Richard J. Wiseman has dedicated his life to the change and transformation of children's mental health in Connecticut. He was the first in the state argue that autism was a developmental, not a psychiatric, disorder, which primarily sparked from his experience working with a six-year-old autistic child during his clinicals at MSU.
This work has led to multiple community programs in Connecticut to treat autism as a developmental disorder. Wiseman, now retired, detailed his experience as a child psychologist in a new book, available on Amazon.
His book, Riverview Hospital For Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise is comprised of patient and staff interviews to offer perspective on the history of children's mental health treatment in Connecticut.