modification and the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  She is the author of a book on teaching perspective taking skills to children with autism published by Pro-Ed.  Prior to becoming an ABA consultant, she worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and families.

Dr. Brennan was selected by Dr. Deborah Fein, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut, to be the primary consultant, contributing expertise on ABA and parent training, to a project under way to develop a DVD training program in behavioral principles for parents of children with Autism. This project has been funded by NIH and has received support for international development, from distinguished colleagues in Albania, Mexico, Turkey, India and Bangladesh."

Dr. Brennan was also selected by Autism Speaks Global Autism Public Health Initiative in conjunction with the Albanian Children’s Foundation (ACF) as lead consulting staff trainer for the first ACF autism intervention agency.  The objective of the project, funded by a grant from the Vodafone Foundation, was to establish an early behavioral intervention program for preschool-aged children with autism and to prepare staff to pursue formal education in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Brennan was the first clinical director and a founding Board member of Nashoba Learning Group (NLG).  Nashoba Learning Group is a private non-profit school for children with autism offering individualized education, training, and intervention services. She remains on their Board of Directors.  She also serves on the Board of the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund (ESSCO-MGH BCRF) as the Chairperson of the Auction Committee.  The ESSCO-MGH BCRF was established 15 years ago to raise funds to support breast cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Brennan received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University where she was inducted as a member of Pi Lambda Theta, a national honor and professional association in education.  She completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She is board certified in Behavior Analysis at the doctoral level.