Dr. Ann Cox is the Project Director for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders at FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Formerly, Dr. Cox was the FPG Site Coordinator for the Center. Prior to coming to FPG, Dr. Cox was Associate Director at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and held joint faculty appointments in the Schools of Education and Nursing. During her 20 years at the Partnership, Dr. Cox developed programs in interdisciplinary leadership education; pre-service training in early childhood and school health; and professional development in the maltreatment of individuals with disabilities, services for infants and toddlers with hearing impairments, and lead poisoning prevention. She developed and taught interdisciplinary graduate coursework at VCU and participated as a member of the preschool autism assessment team. Dr. Cox was Principal Investigator of five multi-year, federally funded projects between 2000-2006. During this time, she was a member of Virginia's Autism Council, Virginia's Part C Interagency Coordinating Council, and VCU's Research Council.