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Teresa Daly, Ph.D.   Director

Kimberly Spence, Ph.D.


Dr. Daly received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with specialization    in developmental disabilities from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She started her 25+ years of experience serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders as an assistant in an inclusive preschool program. Prior to joining UCF CARD, she was Director of Training at Emory University Autism Center. While at Emory, she was Program Director of the nationally recognized Walden Toddler Program, an inclusive model demonstration program for the treatment of toddlers with autism. She is a licensed psychologist and board certified Behavior Analyst, and has served as consultant to NEC-TAC on best practices for ASD. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from agencies that include Autism Speaks, Georgia Childcare Council, the Parker Family Foundation and Department of Education.  She presents locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to ASD, Incidental Teaching, and Early Intervention in ASD. She teaches future speech language pathologists at UCF. Her research and training interests include incidental teaching, social interaction, and early intervention. She enjoys reading mystery and crime novels, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Spence received her undergraduate degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education, her Master's in Varying Exceptionalities, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining CARD, Kim worked within public and private settings as a Teacher and Behavior Specialist. She published her ground-breaking research involving the use of hand-held technology by individuals with autism spectrum disorders in an effort to complete jobs in the book, Assistive Technology and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research-Based Practice & Innovation in the Field (Journal of Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits). In addition to her responsibilities at CARD, Kim is an active member of several national professional organizations, a member of the Project Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Grant Advisory Committee at UCF, an adjunct instructor for both the College of Education and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCF. Her research and training interests include law enforcement awareness training and sexuality awareness training for individuals with significant impairments. Outside of work, Kim enjoys traveling, sport fishing, and watching the Dallas Cowboys.