Advisory Board of Education

Boston Higashi School, Inc.

Advisory Board of Education

School Year 2019-2020




MARGARET L. BAUMAN, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anatomy & Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of 

                               Medicine  

Child Neurologist, Integrated Center for Child Development

Founding Director of The Lurie Center (formerly LADDERS)

Director, The Autism Research Foundation (TARF); The Autism Research Consortium 

   (TARC); and the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) 

Special Area of Study: Brain Research in Autism


MARIE DUGGAN

Executive Director/Founder, Technology for Autism Now, Inc.

NE Regional Director, U.S. Society of Augmentative & Alternative Communication Users

AAC/AT Independent Contractor/Consultant


PETER H. GARLAND

President, Board of Directors, Boston Higashi School

Member of the Corporation, Boston Higashi School

Member, Board of Directors, New Hampshire Special Needs Support Center

Former Director & Chairman, The Education Cooperative

Former School Committee Chairman, Town of Natick


MARK GREENSTEIN, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics in Genetics & Child Development,

  University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Special Area of Study: Communication & Developmental Disorders


ROY RICHARD GRINKER, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs

Director of George Washington University Institute of Ethnographic Research

Author, lecturer


LEE GROSSMAN

CEO, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)

Executive Director, American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

President & CEO, Advance Enterprises,LLC

Managing Director, The Forum Institute P2i Project

Former President & CEO, Autism Society of America & Publisher of Autism Advocate 

                              Journal

Member, Data & Safety Monitoring Board, National Institutes of Health


JEROME KAGAN, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Harvard University

Special Area of Study: Development of Cognitive & Emotional Behaviors in Children


JOSEPH KEEFE, Ed.D.

Former Executive Director, Mass. Organization of Educational Collaboratives

Past Superintendent, Natick Public Schools

Former Executive Director, Walnut Hill School

Former Member of the Corporation, Boston Higashi School

President & Secretary, Morse Institute Library, Natick



THOMAS M. LAGRASTA, Ed.D.

Former Superintendent, Sharon Public Schools

Former Special Education Director, Milton Public Schools


ANNE S. LARKIN

Co-Leader Kennedy-Longfellow/Lesley University Partnership

Professor Emeritus, Lesley University School of Education

Director, “Say Yes to Education”

Co-founder, “PALS” (Personal Advocacy & Lifetime Support)

Member of the Corporation, Boston Higashi School

Special Area of Study: Research Specializing in Autism, Facilitated Communication,

  School Restructuring, and Inclusion


STEPHEN H. MOTT, M.D.

Developmental Cognitive Neurologist, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental 

                             Disorders, University of California Irvine

Former Medical Director, Child Development Program, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-

  Hitchcock Medical Center

Special Area of Study: Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology


JOHN J. RATEY, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Author of Driven to Distraction; Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise 

  And the Brain and Go Wild

Voted "2016 Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year" by the Massachusetts Psychiatric 

                  Society

Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan Sports University & Reebok’s Ambassador for

  Active Kids

Special Area of Study: Neuropsychiatry, the Brain-Fitness Connection


ANN S. ROBERTS, Ph.D.

Consulting Clinical Psychologist, Boston Higashi School

Former Director of Clinical Services, Boston Higashi School


SUSAN SENATOR

Author of Making Peace with Autism: One Family’s Story of Struggle, Discovery and 

Unexpected Gifts; The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide: Creating a Balanced and Happy

Life While Raising a Child with Autism; and Dirt: A Story about Gardening, Mothering and 

Other Messy Business

Member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission


STEPHEN SHORE, Ed.D.

Author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome;

Understanding Autism for Dummies; and College for Students with Disabilities

Editor and Contributor to Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on

  the Autism Spectrum

Member, Board of Directors, Autism Speaks – National Division

President Emeritus, Asperger’s Association of New England

Member, Advisory Board, Autism Society of America – National Division

Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University

International consultant, presenter, and researcher on autism spectrum issues throughout

  the lifespan



HELEN TAGER-FLUSBERG, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence, Boston University

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Science, Boston University

                         Specialist in Language, Cognitive & Social Functioning of Autism, and Other Neuro-

  Developmental Disorders



MARIA TROZZI, M.Ed.

Executive Director, Joanna’s Place

Assistant Professor of Developmental Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Director, Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center

Consultant, Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital

Author, psychotherapist, lecturer and consultant



DIANE D. TWACHTMAN-CULLEN, Ph.D., CCC/SLP

Executive Director, Autism & Developmental Disabilities Consultation Center, LLC

Editor-in-Chief, Autism Spectrum Quarterly

Communication Disorders Specialist and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist  

                Specializing in Autism