Please join us in congratulating Beth Davidoff who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation today. She conceptualized and executed a very interesting study that investigated mothers’ spoken language input and the language output of children with autism spectrum disorder at the early stages of communication development. Her results have important implications for advancing knowledge and improving outcomes for children with ASD. According to the doctoral handbook, the doctoral dissertation marks the transition from a doctoral candidate to a high quality, independent researcher who demonstrates substantial expertise in his/her area of scholarship. Beth has clearly made this transition. Congratulations, Beth!