Reina Factor, Ph.D.
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.