Reina Factor, PhD
Dr. Reina Factor. PhD, is the Director of Outreach and Dissemination. She is currently completing her Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Factor has expertise working with autistic individuals across the lifespan, from preschool to adulthood. By way of background, Dr. Factor has been working with Autistic individuals for over 17 years. 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. Connie Kasari. She then completed her master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech under the mentorship of Dr. Angela Scarpa before coming back to UCLA to complete a predoctoral clinical internship in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Factor’s research interests focus on social and emotional development in autistic children, with a particular emphasis on the impact of peers, parents, and family members as mechanisms of change in evidence-based interventions. She has over 20 publications, has received grant funding, and continues to contribute to intervention research. She part of the Preconference committee for the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group of ABCT (also won student award from this group), was an abstract reviewer for APA Division 33, acts as a mentor in APA Division 53’s mentorship program, and is a member of INSAR, and APS. Within UCLA, she has also served on JEDI committees.