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

 

Jeffrey Liew, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Liew, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator

 

Jeffrey Liew is a professor and a developmental and learning scientist in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Liew’s expertise is on social-emotional development spanning early childhood through emerging adulthood. He also has experience working as a behavioral therapist and designing/implementing individualized education programs (IEPs) with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

 

 

 

Cynthia Riccio, Ph.D.

Cynthia Riccio, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator

 

 

 

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 third 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

 

Shannon Clark, M.Ed.

Shannon Clark, M.Ed.

Parent Coach

 

Shannon Clark, M.Ed., is a coach for the C2C project.  She is a third-year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department with a specialization in School Psychology.  Shannon has four years of experience in working with individuals with ASD.  She has worked in clinics, homes and schools providing ABA therapy, as well as classroom support.  She is particularly interested in working with children and adolescents focusing on internalizing disorders, such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem and body dissatisfaction.  

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

 

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams

 Research Specialist

 

 

 

C2C project members from 2017-2018 from left to right: Sanikan Wattanawongwan, Yan Li, Olga Reyes, Lauren Trojacek, Jennifer Ganz, Sarah Ura, Ching-Yi Liao, Kaitlyn Stein, April Haas, and Valeria Yllades.

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