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Team Members

Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at UC Davis, Director of Community-based Treatment Research, UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research focuses on examining the use of evidence-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families in school and community settings. 

Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D., is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UC San Diego. She has been implementing behavioral interventions with children on the autism spectrum for over 12 years. Her clinical experience includes developing and supervising home and school-based ABA programs and training teachers and parents to implement behavioral interventions. Dr. Suhrheinrich’s current research involves working within existing community service systems to improve access to evidence-based practices for autism treatment. This includes the development of and effectiveness testing for specific methods of educating providers of children with autism, adapting evidence-based practices for use in school settings, and enhancing fidelity of implementation evaluation procedures to fit within community service supervision systems. 

Sarah Rieth, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in community environments, including how to optimally prepare community clinicians to implement EBPs and how to work collaboratively with families. Clinically, Sarah has extensive experience implementing naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions (NDBIs) with children with autism as well as providing training to parents, clinicians, and students in these methods.

Janice Chan, M.A., BCBA, is a trainer/coach with the CPRT and OptiFi studies. After beginning her career in autism as an undergraduate research assistant in the UCSD Autism Lab, she later graduated from SDSU, where she obtained a moderate/severe teaching credential and Masters in special education with a specialization in autism. She has worked with children with autism from ages 3-12 in schools, homes, and overseas residential autism programs. She has also trained providers in San Diego, Albania, China, and Bangladesh. 

Kelsey Dickson, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral researcher at UCSD and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center.  She serves as the project coordinator on the Bridge Collaborative study. Her graduate research focused on the factors contributing to the development of mood disorders in youth, including cognitive and familial factors. Clinically, Kelsey has experience assessing and providing services to children and their families presenting with a variety of conditions, including implementing evidenced-based interventions with children with autism. 

Allison Jobin, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a behavior specialist at the Autism Discovery Institute of Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. She has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families in clinical and research settings since 2002. Her clinical experience includes the development, implementation, and supervision of evidence-based interventions for children with ASD in home, community, and school settings. Dr. Jobin’s research has focused on evaluation of treatment outcomes for children with ASD, as well as methods of best matching or adapting intervention approaches to individual child and family needs.

Shani Arbiv, B.S. graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Cognitive Science specializing in the Clinical Aspects of Cognition and a minor in Hebrew Literature. She first joined the CASRC team as an intern during her undergraduate career and has been working as a research assistant for the past year. She is currently a research assistant for the BRIDGE Project ImPACT Study and Toddlers and Families Together studies. She plans on continuing her education in developmental sciences. 

Tana Holt, B.A., is a research assistant at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, working mainly on the CPRT study. She recently graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a minor in Global Health and Cognitive Science. She has been working with children with developmental disabilities for many years as a swim instructor and interned with the CPRT project as an undergraduate. Tana has plans to pursue graduate studies in the Developmental Services field and is very excited to be part of the CPRT team. 

Vivian Li, B.S., is a research assistant at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, working mainly on the OptiFI study.  She is a recent UCSD graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a specialization in developmental psychology. Her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder was piqued when she joined CASRC as an intern during her undergraduate career. She is very excited to have recently joined the CASRC team.  Her current interests lie in the dissemination of PRT to autism service providers.  

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