Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Research and Training Director at the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, and faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training Program. Dr. Brookman-Frazee’s research involves partnering with mental health and education system leaders, providers and families to develop, test and implement evidence-based interventions in community and school-based settings and reduce disparities in access to quality care.
Colby Chlebowski, Ph.D., is licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the cross-site project coordinator for the TEAMS study. She has extensive experience conducting research in community settings and studies the implementation of evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Chlebowski has expertise in the AIM HI intervention, including developing AIM HI training materials, supervising clinical trainers using the AIM HI protocol, and training community providers to successfully deliver AIM HI.
Systems/AIM HI Clinical Lead
Allison Jobin, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a clinical psychologist at the Autism Discovery Institute of Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Dr. Jobin serves as project manager for the TEAMS study, as well as a TLI coach for this project. Her 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. She has more than 14 years of experience in the delivery, supervision, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families in clinical and research settings.
AIM HI Project Manager and TLI and AIM HI Trainer
Laura Terrones, M.P.H., received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. She has worked on several pediatric research studies in the areas of education, nutrition, physical activity, chronic disease management, pain and stress. Her interests are in the areas of measurement and evaluation of pediatric mental and physical health. Ms. Terrones develops and manages all data collection including web-based surveys, videos, and observational coding.
Janice Chan, M.A., BCBA, is a CPRT trainer. 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. Ms. Chan oversees the development of CPRT training materials, training others in the CPRT training protocol, and implementation of the CPRT training with research participants.
CPRT Lead Trainer
Margaret Dyson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in AIM HI. Dr. Dyson has extensive clinical experience in the delivery of empirically supported interventions for children and adolescents with a variety of mental health disorders, as well as extensive research experience in this area of specialty. Dr. Dyson oversees the development of AIM HI training materials and training others in the AIM HI training protocol.
AIM HI Trainer
Eliana Hurwich-Reiss, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist. She has expertise in the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices, including AIM HI. Dr. Hurwich-Reiss is responsible for implementation of CPRT or AIM HI training with research participants. She is involved in training and oversight of research interns and staff, as well as aiding in the interpretation of findings and publications.
Postdoc/ AIM HI Trainer
Barbara Caplan, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow and clinical trainer. Dr. Caplan earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles before joining the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Her research interests include family processes and parent-mediated interventions for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Caplan is responsible for training community mental health providers in successfully delivering AIM HI. She is also actively involved in research activities, including training coding teams as well as interpreting and publishing findings related to service delivery and community-based care for children with autism.
Postdoc/AIM HI Trainer
Kassandra (Kassy) Martinez graduated with Honors in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She completed her senior thesis in The Child Development in Context Lab under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Neal-Beevers, titled, “Coping, distress, and well-being of Latino mothers of children with autism: An exploratory study." After graduation, she spent two years in New York working as a Research Assistant at The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain under the supervision of Drs. Catherine Lord and So Hyun Kim. Kassy joined the TEAMS staff and the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2018.
Catherine (Cat) Kennedy
Catherine Kennedy is a staff research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Kennedy received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. She assists Ms. Terrones in data collection and data management. She also serves as the intern coordinator across Dr. Brookman-Frazee's research projects. Ms. Kennedy has prior experience as a lab assistant on related research projects with this research team.
Staff Research Associate/ Assistant Data Manager
Maia Feliu, B.A., is a staff research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She is also the lab coordinator for Dr. Brookman-Frazee’s projects. Ms. Feliu graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her responsibilities will include data collection and entry, management of participant compensation, lab purchasing, intern coordination, and assisting with day-to-day lab activities related to this project. Ms. Feliu has prior experience as a lab assistant on related research projects with this research team.
Ms. Sariñana will assist with data collection, observation/qualitative coding, recruitment tracking, management of participant compensation, translation of research materials to Spanish, and day-to-day lab activities related to this project. Ms. Sariñana has prior experience as a lab assistant on related research projects with this research team.
Mary Kuckertz a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Kuckertz is currently pursuing her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of San Diego. She will assist with observational coding, reference formatting, and day-to-day lab activities related to the TEAMS project.
David Lee, B.S., is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. In 2017, Mr. Lee graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.S. in Psychology. His primary responsibilities include observational coding, assistance with field-based study activities, preparation of study materials, data entry and maintenance, as well as other general project tasks.
Gina May, B.A., is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Ms. May recieved her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018 from San Diego State University. She serves as the CPRT coordinator at the San Diego site, in addition to assisting with some AIM HI tasks and day-to-day lab activities related to the TEAMS project. Ms. May has prior experience as a research assistant with child mental health projects.