Positions

Associate Professor
Pediatrics-Psychology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

MS from Baylor College Of Medicine
Clinical Investigation
PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University
Experimental/Developmental Psychology
MS from University Of Tennessee
Child and Family Studies
BA from Texas Woman's University
Psychology

Honors & Awards

National Institutes of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
2007, 2009, 2011
John R. Kelsey, Jr. Student Speaker Award
2008
Autism Speaks Travel Award
2008
John Merck Scholars Program in the Biology of Developmental Disabilities in Children
Cognitive Science Nominee, 2008
International Meeting for Autism Research Student Travel Award
2005, 2006

Professional Interests

  • My interests broadly focus on the early emergence of ASD symptomatology, as well as how parent perceptions about ASD influence their health-related behaviors.

Professional Statement

As a full-time research psychologist, my expertise is in the phenotypic characterization and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am one of three across all BCM faculty who has achieved the highest status for reliable administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised (ADI-R), considered “gold-standard” instruments for aiding a diagnosis of ASD. This sought-after skill set lends to an increasing number of both local and national requests for my collaboration on new research proposals, education of other providers and trainees on use of these tools, and presentations about ASD. Since 2003, my research has primarily focused on characterization of individuals with ASD and related genetic conditions, including management of three large, network-affiliated studies supported by the prestigious Simons Foundation. My involvement in these network efforts have helped me launch specific programs of research on causes and consequences of developmental regression in ASD, how parent perceptions about ASD influence their health-related behaviors, and emergent vaccine hesitancy resulting from fears about ASD.

Selected Publications

Memberships

Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers
2017—Present
Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes
2009-Present
International Society for Autism Research
2005—Present
American Society for Human Genetics
2006—2008
Association for Behavior Analysis
2005—2006

Professional Development

Lost and Found: What We Know About Regression in Children with ASD.
Sponsor: Children’s Autism Center
Causes and Consequences of Developmental Regression in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sponsor: Thompson Center 10th Annual Autism Conference
Developmental Regression in Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
Sponsor: Psychology Section—Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Texas Children’s Hospital
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Developmental Regression in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Baskin-Robbins® Perspective.
Sponsor: Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri
Developmental Regression in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Can We Agree to Disagree?
Sponsor: Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center