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DDDC Faculty and Staff

DDDC Faculty Members

Lara Delmolino, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Dean of GSAPP and Autism Applied and Academic Programs, Executive Director of DDDC. Dr. Delmolino is a Clinical Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Executive Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Delmolino earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers. She did her internship at the TEACCH program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience with people on the autism spectrum. Her research and clinical interests focus on assessment and treatment of individuals with autism, and application and evaluation of Applied Behavior Analysis teaching methods. She has presented at conferences and published in books and journals on issues related to Applied Behavior Analysis and the treatment of autism.

Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Behavioral and Research Services. Dr. LaRue is a Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers, the State University of University New Jersey. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Marcus Institutes at Emory University. Dr. LaRue has more than twenty years of experience working with people on the autism spectrum. He has co-authored published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. His interests include the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology.

Kate Fiske, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director of Behavioral and Research Services. Dr. Fiske is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has worked in the field of treatment for individuals with ASD since 1999. Dr. Fiske earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and completed her internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include the evaluation of best practices for treating individuals with autism using applied behavior analysis, and the provision of support for families of individuals with autism. She has presented at national conferences and published in books and journals related to applied behavior analysis and autism. She is the author of the book, Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings.

DDDC Administrative Staff Members

Maria Arnold, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of Educational Services. Mrs. Arnold is an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She has a BS in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University, and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Rutgers University. Mrs. Arnold has over 35 years of experience working with people on the autism spectrum. She has co-authored publications and presented at conferences and workshops at a local, state, and national level on topics related to applied behavior analysis and special education; and, has served on the behavior management committees for other programs. Mrs. Arnold was the recipient of the Education Award from Seton Hall University and of the Outstanding Service Award for 1999 from Autism, New Jersey.

Marlene Brown, M.S., BCBA, Assistant Director of Outreach Services. Marlene Brown, M.S., BCBA, Assistant Director of Outreach Services. Ms. Brown has worked at the DDDC for over 10 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of NJ and a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage College. Ms. Brown has over 25 years of experience in state wide advocacy, influencing policy development, and working with learners with autism spectrum disorders. She has also presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics surrounding home based services and supports for families of learners with ASD. Her clinical interests include the application of behavior analytic principles with families in community based settings.

Catriona Francis, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of DDDC. Catriona Francis has worked at the DDDC using applied behavior analysis with individuals with autism since 1996. She is certified as a Teacher of the Handicapped in New Jersey. Catriona earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Rutgers University in 2004. She holds a Principal Certificate from the state of New Jersey. Catriona has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics surrounding classroom management and educational planning for learners with autism and has co-authored a book on addressing teaching challenges with individuals with autism.

Barbara Kristoff, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, Assistant Director/Principal. Dr. Kristoff earned her doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers, the State University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Hearing Association, New Jersey certification as a Speech-Language Specialist, and is a New Jersey licensed Speech Pathologist. Dr. Kristoff has over 30 years experience providing services to individuals on the autism spectrum and currently works collaboratively with educational staff and parents to determine and implement appropriate individualized programming for students. She has presented at numerous conferences and has co-authored several articles on topics related to speech, language and communication, and learners diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Debra Paone, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Director of Outreach Services. Dr. Paone has been working at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center since 2005. Dr. Paone received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Learning Processes/Behavior Analysis) from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey. She has presented at local and national conferences, has co-authored a book and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Donna L. Sloan, M.A., BCBA, Assistant Director, Douglass Adult Program and Douglass School. Ms. Sloan earned a master's degree in supervision, administration and curriculum planning from Georgian Court University. She has been working with adolescents and adults with ASD since 1985. Ms. Sloan has worked at the DDDC since 2001. She has presented at national conferences and is a co-author of the book Visual Supports for People with Autism.

 

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