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

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT

Project Coordinator

Valeria Yllades, M.Ed., RBT, is the project coordinator for the C2C project. She is a second 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

Amarachi Yoro, M.Ed.

Amarachi Yoro, M.Ed.

Parent Coach

Amarachi Yoro is a parent coach for the C2C project. She is a first year doctoral student in the department of Educational Psychology focusing on Special Education. Amarachi has provided support for children with autism and other learning disabilities in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research focus has been on supporting children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is particularly interested in children and adult counseling, teacher training, and parent coaching to help tackle and reduce behavioral challenges for children autism and other learning barriers in the classroom.

Language proficiency: English

 

Shannon Clark, M.Ed.

Shannon Clark, M.Ed.

Parent Coach

Shannon Clark, M.Ed., is a coach for the C2C project.  She is a fourth-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

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed.

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed.

Technology Coordinator

Kaitlyn Stein, M.Ed, provides all technical assistance to parents for the C2C project. She is a fourth 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

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

 Daira Rodriguez, MA., LSSP

Assessment Coordinator/Parent Coach

Daira Rodriguez, MA., LSSP, is a first year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department with a specialization in School Psychology at Texas A&M University. For the C2C program she will be in charge of coordinating and interpreting all formal assessments of child behavior. Additionally, she will also serve as a coach for C2C. Daira has served as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for the last three years conducting formal evaluations for students suspected of having a disability. She has also provided ABA therapy in a clinical and home setting to individuals with ASD. Her main research interest focus on behavioral interventions for children with autism who demonstrate significant challenging behavior.

 

Language Proficiency: English and Spanish

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams

 Research Specialist

 

Kimberly Williams has provided support to Special Education research and outreach projects at Texas A&M University since 2007, ensuring compliance with all participant protection expectations, and support for project staff.

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.
This work was supported in whole or part by grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Autism Grant Program (Coach to Communicate (C2C): Partnering to Improve Communication for Individuals with Autism. Awards #17108, 20465). The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the THECB.
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