I have a background as both a clinician and researcher, with over fifteen years of experience providing training to families and clinics in the U.S. and internationally.
I attended graduate school at the University of Washington where I was involved in providing Early Start Denver Model intervention through the initial research studies of the model. I also received extensive training in psychological assessment and psychotherapy through my work with children, adults, and families. My training encompassed behavioral disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, autism, ADHD, trauma, developmental delay, social skills, depression, anxiety, divorce, and many other common reasons for seeking therapy.
I completed my internship and postdoctoral work at UCLA. My internship was focused on developmental disabilities, and in addition to autism I gained extensive experience treating children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. My postdoctoral work involved developing an intervention for children as young as 12 months experiencing developmental delay.
I worked for two years at Autism Speaks as a dissemination scientist in the international public health department. I was responsible for developing many training programs designed to work internationally and in low resource settings. While in New York working full-time at Autism Speaks I maintained a private practice.
Now that I'm in San Diego, I'm very excited to be focusing on working with children and families. I have certifications and expertise in several interventions that are not otherwise available in the area, including the Early Start Denver Model and JASPER, and I'm pleased to be able to offer these services to families. In addition, I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including a specific version developed for autism), Play Therapy, Pivotal Response Therapy and comprehensive assessment services.
Approaches to enhancing the early detection of autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review of the literature.
The association between parental interaction style and children’s joint engagement in families with toddlers with autism.
5 Things to Do While Waiting for an Autism Evaluation
Evaluating Early Interventions
Maximizing the Effectiveness of the iPad for People with Autism