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Dr John CarossoDr. John Carosso, Psy.D.

  • Licensed Psychologist Certified School Psychologist
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis in Special Education
  • Certified Trauma Professional
  • Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Dyslexia

Dr. Carosso’s experience in the mental health field dates back to over twenty-five years in a number of capacities including as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist. He has worked in private, school-based, inpatient, residential, and in-home settings. His specialization is in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of children and teenagers and, in that regard, he has conducted literally tens of thousands of evaluations with children, and families, of all walks of life. He has also encountered virtually all mental health complexities including within the autistic spectrum, attention deficit, defiance and oppositionality, depression, anxiety and panic, academic problems, psychosis, and delinquency. As part of the evaluation and treatment process, he makes it a priority to help parents obtain a thorough understanding of their child’s diagnosis and suggest ways to manage their child’s developmental needs. Dr. Carosso is available through the Autism Center of Pittsburgh to provide evaluations and consultation as needed.

Dr. LowensteinDr. 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 adults in the Pittsburgh area including the UPMC Beaver Medical Center, Mercy Psychiatric Institute of the Mercy Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital, and the Monsour Medical Center. He serves as Medical Director of Community Psychiatric Center’s State licensed Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

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 is certified in the treatment of opioid addictions with Suboxone.

Dr. Lowenstein founded and has directed Kidsnet/ Community Psychiatric Centers, has practiced psychiatry for the past 42 years, and is a current Preferred Prescriber for the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization.

JulieJulie Hillwig, MSEd, LPC, MSEd

Julie is a licensed professional counselor in the state of PA as well as a nationally certified 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 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.



JudithPicComingJudith McKnight, Licensed Psychologist

Judith McKnight Krynski, MS is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of professional experience in working with children, families and adults in a variety of settings providing both psychotherapy and evaluations.  She has also provided supervision for other therapists/psychologists and consultation to parents.  Ms. McKnight Krynski completed her Master’s Degree in Child Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and had all course work completed for a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology by 1982.  She has been in private practice since 1982 and has continued to be affiliated with a variety of agencies in Western Pennsylvania.  She joined the Autism Center of Pittsburgh when it first opened in 2006.  Ms. McKnight Krynski has evaluated and treated thousands of children through the years.  Her specialty at this point is in evaluating children on the Autism Spectrum as well as children with a variety of mental health problems.  She is an Independent Psychologist for several counties who provide Value Behavioral Health insurance to families and on the panel of psychologist who provide CCBHO insurance for families and children.  She is able to complete initial evaluations and ongoing evaluations for wraparound services for children.

Audrey,2008003Audrey Rasmusson

Audrey is an attorney, and special education and school discipline form a large part of her practice. Since the inception of the Autism Center of Pittsburgh, she has referred many families for evaluation and services and has been happy to do so. Audrey notes the 6-month wait for her child to be evaluated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh back in the lat ’90s and believe the Autism Center is filling a vital need.

Also vital is the Autism Center’s advocacy for children on the spectrum. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of sharing her legal knowledge with Kristin Gallagher on a pro bonos basis on many occasions so that Kristin could more effectively advocate for children and their families. Kristin has communicated with Audrey very positively regarding the efficacy of the legal advice.

Audrey’s background is both legal and financial. In addition, she is a parent of two children with ASD. She clearly understand the “nuts and bolts” of daily life with ASD and its legal vicissitudes. She is also versed in fiduciary best practices.

Audrey’s skills and experience make her well-suited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. She is truly honored to do so. Ms Rasmusson is avaible for free legal consultation, regarding your child’s school related matters, at the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Call 1-855-HOPE360 to schedule.