Devereux New York - Millwood Learning Center
Cindy Alterson, Ph.D., BCBA
Dr. Cindy Alterson received her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University-State University of New York in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York-University at Albany in 1999. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the renowned Neurobehavioral Unit of the Kennedy-Krieger Institute-Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Alterson is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a NYS School District Administrator.
Dr. Alterson is currently the Principal/Program Director of DMLC. Dr. Alterson provides administrative and clinical expertise to the school towards skill acquisition and reduction of behaviors that interfere with learning and consultation to part- and full-time inclusion programs in less restrictive settings. She started a pre-vocational program which has since grown to allow the hiring of a staff member dedicated to this purpose.
Dr. Alterson is an adjunct faculty member of Manhattanville College and teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, functional behavior assessment and functional analysis in the Department of Special Education. She participates on the New York State Child-Specific Exceptions Panel, and is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences in the areas of positive behavior support and instruction of students with autism spectrum disorders.
Stacey Coburn, M.Ed.
Ms. Coburn received her B.A. in 1998 from University of Nevada in Las Vegas and her Master’s Degree in General and Special Education from Manhattanville College in 2008. She is currently preparing to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
Ms. Coburn has over ten years of experience as a teacher and supervisor in special education in private settings, with both early intervention and school aged students with autism. Her current position as an Educational Coordinator at DMLC requires her to support students who are mostly elementary school aged. She is responsible for curriculum development, parent contact and coordination of generalization activities, and staff training in her assigned classrooms. A goal of these classrooms is to transition as many of the students as possible to less restrictive settings and the generalization of learned skills to the home environment. Ms. Coburn has been instrumental in DMLC’s consultation with school districts on extended-day services for DMLC and other students.
Dina Turcic, M.S.
Educational and Training Coordinator
Ms. Turcic received her B.A. in Psychology from SUNY-New Paltz in 2003 and her Master’s Degree in General and Special Education from New Paltz in 2008. She is currently completing coursework towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Ms. Turcic has over eight years of experience as a teacher and supervisor in special education in public and private settings. Her current position as an Educational Coordinator at DMLC requires her to support students who are approximately middle-school aged. She is responsible for curriculum development, parent contact and coordination of generalization activities, and staff supervision in her assigned classrooms. Some students of this age are also included in their public school with typical peers, of which Ms. Turcic maintains the experience. In addition, her role with these students is to prepare those who are not transitioning to less restrictive settings for the DMLC vocational program.