Dr. McDonald is the Associate Executive Director for Long Island Programs and Chairperson of Eden II’s Research Review Committee. In addition, she is a Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she directs advanced certificate programs and oversees a course sequence in applied behavior analysis. She has 30 years of experience directing programs for students with ASD utilizing the principles of ABA from early intervention through adulthood. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Processes from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level and a licensed behavior analyst in NY and Connecticut. Dr. McDonald currently serves on advisory boards such as QSAC and Accelerations Educational Software. She has received a number of awards for her work through the years from NYSABA, ABAI, Eden II Programs, and Hofstra University as well as awards of distinction from Oyster Bay and Northport. She presents often locally and nationally on topics related to autism, applied behavior analysis and special education. She has published a book on including students with ASD as well as chapters on technology and evidence-based interventions. She currently serves on the Editorial Board for Behavior Analysis in Practice, Journal of the American Academy of Special Education and Special Education, Research Policy and Practice of which she was a founding member. Dr McDonald has published peer-reviewed articles on topics such as: self-management, social reciprocity, PECS, scripts and semantic mapping and creativity. She also publishes a blog and popular articles to reach a broader audience. She is a regular contributor to medium.com on topics related to autism and special education.