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Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC)

Team

Clinical Psychologists

DEC - Rene Barbieri-Welge

Rene 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-Tall, 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.

 

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.

Rosalva Martinez-PhotoRosalva Martinez, Psy.D.
Rosalva has been a licensed psychologist since 2015 and joined the Rady Children’s Hospital team in 2021. She received her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from Biola University- Rosemead School of Psychology in 2009. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s, Rosalva provided community-based clinical interventions to at-risk children and families. She specializes in providing comprehensive developmental evaluations for children ages 0-5 in both English and Spanish, who present with a variety of developmental and mental health needs. Rosalva is also part of a multidisciplinary team that treats young children with feeding issues.

Victoria MooreVictoria 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.

Therapists

Sasha CotaSasha Cota, A.S.W.
Sasha received her graduate degree in social Work from San Diego State University in 2021, where she interned and worked at the Chadwick Center providing advocacy for children and families in need. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she worked as a social worker for the Child Welfare System to ensure the safety, well-being and permanency of all children involved. At Rady Children’s Hospital, Sasha provides early childhood mental health services to children ages 0-5 with complex socio-emotional, behavioral developmental needs. She has worked with families and children for over six years and is passionate in providing quality and adequate care to all families while practicing cultural humility and sensitivity through her everyday life.

Carla DykesCarla Dykes, L.M.F.T.
Carla has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2016. Prior to coming to Rady Children’s in 2021, Carla worked with individuals, couples and families with severe mental illness in various settings—which included non-profit, group practice, and private practice in both San Diego and Riverside counties. Carla has supervised postgraduate individuals pursuing licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. Carla’s brings a non-judgmental approach in her treatment, and incorporates treatment interventions from cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing modalities. Carla’s goal in working at Rady Children’s Hospital is to help parents and children feel comfortable and confident in navigating their journey and reaching their treatment goals.

Care Coordination

Allison Trefry ScofieldAllison Scofield, Child and Family Specialist
Allison joined Rady Children’s  in 2021 as a child and family specialist for DEC in Murrieta where she provides care coordination services and support to families in southwest Riverside County. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked with children and families for many years in home and educational settings.In her previous work, she was certified as an early intervention specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and provided service coordination to families in an early intervention program. Allison is committed to helping families access available resources to help support their child’s growth and development.

Administration

Meghan LukasikMeghan Lukasik, Ph.D. / Manager & APPIC Training Director
Meghan has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 1999. Meghan specializes in the assessment of infants and young children. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and early mental health concerns.  She is the former clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program; a program for children ages 0-5 with complex developmental and mental health needs. In addition to providing direct clinical service, Meghan currently manages the Developmental Evaluation Clinic and is the Training Director for the clinic’s APPIC-approved postdoctoral fellowship program. Meghan’s goal in working at Rady Children’s Hospital is to positively impact the lives of children by working in partnership with their families and other professionals.

Evan MorrisEvan Morris, M.B.A., M.A., OTR/L / Manager DEC Oceanside and Torrey Hills
Evan is the manager of Developmental Services for the Oceanside, Escondido and Torrey Hills satellite locations. He has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2018. Evan has been a licensed occupational therapist since 2006  and has worked in both pediatric and adult hospitals across the county, including Miller Children’s Hospital, Christiana Care Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has clinical expertise in neurologic impairment, neuromuscular disease and orthopedic rehabilitation. He has published original research in the area of temporomandibular dysfunction for patients with muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. Evan received his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Temple University in 2019. Evan’s goals are to create teams and systems that deliver world-class pediatric care and empower frontline health care staff to innovate novel treatments for the children of our community.

Teresa TherieauTeresa Therieau, M.P.H. / Director
Teresa Therieau (pronounced Terio), holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University. Teresa’s most recent experience is as vice president of operations at TrueCare (formerly North County Health Services), a federally qualified health center in northern San Diego County. Previously, Teresa directed the primary care and psychiatric services at St. Vincent de Paul Villages (Father Joe’s). She is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Throughout her career, Teresa has focused on making high quality behavioral health services available to all people and now looks forward to bringing her experience and passion to Rady Children’s.

Payal Beam, L.C.S.W., Senior Director of Developmental Services
Payal joins Rady Children’s following her successful tenure at Mental Health Systems in San Diego, where she served as vice president for six years. During her time there, she oversaw multiple service delivery programs for children, youth, adults and older adults, including outpatient, residential treatment programs, employment and housing for families affected by behavioral health disorders. Additional responsibilities included ensuring the quality of clinical and direct services, adhering to program budgets and collaborating with city and county services, housing agencies, colleges and universities, and other community-based organizations throughout San Diego and San Bernardino counties.