Meet Your Team
Our Autism Center is a national model for family-centered care and support. Experts from many specialties work as a team with your child and family. Our goal is to help your child realize their full potential and ease their transition to adulthood. We conduct research to better understand the causes and treatments for autism.
Neurodevelopmental pediatricians are doctors who assess and care for children with conditions related to the development of the nervous system, including the brain. Neurodevelopmental nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training in treating children with these conditions. Nurse practitioners are also called advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They work independently and with doctors.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. The doctor may provide medicine evaluations, prescribe medicine and can help a child talk through problems (psychotherapy).
Psychiatric nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training and education in psychiatry. They work independently and with doctors to diagnose, treat and teach patients and families about mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. Nurse practitioners are also called advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs).
Psychologists are health professionals who diagnose and treat mental health issues that affect a child’s thoughts, emotions or behavior. Psychologists treat children with evidence-based talking and behavioral therapy. A psychologist has a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in the study of the mind and behavior (psychology) rather than in the study of medicine. For this reason, they do not prescribe medicine.
- Karen Barnes, PhD
- Karen Bearss, PhD
- Jen Beighley, PhD
- Eric W. Boelter, PhD, BCBA-D
- Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD
- Molly Cevasco, PhD
- Danielle N. Dolezal, PhD, BCBA-D
- Rachel Earl, PhD
- Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
- Carola Fuchs Meyer, PhD
- Mendy Minjarez, PhD
- Emily Neuhaus, PhD
- Felice Orlich, PhD
- Yaniz Padilla, PhD
- Jessica Peterson, PhD
- Stephanie R. Pickering, PhD
Behavior analysts are health professionals with extra training in how people act. They may assess your child’s behavior, study how changes affect that behavior and make a treatment plan to improve it. Our behavior analysts are board certified.
Our Family Resource team gives families education, referrals and support at every stage. We teach skills to turn activities (like grocery shopping) that are overwhelming into routine family life. We also help families navigate major life milestones, such as starting school and transitioning to adulthood.
- Jessica Arambul, RN
- Jan Bersin, RN
- Katrina Davis, BA
- Kerri Morales, RN
- Jason Russo, RN
- Rainee Selby, BA
- Jaimie Sigesmund, MAT
If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you. Learn more about how to get services at the Autism Center.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.