Leadership

Annette Estes, Ph.D.

Director, UW Autism Center

Annette Estes, PhD, directs the University of Washington Autism Center (UWAC), an organization devoted to supporting autistic people and their families, caregivers and community through clinical services, research, and training. She holds the Susan and Richard Fade Endowed Chair, is a Research Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington. Her research is carried out at the UW Autism Center and Center on Human Development and Disability.

Over the last decade, Dr. Estes has served as principal investigator on a series of clinical trials to determine the best ways to support young autistic children. These collaborative, multisite, studies have investigated innovations in naturalistic, developmental, behavioral intervention and ask the question, “how can we improve outcomes for very young autistic children.” In collaborations with scientists and clinicians at University of California, Davis, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Harvard, and University of California, Los Angeles, she has worked to expand the evidence regarding how to best support autistic children and their parents.

Dr. Estes has also been part of the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network (IBIS) for over 15 years.  She is the co-principal investigator of with Dr. Stephen Dager at the University of Washington. She directs the behavioral assessment core of the multi-site IBIS Network with clinical sites at University of North Carolina, Washington University, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and UW. The aim of the IBIS is to improve early recognition of infants at high likelihood of autism and identify brain mechanisms that may lead to new strategies to help children reach their full potential and live their best lives.

Dr. Estes was recently awarded a grant to study sleep in school-aged children at high likelihood of autism. She is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities and improving the lives of autistic people.

Email: estesa@uw.edu

Patricia A. Matestic, Ph.D.

Director, Tacoma Clinic
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Patricia Matestic, Ph.D., serves as a licensed clinical psychologist and clinic director at the UW Autism Center in Tacoma. Dr. Matestic received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She received additional postdoctoral training at the Child Study and Treatment Center in Lakewood through the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and completed a two year APA accredited pediatric psychology fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma.

Currently at the UW Autism Center Tacoma, Dr. Matestic provides diagnostic evaluations, family and school consultations, and training and community engagement through autism specific presentations and involvement in local support networks such as the South Sound Autism Partnership. Dr. Matestic has a broad range of clinical expertise working with both children and adults including individuals with comorbid medical diagnoses, developmental disabilities and genetic disorders, chronic sleep difficulties, toileting problems, and mood and behavior problems.

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Kathryn Larson

Director of Operations

Kathryn Larson joined the UW Autism Center as the Director of Operations in the Fall of 2016.

A Seattle native, Kathryn lived and raised her children in Michigan for 18 years before returning to the Northwest where she is surrounded by much of her family.

She enjoys the outdoors, reading, puzzles and spending time with family and friends.

Kathryn is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a team who loves what they do and are dedicated to caring for autistic children and their families.

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Robin Talley, M.Ed., BCBA

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Director of Training & School Services
Director, ABA LAUNCH Program
Behavior and Education Consultant

Robin Talley, M.Ed, BCBA, is the Director of Training and Consultation Services and the Director of ABA LAUNCH Program at the UW Autism Center. She has provided services to autistic children since 1999. She received her M.Ed. and teaching license from the University of Washington in 2004 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005. Robin is certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT), which are naturalistic strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Robin provides clinical oversight of the ABA LAUNCH Program and engages in professional outreach with the community.  She is passionate about providing care to young children and disseminating information on evidenced-based trainings and consultation to the greater community.

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Jessica Greenson, Ph.D.

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Director of Clinical Services

Prior to her role in the clinic, Dr. Greenson served as the associate director of a series of NIH funded clinical trails of ABA treatment for toddlers with ASD at UWAC. Dr. Greenson is certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) of therapy and works with parents of toddlers as an ESDM coach in the clinic. Dr. Greenson supervises the clinical issues that arise for families, children, and staff in the clinic and research. She is passionate about providing empirically validated treatments to the families being seen at the UWAC and the interface between the research and clinical programs.

When not working, Dr. Greenson can be found watching her teenagers playing sports, walking her dog, or enjoying good food and movie nights.

