Bryna Siegel Ph.D.
Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist whose research has focused on the development and learning of children with autism. She is the founder and executive director of the Autism Center of Northern California and a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. She has written and lectured widely about autism as the confluence of expected and atypical development in order to identify and treat autism-specific learning disabilities and autistic learning styles. Her interest in the politics of autism grows from years of observing disparities in access to autism diagnosis, autism education, and support for families living with autism. In her newest book, The Politics of Autism, she explores American positivism, internet disinformation, and focuses on autism as a case example of how and why societal forces have led to wasteful and ineffective autism education, false hope for cures, pyrrhic battles about vaccines, lack of vision to plan for adults with autism, and a focus on medical research that furthers basic science in the name of autism, but expropriates dollars that could be improving lives.