ASAC Staff

Amy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBA serves as the Director of ASAC and as a Clinical Supervisor in UM's Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program (CAMAT). She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. Dr. Beaumont received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and completed internship at the May Institute and National Autism Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Beaumont has 20 years of experience providing evidence-based treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), social skills training, and parent training to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Additionally, she is skilled in the comprehensive psychological assessment of individuals, ages 8 months through childhood, with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and has obtained research reliability in the use of the ADOS-2 and ADI-R. Dr. Beaumont has presented on topics related to ASD at numerous local and national conferences, and she regularly offers consultation and training to schools and medical professionals. She also serves as a consultant to numerous autism-related research projects at the University of Miami.


Meaghan Parlade, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at ASAC as well as the Coordinator of Research and Training for UM-NSU CARD. She received her doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her clinical and research interests include the early screening, assessment,and diagnosis of ASD, as well as the development and evaluation of interventions to improve social skills in preschool- and school-aged children with ASD. Dr. Parlade has published and presented locally and nationally on topics related to child development and autism. She also serves as a clinician and consultant to autism-related research projects at the University of Miami.


Elisabeth Thurlow, Psy.D., is a Staff Psychologist at ASAC. She is a licensed psychologist, who received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University in Los Angeles, California. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Thurlow has 20 years of experience working with children and adults presenting with a variety of neurological, genetic, learning, behavioral, emotional, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She was a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and on faculty in the Psychology Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has conducted child evaluations in a number of private practice settings before joining the ASAC team at the University of Miami.

 


Sandra Cardona, Psy.D. is a bilingual licensed psychologist at ASAC. She obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and then completed a post-doctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Cardona has broad experience providing assessment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults with autism of diverse cultural backgrounds. She has conducted International evaluations of clients from many Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and El Salvador.


Grace Victoria, M.S. CCC-SLP is a bilingual licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at ASAC. She obtained her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Nova Southeastern University. She then completed a clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development and the Debbie School, located at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Further, her experiences have been in providing assessment and therapeutic services to children and adolescents with hearing impairments and varying learning, behavioral, and speech and language disorders of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In addition to her work at ASAC, she is part of a community outreach program services children through the Early Discovery Program.


Doctoral Students and Interns in Clinical Psychology, under the supervision of ASAC psychologists, assist in conducting psychological evaluations and providing therapy. The trainees are all advanced-level doctoral students who are well-trained in the various psychological and diagnostic measures utilized at ASAC, including the ADOS-2 and ADI-R. In therapeutic cases, clients are specially matched with a therapist based on client needs, personality, and therapist experience level.


FACULTY ADVISORS

‌ Melissa Hale, Ph.D., BCBA-D serves as the faculty supervisor of ASAC and as an Associate Director of UM-NSU CARD. She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ‌‌(BCBA-D). Dr. Hale received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis. She completed an internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale has worked extensively with individuals with ASD for over 20 years. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to autism spectrum disorders.

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Jennifer Stella Durocher, Ph.D. is the Director of UM-NSU CARD and has worked with individuals with autism ‌and their families for over 15 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Durocher completed her clinical internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at the JFK Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic. Dr. Durocher has presented and published nationally and internationally on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ASDs. She has also participated in numerous county and statewide task forces focusing on early screening and diagnosis of ASDs, and addressing the mental health needs of adults with ASDs. She also serves as a liaison & consultant to autism-related research projects at the University of Miami, as well as other local universities, and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.