Post-doctoral Fellows

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

Dr. Elina Veytsman is a postdoctoral clinical psychology fellow at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the UCLA PEERS Clinic. Dr. Veytsman earned her PhD in School Psychology at UC Riverside, where she studied the experience of parents of youth with developmental disabilities during their transition into adulthood under the mentorship of Dr. Jan Blacher. Dr. Veytsman completed her Doctoral Psychology Internship at The Help Group, where she worked with youth with a range of neurodevelopmental conditions at the Village Glen School and outpatient department conducting individual therapy, parent training, and diagnostic assessments. Dr. Veytsman began working with the UCLA PEERS Clinic in 2014 as a clinic coordinator and has since conducted the PEERS program in both group and individual formats across clinical and school settings, and has researched the efficacy of the PEERS intervention for Latinx teens with ASD in the Inland Empire. Dr. Veytsman’s research and clinical interests center around supporting youth and parents during the transition out of high school and into adulthood. Currently, Dr. Veytsman facilitates the PEERS for Young Adults clinical groups, as well as the PEERS for Dating and PEERS for Careers research programs. Dr. Veytsman also conducts PEERS certified training seminars, bootcamps, and workshops for mental health professionals and educators.

Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow

Hadley A. McGregor, M.A., PsyD is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. McGregor has a split appointment at the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic, and Childhood OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Loma Linda University where her research focused on evidenced-based interventions for families of young children with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-occurring internalizing symptoms. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Treatment Track. Dr. McGregor has extensive experience in intervention and assessments with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disorders and their families. Her interests revolve around researching and providing evidenced-based treatments and assessments for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders from culturally diverse backgrounds who have co-occurring tic disorders, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder. In PEERS® Dr. McGregor leads PEERS® for Adolescent Teen groups and the PEERS® Educational groups, as well as assist with PEERS® Certified Provider Trainings at UCLA.