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Director, APEX Program

Ben Aaronson, Ph.D. directs the Advanced Peer Experience (APEX) Program at the UW Autism Center. His primary focus is the development and execution of programs that provide advanced social skills opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders.

He received training at the NYU Child Study Center, the Yale Child Study Center, and has been at the UW Autism Center since 2007.

Dr. Aaronson has been involved in research focusing on intervention, mirror neurons, and genetics, and served as a clinician across a variety of projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine.

He has served as director of the APEX program since 2013. For more information about Apex Summer Camp, visit apexsummercamp.org.

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Director of Technical Services

Dr. Munson studies variability in the development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research contributes to the identification of the genetic basis of ASDs and to the development of more accurate prognoses and interventions. Currently, he is developing methods to analyze social skills and language comprehension in children with limited abilities to communicate. In these studies, he uses eye-tracking and other technologies to measure the responses of children to real-time 3-D graphics. Munson also uses various statistical methods to analyze patterns of development in children with ASDs.

Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/jeffmun/

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Seattle Clinic

Psychology

Lucas Harrington, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Lucas Harrington, Psy.D. is a psychologist at the UW Autism Center.

Dr. Harrington received his Psy.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at UW’s LEND program as well as the UW Autism Center.

Dr. Harrington is autistic himself and brings the personal and community perspective to his work. He provides neurodiversity-oriented meetings and presentations for autistic people, families, UWAC staff, and the community, as well as conducting diagnostic evaluations and parent coaching.

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Kelly A. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Licensed Psychologist

Kelly A. Johnson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the UW Autism Center.

Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with child clinical subspecialty from Loyola University Chicago, and received further postdoctoral training at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development & Disability.

At the UW Autism Center, Dr. Johnson provides diagnostic evaluations and consultation. She brings a broad range of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families, including very young children through adults.

In addition to working with gifted/highly capable populations, her clinical and supervisory experience has also involved involved individuals with co-occurring developmental disabilities, psychiatric, medical, and/or genetic conditions.

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Tanya St. John, Ph.D.

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Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Tanya St. John is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Scientist at the University of Washington Autism Center.

She completed her doctoral work at Seattle Pacific University, predoctoral internship at City of Hope National Medical Center, and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Autism Center.

Dr. St. John has devoted her career to understanding autism across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on toddlers and young children.

Dr. St. John has served as project manager and diagnostic clinician on various NIH-funded studies including the Infant Brain Imaging Study and is an independent ADOS trainer.

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Ella Vanderbilt-Adriance, Ph.D.

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Licensed Psychologist

Ella Vanderbilt-Adriance, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the UW Autism Center and the Director of Student Training.

Dr. Vanderbilt-Adriance received her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center.

At the UW Autism Center, she provides diagnostic evaluations across the lifespan and individual therapy to parents of autistic children to address issues related to stress management and improving quality of life. In addition, Dr. Vanderbilt-Adriance provides individual therapy to autistic adults focusing on anxiety and depression.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis

Nadine Ayudiani

Behavior Analysis Intern

I am currently working as a Behavior Analyst intern at the UWAC and a current Master’s in Applied Behavior Analyst student at the University of Washington.

I was born and raised in Indonesia, but I have lived in Seattle for 7 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology back in 2018 (also from the UW!). During my time at UW, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Washington’s READi Lab (Research for Early Autism Detection and Intervention. My main responsibility was to assist in the ImPACT study, a parent-implemented intervention that provided in-home teaching sessions over the course of 12 weeks for infants and toddlers who had older siblings diagnosed with ASD. After graduating from the UW, I worked as an early childhood educator, teaching a class of 14 toddlers, until deciding to enter the UW’s Master in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

During my free time, I enjoy going on long walks, a good book, a heartwarming TV-series or movie, or trying out new restaurants with friends and family!

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Madelyn Bascom, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Behavior and Education Cosultant

Madelyn Bascom is thrilled to be returning to the University of Washington Autism Center as a BCBA.

She originally joined UWAC in 2015 as an RBT in the clinic and on the TADPOLE study.

