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J. Michael Cupoli, M.D., F.A.A.P

Dr. Cupoli, M.D., F.A.A.P., is the medical director of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center. Dr. Cupoli is board certified in pediatrics and in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He completed his fellowship training at Harvard, at the Boston Children's Hospital with noted child developmental specialist Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.

Dr. Cupoli is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the Committee for Children with Disabilities of the Illinois chapter of the American Pediatric Society.

Dr. Cupoli has been a faculty member of numerous medical schools including Harvard Medical School, the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Northwestern University School of Medicine. He was the director of the Early Intervention Program for the state of Florida and the director of the Program for Children with Special Health Needs in Florida. He has been a consultant to many states concerning caring for children with special needs.

He currently provides care as a member of the multidisciplinary medical diagnostic team for children in the state of Illinois' Early Intervention Program. Dr. Cupoli is part of a multi-disciplinary clinic that routinely evaluates children less than 3 years of age for autism as well as other causes of developmental delays. The clinic works with families to formulate a plan of treatment.

Dr. Cupoli received his bachelor's degree with honors from Boston College and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He attended internship and residency at Denver Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Valeria Nanclares-Nogues, Psy.D.

Dr. Nanclares-Nogues is originally from Argentina and moved to Chicago in 1999. She graduated as a psychologist from La Universidad del Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1993. In 2004 she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology in the US at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been working in the field of autism for the past 12 years. She began working in the field of autism at FLENI-Neurological Research Institute, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Department, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At FLENI she was involved in clinical research, and diagnosis and treatment of youngsters with autism. She helped develop a telephone screening in Spanish based on the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised to be used in an epidemiologic study of autism in Argentina. The interview was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. She also participated in other peer reviewed publications in the field of autism.

Dr. Nanclares-Nogues has had extensive education and training in Argentina, the U.S., and Europe related to the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. She was trained in the use of the most widely used diagnostic instruments for autism today by the authors, mainly Catherine Lord and Michael Rutter. Dr. Nanclares-Nogues is responsible for translating the two main diagnostic instruments into Spanish, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), both of which will be published this year by TEA Ediciones and WPS respectively. She has been certified as an independent trainer for both the ADI-R and ADOS instruments and will be providing those trainings at the PDC as of this Fall. She was also trained in leading treatment approaches, such as applied behavior analysis and Structured Teaching, among others.

Dr. Nanclares-Nogues has been working at the Pediatric Developmental Center, AIMMC since 1999 coordinating the autism treatment program. She is part of a multidisciplinary diagnostic team, evaluating young children suspected of being on the spectrum. She also participates in Medical Diagnostic Clinics through the Early Intervention program to help clarify diagnoses and recommend treatment for children under the age of three. She has developed an intensive home-based intervention program for children with autism between the ages of 3 and 7. Her extensive training and education have been combined to develop the curriculum and treatment model used at the PDC. This approach is an integration of the various treatment and educational models that have proven to be successful with children with autism, adapted to the home environment and with a strong focus on the parent education. Preliminary results show significant changes in children's learning rates and core areas of functioning. The outcome data from the treatment model is currently being prepared for publication.

Carol Rolland, PhD
Director, Developmental Pediatric Services

Dr. Rolland is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of developmental pediatric services for Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center, a position she has held for the past 25 years. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1974, with a specialization in language development and parent-child interaction. In her clinical work she has focused on the evaluation and treatment of children who present with multi-system disorders such as autism and other serious communication disorders.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rolland has promoted a team approach to intervention with a strong emphasis on helping parents effectively and successfully interact with their children with special needs. With funding from the Department of Human Services and from private foundations, Dr. Rolland and her colleagues at Illinois Masonic have developed a uniquely effective, home-based, parent-focused treatment model for children with autism that is currently utilized at the Pediatric Developmental Center. Dr. Rolland has been the recipient of numerous state, federal and private grants to develop innovative treatment models for children and families, including programs to address the psychological needs of siblings of children with disabilities. Dr. Rolland has presented her work at various national conferences and has published in the areas of working with families and siblings.

Dr. Rolland is on faculty at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago. She is a member of the Autism Society of Illinois and has worked closely with their legislative committee to develop enhanced state funding for children with autism. She is a member of the Parent-Professional Advisory Board of The Autism Project, a state funded effort to enhance training and services for children and families affected by Autism. Dr. Rolland participated on the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention, which developed the early intervention system in Illinois, and she has served on the board of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition.


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