About Us

Our Advisory Board

Serena Wieder, PhD

Dr. Wieder is a clinical psychologist who has pioneered the cutting-edge approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health disorder and developmental challenges. She is the co-founder and Associate Chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorder (ICDL) and the Director of DIR Institute, an interdisciplinary competency based training program for professionals. Dr. Wieder has authored Engaging Autism as well as The Child with Special Needs and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Dr. Stanley Greenspan. She co-chaired and edited the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children and the earlier Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy.

Allen J. Frances, MD

Dr. Frances is Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke Medical Center. He directed and was Chair, DSM IV Task Force. He is also the Director for the Expert Consensus Practice Guidelines Project. Dr. Frances has lectured widely and is the author of Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment and Your Mental Health. Daniel Goleman referred to Dr. Frances in the New York Times on April 19, 1994, “as the most powerful psychiatrist in America.”

Joshua Feder, MD

Dr. Joshua Feder is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, specializing in neurobehavioral medicine, including evaluation, case management, psychopharmacology and therapy, often using the DIR®/Floortime™ approach with families and schools. Dr. Feder conducts pharmacogenetic research, teaches local and online courses, consults, and hosts support groups for professionals and families.  He sits on the BRIDGE (Bond Regulate Interact Develop Guide Engage) Collaborative, an NIH funded early identification and intervention effort in Southern California.  Dr. Feder is medical education director for the Rady Children’s Hospital Autism Research Workgroup, served on the Autism Committee and on the Medications and Autism panel of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reviews grants for the Organization for Autism Research and the National Foundation for Autism Research and is a commentator on ValeriesList. Dr. Feder’s community work extends into engineering design and the fine arts.

Pola Rosen, MD

Dr. Pola Rosen is a graduate of Barnard College and completed her doctoral work in special education at Columbia University, Teachers College. She has taught from grades 1 to graduate school, including as professor of special education at CUNY. For the past 14 years, she has been the publisher and founder of an education newspaper in NYC, Education Update which now has 100,000 readers and 2 million hits on the web (www.educationupdate.com) She has won numerous awards for her work and serves on the boards of  Landmark College in Vermont and the Kennedy Child Study Center in NYC.

Latha Soorya, PhD, BCBA

Latha Soorya is an Assistant Professor and Chief Psychologist at the Seaver Autism Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Soorya oversees clinical assessment, staff training, and collaborations with community agencies at the Seaver Center. Dr. Soorya’s research interests include the use of behavioral and neuropsychological assessments to understand the variability in treatment response commonly observed in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Over the last several years, she and Seaver Center staff developed and empirically evaluated a comprehensive, cognitive behavioral social skills therapy program for high functioning children with ASDs, which is now in a manual form being utilized by local community agencies and undergoing a clinical trials funded by Autism Speaks and the NIMH.