Cathy Pratt, PhD

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana University
2810 East Discovery Parkway
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-855-6508
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 07, 2017

Cathy Pratt

Primary Activity Coordinators: Technical Assistance
Specialty Resource Contacts: Center Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Policy Related, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Education: Special Education
Service: Chair of the Board, Autism Society of America; Government Relations Committee, Autism Society of America; Panel of Professional Advisors, Autism Society of America; Institute on Rehabilitation Issues focused on Autism; Scientific Advisory Board, IMFAR; Board of Directors, Autism Society of Indiana; Board of Director, College Internship Program; Expert Working Group, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee


Dr. Cathy Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community located at Indiana University.  Dr. Pratt is on faculty at Indiana University, and presents internationally at conferences and workshops.  Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Boards of Maap Services, Inc., the College Internship Program, Christole Group Homes and the Autism Society of Indiana.  She currently serves as Chair of the Board for the National Autism Society of America and is Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, and a Member of the Government Relations Committee.  Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society of America and is co-director of NATTAP (Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs).  She serves on the Advisory Board for the Autism Spectrum Quarterly and is a guest editor for the Journal on Autism and Developmental Disorders.  Recently, Dr. Pratt has been involved with the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues focused on Autism; the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as a member of the Expert Working Group on Services; and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for IMFAR (International Meeting for Autism Research).  She also served as a member of the public review committee for the Research Roadmap of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society of America with the Individual Achievement Award and with the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award.  She has written articles and presents on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, instructional approaches, systems change, and policy.  Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, Dr. Pratt worked as a classroom teacher for students across the autism spectrum and with other disabilities.