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How and Where to Obtain a
Diagnosis/Assessment in Indiana

Contributed by: Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D,  Marci Wheeler, MSW,  Anna Merrill, MsEd     

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When an individual is suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder, obtaining an accurate diagnosis can be a time consuming, costly, and confusing process. However, the process can be made easier when qualified personnel are located who can thoroughly assess the individual to determine if they meet the diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum disorder.

An initial screening can be done by a psychologist and/or medical doctor who has training and experience in understanding autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Remember that at this time there is no medical test for autism. While professionals can suggest, based on observation or a brief office visit, that your child may have an autism spectrum disorder, an accurate diagnosis requires an appropriate and thorough assessment and observation.  Receiving a medical diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder for your child is an important step in identifying services that are deemed as a “medical necessity” and that can potentially be covered by certain insurance providers. 

An accurate diagnosis is based on an observation of specific behavioral characteristics across a variety of environments/situations and a comprehensive history of early development. The behavioral characteristics typically used are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. A copy of the current diagnostic criteria outlined in the DSM can be obtained from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism recommends an interdisciplinary assessment that includes a psychologist and family members. Since communication is always affected to some degree, it is important to include a communication assessment from a certified speech language pathologist. If the individual seems to be exhibiting sensory processing difficulties, it would be appropriate to have an assessment performed by a qualified professional. Often times, occupational therapists have the necessary training to assess individuals for sensory processing difficulties. Medical personnel, including neurologists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians should be involved when there are issues related to medication and to assess for potential neurological, genetic, or physical difficulties (e.g., seizures, brain lesions, Fragile X, allergies, digestive system problems).

If the child is in a school program, an educator should be involved in the assessment to address a child’s performance in the school curriculum and to determine additional educational support needs. Other team members who might be
involved include social workers, physical therapists, audiologists, and other health professionals.

For children attending ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program, some are equipped to perform some level of assessment, including the ABLLS/VB MAPP assessments. These assessments assist with program development, and typically are not for diagnostic purposes. Contact individual providers/centers to identify their assessment options.

For infants or toddlers prior to their 3rd birthday, local First Steps Service personnel may be able to assist in locating trained personnel. The phone number for your local First Steps can be obtained by calling (317) 232-1144 or (800) 441-7837. You will need to provide the name of the county in which you live, and they will provide you with the number to call for your county.  Information can also be found on their webpage:

If you are seeking an assessment for an individual of school age, including ages 3 through 5, contact your local school district for information. School districts employ psychologists and other professionals who can assess school-age children to determine if they meet eligibility criteria for receiving services under an autism spectrum disorder. If your child is between the ages of 3 to 21, an educational assessment with a team of qualified professionals is required to determine eligibility for special education and related services. A “medical diagnosis” from a physician does NOT necessarily qualify an individual for educational services. Evaluations conducted through the school district are conducted at no cost to parents. If you have received a medical diagnosis, inform your school and provide their school psychologist with a copy of the report. They can use the report as a reference and important additional information when determining eligibility for services.

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides diagnostic/evaluation services for individuals in need of residential services. Individuals will have to be assessed to determine initial and continuing eligibility for services. BDDS is also the main entry point for Indiana’s Medicaid (HCBS) Waivers for children and adults with developmental disabilities. An autism spectrum disorder is considered a developmental disability. Call the state BDDS office at (317) 232-7933 or (800) 545-7763 to request contact information (e.g., phone numbers, names, addresses) for the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Field Service Office for the county in which you live. More information can be found online at

If a family or agency wants a private or second evaluation, the following agencies and individuals have experience diagnosing and assessing autism spectrum disorders. Some of the professionals on this list may also be able to provide assistance with medications, educational programming, speech therapy, behavioral support, and/or with counseling or psychiatric services. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism does not recommend a specific organization or person. When contacting those listed below, discuss the cost of the evaluation, the testing procedures and assessment instruments used, and the type of follow-up report. A thorough assessment should allow the examiner to gather sufficient information about areas of strength and need, educate the family regarding the diagnosis, and provide information that logically leads to programming recommendations at home and elsewhere. When pursuing a private evaluation, contact your insurance company to determine how much and what portions of the assessment will be covered. Also be sure to ask the person/agency doing the testing whether they accept Medicaid, or if there are other payment options they will or will not accept.

