APF Staff


A world where all individuals with autism reach their fullest potential.


Advancing effective methodology and behavior analytic treatment to improve outcomes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Meet The Staff

Justin Leaf


Dr. Justin Leaf is the Director of Training and Co-Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Justin worked directly under the mentorship of Dr. James Sherman and Dr. Jan Sheldon.

Justin has over ten years of clinical and research experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. His research interests include looking at ways to improve social skills for children and adolescents with ASD, developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, and evaluating long term outcomes for children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD. Justin has taught graduate level courses in applied behavior analysis and research methodologies. Additionally, Justin has published many articles in peer reviewed journals, published several book chapters, has presented at state, national, and international conferences, and has consulted on research projects nationally and internationally.

Scott Lawlor

Technology Director

Scott is the Technology director for APF. He oversees the implementation of new digital assets, ranging from online learning activities to technical conference solutions. Scott has a background in online education and is particularly passionate about promoting fairness and diversity in educational settings.

Feel free to send Scott a message if you ever want to discuss the intersection of Behavior Analysis and technical solutions.

To contact Scott, email him at: scott@apfmail.org.

Kate Solomon

Administration & Development

Kate Solomon joined APF as Administrator in November 2020. She brings extensive experience in business administration, marketing and law, having created several successful small businesses and worked for 7 years as a paralegal. Kate is a jill-of-all-trades and handles any manner of day-to-day administration duties, as well as grant, development and operations work for APF. Originally from Zimbabwe, Kate’s international background gives her a well-rounded perspective, with a special interest in diversity, inclusion and catering to the global village.

Kate received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration from the University of North Texas in 2017 and has plans to attend graduate school in the future. Kate is a lover of baking, travel, the outdoors, hiking, and surfing.

Kate can be reached at kate@apfmail.org

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