After attending graduate school at the University of Washington, she moved abroad to Vietnam where she worked as a BCBA at an ABA agency, providing behavior analytic services and training to families and professionals in Ho Chi Minh City.

Madelyn is excited to be a part of the UWAC team again as a Behavior and Education Consultant on the clinic and training teams!

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Jenna Berger, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Behavior & Education Consultant

Jenna Berger, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, is a behavior and education consultant at the UW Autism Center.

She received her M.Ed in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington and her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University.

Jenna’s areas of interest include functional communication and early intervention for young children. She is grateful to be a part of a team that values interdisciplinary collaboration and neurodiversity.

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Cunxin (Tracy) Cheng

Behavior Analysis Intern

Cunxin (Tracy) Cheng is a graduate student in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at University of Washington.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Elementary Education at Arizona State University.

She is completing her practicum at the University of Washington Autism Center.

Tracy is deeply passionate in supporting individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Chelsea Deaconson, LBA, M.Ed., BCBA

Behavior & Education Consultant

Chelsea Deaconson, M.Ed., BCBA is a Lead BCBA in the ABA LAUNCH program and a member of the Training and Consultation Services team.  Chelsea began as a behavior technician in 2009. In 2015, she became a BCaBA. In 2017, she received her M. Ed. from Washington State University and earned her BCBA credential in 2018.

Chelsea has worked with autistic children, teens, and adults in center, home, and community settings. She also has experience in staff training, parent training and center management.  Chelsea is passionate about partnering with autistic individuals and their families to find practical strategies to teach important skills.  She loves to train others and disseminate compassionate, evidence-based solutions.

Outside of the office, Chelsea loves baking, hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring the PNW.

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Robin Finlayson, M.Ed., BCBA

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Behavior & Education Consultant

Robin Finlayson, M.Ed., BCBA, is a behavior and education consultant at the UW Autism Center.

Robin received her M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington. She has provided services for individuals with autism and related conditions since 2009.

Prior to joining the UW team, Robin was selected through the Australian Aid Development Program to travel to Vanuatu and develop an early intervention program for the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability and serve as a consultant to the Vanuatu Ministry of Education. She has also provided services to children with autism in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.

Alongside her work with families and schools through the UW Autism Center, Robin is pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Washington. Robin’s research and clinical interests include parent and teacher coaching, the use of telehealth to support remote and underserved populations, and helping families find effective ways to improve their children’s sleep.

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Dayna Grove, CBT

LAUNCH Program Behavior Technician

Dayna Grove is a behavior technician for the UWAC Seattle LAUNCH program. She has her CBT and RBT certifications, and has enjoyed working in the ABA field since 2020. Dayna graduated from Gonzaga University in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology.

Dayna grew up in Portland, OR and moved to Seattle after undergrad. She loves to travel and immerse herself in new cultures and experiences. In her free time, Dayna enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and watching the Seattle Sounders and Kraken with her friends and family!

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Charu Gupta, M.Ed., BCBA

Behavior & Education Consultant

Charu Gupta, M.Ed., BCBA is a behavior and education consultant at the UW Autism Center.

Charu received her M.Ed in Special Education from the University of Washington in 2006 where she specialized in Early Childhood Education. As a student teacher, she taught preschool at the Experimental Education Unit, and during her graduate program she obtained additional practicum experience working with students with autism. Charu began working with individuals with autism in New Delhi, India, in 1999 and has since held several volunteer, student and work positions.

In addition to her role in the clinic, Charu served as the team lead for the structured intervention group of the UW Autism Center of Excellence (ACE-II) NIH grant-funded study: TADPOLE (Toddlers with Autism: Developing Opportunities for Learning)

Charu is passionate about providing high quality services to individuals with autism and their families. Charu’s areas of interest include early intervention for young children with autism and parent coaching.

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John Ketchum, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Behavior & Education Consultant

John Ketchum, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for the UW Autism Center ABA LAUNCH program in Seattle.