You may contact the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at (812) 855-6508, at any time, for more information about autism spectrum disorders. Or visit our web site at to learn more about the activities of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.

Resources for the Diagnosis/Assessment of
Children and Adults Across the Autism Spectrum 



Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral System at IU Health Riley Physicians – Bloomington
Dorota Szczepaniak, MD
Tom Lock, MD
4935 W. Arlington Rd.
Bloomington, IN
(812) 353-3740

Mike Monahan, PhD, HSPP
Graham Plaza, Suite 314
205 North College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 323-7857
Scheduling: (317) 450-6970
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
(Also sees adults)

Robin R. Murphy, PhD, HSPP
2213 Queensway
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 333-1990
Fax: (812) 333-8081
(Also sees adults)

Susan J. Rautio Dietz, PhD, HSPP
Office location:
517 North Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 5185
Bloomington, IN 47407-5185
(812) 332-7394
(Also sees adults)


Edward B. Aull, MD
13450 North Meridian, Suite 354
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 582-7654

Beacon Psychology Services
Jennifer Horn, PhD, HSPP
11495 North Pennsylvania, Suite 105
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 942-4020
Fax: (317) 942-4019
Indiana Health Group
Nirav Bigelow, PhD, PsyD
Richard Jones, PhD, HSPP
703 Pro Med Lane, Suite 200
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 843-9922 or (800) 276-1122
Fax: (317) 581-3918
(Also sees adults)

Neuropsychology & Learning Associates
Carl S. Hale, PsyD, HSSP
1016 3rd Avenue SW
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 503-9177
(Also sees adults)

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Ernest E. Smith, M.D.
Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Residency Training
301 East Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 582-8290
Fax: (317) 582-8291


Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital Clinic at Goodwill Bridgepointe
Jodi L. Goodin, LCSW, PsyD
1329 Applegate Lane
Clarksville, IN 47129
(812) 283-5992

Columbia City

Bowen Center
Columbia City Office
Lisa Wooley,  PsyD, HSPP
119 West Market Street
Columbia City, IN  46725
(260) 248-8176
Fax: (260) 248-2366
(Also sees adults for diagnostic services)


Whitewater Valley Care Pavilion
Vahid Osman, MD
Monica Kelley, NP
450 Erie Street
Connersville, IN 47331
(765) 827-7890 or (800) 959-4929
Fax: (765) 825-6628
(Child and adolescent psychiatry)


Hendricks Therapy
Rick Robertson, MD
202 Myers Road
Danville, IN 46122
(317) 718-8436
(Also sees adults) 


Deaconess Clinic
Stacy Blankenbuehler, PhD, HSPP
421 Chestnut Street
Evansville, IN 47713

Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
Lisa Fisher, MA, CCC-SLP
3701 Bellemeade Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 479-1411
(Has a team including a clinical psychologist)

Luzio Behavioral Services, Inc.
Stacy Quint, PsyD
3101 North Green River Road, Suite 910
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 479-1916
Fax: (812) 479-5014

St. Mary’s Center for Children
Pediatric Sub-Specialty Clinic
Joseph Hersh, MD
Jim Schroeder, PhD, HSPP
Neurodevelopmental Medicine and Genetics
3900 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 485-7425 or (877) 589-9858


Fort Wayne

Bowen Center
Ft. Wayne Office
Hani Ahmad, MD
Richard Ruhrold, PhD, HSPP
2100 Goshen Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
(260) 471-3500
(Also sees adults for diagnostic services)

