Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Autism Research Institute. Active in the field of autism for over 40 years, he was named director of ARI in 2006 after the passing of autism pioneer and advocate, Dr. Bernard Rimland.
Dr. Edelson received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Experimental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Medin, then served as Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, for four years. The most popular course he gave was a weekly seminar on autism.
Dr. Edelson has conducted research in a variety of areas comprising behavior, sensory issues, and cognition; he has published peer-reviewed research articles with many notables in the autism field, including Drs. Bernard Rimland, Ivar Lovaas, Temple Grandin, and Margaret Bauman.
Dr. Edelson is a participant on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society of America (ASA). He is also a former ASA Board member and a past president of the Autism Society of Oregon. Dr. Edelson was named ASA’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2000.
Please note: there is a Stephen B. Edelson, M.D., who also works in the field of autism. The two Edelsons are not related to one another.