The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care Expands Services

Jul 14, 2015
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July 14, 2015) – The Autism Center at HSC is proud to announce that it is adding significant capacity for child-centered evaluation and therapy sessions as well as expanded school consultation services for children on the autism spectrum. Joining the staff are three leading doctoral-level clinicians:

Lauren Herlihy, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut where she completed concentrations in child psychology and neuropsychology. Lauren, who recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale’s Child Study Center in the autism track, has professional interests including bilingual assessment and the importance of a coordinated medical home approach to assessment and treatment.

Erin Sullivan, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Autism Center at HSC and is also teaching graduate students in assessment the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders at University of Saint Joseph. Prior to joining HSC she worked extensively as a school psychologist in Connecticut in both high school and elementary schools.

Michele Parker, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in the department of child and family development. Dr. Parker is a professor at the University of Saint Joseph where she teaches courses in human development, medical family therapy, and related subjects. She specializes in family counselling, both in individual and group formats. Parker will be providing family counselling in both individual and group formats.

In addition, The Autism Center has increased the availability of both occupational therapists and speech therapists specializing in autism. The additional clinicians will allow HSC to expand its outpatient and consultative services for the following: 

• Diagnostic evaluation, feedback and educational planning
• Independent educational evaluations
• Individualized speech, occupational and behavioral  therapy sessions
• School-based consultation, including program review, program development, case-based consultation, staff training and in-school observation
• Family counselling in couple and group formats

For further information regarding the services offer at The Autism Center at HSC please visit If you should have any questions, please contact The Autism Center directly at 860.612.6386.

About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit


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