Dr. Dianne Zager, Ph.D., is a pioneer in autism education, has been named to serve the first three-year appointment in the establishment of what is believed to be the largest U.S. program in autism education. A nationally recognized leader in the field of special education, Zager brings over 30 years of special education experience to the endowed Koffler Professorship. Zager has been president of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA)and the New York State Council for Exceptional Children. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Division on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of the International Council for Exceptional Children.
Through her affiliation with Pace University, Dr. Zager provides staff trained to work with children on the autistic spectrum.
Dr. Barbara Dunbar is a licensed psychologist. She specializes in assessment and treatment of young children with developmental and learning disorders. Her focus is on working with children with autistic spectrum disorders and their families. For the past 10 years she has worked closely with Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, and is part of the national DIR® faculty. Dr. Dunbar received a master’s degree in special education from Tufts University and a doctorate in psychology from Georgia State University. She has been a preschool teacher and learning disabilities specialist, and continues to consult with preschool and elementary teachers on developmental variations in learning. Dr. Dunbar has worked extensively with infants born at high risk, and for 15 years directed the long term developmental follow up program for Emory’s high risk nursery. With Mary Beth Stark, she directed a 3 year pilot program for young children with social and communication disorders and their parents.
Dr. Sima Gerber is Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Communications Disorders and Graduate Admissions Coordinator-MA Program in Speech Language Pathology at Queens College, of the City University of New York. She has extensive experience teaching and supervising students in clinical and academic settings. Dr. Gerber is particularly interested in the application of developmentally-based theories and social-pragmatic approaches to language intervention; pragmatic challenges across language stages; and the language and communication challenges of children on the autistic spectrum. She ran a model pre-school program for young children with delayed language development at the Gertz Speech-Language-Hearing Center of Queens College, and is a faculty member at the Institute for Infants, Children & Families, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services; Senior Teaching Faculty and Advisory Board member of the Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental & Learning Disorders; and an active member and officer of professional organizations in her fields.
Jake Greenspan, a graduate of Kenyon College, has worked in the past with Dr. Greenspan (his father) and colleagues, specifically in the areas of visual spatial, motor, and social skills, as well as Interactive Metronome training. His work included teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at a school specializing in learning differences. During this time he also worked with children with a range of developmental and learning challenges using the DIR® model. Over the past few years Jake and Tim have continued to work very closely with Dr. Greenspan, present workshops on the DIR®/Floortime™ model, and help families as co-directors of The Floortime Center. Jake is also currently sitting as Chairman of the Board for All The Difference Inc., a DIR®/Floortime™ non-profit in Wilmington DE.
Tim Bleecker, a graduate of Kenyon College, has worked in the past with Dr. Greenspan and colleagues, specifically in the areas of visual spatial, motor, and social skills. This included working with a wide range of children with developmental and learning challenges using the DIR® model. He also worked with groups of children on social, motor and sports training, and helping parents develop programs for home and school. Over the past few years Tim has continued to work with Dr. Greenspan, present workshops on the DIR®/Floortime™ model, and help families as co-directors of The Floortime Center. Tim is currently a PhD candidate for The Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders Graduate program.
Rosemary White has been an Occupational Therapist since 1972 and brings a wealth of clinical experience to her work with children and their families. Rosemary received her Neurodevelopmental Therapy training in London with the Bobaths, her Sensory Integrative Therapy training in Los Angeles with Dr. A Jean Ayres and her training in DIR®/Floortime™ with Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PhD and the Faculty of ICDL. Rosemary owns and operates Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services in Seattle, Washington and is a partner in Northwest Pediatric Therapy in Portland, Oregon.