Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis, and Director of Community-based Treatment Research, UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research focuses on inclusion and intervention services in the area of autism and the translation of evidence-based practices for this population to community settings. She has led multiple federally-funded projects examining collaborative adaptation and implementation of interventions for children with autism into community and school programs. She is part of the Autism Intervention Research Behavioral Health Network which is a multi-site community-partnered participatory research project designed to increase access to ASD services for under-resourced families.
Our projects have moved from the adaptation of evidence-based interventions in the context of research-community partnerships to gaining a better understanding of the context needed to support effective use of these innovations by providers. She is working with Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee on a collaborative R01, called TEAMS, testing specific implementation strategies to facilitate use of evidence-based interventions in multiple service settings. She is also working with Dr. Jessica Suhrheinrich to characterize system, district and teacher level factors that moderate success of a statewide network of for training in evidence-based practices for autism.
I have had the opportunity to conduct training in implementation science through our CTSC and in the context of professional societies such as the International Society for Autism Research and the Association for Behavior Analysis. What I love most about IRI is the ongoing collaboration and support provided through the program even years after participation!