Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2013
BA, University of California, Los Angeles , 2006
I am a clinical psychologist with background and training in school psychology. I concentrate on school-based mental health services research. My research interests are in promoting family-school partnerships for underserved children with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. A major emphasis of my work is to enhance the continuity of care received by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I target communication and collaboration between stakeholders to ensure consistent implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) across contexts and ultimately, meaningful changes in child outcomes. My research has led to the development of Partners in School, an implementation strategy to increase use of the same EBPs across settings. The goal of Partners in School is to align parent and teacher practices, by duplicating intervention elements from school to home. Additional interests include applying the Partners in School model to improve the transition from early intervention to the school system for children with ASD.
Urban Health Institute, Faculty-Community Award, Johns Hopkins University & Kennedy Krieger Institute
Wendy Klag Center, Faculty Development Award, Johns Hopkins University & Kennedy Krieger Institute
NIMH National Research Service Award, University of Pennsylvania
McMorrris Autism Early Intervention Initiative Pilot Study Award, University of Pennsylvania
Autism Science Foundation Research Enhancement Award, University of Pennsylvania
Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellowship Award, University of Pennsylvania
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. Fellowship Award, University of California, Riverside