Ben has been with UW Autism Center since 2008. He received training at the NYU Child Study Center, the Yale Child Study Center, and the UW Autism Center. Ben has worked at camps from New York to Seattle, including the NYU Summer Program for Kids and Seattle Children’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp, and served in just about every position from Cabin Counselor to Camp Director. He received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington and is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Apex Summer Camp - UW Autism Center - Box 357920 - Seattle, WA 98195 - - 206.221.CAMP (2267) - Fax: 206.685.8490


Amy is a licensed psychologist specializing in supporting youth with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, as well as anxiety, depression, and related mood disorders. In her private practice, she focuses on addressing externalizing problems such as noncompliance, emotional dysregulation, and aggression. Amy received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington. She has been with the APEX team since its first year in 2013, and served as a director since 2015.


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Shannon is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington. Her research interests are focused on challenging behavior in young children. In addition to her experience with APEX, she has worked as an intern for the Northshore School District and a served as a co-lead for Incredible Years groups. Shannon currently serves as the head counselor of the booster program during the school year. She has been with the APEX team since 2014.

Will serves as the coordinator for the APEX program. In 2014 he received a Specialist in Education (EdS) in School Psychology from the University of Florida. Will’s work has focused on research in young children with autism, with a specific focus on early identification and intervention. He has been with the UW Autism Center since 2015, and joined the APEX team in 2017.

Tyler is a faculty member and psychologist in the PEARL Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His work focuses on young children with ADHD and related disorders and their families. Tyler received intensive training in the Summer Treatment Program model as an undergraduate intern in the flagship program at the University of Buffalo. He went on to receive his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Away from work, Tyler enjoys daily special playtime with his young kids, ages 6 and 4. He has served as a director since 2016.

Ben Aaronson, PhD

Founding Director

Amy Compton, PhD

Associate Director

Tyler Sasser, PhD

Associate Director

Shannon Ludeman

Head Counselor

Will McCloud, EdS

Camp Coordinator

Lupita is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington. She received her Educational Specialist degree (EdS) in 2018 and is a certified School Psychologist. Her research interests include understanding intervention outcomes for children with neurodevelopment disorders, and the development of culturally responsive interventions. Lupita has been with the APEX program since 2014.

Lupita Santillan, EdS

Head Counselor