Counseling Services and Consulting, LLC
Dual Diagnosis Provider
Jeff Wihebrink, PhD
4660 West Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 200
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 432-9916

Fort Wayne Neurological Center
Neuropsychology Department
Peter Dodzik, PsyD, ABN, ABPdN, HSPP (Pediatrics only)
Ronald Williams, PhD, ABN, HSPP (Sees older)
Tasha Williams, PhD (Sees all ages)
Christina Stemmler, PsyD (Sees ages 5 and up)
Francis Goff, PhD, HSPP (Sees only adults at the North office exclusively)
11104 Parkview Circle, Suite 110 (North Office)
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
(260) 460-3100

7956 West Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 220 (West Office)
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-2416
Fax: (260) 460-3130

Fort Wayne Psychiatry, PC
Prevesh K Rustagi, MD
2414 East State Boulevard. Suite 301
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-1312
Fax: (260) 471-0996
(Also sees adults)

Parkview Health
Parkview Children’s Clinic
11115 Parkview Plaza Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
(260) 266-5400


Cornerstone Autism Center Diagnostic
Jessica Bissey, PsyD., HSPP
Ken Weadick, MA, BCBA
360 Polk Street
Greenwood IN 46143
(317) 888-1557
Fax: (317) 888-1571

Old Schoolhouse Pediatrics
Jim Baurely (Clinic Manager)

373 Meridian Park Lane, Suite E
Greenwood, IN 46142
(317) 535-0453

Valle Vista Hospital
Jennifer Comer, PhD
898 East Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46143
(317) 887-1348
(Also sees adults)


Bowen Center
Huntington Office
Hani Ahmad, MD
Lisa Wooley, PsyD, HSPP
2860 Northpark Avenue
Huntington, IN  46750
(260) 356-2875
Fax: (260) 358-0611
(Also sees adults for diagnostic services)


Brain Performance and Psychology Center 
Corby A. Bubp, PhD, HSPP
10291 North Meridian Street, Suite 310
Indianapolis, IN 46290
(317) 672-1970
(Also sees adults)

Children's Resource Group
Janel Burchfield, PsyD, HSPP
Sandra Burkhardt, PhD, ABPP, HSPP
Karen Dougherty, EdS

Christine Kerr, PhD, LMHC
Dennis Ray Kinder, PhD, HSPP
Nathan Larson, PsyD, HSPP
Dana Lasek, PhD, HSPP

Nancy Lindhjem, EdS, NCSP
Valerie Long, PhD, HSPP

Joshua Lowinsky, MD
Sarah J. Norris, PhD, HSPP

David R. Parker, PhD
Jason Rowland, MD
Julie T. Steck, PhD, HSPP
Linda Vermillion, MA, NCSP
Beth Waite, MA-CCC/SLP-ATP

Diane Widdifield, EdS, NCSP 
9106 North Meridian Street, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 575-9111
Fax: (317) 571-4470
(Also sees adults)

Easter Seals Crossroads
Autism Diagnostic Clinic
Ernie Smith, MD
Tracy Gale, PsyD, HSPP
4740 Kingsway Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 466-2010
Fax: (317) 466-2000

Meridian Youth Psychiatric Center, PC
Jerry H. Fletcher, MD
Danita Lively, MD
Matthew Galvin, MD
Mimi Brittingham, APRN-BC, LMHC
Kenneth Lovko, PhD, HSPP
Jessie R. Fogle, MSW, LCSW
Michelle Harden, LCSW
Rita Langlois, LCSW
Julie Martin, LMHC
Danny Waddle, LMHC
210 East 91st Street, Suite C
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 844-0055
Fax: (317) 571-5040

Pediatric Neurobehavioral Group
Dr. Jennifer Katzenstein, PhD, HSPP, ABPP-CN
8888 Keystone Crossing
Suite 1300
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 564-9761
Fax: (317) 536-3462

