Director, Koegel Autism Center Assessment Clinic
Assistant Professor, Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology
Ph.D. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Vernon's current research interests include (a) establishing effective methods to facilitate parent training, (b) disseminating treatment methods to the general public, and (c) developing social interventions across the lifespan, with a particular interest in early social motivation in young children with autism.
Dr. Vernon is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY24597) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level (BCBA-D) who received rigorous training in state-of-the-art autism assessment methods as the primary focus of his clinical psychology fellowship (autism track) at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC). This specialized training is supplemented by psychological and neuropsychological testing experience he accrued working at both the YCSC's Psychological Assessment Service and UCSB's Psychological Assessment Center. Dr. Vernon originally completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB. During his graduate years, he collaborated closely with advisors Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel at the Koegel Autism Center, where he worked as a researcher, clinician, parent educator, inclusion program supervisor, and clinic supervisor.
In addition to his role as the director of the Koegel Autism Center Assessment Clinic, Dr. Vernon also offers intensive private training workshops, presentations, and entire autism conferences to parents, schools, and professionals. Available topics include Pivotal Response Treatment, early intervention strategies, social-communication and socialization interventions for children and adolescents with autism, reducing disruptive/ aggressive behavior, academic considerations, classroom strategies for individuals with ASD, positive behavior support priniciples, college preparation, and strategies for improving independence and quality of life for both young and older adults with ASD. Please email for more information.
Vernon, T.W., Koegel, R.L., Dauterman, H., Stolen, K. (2012). An early social engagement intervention for young children with autism and their parents. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 42, 2702-2717.
Koegel, L.K., Vernon, T.W., Koegel, R.L., Koegel, B.L., Paullin, A.W. (2012). Improving social engagement and initiations between children with autism spectrum disorder and their peers in inclusive settings. Journal of positive behavior interventions, 1-8.
Koegel, R.L., Koegel, L.K., Vernon, T.W., & Brookman-Frazee, L.I. (2010). Empirically supported pivotal response treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Weisz, J.R. & Kazdin, A.E. Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. New York, NY, US: Guildford Press (327-344).
Koegel, R,L., Vernon, T.W., Koegel, L.K. (2009). Improving social initiations in young children with autism using reinforcers with embedded social interactions. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 39(9), 1240-1251.