Access to Services Across Diverse Communities: Service Expansion to Rural and Underserved Areas
Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Health
Dr. Stahmer is an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery. The main goals of her research include developing ways to help community providers, such as teachers and therapists, help children with autism and their families by providing high quality care. She is an internationally respected expert in the use of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions which are validated treatments for autism. Dr. Stahmer has conducted extensive research in the areas of parent coaching, early intervention, inclusive education and services research in autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Stahmer leads several grants funded through the U.S. Department of Education that involve adapting evidence-based practices for children with autism in collaboration with teachers and community providers and a new collaborative R01 examining implementation interventions to improve uptake of training in evidence-based practices in schools and community clinics. She is also interested in examining key ingredients of efficacious interventions to help with use in the community. She is widely published and a frequent presenter at annual professional meetings in the field of services to children with autism. She is an editor of Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. In addition, she is very involved in the autism community, participating in the California Best Practice Guidelines Committee and the National Standards projects, developing guidelines for autism treatment.