Advisory Board

Temple Grandin School has many individuals throughout this and other communities who are enthusiastic supporters of TGS. Some of these have consented to consult with TGS on an occasional and on-going basis in order to continue to help make TGS one of the top educational institutions around. TGS is grateful for their vote of confidence and support as we seek to serve this amazing group of students.

Business Advisors:

Brian Watson

Associate Creative Director,
Cactus Marketing, Denver, CO

Dennis Castle

Millenicom, Inc., Portland, OR

ASD Advisors:

Susan Hepburn, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Vanderbilt University.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research at JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 18 current research protocols and has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests include: autism development, outcome, and comorbidity with other conditions, and interventions to promote adaptive coping skills. Dr. Hepburn teaches Child Development to psychiatrists and Early Intervention to interns and fellows, facilitates a medical students’ ethics discussion group, and as a certified ADOS and ADI-R trainer, oversees training and reliability procedures for clinicians and trainees on autism diagnostic evaluation tools. As a member of the Colorado Autism Task Force, she trains school-based teams in best practices for screening and educational identification, and is developing content on toilet-training and on screening for autism for videos for families, educators and service providers.

Jon Garson, LCSW

Jon Garson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, serving Boulder and outlying counties, with thirty-one years experience working with individuals and their families. He has led summer bicycle trips for teens throughout the U.S. and Europe, raced bicycles for 12 years, been a school teacher in the New York Cityʼs South Bronx, Lower East Side and Brooklyn.
Jon started his social work/therapist career in 1983 after completing a Masterʼs degree in Social Work from Columbia University. He has worked in residential settings including those that address severe mental illness, adolescent chemical dependency, incarcerated youth, adolescent sexual aggression and victimization. He started his private practice while living in Vermont specializing in AD/HD and other behavioral disorders of adolescence. Jon has developed a specialization in individuals with Aspergerʼs over the past six years.
He lives with his wife, two teenage sons and yellow lab in Boulder. He is addicted to bluegrass music, biking and yoga.

Brian Wolff, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Wolff is a Licensed Child Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in the diagnostic evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual and learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. His clinical work is grounded in evidence-based research and employs a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach to assessment and therapy. In addition to diagnostic evaluations, Dr. Wolff collaborates with families in developing and sustaining treatment plans focused on supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of children and teenagers. Treatment plans can include individual and/or family therapy, as well as consultation with school teams and health professionals. Dr. Wolff obtained post-doctoral training both as a research fellow at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Denver, and as a Lecturer at the University of Denver. His M.A. and Ph.D. are in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, and he received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Yale University.

Kathryn Stewart, Ph.D.

Founder of Orion Academy, the first college-preparatory high school for students with NLD and ASD.