David J. Posey, MD
50 East 91st Street, Suite 316
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 341-4575

Riley Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center
Noha Minshawi, PhD, HSPP
Martin Plawecki, MD, PhD
Jill Fodstad, PhD
Cassie Karlsson, MD
Doug Gaebler, MSW, LCSW
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Suite 4300
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Main Office: (317) 944-8162
Intake: (317) 948-9766
Fax: (317) 948-0609
(Also sees adults)

Riley Hospital for Children
Riley Child Development Center
Bill Beechler, MD Behavioral Pediatrician
Steven M. Koch, PhD, HSPP
Tracy Magee, PhD, RN, CPNP
Sarah Muir, MS, CCC-SLP
Christine Raches, PsyD, HSPP
Jessica Stenz, MSW
Lynne Sturm, PhD HSPP
Paula D. Sullivan, PhD, HSPP
Angela M. Tomlin, PhD, HSPP
Stephan Viehweg, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 5837
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 944-8167
Fax: (317) 274-9760

Riley Hospital for Children
Developmental Pediatrics
Heike Minnich, PsyD, HSPP
Thomas Lock, MD
Joseph O’Neil, MD
Maria Stanley, MD
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 1601
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 944-4846
Fax: (317) 948-0126

St. Francis Behavioral Health Services
Mike Monahan, PhD, HSPP
610 East Southport Road,  Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Phone: (317) 783-8336
Fax: (317) 782-6929
(Also sees adults)

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers
Developmental Arena Clinic
Kim Siegfried, RN (Clinic Manager)
5255 East Stop 11, Suite 460
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 865-5341
Fax: (317) 528-5107

Maria Valena, MD
6470 North Shadeland Avenue, Suite C
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 849-9509
Fax: (317) 528-5107
(Also sees adults)

Woodview Psychology Group, LLC
Amy Rexroth, PsyD, HSPP
70 E. 91st Street, Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 573-0149
Fax: (317) 573-0154


Cornerstone Autism Center Diagnostic
Jessica Bissey, PsyD., HSPP
Ken Weadick, MA, BCBA
3482 McClure Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 838-3547
Fax: (765) 838-3468       

Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral System at IU Health Arnett – Lafayette
Mary Lou Ertel, NP
Patsy Hoyer, NP

2600 Greenbush
Lafayette, IN
Internal Health System Referrals Only
(765) 448-8000


Neuropsychology & Learning Associates
Carl S. Hale, PsyD, HSSP
285 West 80th Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 742-5122
(Also sees adults)


Ball State University Psychoeducational, Diagnostic, and Intervention Clinic
Eric Pierson, PhD, HSPP, NCSP
West Quad 412
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285-8526
Email: pdiclinic@bsu.ed

Center for Psychological Development

Brittany Dale, PhD
2205 North Wheeling Avenue
Muncie, IN 47303
(765) 287-1922
Fax: (765) 287-9017

Meridian Health Services: Suzanne Gresham Center
Snieguole Radzeviciene, MD
3620 W. White River Blvd
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: 765.288.1928
Fax: 765.288.2032

New Albany

Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral System at Nassim McMonigle & Mescia PC
Cynthia Nassim, MD

2305 Green Valley Rd.
New Albany, IN
(812) 949 -0405


Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral System at Deaconess Riley Children’s Specialty Center
Maria Ranola, M.D.
4133 Gateway Blvd., Suite 220
Newburgh, IN (Near Evansville)
(812) 858 -314


Pilipis Behavioral Group, LLC
Lois Pilipis, PhD, HSPP

152 S 9th St
Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 572-1313
Fax: (317) 572-9999
(Also see adults)


Cadwell Psychological Services, LLC
Carrie Cadwell, PsyD, HSPP
310 North Michigan Street, Suite 204
Plymouth, IN 46563-1774
(574) 936-3031
Fax: (574) 311-5621


