Leadership Team

UF Health CAN

Leadership Team

Autism Tree

Interim Director

Carol Mathews, MD

Director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders at UF; Co-Director of the UF Tourette Center of Excellence

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Healthcare Professional

Richard D’Alli, MD, MEd

Supervisor, UF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Autism Clinic; UF Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Medical Director, Development and Behavioral Pediatrics

Richard D’Alli, MD, MEd

Autism Researcher

Jennifer H. Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and PhD Program Director, College of Nursing


HealthCare Administrator

Laura Huntley

Associate Vice President for Administration, Health Science Center



Mark H. Lewis, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Psychology Executive Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; Researcher in neurodevelopmental disorders

Mark Lewis

Parent of Child with Autism

Jeremy S. Melker, MD

UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Volunteer

Jeremy Melker, MD

Autism Advocate

Leslie Okun, RN-BSN, BA

UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Volunteer


CARD Representative and Researcher

Ann-Marie Orlando, PhD., CCC-SLP

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Behavior Analyst

Kerri Peters, PhD., BCBA-D

Behavior Analyst for the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN); Clinical and Research Director of the UF Behavior Analysis Research Clinic and Consultative Services (UF BARC).

K. Peters

Santa Fe College Representative

Dan Rodkin, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe College

Dan Rodkin

HealthCare Professional

Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist- UF Health Tourette Center of Excellence Coordinator

Heather Simpson

Researcher, Educator and Behavioral Analyst

Carla Schmidt, PhD, BCBA-D

Clinical assistant professor at UF with focus on ASD, behavioral analysis and behavior disorders.


Researcher, Psychiatry

Takahiro Soda, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Soda is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He also conducts clinical research in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in adults, adolescents, and children. He has an integral role in the development of research programs in both the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN).

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