Elaine Gabovitch, MPA

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S3
Worcester, MA, MA 01655
Phone: 774-455-6531
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: May 20, 2014


Leadership Administrative Staff: Director of Family-Centered Initiatives
Instructor, LEND program
Newsletter Editor
Act Early Ambassador
Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Discipline Coordinators: Parent/Family Resources
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Family Studies
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
No Council Membership
Research: Family-centered care, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, children and youth with special health care needs, early detection of autism and developmental disorders, transition, health promotion, community-based participatory research
Education: Family and consumer disability perspectives, family-centered care, family involvement, family/professional collaboration, time management, project management, MCH leadership projects, autism spectrum disorders, online distance learning
Service: Shriver Center Spotlight newsletter, AUCD LEND Family Faculty network, AUCD COCA network, UMass Medical School Autism Interest Group, Boston Autism Consortium, Massachusetts Family TIES, Family/Professional Partners Institute Alumni Network, Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Friends of LADDERS, assorted volunteer disability efforts


Faculty Appointment:

Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center


  • MPA, Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management, 2008
  • LEND Certificate, Shriver Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, 2006
  • BA, Regis College, Weston, MA 1981


    • Gabovitch, E. & Curtin, C. (July, 2009). Family-centered care for children with autism spectrum disorders: A review.  Marriage & Family Review Journal.
    • Stokes, E.A., Fleming, R.K., Gabovitch, E., Maslin, M.C.T., Serna, R.W., Buckley, M., Gray, C., & Roselli, P. (2009, May). Educating parents of children with ASD in behavioral intervention: An online program. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Phoenix, AZ.
    • Gabovitch, E., Gleason, P. & Curtin, C. (July 2009) (ed.) International Outreach.  Shriver Center Spotlight, 2, 1.
    • Gabovitch, E., Gleason, P. & Curtin, C. (2009) (ed.) Current & Emerging Technologies.  Shriver Center Spotlight, 1, 2.
    • Gabovitch, E. & Curtin, C. (2008) (ed.) Health Promotion in People with Developmental Disabilities.  Shriver Center Spotlight, 1, 1.
    • Gabovitch, E. & Wiseman, N. (2005). Early Identification in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education and Treatment, (3rd ed.), D. Zager, ed., 145-172.

    Awards & Honors:

    • Margaret L. Bauman Award, Parent in a Professional Capacity, 2009
    • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Administrators, 2008
    • American Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP) Family Scholar 2008
    • Graduate Research Grants Program Award for 2006 from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
    • Alumnae Achievement Award for 2006, Regis College, Weston MA
    • Autism Society of America Media Excellence in Video Award 2002, for "On the Spectrum: Children and Autism"

    Advisory Boards:

    • Family Partner Consultant, Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Community and Health Sciences, Maternal and Child Health Program, February 2005 to present
    • Advisor, Mayor's Summit on Autism, City of Boston, April 3, 2009.
    • Advisor, Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Early Intervention Autism Forums, Aug. & Nov. 2008.
    • Advisor/consultant, Impact of Employee Benefits on Families with Children with Autism funded by Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund. Sept. 2008-Sept. 2009. Principal Investigator: Srilakshmi (Sangeeth) Gnanasekaran, MD, MPH, MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
    • Advisory board member, parent consultant, Training School Speech-Language Pathologists to Maximize Oral Communication in Children with Autism funded by U.S. Department of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for $733,000.  Sept. 2005-Sept 2009. Principle Investigator: Shelly Velleman; Co-investigators: Mary Andrianopoulos, Christina Foreman and Elena Zaretsky. University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders
    • Advisory board member, parent consultant, The Training of Leaders in Speech Language Pathology as Effective Collaborators in the Public Schools funded by U.S. Department of Education under the Preparation of Leadership Personnel (CFDA 84.325D) competition for $799, 602.  Sept 2008-Sept 2010.
    • Advisory board member, parent consultant, to Family-Professional Partner Institute (FPPI), funded by Massachusetts Department of Public Health and N.E. SERVE to continue the work of the Family Partner Initiative.  Sept. 2005-June 2008.
    • Grant team member, parent representative, Exploring the Options for Children with Autism, for Lexington Public Schools, funded by Massachusetts Department of Education for $75,000.  Sept. 2005-Sept 2007. 

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