Post-doctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow

Reina Factor, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with current involvement in the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic and Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) Clinic. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship last year in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Reina has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for over 17 years, starting at a summer camp for children with speech delays, and working in various research and clinical settings. She completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University and after graduating worked as a research associate in the Kasari Lab at UCLA for two years, focusing on the JASPER intervention developed at UCLA by Dr. Kasari. After this, she completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on social and emotional development in children with ASD, highlighting the impact of systems (e.g., peers, parents, the family) and how they inform interventions, by looking at mechanisms of change and treatment outcomes. She has experience with PEERS® for Preschoolers, Adolescents, Young Adults, and the PEERS® for Careers groups.

Post-doctoral fellow

Christine Moody, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Moody has a split appointment at the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) Clinic and UCLA TIES for Families, which serves youth in foster care or who have been adopted from foster care. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at St. John's Child and Family Development Center. Dr. Moody has been working with youth and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders for over ten years, receiving specialized training prior to graduate school from Dr. Ann Kaiser at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Catherine Lord at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at Weill Cornell Medical College. She then completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, under the mentorship of Drs. Bruce Baker and Jan Blacher. Her research interests have focused on identifying factors that promote positive outcomes for young people with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is especially passionate about the importance of mental health, positive relationships, and parenting for youth. Dr. Moody first joined the UCLA PEERS® team in 2018, gaining experience with leading and co-facilitating our PEERS® for Preschoolers and PEERS®Young Adults programs. Currently, Dr. Moody is involved in the PEERS® for Careers and PEERS® for Dating groups, and plays a significant role in our research efforts.

Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow

Dr. Rebecca Kammes is a postdoctoral clinical psychology fellow at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the UCLA PEERS® clinic. She completed her doctoral degree in Couple and Family Therapy as well as postdoctoral research training at the Center for Research in Autism, Intellectual, and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities both at Michigan State University. Rebecca has 9 years of experience working as a couple and family therapist for individuals with Autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families. Rebecca’s research and clinical interests focus on the systemic risks and challenges of developing a positive sexual identity for older adolescents and adults with Autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes understanding healthy intimate relationship experiences from a family context, providing sexuality education for adults with disabilities and their families, as well as advocating for sexuality rights including access to comprehensive education and health care. Her work is based in the principles of community-based participatory research, with an emphasis on program evaluation to inform wider policy and practice issues. Rebecca has experience with PEERS® for Young Adults, Adolescents, and the PEERS® for Dating groups.

Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow

Megan Ichinose, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Ichinose has an appointment at the Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) in addition to the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) Clinic. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship in the Adolescent Serious Mental Illness track at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years ago, where she first became involved with the PEERS®Adolescents program. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University, followed by a research assistantship at Yale University School of Medicine. She then completed her doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Ichinose has been working with youth and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders for over 8 years in both research and clinical settings. Her research and clinical interests focus on identifying and treating youth at risk for serious mental illness, particularly through family interventions. Currently, Dr. Ichinose is involved in the PEERS® for Dating groups.