Trainees at the Tarjan Center
One of the Tarjan Center's chief activities is the preparation of personnel for careers in fields relating to developmental disabilities. Because the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities are complex, service providers and professionals require expertise in many different disciplines. Our faculty and trainees follow an interdisciplinary approach and provide state of the art diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment services through UCLA-based Tarjan Center Clinical Training & Services. We welcome our new trainees for 2016-2017.
Deanna has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for 14 years in a variety of clinical and research contexts. Her primary interests are related to ASD-specific screening, early diagnosis, and parent-implemented treatment of toddlers and young children with autism spectrum disorder. Deanna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan and her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. She is currently a Psychology Intern at UCLA in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders track, working toward earning her PhD, expected in 2018.
Andy Vuong, B.S., is a doctoral student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. He is a graduate student researcher in the Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory run by Dr. Eileen Fowler of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In 2015, he received his B.S. in biophysics and mathematics from Wake Forest University. His research interests lie in biomechanics and its relation to brain imaging, specifically in the population of children with spastic cerebral palsy.
Kate Christoferson is an undergraduate bioengineering student at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of engineering and Applied Science. Kate previously worked at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Portland, Oregon. While at Shriners Hospital she worked in the motion analysis lab. She assisted doctors and researchers on the evaluation of muscle function and gait analyses of patients. Kate has the distinct privilege of continuing her work in this field at the UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy with Dr. Eileen Fowler, the director of the Kameron Gait and Motion analysis Laboratory. Kate is currently assisting Dr. Fowler in a study for a co-pilot gaming project. This project’s goal is to help children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities partake in playing video games while simultaneously develop and improve motor skills through the use of assisted controls. Kate’s work at Shriners Hospital and the UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy have played an integral part in her pursuing a career in bettering the lives of children with disabilities post graduation.
Graduate Student Researcher
Ms. Orendain is a neuroscience doctoral student at UCLA studying the impact of early life adversity on pubertal maturation and structural neurodevelopment in youth. She is also a science policy fellow with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a creative writing teacher to detained youth in LA County, and an active mentor particularly with females and other marginalized groups. Ms. Orendain contributes to the scientific understanding of youth neurodevelopment and pubertal maturation within the context of adversity exposure to inform legislation and policy as it pertains to child welfare and Juvenile Justice System reform. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida and holds a Masters of Public Health with High Distinction from the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research experience includes work on large randomized controlled trials, including phase III and IV clinical drug trials, as well as longitudinal neuroimaging studies, particularly of developing youth.
Emily Moulton, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow with the UCLA PEERS clinic and the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic. Dr. Moulton earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, specializing in the early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and developmental trajectories following early diagnosis. She completed her Predoctoral Psychology Internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior within the Pediatric Neuropsychology track. In addition to a background in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Moulton has experience working with individuals with other neurodevelopmental, neurological and psychiatric disorders through assessment, intervention and research programs.
Marc Weintraub, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Weintraub received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and social welfare from UC Berkeley. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami following the completion of his clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Weintraub’s primary position is in the UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP), where he conducts research on emotional dysregulation, the course of bipolar disorder, and treatments for serious mental illness for adolescents and families. As a postdoctoral fellow for the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, he co-facilitates PEERS® for Adolescents social skills training groups as well as PEERS® for Careers and PEERS® for Dating.
Jasper Estabillo, M.A. is a clinical psychology intern in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track at the UCLA Semel Institute. She is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from Louisiana State University. After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Jasper worked as a research coordinator at UCSD and the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children's Hospital. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for 12 years in a variety of settings and has experience in research, assessment, and intervention, particularly applied behavior analysis. Her interests focus on early identification of autism spectrum disorder, specifically familial risk factors and infant siblings.
Jordan Ko, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program at UC Santa Barbara. This year, she is completing her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the UCLA Semel Institute. During her graduate training at UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center, she gained valuable experience in both autism assessment and intervention for toddlers through young adults. Her research interests focus on parent and peer-mediated interventions to improve the social outcomes of individuals with ASD.