The Marquette Autism Clinic is a specialty clinic of the Center for Psychological Services at Marquette University. The clinic is directed by Amy Van Hecke, Ph.D., an autism specialist and assistant professor of psychology, and supervised by fellow professors and licensed psychologists, John Grych, Ph.D., Alyson Gerdes, Ph.D., and Stephen Saunders, Ph.D. Doctoral students in the clinical psychology program staff the clinic. The clinic works on a sliding-fee scale based on family income. We strive to serve all clients regardless of ability to pay. Our fee is a flat rate that includes all services and can be paid in full or in smaller installments. Voluntary participation in research studies being conducted by our group may also reduce the fee required.
The Marquette Autism Clinic strives to:
We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorders, utilizing measures considered to be the gold standard in the field. We serve all ages, starting with children as young as 15-months-old and extending through adulthood. All evaluations include the following measures, as well as any additional testing determined necessary:
Additionally, specialized speech/language evaluations are available through a partnership with the Marquette University Department of Speech-Language Pathology.
The Marquette Autism Clinic offers PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, Laugeson & Frankel, 2010) for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their caregivers. PEERS is an evidence-based, manualized, 14-16-week, outpatient treatment program developed at the University of California at Los Angeles. PEERS helps motivated teens and young adults learn how to make and keep friends, and learn how to develop relationships. Dr. Van Hecke is certified by UCLA to provide the PEERS program at Marquette University.
PEERS is offered in the fall and spring for adolescents aged 11-16. We are currently taking names for our waiting list for groups. Please see our research studies page for more information.
The clinic invites young adults, aged 18-26, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and a parent, guardian, or relative to participate. Young adults need to speak English competently, using full sentences, to derive the best benefit from the program. Young adults will participate in an intake session where eligibility will be determined. Sessions are once weekly, for 1.5 hours, for 16 weeks, and are typically held in the evening. Parents/guardians/caregivers meet concurrently in a separate group to support their young adult’s learning of skills. All sessions take place in the Center for Psychological Services in the Department of Psychology at Marquette University, Cramer Hall, 604 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee.
PEERS groups are offered once per year, either in fall or spring, and cost $400 per family. We are currently taking names for our waiting list for groups. A sliding scale adjustment is available for families that cannot afford the fee. Free parking is available at Marquette University.
For more information or to schedule an intake, please fill out the contact form below, or call the Marquette Autism Project at 414-288-4438. Please mention that you are interested in PEERS for young adults.
Bridget Dolan has worked in the Marquette Autism Clinic since 2011. She has held multiple roles in the clinic, serving as clinic coordinator (2013-2014) and as a clinical extern. Bridget is passionate about conducing autism evaluations for the greater Milwaukee community and truly enjoys working with families from diverse backgrounds and their children. Bridget aspires to become a pediatric neuropsychologist with the hopes of running a specialty autism clinic in order to provide much needed diagnostic services.
Christina Caiozzo has worked in the Marquette Autism Clinic as a clinical extern since January 2013. Christina is thrilled to work with a clinic that values conducting comprehensive, multi-method, multi-informant autism evaluations for the Milwaukee community. Christina approaches care from a biopsychosocial and developmental perspective and is interested in a career as a pediatric clinical psychologist.
Alana McVey has worked as a clinical extern in the Marquette Autism Clinic since 2014. She enjoys conducting comprehensive autism evaluations with individuals of all ages from the Milwaukee community. Alana is also pleased to facilitate social skills interventions as a Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) group leader. She wishes to pursue a career as a child clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder and anxiety.
If you are interested in receiving an evaluation or have further questions about our services, please contact the Marquette Autism Clinic at (414) 288-4438, or contact us via email by completing the information request form below. We will reply to your request for information within two weeks.