Team

Administration

Shelley Turner, LCSW, Director of Developmental Services Behavioral Health Programs
Shelley, a licensed clinical social worker, has been a member of the Rady Children’s family since 1997 and a member of the Developmental Services leadership team since 2008. She provides administrative oversight of the Autism Discovery InstituteDevelopmental Evaluation Clinic and Alexa’s PLAYC.  For over 25 years, her career has been dedicated to serving children. Specifically, she has focused on prevention, early intervention and treatment in the areas of family violence, child abuse and neglect, and infant/early childhood development.

 

Jennifer Reinehr, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor, Alexa’s PLAYC
Jennifer is the clinical psychologist and supervisor for Alexa’s PLAYC at the Autism Discovery Institute. Her clinical interests include autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), inclusive programming and developmental and diagnostic assessment. Jennifer’s current work involves clinical oversight of the programming provided to children with ASDs and their typically developing peers who are enrolled at Alexa’s PLAYC. She also provides consultation, education and training for community preschools and organizations.  Jennifer’s most recent work, funded by Autism Speaks and soon to be printed, is titled “Pre-School Inclusion Programming for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A toolkit for Training and Program Development.”

ADI Team Photo - Lauren BrookmanLauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Research Director, Autism Discovery Institute
Lauren is an associate professor in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, associate director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center and the research director of the Autism Discovery Institute. Her federally funded research involves partnering with mental health and education system leaders, providers and families to develop, test and implement evidence-based interventions in community and school-based settings and reduce disparities in access to quality care. She conducts this research with the specific population of children with (or at risk for) autism spectrum disorders as well as the broader population of children with mental health problems receiving publicly funded mental health services. Additional areas of research include research-community partnerships, clinician training/supervision, early developmental and social-emotional screening and intervention, and parent training and psychotherapy intervention process and outcomes.

Tana Holt, B.A., Program Coordinator
Tana is the program coordinator at the Autism Discovery Institute and the Down Syndrome Center Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. She graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in human development and minored in cognitive science and global health. Tana was previously a research assistant at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, where she worked on studies that aimed to integrate evidence-based practices in special education classrooms and behavioral health agencies. She is fluent in Spanish and hopes to use this skill to bridge the gap for families in need of resources and services in the Spanish-speaking community. Tana enjoys being part of our multidisciplinary team and plans on pursuing her graduate studies in developmental services.

Bonnie Corbin, Administrative Associate
Bonnie has been a part of the Autism Discovery Institute since its inception. Then known as the Children’s Autism Intervention Center, Bonnie held roles ranging from scheduling, assisting in the Toddler School and taking care of the daily business transactions. With the expansion to the Autism Discovery Institute, Bonnie now focuses more on the business operations but may still be found interacting with families at the front desk or handling a variety of tasks.

 

Behavioral Specialists

Brian Fritz, M.A., BCBA
Brian Fritz has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders since 2009 and has been at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2012. He earned his master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis, from Arizona State University. He is also a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Brian provides individual and group services at the Torrey Hills and Kearny Mesa locations and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism.

Abbey Hye, M.A., BCBA
Abbey received her Master of Arts in human development and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a board-certified behavior analyst. She has broad training in the implementation of behavioral and developmental treatments (e.g., PRT, JASPER, ESDM) for children with autism and other developmental delays (e.g. Dup15q, tuberous sclerosis complex). Prior to joining Rady Children’s, she worked as a research assistant on a variety of early intervention studies at UC San Diego and UCLA, provided in home therapy through local agencies and conducted developmental/diagnostic assessments at the UCLA CAN Clinic. She has a passion for parent coaching and is committed to teaching social communication skills to children with autism and helping their families. Abbey has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2008.

Allison-ADI TeamAllison Jobin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Allison received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and is also a board-certified behavior analyst. She has had the pleasure of working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families since 2002. Her clinical experience includes the development, implementation and supervision of evidence-based interventions in a variety of settings. Her research has focused on how to best match or adapt intervention approaches to individual child and family needs. At the Autism Discovery Institute, Allison is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by autism through clinical research and practice.

 

ADI Team Photo - Colleen HColleen McNish, M.S.
Colleen earned her master’s degree in educational counseling from National University. She has been implementing home- and school-based behavioral interventions for children with autism and other developmental disorders since 1999. Her clinical experience includes the implementation and development of early intervention programs for children with autism spectrum disorders in addition to training therapists in a variety of research-based approaches.

Clinical Psychologists

Themba Carr, Ph.D.
Themba is a clinical psychologist at the Autism Discovery Institute and Developmental Evaluation Clinic. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Autism Research and Treatment and Center for Health Services and Society. She joined the teams at Rady Children’s in 2016.  Themba’s clinical expertise includes the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders and the implementation of autism-focused caregiver-mediated early intervention models. In addition to working directly with families, she serves as a certified trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview. She is also a UC San Diego assistant clinical professor (non-salaried) and provides teaching and training opportunities in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum and related disorders.  Themba’s research interests include implementing community-partnered participatory research methods to decrease healthcare disparities and increase quality of services for families in underserved communities.

Whitney Brown, Ph.D.
Whitney received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology, from Loma Linda University in 2016. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California since 2017. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), where she received specialty training in neurodevelopmental evaluation and interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders, genetic disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, prematurity and a range of other developmental delays and neurodevelopmental disorders. She has extensive experience in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and developmental evaluations. She also has experience providing therapeutic services to school-aged children, including social skills groups and cognitive behavioral therapy. Whitney is passionate about providing excellent care to children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.