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Susan Callahan

  • Executive Director

Undergraduate Education:
BA, Psychology from University of South Carolina
Masters Education:
MSW from University of South Carolina

During her undergraduate career Susan worked as a research assistant for a grant funded research study which focused on the dissemination of media and its effects on parenting, specifically the development and sustainment of positive parenting skills. She later became a qualified provider of the Triple-P: Positive Parenting Program. 

Susan's graduate studies focused on behavior issues in early childhood, family dynamics, and autism spectrum disorder. During this time she was employed by the Psychology department as a clinical interviewer for a grant funded research study focusing on mood disorders in adolescents. During her graduate studies, Susan held internships at various disability related agencies in Columbia, SC. She gained valuable experience as a service coordination assistant at the South Carolina Autism Society. From here she joined the team at the Center for Disability Resources (CDR), a University Center for Excellence. While at CDR she was a part of the Supported Community Living Initiative, which helped individuals with disabilities move into their own homes and obtain employment. She worked with the Team for Early Childhood Solutions and researched involvement of social workers in early intervention services in the state. 

After her time at CDR Susan developed an internship opportunity at the USC School of Medicine's Developmental Pediatric Clinic. She worked collaboratively with physicians to develop behavior management plans, provided informational sessions on autism and counseling to families with newly diagnosed children. 

Prior to joining the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Susan was a consultant with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs-Autism Division where she was the lead evaluator and provided consultation and training services to families and educators. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Susan will also serve as Director of Family Support Services for the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Division of the Medical University of South Carolina.  

Louisa hopkins

  • Program Coordinator

Louisa Hopkins is a Charleston native, born and raised right here in the Lowcountry. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in psychology. Louisa is gaining field experience before pursing a Masters degree in Social Work.   

Alyssa Millard, MAAT, ATR 

  • Art Therapist 
I believe that a visual image can sometimes speak volumes much more clearly than words, directly accessing one’s psyche and instinctual understanding of something. In other words, art can provide that avenue of expression for emotions or ideas that are too ‘big’ for words.

Alyssa L Millard, graduated from the College of Charleston (Charleston,SC) in 1998 with a BA in studio art and again in 2003 with a BS in Psychology. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2006 with a Master’s in Art Therapy. Alyssa graduated with honors, pursued a concentration in conditioning and learning and is trained in ABA therapy techniques. She is a nationally registered art therapist and active member of The American Art Therapy Association.

As an art therapist, Alyssa integrates the fields of human development, visual art and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy to provide art therapy services for a wide range of clients of all ages, with a wide variety of needs. She uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach that draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities (Such as, Humanistic, Eclectic, Interactive and Developmental Art Therapy, and others) in order to meet the needs of each individual. Alyssa currently works for The Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as for The Lowcountry Autism Foundation as a behavioral art therapist. She also runs her own private art therapy practice, Nurturing Arts (http//:www.NurturingArtsArtTherapy.com). In her spare time, Alyssa is an active painter, printmaker and jewelry artisan.

Ashley Belt 

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Ashley Belt is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked in local school districts as a BCBA and special education teacher for the past five years. She has experience overseeing ABA programs as a BCBA as well as teaching individuals with developmental disabilities ranging from ages six to seventeen. Ashley graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a B.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Intellectual Disabilities and Emotional Disorders. While studying at the College of Charleston, Ashley discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and began her work as a line therapist working with children with Autism.
 

After entering the field of special education and realizing the importance of ABA, Ashley earned her M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Once Ashley became a BCBA in 2015, she began overseeing ABA programs in a Charleston area school district. Ashley is passionate about sharing and implementing the principles of ABA to better our world and the lives of individuals with Autism. 

 

Multi-Disciplinary Autism Support Team

The Multi–Disciplinary Autism Support Team utilizes multiple clinical disciplines, working as a team, to conduct autism assessments and if warranted, to make a DSM V diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorders. The Team has been trained in administering the ADOS assessment tool at the Emory Autism Center, Emory University. LAF’s assessment process is a coordinated and collaborative effort with the Medical University of South Carolina.

Meet the Team

Ravi Srivastava, M.D. – Psychiatrist
Cheryl Shookman, PhD, LPC – Psychologist 
Tami Lawrence, PhD – OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Cynthia Wibel, MSW – Social Worker (Bi–lingual) 

Jesse Ausec, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist