Cindy Gevarter, PhD, BCBA-D is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia (UVa), an M.T. in special education from UVa, and a Ph.D. in early childhood special education from the University of Texas at Austin. As a special education teacher and early interventionist, she primarily worked with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities who had complex communication needs. Her research and teaching interests include ASD, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), naturalistic early communication interventions, interdisciplinary collaboration, and communication partner training.