About Us

What is ECHO Autism?

ECHO Autism is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to autism and behavioral experts. ECHO Autism takes the principles of ECHO and adds the components of interdisciplinary expertise, including the integration of parent expertise. Our interdisciplinary team advises providers across the country and even internationally to support best practices in autism care for medical, behavioral and education concerns. This innovative system allows professionals and caregivers to increase their confidence in identifying and treating autism and expand their knowledge about treatments and solutions.

ECHO Autism Team

Kristin Sohl 2
Kristin Sohl MD, FAAP
Executive Director
Curran_Alicia 2
Alicia Brewer Curran BS, Grad Cert.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Melinda Odum 2
Melinda Odum MSW, LCSW
Associate Director of Training and Outreach
Robin Hardesty BS
Associate Director of Programs and Expansion
melissa mahurin
Melissa Mahurin BA
Associate Director of Research and Data Management
Valeria Nanclares 2
 Valeria Nanclares PsyD
Director of Program Development and Global Expansion, ECHO Autism Communities
Dr. Valeria Nanclares-Nogués is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders, with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and intervention of autism spectrum disorders. For 20 years, she developed and directed the Autism Treatment Program at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She translated into Spanish the gold-standard instruments for the diagnosis of autism: The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised and the Autism Diagnostic Observation schedule. She provides trainings throughout the US and Latin America, helping professionals and organizations create greater access to services and improve care for children with ASD and their families. She is the Director of Program Development and Global expansion for ECHO Autism, helping to replicate ECHO Autism programs in Latin America and she serves on two ECHO Autism Hub teams including ECHO Autism: Primary Care and ECHO Autism: Psychology.
Christy Kidwell 2
Christy Kidwell BA
Clinic and Training Coordinator
Maria Seville 2
Maria Seville
Clinic Coordinator and Replication liaison
Ihenacho_Nwanyinna 2
Nwanyinna Ihenacho MPH, BHS
Research Specialist II
Wendy Cornell 2
Wendy Cornell BS
Research Coordinator
Katrina Boles 2
Katrina Boles M.S.
Data Analyst
Brandy Dickey
Clinic Coordinator and Replication Liaison
Our Goal

What is ECHO Autism?

Learn more about how the ECHO framework works and how we apply it to autism to train providers and treat patients across the world.

Our Story

How did it start?

Learn more about our story and how ECHO Autism developed into a leading way to promote and create Autism Ready Communities.