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DDDC Faculty and Staff

DDDC Faculty Members

Lara Delmolino, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director. Dr. Delmolino is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 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 23 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.

Sandra L. Harris, Ph.D., Executive Director. Dr. Harris founded the DDDC in 1972 and has worked with people on the autism spectrum for nearly 40 years. She is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Clinical Psychology (Emerita) at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Department of Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the author of several books, numerous book chapters and journal articles concerning the needs of people with autism and the special needs of families that include a child with an ASD. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and the Autism Series editor for Woodbine House. Her honors from Rutgers University include the 2006, Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award and the 2005 President’s Award for Research in Service to New Jersey.

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 16 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.

Kimberly N. Sloman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director of Behavioral and Research Services. Dr. Sloman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 2008. Dr. Sloman has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She has authored several research articles, presented at state and national conferences, and co-authored several chapters on assessment of maladaptive behavior. Her interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and caregiver training.

Kate Fiske Massey, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director of Behavioral and Research Services. Dr. Fiske Massey is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has more than 12 years of experience working with people on the autism spectrum. Dr. Fiske Massey 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.

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, Assistant Director. Catriona Francis has worked at the DDDC using applied behavior analysis with individuals with autism for over 15 years. She is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped who earned her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Rutgers University in 2004. She has also presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics surrounding classroom management and educational planning for learners 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. She has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Paone received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Learning Processes/Behavior Analysis) from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research experience includes the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and social skills training. She has presented at local and national conferences and has co-authored published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Donna L. Sloan, M.A., BCBA, Assistant Director, Douglass Adult Program & Douglass School. Ms. Sloan earned a master’s degree in supervision, administration & curriculum planning from Georgian Court University. She has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. She has presented at national conferences and is a co-author of the book Visual Supports for People with Autism.

 

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