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Current Students:
Kathryn Jeter, M.S.
Kathryn is currently a pre-doctoral intern at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Internship Consortium. Her clinical research interests broadly focus on Parent Child Interaction Therapy and how behavioral functioning in children impacts family stress. Kathryn has successfully proposed her doctoral dissertation, which will examine the psychometric properties and factor structure of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorder. She plans to defend her dissertation in Fall 2015.

Jillian Murphy, M.S.
Jillian is a predoctoral intern at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, a children's rehabilitation and specialty hospital that is part of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medical Systems in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research and clinical interests are broadly related to pediatric health, interprofessional collaboration between pediatric health care providers, and translation/dissemination of evidence-supported treatments. In July of 2015 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, which examined associations between children's general disruptive behavior and feeding problems. 

Garet Edwards, M.S.
Garet is a 3rd-year doctoral student at USA, and currently holds an assistantship at The Little Tree Preschool where he consults with parents and teachers regarding child behavior, develops skill acquisition programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and implements individualized behavioral interventions for children who present with problem behaviors. His research and clinical interests are on the application of Applied Behavior Analysis to promote positive behaviors and decrease or eliminate problematic behavior in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is currently preparing his doctoral dissertation that will examine the development of social skills in preschoolers with ASD.

Noelle Vann, M.S. 
Noelle is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the HYF Lab. Her research and clinical interests center on working with families with children who are experiencing chronic or life threatening illnesses. She hopes to continue her work on an interdisciplinary team in a pediatric hospital setting, in which she will provide consultation, psychotherapy, and assessments. Noelle currently holds an graduate assistantship at the Learning Tree where she consults with behavioral staff working with adolescents with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and comorbid medical diagnoses. She is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation that will examine the influence of parenting practices on resiliency in children with chronic illness.

Jessica VanOrmer, M.A. 
Jessica is a 1st-year doctoral student at USA. She completed her Master's degree at the Catholic University of America in 2015, and her clinical and research interests are broadly focused on youth diagnosed with ADHD or ASD. Specifically, she is interested in interventions that reduce behavior problems in these populations, enhance resiliency in the child, improve family functioning, and increase social skills.

Past Students:

Dr. Natalie Cook 
Natalie is currently working in private practice at AlphaPsych and the Jones Center for Children's Therapy and Assessment in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Nebraska Mental Health Centers.  Natalie's doctoral dissertation examined the influence of parent involvement in therapy sessions on the attainment of skill mastery in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. 

Dr. Dustin Lamport
Dustin is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN. He provides assessments, consultation, and education to child welfare and child-serving agencies through the co-located Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. He provides direct psychological interventions such as PCIT and TF-CBT in an outpatient setting as well as behavioral health consultation in a primary care setting.

Dr. Sarah Bauman
Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) for Research on Human Development and the Department of Pediatrics Division of Developmental Medicine. The fellowship is housed within TRIAD--the hub for campus-wide interdisciplinary work in autism research, service, outreach, and training. Through this position Sarah provides assessments, training, and support programs for very young and school-ages children with autism and their families as well as take part in various aspects of the Vanderbilt autism research community. She additionally serves as a long-term trainee under Vanderbilt’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program.

Edited July 2015
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