National Consultants

Susan Astley, Ph.D.

Dr. Astley has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and is Director of the University of Washington FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network. Dr. Astley has developed a comprehensive system for diagnosing FASD and has special expertise in FASD curricula development for medical providers. She has worked on integrating FASD information into allied health programs at the University of Washington.

Sterling Clarren, M.D.

Dr. Clarren is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia Child and Family Research Institute. In addition, he is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network. Dr. Clarren has written broadly on the topic and has testified before the US Congress and the Washington State Legislature on the needs of individuals with FASDs.

You can read more about Dr. Clarren's interests and work here.

Truman Coggins, Ph.D.

Dr. Truman Coggins is a Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. Dr. Coggins is interested in children's use of language and social contexts; his research has explored the linguistic and social communicative abilities of children with FASDs.

Tracy Jirikowic, Ph.D.

Dr. Jirikowic has a Ph.D. in special education/rehabilitative medicine from the University of Washington and has been a pediatric occupational therapist since 1991. She is a member of the University of Washington FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network. Her research interests include understanding sensory processing and integration issues, as well as early learning and development of children with FASDs.

Heather Carmichael Olson, Ph.D.

Dr. Carmichael Olson is an experienced child-clinical psychologist, and faculty member at the University of Washington. She also holds a masters degree in speech-language pathology. A clinical researcher, she works as a staff psychologist at the University of Washington FAS Diagnostic Clinic and is a Senior Lecturer at the Seattle Children's Hospital Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic.

Dr. Carmichael Olson specializes in interventions for families raising children with FASDs, carrying out both clinical services and research in that area.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Carmichael Olson is an appointed member of the National FAS Task Force, a Congressionally-appointed committe on FAS that is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.