Team

DEC - Rene Barbieri-WelgeRene Barbieri-Welge, Ph.D.
Rene has been a licensed psychologist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 1999. She is also a licensed speech-language pathologist since 1983. Rene specializes in developmental assessment of infants and young children with a wide range of developmental issues, including prematurity, prenatal substance exposure, failure to thrive, developmental delay, language delay, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Angelman’s syndrome. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Rene completed her postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Rene is bilingual (English/Spanish).

DEC - Ayala Ben-Tall

Ayala Ben-Tal, Ph.D.
Ayala has been a licensed psychologist since 1999 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2000. She received her doctorate in counseling/clinical/school psychology, with emphasis in child clinical psychology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins/Kennedy Krieger Institute with an emphasis on treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders and feeding disorders. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders at Brown University Medical School.

At Rady Children’s Hospital’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic, Ayala specializes in the evaluation of a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning/developmental problems. She is part of two multidisciplinary teams at Rady Children’s Developmental Services, including the Feeding Team, where she provides psychological/developmental support within multidisciplinary feeding evaluations and treatment groups. Additionally, she is a member of the Rady Children’s Cochlear Implant Team, providing pre-cochlear implant psychological and developmental evaluations. Ayala has also served as a clinical supervisor and mentor to predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

DEC - Debra Broadbooks

Debra Broadbooks, Ph.D.
Debra has been a licensed psychologist since 1999 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2004. She earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego (now Alliant University). She specializes in psychoeducational evaluation of school-aged children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, other behavioral disorders and executive dysfunction, as well as in developmental assessment of preschool-aged children with a variety of learning, social, attentional and behavioral disorders.

 

Themba Carr, Ph.D.
Themba has been a licensed psychologist since 2015 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2016. Her clinical expertise includes the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders and the implementation of autism-focused caregiver-mediated early intervention models. 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. 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.

Photo - DEC - Ryan KanerRyan J. Kaner, Psy.D.
Ryan comes to Rady Children’s with a wide range of experience in the field of neuropsychology. He attended both undergraduate and graduate school in Arizona while performing evaluations at the Arizona Literacy and Learning Center. After receiving his doctorate, Ryan completed his internship at the Neurological Institute/North Broward Medical Center in South Florida. He then completed two years of postdoctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology in Boston, working with children and adolescents of all ages. During this time, Ryan specialized in evaluating kids with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. He now spends most of his time at DEC doing clinical and research assessments for children in Hematology/Oncology.

Carolyn Korbel, Ph.D.
Carolyn has been a licensed psychologist since 2009 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2015. She specializes in pediatric neuropsychology, including evaluation of autism spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disorders and concerns in the area of emotional and behavioral regulation. Carolyn received her doctorate from the University of Utah.  Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Carolyn completed an internship at Primary Children’s Medical Center and post-doctoral training at the Neurobehavioral Clinic & Professional Psychology Group.

DEC - Meghan Korey LukasikMeghan Lukasik, Ph.D.
Meghan has been a licensed psychologist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1999. She specializes in the area of assessment of infants and children with developmental, behavioral and learning concerns. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorders, early childhood mental health, trauma, attention, behavior and learning disabilities.  She is also the clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program. In addition to her clinical work, Meghan also serves as DEC’s team leader and is responsible for clinical supervision, program management and development, and other administrative duties. She has presented on a wide range of topics across the nation. She received her doctorate in psychology from the California School at Professional Psychology (now Alliant University).

Victoria Moore, Ph.D.
Victoria has been a licensed psychologist since 2008 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2015. She provides comprehensive developmental evaluations for a broad range of developmental, behavioral and mental health concerns, with a particular focus in autism spectrum disorders. She also participates on a multidisciplinary team that treats young children with feeding issues. Victoria received her doctor of psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at the May Institute, a postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute and provided evaluation, diagnosis and treatment at the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center. Victoria has taught courses in psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and at Southeast Missouri State University.

Glenda Ramos, Ph.D.
Glenda has been a psychological assistant since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2017. She specializes in the evaluation of infants and children, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral complications, trauma and developmental delay. Glenda received her doctorate in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Glenda completed a predoctoral internship providing assessment and support services at the Child and Family Guidance Center and has previously provided neuro-developmental evaluations at UCSF Neurodevelopmental Clinic and Kaiser Autism Clinic. Glenda is bilingual (English/Spanish).

Juanita Vaquero, Ph.D.
Juanita has been a licensed psychologist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2016. She specializes in developmental assessments of infants and young children with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, trauma symptoms and emotional/behavioral regulation concerns. Juanita received her doctorate degree in school psychology from Texas A&M University in 2014 and received training in conducting psychological and psychoeducation evaluations for school-age, adolescents and college students. She completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health and trauma-informed care. Juanita’s Spanish-English bilingual skills and training in bilingual assessment enables her to serve our diverse Spanish-speaking and bilingual population.