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Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC)

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.

Koenraad Van Braeckel, Ph.D.
Koen has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2012 and has been licensed in California since 2019. He has worked at Rady Children’s since 2019. Koen specializes in the assessment of infants and children with developmental, behavioral, learning and visual information processing concerns. He has extensive experience in the diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorder, cognitive delay, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, visual information processing impairment and children with a history of perinatal medical complications. In addition to his clinical work, Koen is a member of the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Developmental Services Employee Advisory Group and is also involved in research on the long-term sequelae of Dravet syndrome. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Koen worked as a psychologist at the Center for Disabilities and Development of the University of Iowa, as a researcher/clinical psychologist at Beatrix Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, and as a clinical psychologist at Dutch Royal Visio, a center of expertise for the visually impaired in the Netherlands. Koen received his doctorate from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He completed his internship at the Department of Neuropsychology of the University Hospital Gasthuisberg at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and his postdoctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Koen is bilingual in English and Dutch.

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.

 

Brett Jones, Psy.D.
Brett has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2019 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2019. He specializes in the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Brett has extensive experience in providing functional behavioral assessment and evidence-based treatments for a wide range of children and young adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities, often coexisting with medical conditions. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Brett completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute. He received his doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County.

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.

Mikaela Kinnear, Ph.D.
Mikaela has been a licensed clinical psychologist and worked at Rady Children’s in this capacity since 2019. She specializes in the assessment of toddlers, children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and learning concerns. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum, attention and learning disorders as well as childhood mental health. In addition to her clinical work, she is involved in several research projects at San Diego State University, including studies of early brain development in autism spectrum disorders. Mikaela received her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She completed a predoctoral internship at Rady Children’s as part of the UC San Diego/Veterans Administration psychology internship program and postdoctoral training at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s. Mikaela then conducted postdoctoral research for three years at San Diego State University before returning to Rady Children’s and joining the DEC team.

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.

Alice Lim, Psy.D.
Alice is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2020. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England, where she was a recipient of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship. Alice’s clinical interests are in neuropsychology, including assessment of children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral, and learning differences; rehabilitation medicine; and lifespan development. Alice utilizes a systems approach to care with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity. She completed a pre-doctoral training at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital on the adult track and a post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Neuropsychology Emphasis on the child/family team. Alice has intermediate/conversational language proficiency in Korean and Spanish.

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, Psy.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.