Rae Sonnenmeier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Institute on Disability. She also serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is a licensed speech language pathologist in New Hampshire. Dr. Sonnenmeier received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Buffalo in the field of Speech Language Pathology with expertise in early childhood language disorders, neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and augmentative communication. Since coming to UNH in 1996 Dr. Sonnenmeier has been actively engaged in the NH-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program in preparing the next generation of leaders who are skilled in interdisciplinary, family-centered practice for children and youth with disabilities and their families. She served as the LEND training director between 1999-2009 and continues to serve as a faculty mentor. She has served on numerous state-level committees dedicated to improving the system of care for individuals with developmental disabilities, including the NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2012 Dr. Sonnenmeier received the Recognition Award from the Early Education and Intervention Network of New Hampshire for outstanding leadership and professional performance on behalf of young children and families in New Hampshire.