Laura Schreibman, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA where she focused on the field of behavior analysis and treatment of childhood autism. Her research since her degree has continued in the same vein and she currently directs the UCSD Autism Intervention Research Program, a federally funded research program focusing on the experimental analysis and treatment of autism. Her general research interests include naturalistic behavioral intervention strategies (Pivotal Response Training), the development of individualized treatment protocols, translation of empirically-based treatments into community settings, analysis of language and attentional deficits, generalization of behavior change, parent training, and issues of assessment. She is the author of two books and over 140 research articles and book chapters. The Science and Fiction of Autism, published in 2005 by Harvard University Press, is her third book.