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Theresa M. Hamlin, Ed.D., P.D.


Theresa HamlinAs Associate Executive Director for The Center for Discovery, Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the oversight of all areas of program operations, management, curriculum design, and program evaluation.  Since starting at The Center in 1983, she has been developing and directing programs for the promotion of development and health for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and severe multiple disabilities.  Dr. Hamlin has been the director of several federally-funded grants aimed at providing education and support to the families of children with severe disabilities.  She is the faculty chair of The Center’s Carrus Institute for family support and research.

Currently, Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the design and implementation of research in response to intervention for children with ASD at the Discovery School, and an innovative Assessment Center for children diagnosed with ASD.  She also lectures nationally and internationally about program development for children and adults with ASD.

Dr. Hamlin received a BS in Special Education from College of St. Rose; her MA in Special Education from Columbia University; her post-Master’s and Public School Superintendent’s licensure from SUNY New Paltz; and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University.  She also holds a certificate as a teacher of the visually impaired and blind from Dominican College.