Family Autism Center

The mission of the Family Autism Center (FAC) is to provide services for children, youth, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Eastern North Carolina has a variety of services for individuals with autism and their families, but these services are often fragmented and the various systems are difficult for families to navigate. This results in poor access to services and unfortunate outcomes for children, families, and adults. The increasing autism rates (nationally 1 in 88 and formerly 1 in 110) make accurate diagnosis, coordination of care, provision of services and advocacy even more critical for our region. Nationally generated autism rates specific to NC are 1 in 70 (1 in 43 boys).

Renee T. Cockrell

Renee T. Cockrell, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Primary Specialty: Pediatrics
Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
 Barbara N. Samuels, MD, MPH

Barbara N. Samuels, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor

Primary Specialty: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Secondary Training: Pediatrics; Preventive Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics; American Board of Preventive Medicine
Fellowships: University of Hawaii John A. Burns College of Medicine: Behavior and Developmental; North Carolina Memorial Hospital: Preventive Medicine
Residency: Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA; and Bexar County Hospital / University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX
Medical School: University of Texas: Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
Graduate School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC: MPH, Maternal & Child Health
Ancillary Roles: Division Chief, Behavior and Developmental