Autism Studies Faculty

Teresa Cardon

Dr. Teresa Cardon
Assistant Professor
Director of Autism Studies
Office: SB242y

Teresa A. Cardon, PhD., CCC-SLP has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 20 years. Dr. Cardon completed her doctoral training in Speech & Hearing Science with an autism emphasis and currently works at Utah Valley University in the Autism Studies program. Dr. Cardon has published her research on autism in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She is the author of three books that offer intervention support for individuals on the autism spectrum: Top Ten Tips (2008), Initiations and Interactions (2006) and Let's Talk Emotions (2004).


Kris Doty

Dr. Kris Doty
Char, Department of Behavioral Science
Office: LA 012

Kris Doty is a graduate of Utah Valley University, having received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Utah. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention. She has served on advisory boards for several local organizations. Kris teaches social work and is the Director of Social Work Field Education at Utah Valley University. She has been happily married to Bill Doty for 32 years and they are the parents of five children.


Tracy Golden

Dr. Tracy Golden
Assistant Professor
Office: SB242w

Tracy Golden completed her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Utah in December, 2011, and will be awarded her degree in May, 2012. Her research interests are around the unique patterns of relating that parents develop with their children with autism. Ms. Golden is currently a trainee at the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities Program (URLEND) participating on the autism enhancement track. Ms. Golden has been involved in the disability field since 2004. She helped co-found Utah Families for Effective Autism Treatment and served as vice president. She is also a collaborating member of the Utah Autism Council, the State of Utah “Learn the Signs. Act Early” Team, the Maturation Work Group for Children with Developmental Disabilities, and the Utah Autism Project (a volunteer organization serving Latino families). Her interest in the Utah Act Early Program arose from her belief that parents should have opportunities for early detection in order to access early intervention. She is particularly interested in increasing identification of developmental disabilities in underserved populations.