Dr. Gilbert is an Associate Professor in the Psy.D. School/Community Psychology Program at Hofstra University, has a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology, and she is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is the founder and Director of the Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Hofstra University. Dr. Gilbert’s expertise is in the area of developmental disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders, early childhood development, and special needs assessment. Dr. Gilbert is focused on the early identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and emphasizes the importance of early intervention with this population. Working with the family as a system is of special importance to Dr. Gilbert as she strives to provide a wide variety of support services for families. Dr. Gilbert has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, who have developmental disabilities, such as ASD, in early intervention and diagnostics, in research exploring various behavior and language interventions, in Applied Behavior Analysis, and in the area of prelinguistic/language interventions. Early and accurate diagnosis provides the most efficacious treatment for this population, and Dr. Gilbert advocates the importance of utilizing the most current diagnostic measures, such as the premier diagnostic objective measure, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition, (or ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R).
Her current research interests include early onset predictors of ASD, as well as communication interventions, such as Milieu Communication Therapy, which is a naturalistic, evidenced based language intervention used to increase social pragmatics, such as eye contact, gesture, vocalizations/verbalizations, and overall functional communication. Dr. Gilbert has presented her research at various national and international conferences, and has published her work in such journals as Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, and books such as AAPI’s Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sage’s Handbook of Developmental Disorders. Dr. Gilbert teaches doctoral level courses, such as, Advanced Developmental Theory, Psychopathology of the Emotionally Disturbed Child, Exceptional Child, Assessment and Intervention Strategies, Intellectual Assessment, and Clinical Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Gilbert supervises practicum students and various dissertations for doctoral students. Dr. Gilbert utilizes empirically validated interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral therapies, in her work with patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disorders. Dr. Gilbert specializes in working with those with comorbid diagnoses, such as various types of anxiety and depression, utilizing cognitive behavioral approaches.