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Pamela Lemerand, PhD

Associate Professor, College Supports Program Co-Director

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PhD in Educational Psychology, University of Michigan
MA in Human Development, Wayne State University
BS in Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University

Teaching Interests

  • Pediactrics
  • Mental Health
  • Social Policy
  • Meaning of Occupation

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Lemerand, P. (2014, March). Early Childhood Diagnosis and Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Invited Presentation for Macomb Intermediate School District Early Childhood Special Education programs. Macomb, MI.

Lemerand, P., Burton-Hoyle, S. (2014, January). Now and Next: Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Across the Life Span. Invited presentation for the Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Wayne, MI. 

Lemerand, P., (2013, December). Differential Diagnosis of ASD vs. Other Special Education Eligibilities. Invited paper at annual Speech/Language Therapist Professional Development Symposium, Wayne County Regional Education Agency, Wayne, MI.

Lemerand, P., Burton-Hoyle, S. (2013, November). A Successful College Supports Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum Enrolled in University. Invited paper presented at the American Speech Hearing Association annual conference in Chicago IL.

Yatczak, J., Zakrajsek, A., Lemerand, P. (2013, October). Using Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Explore How Students Understand Occupation: A Curricular Approach. Paper accepted for presentation at the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA annual conference in Lexington KY.

Carson, J., Wilson, L., Tomchek, S., Lemerand, P. (2013, April). The Use of Telehealth for Autism Screening, Assessment, and Early Intervention Services: Clinical Exemplars in Occupational Therapy. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Long Beach, CA.

Lemerand, P. (2013, March). Is it ASD, EI, or ADHD? Differential Diagnosis for Multidisciplinary School Teams. Invited presentations at Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency, Romulus, and MI. and at Macomb/Oakland School Therapists meeting, Warren MI.

Lemerand, P. (2013, January). Evidence Based Interventions for Children with ASD. Invited presentation for Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Romulus MI.

Lemerand, P. & Rowe, B. (2013, March). Fundamental ASD classroom strategies for Head Start teachers and paraprofessionals. Invited presentation at the Wayne County Michigan Head Start Conference. Dearborn MI.

Additional Information

Member of the Advisory Sub-Committee for writing the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder State Plan

Member of the State of Michigan Autism Council for the Implementation of the State Plan-Sub-Committee on Early Childhood Diagnosis and Treatment.

Committee Member of two national Telehealth committees; one is charged with developing ASD screening programs, while the other is charged with developing occupational therapy guidelines for Telehealth services related to autism.

Board of Trustee and Executive Committee member of Starr Commonwealth, an internationally recognized leader in transformational mental health programs for children, families and communities.

Serve on the Professional Advisory Board of an NIMH grant to provide visual/video examples of ASD behaviors; over 1500 short video clips demonstrating approximately 80 categories of behaviors identified from the DSM V; filming ages 2 years through adults and comparing typical and ASD behaviors. I am one of the content advisors, behavior raters and feedback providers.

Provided the EMU faculty leadership for the faculty initiative to develop a multidisciplinary training center for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Secured $1.5 million dollars in grant funding to lead faculty in the design, development, and implementation of the EMU Autism Collaborative Center. Served as the Executive Director until a full time administrator was hired to lead the Center.

Current release time at the Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) serving as the Clinical Director responsible for program development, assist with hiring of clinical staff, and development of EMU student education opportunities for students in eight different disciplines.

In collaboration with faculty from the COE, the Autism Collaborative Center developed a national model for a College Supports Program for students with Asperger’s Syndrome at EMU. The model has received national recognition as one of the ten best programs in the country.

Tele-health program. In collaboration with clinicians, faculty, and students to research best practices for each discipline in the provision of Telehealth services.


Bridge, T.J., Weincek, P. & Lemerand, P.  Outside In: Program Evaluation .  Eastern Michigan University, STARR Commonwealth Montcalm. 2008-2013.  Grant Consultant of the Outside-In Residential Program for youth with ASD and other mental health diagnoses and disorders. Consulted on all activities including the development of logic model, data collection protocols, and outcome evaluation/findings.

Research Interests:

  • Autism
  • Trauma in Children
  • Homeless Children
  • Community Collaboration
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