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.
Julia Johnson is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at the UCLA Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Catherine University in Minneapolis. Her post-doctorate training has focused on the treatment of infants and children 0-17 years old with a wide variety of conditions including neurologic and genetic diagnoses. She has a special interest in infant development including children with or at risk for cerebral palsy. She is the UCLA outpatient physical therapy liaison to the Center for Cerebral Palsy at UCLA and is a current trainee of Dr. Fowler’s. She is passionate about collaborative and research driven care and strives to make meaningful connections with patients and families.
Christine Moody is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA with a split appointment at the UCLA PEERS® Clinic and UCLA TIES for Families. Christine recently received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA, with a specialization in therapeutic and assessment services for children and their families. Her research interests have focused on identifying factors that promote positive outcomes for young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. She is especially passionate about the importance of mental health and positive relationships for youth. In her postdoctoral position, she continues to provide clinical interventions to individuals and families, while also pursuing research that informs clinical practice. In the UCLA PEERS clinic, she helps facilitate the PEERS for Careers social skills groups.
Megan Ichinose is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and a Max Gray Postdoctoral Fellow in the Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, specializing in Adolescent Serious Mental Illness. She has worked in research and clinical settings providing diagnostic assessments and treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities across the age span, including work as a summer counselor for teens with developmental disabilities preparing for higher education. During her time at UCLA, she has worked in both general and specialized clinics for youth and their families with mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and developmental disabilities. In the UCLA PEERS Clinic, she facilitates PEERS for Teens social skills groups.
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.
Jasper Estabillo, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of research and clinical settings, and she has extensive experience in applied behavior analysis. Her postdoctoral work focuses on training community mental health providers in evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. In the UCLA PEERS Clinic, she facilitates PEERS for Young Adults social skills groups.
Reina is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with current involvement in the 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. After this, she completed her 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.
Laura Adery, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in the Adolescent Serious Mental Illness track. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in both research and clinical settings with special interest in inclusion in the arts and cultural community through work with the ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp in Nashville, TN. Her postdoctoral work focuses on expanding treatment and intervention resources and investigating self, identity and community inclusion for adolescents at risk for psychosis. In the UCLA PEERS Clinic, she facilitates PEERS for Teens social skills groups.
Courtney is a Clinical Psychology Intern at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, specializing in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Eager to return to California and to work with a more multicultural and diverse population, Courtney spent last year as a practicum student at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) clinic, and is now continuing her training as one of UCLA’s Clinical Psychology Interns. She has earned two Masters’ degrees at the University College of London in Health Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Sciences. In addition, to a background in mental health disorders across the life span, Courtney has assessment, intervention, and research experience working with individuals with neurodevelopmental, neurological, and other psychiatric disorders. Her interests center on supporting families and children with diverse presentations who are experiencing cultural barriers access mental and behavioral health services.