robert-lowensteinDr. Robert A. Lowenstein, M.D., and Dr. John Carosso, Psy.D. have served as principle consultants for Apple Tree in assisting to develop the curriculum, behavioral programs, and general content. Find out more about these two seasoned and credentialed practitioners:

Dr. Robert A. Lowenstein, MD is a Board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who has directed numerous psychiatric inpatient hospital, Residential Treatment Facility, Partial Hospital, and Outpatient community mental health center programs for children and teens. He has over 40 years experience in alleviating both behavioral problems, and the common issues associated with autism. Dr. Lowenstein is a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. He graduated from Columbia College in New York City, and the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. He was trained in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He received training in psychoanalysis at the New York Medical College. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Craig Academy, Watson Institute, and the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. A nationally recognized expert in the field of child neglect and abuse, Dr. Lowenstein was appointed by Mayor Ed Koch to serve for successive terms on the City of New, Mayor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1978 to 1986. Dr. Lowenstein has participated as Principal Investigator in a number of medication trial studies including the use of antidepressants and psychotropic medications in children. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, childhood Mood Disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Lowenstein has been instrumental here at Apple Tree and continues as a consultant to assist in producing quality educational content,

john-carossoDr. Carosso works as a Licensed Child Clinical Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and he has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis in Special Education. Dr. Carosso has more than 25 years experience working in residential, inpatient, outpatient and school settings, and providing in-home services. Dr. Carosso has conducted more than 15,000 evaluations on children with autism, learning problems and dyslexia, attention-deficit, trauma, depression, bipolar, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and related difficulties. He has supervised dozens of clinical teams; regularly provides consultation to organizations, agencies, and parents; has served on the Advisory Board of local autism societies; and presented at regional conferences. Dr. Carosso worked eight years full-time as a School Psychologist and continues to provide services as a School Psychologist for local private schools. Dr. Carosso has served for ten years as an evaluator and expert witness, in child-welfare cases. He is delighted to assist here at Apple Tree and continues to consult to develop additional programs the Institute.

neil-gloverNeil Glover is our resident Behavioral Consultant here at Apple Tree. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Master’s in Education from California University of PA. He has over a decade of experience helping parents better-manage their children, and working individually with children to improve their functioning in the home and at school. His experience includes working with children who struggle with autism, developmental issues, and behavioral problems; there is nothing he hasn’t seen. Neil has also taught college courses for seven years in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Psychology. He has worked with teachers, families and children on creating an understanding of autism spectrum disorders, and behavioral problems, to assist children in meeting their fullest potential through evidence-based practices. We are thrilled to have Neil on board here at Apple Tree, and so will you!!

julieJulie is a professional counselor.   She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Pitt in Greensburg and has received her master’s degree from Duquesne University in Marriage and family counseling.  Julie has worked full time as an outpatient therapist with children and families for  over six years and has been in the mental health field for 10 years including home, group, community, outpatient and residential settings.   She works with children, families and adults and facilitates therapy from a family systems perspective to help family’s problem solve, overcome personal issues and work towards positive home and school experiences. She also has a specialization in working with children with autism. Julie is instrumental in preparing the programming for the Apple Tree Institute and we’re thrilled to have her aboard.