Ben Aaronson, PhD

Camp Director

Ben has been with UW Autism Center since 2007. 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.

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


Amy Compton, PhD

Assistant Director

Amy is a licensed psychologist who received her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington. She joined Apex as a clinical trainee and  team lead in 2013 and has served as Assistant Director since June 2015. Amy is a certified school psychologist and has experience working and interning in a variety of settings including public schools, private practice, and hospitals.

Daniel Campa, PhD

Assistant Director

Danny received his PhD at the University of Washington. He completed an internship in the Edmonds School District and has worked as an Assessment Consultant for Rainier Scholars, a non-profit educational organization which serves students of color. Danny has served as a lead at Apex since June 2013, and directed our Tacoma program in 2016. In addition to treatment and assessment, he conducts social and skill-building groups for children and young adults.

Ashley Penney, PhD, BCBA-D

Program Supervisor and Consultant

Dr. Penney serves as Director of ABA Services at the UW Autism Center. She received her PhD in Special Education at the University of Washington and is a board certified behavior analyst. She has experience in early intervention, applied behavior analysis, challenging behaviors, supporting children with autism in a variety of educational settings and providing workshops and trainings.. She has been a provider and consultant for the Apex program since 2014.

Amy Rodda, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Dr. Rodda is a speech-language pathologist at the UW Autism Center.  She received her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University and PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington. She is PROMPT trained, certified as an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist. Amy has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, in private homes providing early intervention services, and private practice.


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