Staff

Alison Singer is the Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation. Alison manages the foundation’s strategy and directs it to fulfill its mission of supporting autism research and educating the public to increase awareness of autism and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Alison has served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) since 2007. She also currently serves on the executive board of the Yale Child Study Center, on the external advisory board of the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University, and on the external advisory board of the CDC’s Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Alison chairs the International Society for Autism Research public relations committee and is a member of the IMFAR program committee and community advisory committee. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alycia Halladay is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. She oversees the science programs and portfolio of ASF. She previously served as Senior Director of Environmental and Clinical Sciences at Autism Speaks. She holds a PhD in psychology from Rutgers University and completed a post doctoral fellowship in pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University.

Casey Gold is the Director of Operations at the Autism Science Foundation. Casey assists with the implementation of the brain tissue donation campaign in addition to other ASF events and programs. She has three years of teaching experience in special education, working mostly with children with an ASD. Casey graduated from Skidmore College with a BS in Educational Studies and received a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University.

Mahir Rahman is the Community Relations Manager. He studied at Yale College where he conducted research on autism treatments and etiology at the Yale Child Study Center with ASF SAB members Dr. Kevin Pelphrey and Dr. James McPartland. Mahir also conducted genomics research, particularly on autism, at Seoul National University College of Medicine with Dr. Murim Choi. Mahir graduated with a BS from Yale with distinction in the Neuroscience track of Psychology.