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The Pediatrics - Autism Program Team

Shari Krauss, 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. | Associate Director
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.

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.

Jacqueline McKendry, MS, BCBA, LABA | Autism Resource Specialist
617.414.3662 • [email protected]
Jacqueline is a behavior analyst with experience providing and supervising ABA therapy in schools, homes, and communities. She provides support, resources, and behavioral consultation to families within the DBP clinic. Jacqueline encourages families to advocate for themselves and their child's unique needs.

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 O'Hagan, M.A. | Research Coordinator
617.414.3671 • [email protected]
Belinda oversees the research activities within the Autism Program and the division 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.

Simone Dufresne, M.A., CAS | Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) Coordinator
617.652.0320 • [email protected]
Simone coordinates the Autism Program's Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) initiative which provides teens with and without autism an opportunity to serve as mentors to a younger child, developing leadership, self-confidence, social skills, and community engagement. She is a primary point of contact for participants, families, and program facilitators and collaboratively plans and oversees monthly events.

Sara Bastin, M.Ed., LABA | Autism Transition Specialist
617.356.7311 • [email protected]
Sara provides support to families seen in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry as youth begin their transition into adult services. She utilizes her behavioral training and experience working in adult and in-home settings to help guide individuals and families through the many tasks associated with the transition process.