Philosophy of Care
My philosophy of care includes a developing a partnership with families to develop an effective understanding of their children's strengths and challenges in order to develop a plan of care that fits their child and family.
Dr. Stahmer's clinical interests involve early intervention and parent coaching interventions for young children with, or at-risk for, autism spectrum disorders and their families; inclusive education for students with autism spectrum disorders, school-based services for elementary students with autism spectrum disorders, early identification and diagnosis of ASD.
Effective early intervention strategies, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based ASD interventions to community settings and low resource areas.
Ph.D., Psychology, UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1994
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder CO 1988
Behavior Analyst - Autism, 2007
Clinical Psychology - Autism, 1996
Honors and Awards
Implementation Research Institute Fellow, 2012
Valliant Knight Award for Collaborative Research Improving Community Services, 2011
American Psychological Association?s Dissertation Research Award, 1993
RCHSD Employee of Excellence Award for Leadership in Research and Development, 2008
San Diego Autism Society Health Hero Award, 2006
Select Recent Publications
Stahmer AC, Brookman-Frazee L, Rieth SR, Stoner JT, Feder JD, Searcy K, Wang T. Parent perceptions of an adapted evidence-based practice for toddlers with autism in a community setting. Autism. 2017 Feb;21(2):217-230.
Stahmer AC, Suhrheinrich J, Mandell DS. The importance of characterizing intervention for individuals with autism. Autism. 2016 May;20(4):386-7.
Brookman-Frazee L, Stahmer A, Stadnick N, Chlebowski C, Herschell A, Garland AF. Characterizing the Use of Research-Community Partnerships in Studies of Evidence-Based Interventions in Children's Community Services. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016 Jan;43(1):93-104.
Stahmer, A.C., Suhrheinrich, J., Rieth, S.R. A pilot examination of the adapted protocol for Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching: Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, Winter. 2016;119-139.
Stahmer AC, Pellecchia M. Moving towards a more ecologically valid model of parent-implemented interventions in autism. Autism. 2015 Apr;19(3):259-61.