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The Education Core is one of the two Cores that constitute the CSUF Center for Autism (for information on the Applied Developmental Core, please click here). The Education Core is housed in the College of Education, and is focused on teacher preparation, engaging CSUF students in a variety of autism-related opportunities, community services, and research.

Core Leaders

Erica Howell, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Center for Autism
Education Core Leader
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. Howell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at CSUF. She taught students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in grades K-12 in the public school system prior to earning her doctorate from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, Dr. Howell was a Doug Flutie Fellow and worked at the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center where she supported families, conducted research, and lectured at community events.

She recently completed two funded studies investigating post-school outcomes for adults with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome and the involvement of individuals with autism in church-based settings. She is the director of the Peer Assisted College Support (PACS) program at CSUF which partners CSUF students with ASD to peers so they can work together to navigate college successfully.

Debra Cote, Ph.D.

Education Core Leader
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. Cote is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at CSUF. Dr. Cote received her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include autism, positive behavior supports, cognitive behavioral supports, evidence-based practices and teacher preparation.

She is faculty advisor to the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Far West Region Member for the national Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She serves as past president to the Greater Orange County (OC) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Chapter 188 and OC Chapter 188 Representative to the CA CEC Executive Committee. Dr. Cote serves on the Grandparents Autism Network Board of Directors.

 

Suzanne Robinson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Education Core Leader
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Dr. Robinson is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at CSU Fullerton. Her current research interests include autism, inclusion, positive behavior support, and the training of pre-service teachers and school personnel in evidence-based practices. Dr. Robinson received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, within the internationally known Koegel Autism Center. At the Autism Center, she worked with toddlers, children & youth with ASD, their families, and their school professionals (e.g., teachers, paraprofessionals, speech pathologists, and inclusion specialists).

Prior to entering her doctoral program, Dr. Robinson earned a multiple subjects credential, an education specialist credential, and a Master's degree in Special Education from UC Riverside. Additionally, she was employed as a special educator by the Riverside Unified School District.

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Page updated: April 4, 2016