Christina Corsello, Ph.D.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Christina has worked at Rady Children’s since 2005, specializing in the diagnosis and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. She has published training guides on a widely used standardized diagnostic measure, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), and has trained professionals worldwide on the use of this measure. Christina has also authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters focused on diagnostic measures and assessment. She serves as a consultant on several grants requiring expertise on the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.
Robyn Igelman, Ph.D., Director, Behavioral Health Programs
Robyn is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Autism Discovery Institute, Developmental Evaluation Clinic and Alexa’s PLAYC. From 2009-2016, she served as program manager for Healthy Development Services and Children’s Care Connection (C3). From 2002-2009, she managed the Chadwick Center’s Trauma Counseling Treatment Outcome Program, ensuring that clinicians received prompt, useable assessment feedback and implemented evidence-based or evidence-supported practices in their clinical work with traumatized children and families. Robyn is an affiliate of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is nationally recognized for her work in the field of child trauma. She previously served as adjunct faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She has presented nationally on the topic of child abuse assessment and treatment, and early childhood mental health. Along with being published published (peer-reviewed articles) in the field of child welfare and child maltreatment, she co-edited a book on children exposed to interparental violence.
Sarah Denno, M.Ed., Alexa’s PLAYC Program Director
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University in 2000. She then came to work in the Children’s Toddler School program as an autism education associate in 2001, and from 2003-2004, served as the early childhood coordinator (director) for the program. In 2004, Sarah developed and opened a community school/inclusion program for children with autism spectrum disorders at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. While there, she earned a master’s degree in special education. Sarah returned to Rady Children’s to serve as a behavior specialist and has since taken on the role of director at Alexa’s PLAYC.
Jennifer Reinehr, Psy.D., Alexa’s PLAYC Program Psychologist
Jennifer has been a licensed psychologist since 2008. She attended Nova Southeastern University’s doctoral program, which provided a specialization in both clinical and school psychology. Prior to her work at Rady Children’s, Jennifer worked in the Broward County public schools as the lead psychologist on a transdisciplinary evaluation team assessing young children transitioning into special education services. She has an expertise in developmental assessment and development of intervention plans that address the developmental and behavioral needs of children and their families.
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.
Nora Camacho, M.A., BCBA
Nora graduated from Providence College, where she earned a bachelor’s in education. She went on to earn a master’s degree from San Diego State University in special education, with an emphasis in autism, as well as a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Alliant University. Nora became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2010. She worked as a supervisor for in-home applied behavior analysis therapy programs for nine years prior to joining our team. Nora is passionate about improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities while also supporting their families.
Allison 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.
Chelsea McCawley, M.Sc., BCBA, BCBA Supervisor
Chelsea has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of East London. Her post-graduate research focused on the application of strengths in young children with autism spectrum disorders, which fueled further interest in promoting well-being in children with autism and providing clinical intervention. Additionally, Chelsea provided in-home support for children with autism in Ireland and Australia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, riding her bike and exploring San Diego.
Colleen McNish-Heider, 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.
Rene Barbieri-Welge, Ph.D.
Rene received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1997. She has been a licensed psychologist since 1998 and a licensed speech-language pathologist since 1983. Rene began working at Rady Children’s in 1999. She specializes in the developmental assessment of children ages birth to 5 years with a wide range of developmental issues, including prematurity, prenatal substance exposure, failure to thrive, developmental delay, language delay, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and Angelman’s syndrome. She also speaks Spanish
Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Lauren is an associate professor in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, an investigator at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center and the Autism Discovery Institute training director. Her National Institute of Mental Health-funded research is focused on examining the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practice strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders in publicly-funded mental health services. Other research interests include early screening and intervention, parent training, research-practice partnerships, clinician training/supervision and parental stress in parents of children with disabilities.