John originally joined the UW Autism Center in 2014 as a research assistant and behavior technician. In 2020, he earned a master’s in special education with a focus on applied behavior analysis.

John highly values addressing individual client needs with a flexible approach. He also strives to incorporate principles of neurodiversity into his practice.

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Wayne Lynch, M.Ed., BCBA

Behavior & Education Consultant

Wayne received his M.Ed in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington.

After entering the field in 2011, he gained an interest in evidence-based practices for effective treatment design, with a focus on communication and community access. His experience ranges across school, community, and clinic-based settings, serving a diverse population.

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Ashley Penney, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Behavior & Education Consultant, Research Scientist

Ashley Penney, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Research Scientist at the UW Autism Center.

Ashley earned her PhD at the University of Washington in Special Education in 2016. Her dissertation was on the effects of a naturalistic, behavioral parent-implemented group intervention for very young children with or likely to have autism. As a research scientist for the On-Time Autism Intervention Project, Ashley’s work focuses primarily on increasing access to developmentally appropriate behavioral intervention for infants and toddlers with autism. Ashley is passionate about supporting access to high quality services and believes that parents and families are an integral part of success. Her current research focuses on developmentally appropriate, effective intervention that fits within existing service delivery systems and increasing collaboration among professionals from different service delivery systems. More information about the On-Time Autism Intervention Project can be found here.

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Rob Welch, CBT

LAUNCH Program Behavior Technician

Rob Welch, CBT originally hails from central Illinois. He studied neuroscience at Colorado College before working as a certified behavior technician in Seattle.

In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and making pasta.
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Speech-Language Pathology

Carly Brukhman M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Carly Brukhman M.S., CCC-SLP is a WA state licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at the University of Washington Autism Center. She received her M.S. degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia University in 2013.

Carly began her professional career on the east coast working as an SLP in many different contexts including a sensory-focused private practice, a specialized school for children with traumatic brain injury, and at a hospital providing both acute care and outpatient services. She has served individuals with Autism across these diverse settings. Carly especially enjoys working with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged students, providing individualized, play-based services. She conducts Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluations and supports clients using speech-generating devices. Carly emphasizes collaboration with individuals, families, and other professionals to support learning and communication.

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Kelleen Dunley, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kelleen Dunley M.S. CCC-SLP, is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist at the University of Washington Autism Center. She received her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Washington in 2015.

Kelleen has focused her career on supporting autistic individuals from toddlers through adulthood. Prior to joining UWAC, Kelleen completed her internship at Seattle Children’s Autism Center before serving as the Speech Language Pathologist at an Autism Center in Snohomish, WA. Kelleen is passionate about supporting communication through collaborative services with individuals, families, and other professionals. Kelleen is Hanen certified and enjoys conducting play-based and individually focused therapy from toddlers to adulthood.

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Medicine

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Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

Samuel Zinner, MD, provides developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) consultation to address a range of medical issues for children, youth, and their families at the UW Autism Center. The DBP subspecialty focuses on psychosocial and neurologic influences on behavior and development.

Dr. Zinner is a professor of pediatrics and a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician, and serves as the fellowship program director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He completed medical school at the University of California San Diego, residency training in general pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles in 1997, and fellowship subspecialty training in general academic pediatrics and in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1999. He joined the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1999 followed by the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2003.

Dr. Zinner’s clinical, research, and advocacy interests focus on tic disorders and their associated conditions including autism spectrum disorders, as well as on medical training in his subspecialty of DBP. His clinical activities include outpatient consultation at the UW Autism Center and the Seattle Children’s Hospital Neurodevelopmental Clinic.

Dr. Zinner is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Tacoma Satellite Clinic

Psychology

Sara Woods, Ph.D.

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Licensed Psychologist

Sara Woods, Ph.D. (née O’Neil) is a clinical psychologist at the UW Autism Center in Tacoma. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She also completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Center for Human Development and Disability Child Development Clinic in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program.

