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Director: Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA
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Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Center Director

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Dr. Cathy Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community located at Indiana University. Dr. Pratt is on faculty at Indiana University, and presents internationally. Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Boards of Maap Services, Inc., the College Internship Program, and the Autism Society of Indiana. In the past, she served on the Board of the national Autism Society and is the Immediate Past Chair. Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society and is a member of NATTAP (Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs). Currently, Dr. Pratt serves on the advisory board for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders grant funded through the US Department of Education. Dr. Pratt also assists with the coordination of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) through the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). She has been involved with the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues focused on Autism; the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as a member of the Expert Working Group on Services; and served on the Scientific Advisory Board for IMFAR (International Meeting for Autism Research). She also served as a member of the public review committee for the Research Roadmap of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and in 2010 was invited to the White House to provide feedback on the president’s initiatives on autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society with the Individual Achievement Award, with the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award, and with various awards through NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc.), including recognition from the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. She has written articles and presents on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, instructional approaches, systems change, and policy. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, Dr. Pratt worked as a classroom teacher for students across the autism spectrum and with other disabilities. Dr. Pratt earned her BCBA and is now a board certified behavior analyst. Most recently, Dr. Pratt was named the Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine.



Education

  • Indiana University-Bloomington | Ph.D.

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine
  • Autism Society Individual Achievement Award
  • Princeton Fellowship Award | 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education | 2008

Presentations & Publications

Areas of Expertise

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Disability Policy
  • Family Support
  • Positive Behavior Supports
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