autism staff Maralee Litschge, MSW
Research Project Clinician (2010) earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Litschge is responsible for the implementation of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy and Enriched SupportiveTherapy to participants in the PERSPECTIVES research project. Ms. Litschge has over 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and adult psychiatric patients with schizophrenia and other disorders. Ms. Litschge has also acquired research experience by working on protocols that focus on the treatment of adults with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
autism staff John J. Markiewicz III, AS
Research Data Coordinator (2002), earned his degrees, one in Computer Information Technology-Networking and one in Math and Science from the Community College of Allegheny County. Mr. Markiewicz creates and maintains the subject and test data for the research project and clinic, as well as the office computers and printers.
autism staff PJ McCarroll, MSW
Program Coordinator (2005), earned her degree in Psychology from Ohio University and her Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas. Mrs. McCarroll supervises the research specialists, data coordinator and the administrative assistant, and is also responsible for facilitating communication between our laboratories.
autism staff Michelle Perrin, MBA
Marketing Coordinator (2008) earned her degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University and her Master's in Business Administration in Marketing and Economics from The University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Perrin is responsible for recruitment including creating and placing advertisements, copywriting, coordinating recruitment efforts with labs and acting as an informational liaison between schools and organizations, and the research project.
autism staff Shannon Porton, M.Ed.
Research Project Clinician (2012) earned her degree in Health Services and her Master's in Education Teaching and Leadership from Point Park University. Shannon is responsible for enrollment and tracking for the PERSPECTIVES Program. She also provides Enriched Supportive Therapy (EST) as well as Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) to individuals enrolled in the PERSPECTIVES research program. .



autism part-time staff

Carol Kaufman, M.Ed. Consultant (2000) earned her degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Kaufman helps with all the financial matters.


autism staff Maureen McAniff, MS
Senior Research Specialist (2004), earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a teacher's certificate in Special Education at the Master's level from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Science in Child and Youth Care Administration from NOVA Southeastern University. Mrs. McAniff administers neuropsychological tests (ADOS, ADI and BPASS) to participants.

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