Dissertation: Self-Esteem, Locus of Control and Career Aspirations of Siblings of
Persons with Disabilities
Advisor: A. Lee Parks, Ph.D.
Thesis: Vocational Opportunities for Students with Emotional Disturbances
Advisor: Richard Whelan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, sister to a person on the autism spectrum, has served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and is currently a panelist on the National Quality Forum for Person Centered Planning (PCP) and Practices and was executive director of the Autism Society of Michigan from 1994-2006. Dr. Burton-Hoyle has developed both graduate and undergraduate programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Eastern Michigan University. Burton-Hoyle worked to enact into Michigan’s Mental Health Code a statute which mandates PCP for eligible recipients with a developmental disability and/or mental illness. Additionally, she has developed curriculum and trainings in ASD, challenging behaviors, and PCP for educators and mental health professionals in developmental disabilities throughout the nation in all of these areas.