Ackerman Autism Center

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The UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center provides clients and patients with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, and speech and behavioral therapists, for a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment plan, follow-up care and support services.

Doctor Ackerman Autism Center

Mario Gaspar De Alba, MD
Developmental Pediatrics, Autism

Photo: Mario Gaspar De Alba, MD

Dr. Mario J. Gaspar de Alba is responsible for the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities for the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center and Neurodevelopment Solutions. He also assists the UNLV School of Medicine to achieve and maintain a diverse faculty and student body, which in turns creates a culture of inclusion among patients and throughout the entire school.

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Joshua Harrold, APRN
Nurse Practitioner

Josh Harrold, APRN,  is originally from the East Coast. He went to college at Thomas Jefferson University, where he got both his BSN and MSN, with a concentration in pediatric primary care. Josh has a particular interest in developmental pediatrics. 

Josh has been practicing as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner for five years.

Josh has five years experience in pediatric primary care, three of which he served in the United States Air Force. 


Child Neurologist Aids Children with Developmental Disorders

Rooman Ahad Photo

Busy physician and mother Rooman Ahad balances caring for other people’s children with raising her own young ones.

In many ways Rooman Ahad typifies a working mother with two young children. She gets the kids dressed for school, makes breakfast, packs their lunches (her husband helps when he can), and then drives her little ones to preschool and grade school before heading off to work.

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Dr. Mario Gaspar de Alba
Helping Children, Advancing Diversity

Dr. Mario Gaspar de Alba at UNLV's Ackerman Center for Autism.

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