University of Florida College of Medicine faculty who oversee and teach in this program are nationally recognized and international experts and leaders in a number of areas related to autism spectrum disorder, including psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and education.
Regina Bussing, M.D.
Professor and Donald R. Dizney Chair in Psychiatry
M.D., Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
M.S.H.S., University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health
Residency: Psychiatry, University of Florida
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Florida
Research Training: Mental Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles
Double Boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Bussing is the chair of the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, under which this program falls. She treats the entire spectrum of childhood and adolescent disorders, specializing in comprehensive approaches that combine pharmacotherapy, parent training, clinical group therapies and school interventions. Her honors include several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for published research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is the Director of the Florida Outreach Project for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind. Dr. Bussing has published 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and five book chapters.
Mark Lewis, Ph.D.
B.A., Bowdoin College
M.A., Western Michigan University
NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship: Peabody College/Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Lewis is Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Psychology and Executive Director of UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). His research has employed both clinical studies and animal models to understand the phenomenology, etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder. His work with animal models has helped elucidate the neural circuitry involved in the development and expression of these behaviors and has pointed to potential novel treatments. Dr. Lewis has been the recipient of a number of NIH grant awards, has been a member and chaired numerous NIH grant review panels, has published over 130 papers in refereed journals, and has served as reviewer and editorial board member for a number of scientific journals.
Danielle Liso, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, UF CARD
M.S., in Severe and Profound Disabilities – Autism Spectrum Disorders, Inclusive Practices, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Early Childhood Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis/Positive Behavior Support, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Doctoral – Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Dr. Liso is the Assistant Director of UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). As a board-certified behavior analyst, Dr. Liso’s special interests include parent training programs, peer awareness and acceptance programs, dual diagnosis and ASD, and the use of telehealth technologies to support caregivers and professionals.
Ann-Marie Orlando, Ph.D.
B.S., University of South Alabama
M.S., University of South Alabama
Fellowship: Speech-Language Pathology, School Board of Alachua County
Fellowship: Audiology, Professional Speech and Hearing
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Florida
Dr. Orlando is the Associate Director of UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and a research assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Through her work at UF, Dr. Orlando has coordinated agency-funded grants focused on promoting communication for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and coordinated federal- and state-funded grants focused on safety, teacher preparation, doctoral/postdoctoral preparation, and research in inclusive education for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Czerne Reid, Ph.D.
Lecturer and Program Director
B.A., University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
M.Sc., Chemistry, Emory University
Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Emory University
Graduate Certificate, Science Communication, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Reid is the Program Director for Online Graduate and Certificate Programs in the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, with oversight of the Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate and Addiction and Recovery certificate. She is the recipient of a 2015 Exemplary Teacher Award from the UF College of Medicine and is 2018 Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow of the UF Warrington College of Business. She serves as co-chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of Science Writers.
Gregory Valcante, Ph.D.
B.S., The College of William and Mary
M.Ed., The College of William and Mary
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Florida
Dr. Valcante is the Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and a research assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. He has worked as a teacher, administrator and researcher in the field of autism for over 40 years. He has authored a number of research publications and presented both nationally and internationally.