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MARIA LEMLER HUGH is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology (Special Education) at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are grounded in implementation science with a focus in identifying the most effective and efficient methods of training teachers to use evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Maria earned 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 became certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in a variety of environments including home, school, clinic, and community organizations with individuals with ASD and those with other developmental disabilities. Before returning to school, she held the positions of Educational Consultant at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) and Autism Specialist at the University of North Carolina’s TEACCH Autism Program. She has provided goal-based parent training to parents of children with autism, school consultation, and conducted teacher trainings on evidence-based practices for students with autism.