Meridian Services
16 Southwest 5th Street
Richmond, IN 47374-4101
(765) 983-2220
Fax: (765) 966-5750


Christopher and Associates
Evaluation and Counseling Center Inc.
Jill Christopher, PsyD, HSPP 
322 Dupont Drive, Suite A 
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 523-0386
Fax: (812) 523-8416

South Bend

A Beautiful Mind
Linda Monroe, PhD, HSSP
53846 Generations Drive
South Bend, IN 46635
(574) 243-9370
Fax: (574) 243-9375
(Also sees adults)

Stanley W. Blom, PhD, HSPP
3603 East Jefferson Boulevard, Suite A
South Bend, IN 46615
(574) 251-1286
(Also sees adults)

Child Development Center
Roger Hensley, MD
218 West Washington, Suite 900
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 232-4453
Fax: (574) 232-7718
(Adults only) (Not participating in any insurance groups, including Medicaid)

Suzanne Courtney, PsyD, HSSP
129 Franklin Place
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 234-5606
(Also sees adults)

Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral System at Beacon Medical Group Centennial
Mary Hope Griffin, MD
Neighborhood Health Center
621 Centennial Dr., Suite 402
South Bend, IN
(574) 647-2500


Bowen Center
Warsaw Corporate Office
Wendy Melancon, PsyD, HSPP
850 North Harrison Street
Warsaw, IN   46580
(574) 267-7169
(800) 342-5653
TDD: (574) 268-9748
Fax:  (574) 269-3995
(Also sees adults for diagnostic services)

Out of State: Most of These Serve Indiana Also


University of Chicago
Comer Children’s Hospital
Carol Macmillan, MD
5721 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Office: (773) 702-6487
Appointments: (888) 824-0200
Fax: (773) 702-4786

University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD)
Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD)
Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics
Pamela Bondy, MS/CCC-L
Ann Cutler, MD
Sue Fahrenwald, RN
Katie Frank, MHS, OTR/L
Jennifer Gorski, PhD
Ginny Griffin, LCSW
Lucy D. Perez-Harck, PsyD
Tamar Heller, PhD
Irma Hernandez, MSW, LCSW
Joan Ingram, PhD
Susan Kahan, MS
Nicole Quintero, PhD, BCBA-D
Lana Roth, MA, LCSW
Linda Sandman, MSW, LCSW
Jessica Schultz, MA, LCPC
Sara Shields-Cole, MS, CCC-SLP

1640 W. Roosevelt Road, MC 626
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-1871
(312) 413-0453 (TTY)
Intake: (312) 413-1490 (English)
             (312) 413-1819 (Spanish)
(Also sees adults)

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
Dr. Cynthia Brouillard, PsyD, Clinical Director
Patti Boheme, MS, LCPC,  Executive Vice President
1001 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
Fax: (630) 305-4785

MidAmerican Psychological Institute, PC
Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA
1415 Maple Road
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 735-0732

Alan I. Rosenblatt, M.D.
4711 Golf Road, Suite 800
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 677-1818

Rush University Medical Center
Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS)
Rachel Loftin, PhD
Thomas Owley, MD

Westgate Building
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-6637
Fax: (312) 942-4224
(Also sees adults)


University of Louisville
Department of Pediatrics
Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center
Joseph Hersh, MD Chief
571 South Floyd Street, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 852-5331
Fax: (502) 588-9534  


University of Michigan
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Autistic Spectrum Disorders Clinic
Mohammad Ghaziuddin, MD, Director 
Sarah Mohiuedin, MD
Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764 0231
(800) 525-5188 Michigan Only
Fax: (734) 763-5580


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
(513) 636-4611 or (800) 344-2462 ext. 6-4611
Fax: (513) 636-3800

Pratt, C., Wheeler, M., & Merrill, A.  (2014). How and where to obtain a diagnosis/assessment in Indiana. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Resource Center for Autism.

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