At the UW Autism Center, Sara provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to people of all ages, as well as providing individual therapy, consultation, and education. Sara has published articles on autism, parenting, reading, and emotion regulation. Her research interests include strengths-based assessment, ways in which parents teach their children about emotions, the meaning of autism from multiple perspectives, effective communication of diagnoses, and social development.

Sara brings a strong lifespan approach having worked with infants through elderly in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, emergency departments, and university clinics. In addition to autism, Sara has experience with a range of other presenting issues including trauma-related problems, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. She is passionate about helping children and families to improve their lives by equipping them with knowledge and skills while helping them to discover the strengths that they already have.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis

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Behavior & Education Consultant

Kathryn Holley M. Ed., BCBA is a Licensed Behavior Analyst at the University of Washington Autism Center. Kathryn earned her M. Ed. from Northcentral University with a specialization in Special Education in 2014.  Simultaneously, Kathryn completed BCBA coursework and supervision through Florida Institute of Technology. Kathryn earned her BCaBA in 2012 and her BCBA in 2015.

At the Autism Center, Kathryn is the Lead Training and School Consultant and ABA Team Lead, and provides behavioral consultation to school district and social service agencies across the state of Washington. Her clinical areas of interest include working with adolescents and young adults, working with young adults and their caregivers to support independence, and providing comprehensive sex education to individuals and their families. The primary focus of her consultative services are working with secondary schools and transition programs to serve autistic students and students with complex behavioral needs. Kathryn believes all students are able to be successful if provided with the appropriate supports.

Kathryn is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Do Better Collective.  She is passionate about disseminating high quality, evidence-based ABA interventions that center Autistic voices, value Neurodiversity, and ensure interventions are provided with compassion.

When Kathryn is not at the Autism Center she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Parker and Zoe, and pursuing her MSW at UW Tacoma.

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Sophia Arianne Javar, RBT, CBT

LAUNCH Program Behavior Technician

Sophia Javar is a Behavior Technician at UW Autism Center Tacoma campus. She is originally from the Philippines and moved to Washington when she was 8 years old.

In 2020, she got her undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of Washington, Tacoma.

She got in the field of ABA in the beginning of 2021 and has been enjoying it ever since.

She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in the field at the Autism Center from her colleagues and clinicians.

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Ai Roach, CBT

LAUNCH Program Behavior Technician

Ai Roach, CBT is a Behavior Analysis Intern at UW Autism Center Tacoma.

She is working towards her BCBA credential and master’s degree in Special Education in the ABA program at the University of Washington.

She taught English to children in her home country, Japan for many years before moving to America.

She received her BFA, major in fiber arts from the University of Washington in 2008.

She has worked both in an ABA clinic as a behavior technician and in Special Education classrooms as a paraeducator at public schools.

She is excited about meeting new clients and helping them thrive through the LAUNCH program at UW Autism Center.

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Zildjian Viers, CBT

LAUNCH Program Behavior Technician

Zildjian Viers, CBT is getting his master’s degree in the Social Work Program at the University of Washington Tacoma.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the UWT in 2015.

He is completing his student practicum with the UW Autism Center, as well as working as a Certified Behavior Technician in the ABA LAUNCH program.

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Speech-Language Pathology

Sara Gratz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sara Gratz, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist at the University of Washington Autism Center. She received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington in 2016.

Prior to joining the UWAC, Sara provided speech and language services in outpatient clinics in the Seattle area, during which she developed a particular interest in serving autistic children. She has completed additional training in the SOS Approach to Feeding as well as PROMPT. Sara especially enjoys conducting play-based therapy with toddler, preschool, and school-age children. She is passionate about working with children, families, and other therapists to provide functional and collaborative evaluation and treatment services.

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Operations

Navigators

Kate Granath

Patient Navigator

Email: uwacpsy@uw.edu

Kate has worked in a number of fields including healthcare, IT, leadership development, and education. As a child, at 9, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic with her family working to provide healthcare for people living in extreme poverty. Today, she’s an avid traveler who values curiosity, joy, adventure, complexity, intersectionality, and socioeconomic justice. She graduated from Seattle University in 2014 with two degrees in biology and interdisciplinary studies, and spent two summers as an outdoor educator in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys skiing, writing, painting, bright colors, and petting any and all dogs.

