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Landmark College’s Center for Neurodiversity has been exploring the best way to define neurodiversity as both an identity and a movement. Our goal is to reduce stigma toward neurodiverse people. This can be achieved by validating the challenges they face while embracing the strengths and beauty of being neurodivergent.”

– Anais Sidonia, 2019 Intern


Professor Solvegi Shmulsky

Solvegi Shmulsky is a professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Neurodiversity. She has an M.Ed. in human development and a B.A. in human services from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her experience includes teaching courses in positive psychology, emotion, adolescent and adult development, social identity development, and diversity psychology at Landmark College. Her research has focused on identifying effective postsecondary practices for neurodivergent students. She has written more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles published in academic journals such as Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of STEM Teacher Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Focus on Autism and Developmental Disorders, and College Teaching. She lives with her family, including an English springer spaniel and a cat, in Brattleboro, VT.

Social Pragmatics Director Andy Donahue

Andy Donahue is the director of Social Pragmatic Programs and Services. He has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University New England and a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Southern Maine. Specializing in working with students on the spectrum, Andy has extensive experience working as a therapist, teacher, administrator, and vocational counselor with students and adults in a variety of educational and community settings. Andy and his popular therapy dog Guddu, a bichon frise, live in Northampton, MA.

Career Connections Director Jan Coplan

Jan Coplan is the director of Career Connections. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of education and more than eight years as a career counselor. She has an M.Ed. from Antioch New England University and a B.A. from McDaniel College. She has presented at various conferences including Landmark College’s Summer Institute, National Career Development Association (NCDA), Cooperative Education and Internships Association (CEIA), the College Inclusion Summit, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). She also serves as a content expert for NACE’s Careers for Students with Disabilities Task Force.

Steering Group and Committees

The Center for Neurodiversity is a collaborative project including staff, faculty, and students.

Steering Group — The purpose of the Steering Group is to explore neurodiversity topics and provide big-picture advice to the Center.

  • Solvegi Shmulsky, Chair
  • Peter A. Eden, President of Landmark College
  • Manju Banerjee, Vice President for Educational Research and Innovation
  • Sallie Banta, Assistant Director of Social Pragmatic Programs and Services
  • Kim Coleman, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
  • Jan Coplan, Director of Career Connections
  • Mark DiPietro, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
  • Andy Donahue, Director of Social Pragmatic Programs and Services
  • Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ken Gobbo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • John Elder Robison, Visiting Lecturer and Advisor to the Center for Neurodiversity
  • John Russo, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Computer Science
  • All Student Interns
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