Dr. Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury is a clinical psychologist (currently licensed in Ohio) who has over 25 years of direct experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). He has published 4 articles on autism:
- Play Interactions of Family Members towards Children with Autism (1999)
- A Developmental-Behavioral Approach to Outpatient Psychotherapy with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2011)
- Enhancing the Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders via a Model of Culturally Sensitive Childhood Assessment (2012)
- Resilience and the Narratives of Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012)
Dr. El-Ghoroury has presented at numerous conferences on autism spectrum disorders, including presentations in Spanish:
- American Psychological Association
- Society of InterAmerican Psychology (in Spanish)
- Congreso Latinoamericano de Estudiantes en Psicologia (in Spanish)
- Hawaii Psychological Association (keynote presentation)
- MetroHealth Medical Center (grand rounds for pediatricians)
- American University in Cairo (Egypt, in English)
Dr. El-Ghoroury’s clinical experience with children with autism spectrum disorders is broad:
- Two years of clinical work and research at the UCLA Young Autism Project, where he trained with Dr. Ivar Lovaas in home based applied behavior analysis (ABA) with children with ASDs;
- Clinical work and research at the Institute for Child Development, a private special education school for children with autism in Binghamton, NY;
- Postdoctoral training in school consultation for applied behavioral analysis at the University of Rochester, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, where he received advanced training in functional behavior assessment and use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, the gold standard measure for ASDs
- Seven years of practice at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, where he conducted individual assessments and provided psychological services to children with ASDs, including assessment and intervention in Spanish.
- He was awarded the Student Research Prize from the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) for his master’s degree thesis examining how family members played with children who have autism.
In addition to his expertise in autism spectrum disorders, Dr. El-Ghoroury has over a decade of experience with other child and adolescent conditions:
- externalizing childhood behavior problems (such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder)
- anxiety disorders
- mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder)
- pediatric health conditions (burns, pseudoseizure, headache, Crohn’s disease, HIV, diabetes, sickle cell anemia).
Dr. El-Ghoroury is fully bilingual. His presentations in South America were given completely in Spanish. He spent seven years working with many Latino children in his practice in Cleveland, OH.
Dr. El-Ghoroury currently works for a nonprofit professional organization in Washington, DC, where he is the director of the student group of the association.
I was impressed with the recent article regarding your trip to Cuba. I am making several copies to send to colleagues, but moreso to friends, and relatives who have extreme antipathy toward Cuba. I was particularly impressed that you chose to be photographed with Che. Have you any thoughts about the concept of having a psychologist ‘assigned’ or at least present in every doctor’s office (e.g. pediatric practices) on some pre-determined schedule. The model in the US is for a particular doctor to refer a patient to one or more psychologists. The model assumes that the particular physician is skillful in diagnosing the need for professional psychological intervention. I believe that many physicians are reluctant to refer a child for evaluation or treatment being leery of the inference of ‘mental ‘ problems in the child. Thanks for your attention, and once again i enjoyed the article. Dr. Golden