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Zach Hegemann

LAUNCH Program Navigator

Email: hegemz@uw.edu

Zach has worked at the clinic since September of 2021. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington and served on the department’s student advisory board amongst other organizations at UW.

Additionally, he received a Master’s of Science in Urban Adolescent Education and Leadership from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York while completing a Teach For America commitment. Currently, he is attending Seattle University for his Master’s in Public Administration.

Previously working as a self-contained and resource room special education teacher in both New York and Seattle, Zach loves the opportunity to support children and families in a variety of settings here in his home state. Outside of work, he loves spending time in the outdoors with friends, playing tourist in new cities, and reading.

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Shari Mendez

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Patient Navigator – ABA Svcs
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Flo Perry

Patient Navigator

Email: floperry@uw.edu

Flo has worked at the clinic since December 2021 after transitioning from scheduling for UW Medicine’s primary and specialty care clinics. Born in Zimbabwe and raised between there and sunny California; Flo, her partner, young child, and pup relocated to Washington two years ago. She studied Public Policy & Social Development at the University of Cape Town and has worked in a variety of fields (from aerospace to healthcare, with stints at King Canyon & Bryce Canyon National Parks in between).

Flo found her way to UWAC when her own child was diagnosed as autistic last fall and is passionate about connecting families to resources, socio-economic justice, and improving healthcare iniquities. In her free time, Flo enjoys baking, camping, photography, and road trips.

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Yolonda Virgili

Patient Navigator – Tacoma

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Billing

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Fiscal Coordinator

Amany Eskandar was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, and moved to the United States in 1991.

She earned her bachelors degree in accounting.

She joined the UW Autism Center in April 2007 as a fiscal coordinator.

Her responsibilities include electronic claims, patient statements, and credentialing providers with payers.

Amany enjoys cooking world cuisines and traveling.

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Cathy Keehnel

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Administrative Assistant, Intake Coordinator

Cathy has held several positions at the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disabilities including the UW Autism Center since 2003.

She is honored to support this team of researchers and clinical experts to improve the lives of people affected by autism.

Cathy enjoys time with family, gardening, vegetarian cooking and hiking.

Email: cathek@uw.edu

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APEX Summer Camp

Will McCloud, Ed.S.

APEX Program Manager

Will McCloud, Ed.S received his Ed.S in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 2014. Prior to joining the UW Autism Center, Will received training in the public schools, early childhood centers, and developmental research schools providing psychoeducational evaluation, counseling, and social skills instruction to children.

Will has served in various roles with UWAC research since 2016, including the TADPOLE, TAM, and IBIS studies.

Will currently serves as the Program Manager of the APEX Summer Camp Program, and supports the program’s clinical, training, and research initiatives. Will’s areas of interest include social skill development in school-aged children, parent training, and preparing future clinicians for work in the field.

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Technical Services

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Technical Services Manager

Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Reitz is a Research Engineer/Scientist serving as Technical Services Manager for the UW Autism Center (UWAC).

With a background in electrical engineering, protein biochemistry, and research instrumentation development and prototyping, Fritz provides systems, software, and instrumentation as needed in support of UWAC research as well as seeing to the day-to-day technical needs of the center.

Fritz is glad to contribute to UWAC’s noble mission of providing and furthering autism care.

In his spare time, he tests his wife’s patience by filling the house with half-finished projects, including trebuchets, unusual bicycles, and unnecessarily complicated electronics.

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Program Support

Program Support Supervisor
Training Coordinator

Lena is the Training Coordinator and Program Support Supervisor at the UW Autism Center.

She joined the Center in 2009 and has worked on various projects at the Center, including coordinating research studies and human subjects applications, assisting with developing Center-wide policies and procedures and clinic operations, and coordinating staff and community trainings and events.

Email: ltsui@uw.edu

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