Alumna named associate executive director of UNT Autism Center

The UNT Autism Center and the College of Education are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Heather Hughes ('10 PhD) to our team of experienced and highly skilled professionals. Hughes will serve as the Center's associate executive director and begins her new role June 1, 2012. She will play a critically important role in implementing the Center's diagnostic, research, and direct services missions.

Hughes has an extensive educational background, including receiving her Doctorate Degree from UNT's Autism Research & Leadership Program in the College of Education's Department of Educational Psychology (Special Education). She is also a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a certified Educational Diagnostician. Hughes holds Texas Educator Certificates in Generic Special Education (PK-12), Elementary Self-Contained (1-8), and Early Childhood Education (PK-KG).

Before becoming the Director of Special Education at Keller ISD in 2007, Hughes worked as the Special Education Coordinator, a school psychologist, and an educational diagnostician at Keller ISD. Her expertise in the fields of autism and special education will make her an invaluable member of the UNT Autism Center.

The UNT Autism Center opens September 2012 and will provide comprehensive research-based interventions and services to positively impact individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families.

The Center and UNT autism graduate programs will host the Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference July 28, 2012 at the UNT Gateway Center.