Autism Assessment Clinic Director
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. His 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 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.
Amber Miller is an advanced graduate student in the department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. She began her autism assessment training at UCSF in 2009 and has since had extensive experience both assessing and treating children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. She received her Master's Degree in 2013 from UCSB and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. Her current research interests include novel intervention strategies across the lifespan and reducing stress in families of children with ASD.
Please visit our Graduate Student Research page for more information about Amber.
Avery Voos is a second year doctoral student in the department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB. She began her autism assessment training at Yale University in 2010 and has since had the opportunity to expand her skill set since joining the Assessment Team at the Koegel Autism Center in 2012. She has had a great deal of experience assessing individuals across the lifespan, both with and without an autism spectrum disorder. She has focused her intervention work on younger children on the autism spectrum and is interested in utilizing innovative modalities (e.g. fMRI, eye tracking) to both assess and eventually help inform intervention plans for young children on the spectrum. She also has an interest in working with parents of children on the autism spectrum in order to reduce stress and increase quality of life.
Please visit our Graduate Student Research Page for more information about Avery.