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The Pediatrics - Autism Program Team

Shari King, M.A., MPH | Program Director 
617.414.3666 • [email protected]
Shari conducts clinical oversight, personnel management and public relations for the Autism Program in addition to leading strategic planning and program implementation. She actively participates in the delivery of trainings, clinical consultation, advocacy and outreach efforts, as well as community networking and initiatives.

Lauren Bartolotti, M.A. | Program Manager 
617.414.3691 • [email protected]
Lauren provides clinical supervision to Autism Program staff as they execute patient and family referrals. Lauren also manages the internship program which brings undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities onboard for a rich applied experience.

Liz Ferriero, B.A., CEIS | Autism Resource Specialist
617.414.3698 • [email protected]
Liz provides guidance and support for families seen in the Developmental and Behavioral Clinic. Liz assists families in navigating local, state and federal resources and therapeutic supports. She also works closely with the Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) program, which offers individualized peer support for parents of children with ASD.

Simone Dufresne, M.A., CAS | Transition Specialist, Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) Coordinator
617.414.3847 • [email protected]
Simone provides support, guidance, and resources to adolescents and families served within Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics who are transitioning to adulthood. She developed and coordinates the program’s Transition Clinic, through which she discusses transition resources and topics such as goal setting, school IEP planning, adult services, and life skills development. She also coordinates the Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) initiative and manages the program's website.

Hillary Hollis, B.A. | Autism Resource Specialist
857.310.0976 • [email protected]
Hillary is a part-time resource specialist who provides support to families that have been seen in the Developmental and Behavioral Clinic.  Hillary assists families in accessing community resources and therapeutic supports. She also helps families navigate the special education process and facilitates Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) referrals. Furthermore, she empowers families to advocate for their child's unique needs and provides support around new autism diagnoses.

Ana Ocasio, B.A. | Family Navigator
617.414.3662 • a[email protected]
Ana works closely with the physicians and staff in the BMC Autism Program to address patient barriers and help ensure timely and appropriate treatment for children with ASD. This often includes facing financial and economic concerns, language and cultural issues, patient-provider communication, healthcare system obstacles, transportation problems, and bias/stigma.  Ana meets with families during clinic visits and closely assists with interactions within the school system and community agencies.  

Alexander Friedman, MPH | Project Coordinator - Autism Friendly Initiative
617.414.4247 • a[email protected]
Alexander is responsible for coordinating the Autism Friendly Initiative at BMC, which aims to improve the hospital experience for patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In doing so, Alexander oversees hospital-wide projects related to staff training, systems improvement, and resource development to ultimately address barriers in caring for patients with ASD.

Belinda Tanuwijaya, M.A. | Research Coordinator
617.414.3671 • [email protected]
Belinda oversees the research activities within the Autism Program and the department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She assists Principal Investigators in all stages of research, starting from formulating research questions, identifying stakeholders/partnerships, developing measures, collecting and analyzing data, to dissemination. She also trains and supports interns and research assistants to conduct day-to-day research and administrative duties associated with different studies.