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.