Michael D. Powers, Psy. D.

Dr. Michael D. Powers is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, Connecticut as well as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate and graduate training at Rutgers College, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. Dr. Powers specializes in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities and has published and presented extensively on these topics. He is also the author of Asperger Syndrome and Your Child , the editor of the award-winning book Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide, (second edition), and co-editor (with Drs. Volkmar, Pelphry & Rogers) of the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Powers has been involved in designing educational programs, staff training, and in program evaluation for students with autism spectrum disorders throughout the United States and abroad for over 45 years. He has worked with the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru; The Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA; the University of the Arctic, Tromso, Norway; York District Regional School Board in Ontario, Canada; Foundation Fabietti in Arezzo, Siena, and Prato, Italy; the Bedfordshire County Council (UK) School Improvement Division; the Utah, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida State Departments of Education; and various regional and local school districts. Dr. Powers is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, a member of the Professional Advisory Board of MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, The Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto, and former member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America.