Meet Our Team

Amanda Platner, PsyD, ABPP, Director of Adult Programs

A.PlattnerAmanda Platner, PsyD, ABPP is the Director of Adult Programs at the Emory Autism Center, as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Platner joined the EAC in the Summer of 2020. Prior to joining the EAC, Dr. Platner was a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Health Department at Franciscan Children's in Brighton, MA. She completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University and her graduate training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed two years of postdoctoral fellowship in autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders at the Marcus Autism Center/Emory University and at the MGH Lurie Center/Harvard University. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Platner specializes in working with individuals and families impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders and is particularly interested in intervention, assessment, as well as working with individuals who have comorbid medical and/or mental health conditions.

Toni Thomas, Program Manager

T.ThomasToni Thomas is the Program Manager for the EAC’s myLIFE Program, providing opportunities for adults to build and practice socially-expectant skills believed to be necessary for success within their community. She has been with myLIFE since 2004, with her current focus on the development of an inclusive, model demonstration program for adults. In 1993 Ms. Thomas joined the Emory Autism Center with her initial focusing ranging from working in the Walden Preschool programs to providing families with the skills needed to enhance their child’s development and preparation for full inclusion in school and community activities.  Ms. Thomas received her degree from Rutgers University. 

Holli Abernathy, MS, APC, Counselor

HollieHolli Abernathy, MS, APC, is a counselor at the Emory Autism Center, having worked at the EAC since March 2019. Ms. Abernathy completed her undergraduate studies at Young Harris College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2019, she earned her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. Ms. Abernathy works with the Education and Transition Services and the Adult Services at the EAC, providing individual counseling and group services to adolescents and young adults diagnosed with ASD and engaging in transition assessments for individuals diagnosed with ASD. In addition, she has developed several ASD specific curricula including a healthcare transition curriculum for transition aged youth and a self-awareness guide for counselors. 

Katie Rogers, Assistant Group Leader

KatieKatie Rogers is a native of Atlanta who graduated with a degree in Communications from Georgia State University. She has worked with different programs over the past 10 years at the Emory Autism Center. She started working with the myLIFE program in May 2015. She is excited to share and learn with the individuals in this program.