Present Research, Tech & Scholarly Work

Winter 2017
Founder and Director, Fielding Graduate University PhD Program in Infant and Early Childhood and Development Research Incubator. Multiple students and faculty research projects.

2014 – present
Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD to Enhance Vocation and Education (ACHIEVE) Community Research Collaborative with University of California at San Diego and Rady Childrens Hospital. Consultant provider on social communication to Supported Employment Cognitive Enhancement Social Skills (SECCESS) project.

2010 – present
Medical Director, SymPlay, LLC – Family Games for Autism. Creating innovative technologies devoted to the development of social communication for people with developmental challenges. In collaboration with Quicksilver Software Incorporated and University of California, Irvine.

2007 – present
Chair, Training Committee, BRIDGE Collaborative, San Diego, CA (Bond, Regulate, Interact, Develop, Grow, Engage) R21 grant awarded 2009, studying community collaboration in the development of a new program that partners with families, providers and funding sources (public and private) to identify and intervene with children at risk for developmental disorders at the earliest possible times for better outcomes. Responsible for incorporating community values and principles including affective engagement, affective communication, sensori-motor and praxis, and reflective process into Project ImPACT for use in the community wide pilot intervention program.

2010 – 2014
Director of Research, Graduate School, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.

2004 – present
Organization for Autism Research (OAR): research grant reviewer.

2005 – present
Study Participant, various studies, Interactive Autism Network.

2005 – present

2007 – 2013
Director of Technology Development, Vine Engineering and Design Start-up by high school students exploring areas of green energy, science education, and bio-robotics. Possible use of company patented technology for the Lighting Africa project. Solana Beach , CA.

Fall 2009 – 2010
Co-Principal Investigator, San Diego Regional Center/ Imperial Valley/ Easter Seals/ P.L.A.Y. Project/ UCSD/ NFAR research initiative. Organizing and researching cost-effective early intervention services for underserved families in Southern California.

2010 – present
The Observer Effect: research in real time assessment of play. Developing industry-institutional relationships and mechanisms for cooperative research. ICDL/ Spectrumsims.com (now SymPlay, LLC).

2011 – 2013
Principal Investigator, NIMH/ Duke University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trials Network (CAPTN). Sertraline Pediatric Registry for the Evaluation of Safety (SPRITES). A Non-interventional, Longitudinal, Cohort Study to Evaluate the Effects of Long-term Sertraline Treatment in Children and Adolescents. Pfizer.

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