Our Team

Jennifer Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Jennifer Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Project Director

 

Jeni Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the project director for C2C. She has been a professor of special education at Texas A&M University since 2008. Dr. Ganz has provided services for individuals with autism and their families since 1996, as a teacher, consultant, behavior analyst, and project director/principal investigator. Her research focuses on working with natural communication partners to improve communication in individuals with autism.

Language proficiency: English, beginning Spanish

 

Ching-Yi Liao, M.Ed.

Ching-Yi Liao, M.Ed.

Project Coordinator/Parent Coach

 

Ching-Yi Liao, M.Ed., is the project coordinator for C2C. She is currently a doctoral student in the Special Education doctoral program at Texas A&M University. She holds Master’s degrees in Special Education and Early Childhood Education and has 7 years of experience working with individuals with autism and their families. Her current research interest focuses on culturally responsive parent training to teach parents and caregivers of individuals with autism to use evidence-based behavioral and communication strategies.

Language proficiency: Mandarin and English

 

April Haas, M.Ed., BCBA

April Haas, M.Ed., BCBA

Coach Supervisor

 

April Haas, M.Ed., BCBA is the project coordinator for PREP and a supervisor for C2C.  She is currently a Special Education doctoral student at Texas A&M and has been serving families and children with autism for 11 years. Her research focuses on working with children with autism and their peers to increase academic and social skills.

Language proficiency: English

 

Sarah Ura

Sarah Ura

Assessment Coordinator

 

Sarah Ura is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. For the C2C Project, she coordinates and interprets all of the formal assessments of child behavior. She has worked in a therapeutic role with children and adolescents with a range of communication, behavioral, and emotional difficulties since 2004. Sarah’s research interests center on how child symptoms are measured and used to inform practice and bias in special education evaluations.

 

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed.

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed.

Technical Assistance

 

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed, provides all technical assistance to parents for the C2C project. She is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department majoring in counseling psychology. While completing her undergraduate degree, Kaitlyn volunteered working with children with ASD at  the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center. Her main research interests include therapeutic outcomes and therapeutic interventions.

Language proficiency: English

 

Sanikan Wattanawongwan, M.S.

Sanikan Wattanawongwan, M.S.

Parent Coach

 

Sanikan Wattanawongwan, M.S., is a coach for C2C. She is a Ph.D. graduate research assistant in Special Education from Bangkok, Thailand. Sanikan has provided services for individuals with autism in Thailand and the United States in school, clinic, and home settings. She is particularly interested in coaching families and paraprofessionals to improve appropriate behavior, enhance communication and social skills, and reduce challenging behavior for individuals with autism.

Language proficiency: English, Thai

 

Lauren Trojacek, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lauren Trojacek, M.S., CCC-SLP

Parent Coach

 

Lauren Trojacek, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a parent coach for C2C.  Lauren assessed and treated children and adolescents with speech and language impairments for four years prior to coming back to Texas A&M.  She is currently enrolled in the special education division of the Educational Psychology doctoral program. Her research interests include communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and complex communication needs who are minimally verbal.  

Language proficiency: English       

 

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT

Parent Coach

 

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT, is a coach for the C2C project. She is a first year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department with a specialization in Special Education. She has helped individuals with autism for 6 years as a researcher, registered behavior technician, therapist, and parent coach. Her main areas of interest are autism spectrum disorders, communicative interventions for bilingual individuals with ASD, and visual supports.

Language proficiency: English, Spanish

 

Olga Reyes

Olga Reyes

Volunteer

 

Olga Reyes is a project volunteer for C2C. She is a psychology major that has been volunteering in various autism related projects. She is interested in pursuing a Master’s and Ph.D in Special Education with a concentration in autism spectrum and works in a preschool setting.

Language proficiency: Fluent in English and Spanish

 

Yan Li, M.S.

Yan Li, M.S.

Research Assistant

 

Yan Li, M.S., is a research assistant in C2C. She is a Masters student in the Educational Psychology department, Learning Science program. She has rich experience in both language teaching in school and ABA therapy in clinic setting. Her research interest is in using ABA therapy to improve communication and language development for kids with autism. She pays extra attention to find the most effective training methods and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) for kids with autism from Bilingual families.

Language proficiency: English, Chinese

 

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