Maria Lemler Hugh is pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Special Education) at the University of Minnesota. Originally from the Midwest, Maria has her Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from Case Western Reserve University. Following college, Maria attended Vanderbilt University and earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Maria is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed Special Educator. She has worked in a variety of environments including; home, school, clinic, and community organizations with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and those with other developmental disabilities. Following the completion of her Master’s degree program, she held the position of Educational Consultant at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She provided early intervention parent training to parents of young children with autism and conducted teacher trainings on evidence based practices for students with autism. Most recently, Maria was an Autism Specialist at the University of North Carolina’s TEACCH Autism Program. At the Charlotte TEACCH center, she coordinated community engagement, provided parent-training on goal-based sessions, performed diagnostic assessments, and administered training on Structured TEACCHing and evidence-based practices for students with autism. Outside of work, Maria enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, Maple, and cooking.