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Dr. Chris Whalen - President, Founder and Chief Science Officer - TeachTown

Chris is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in autism and related disorders. She received her PhD at U.C. San Diego and did her post-doctoral fellowship at U.C.L.A. She most recently worked at the U.W. Autism Center as the Early STAART Treatment and Training director. She has more than 10 years experience in research and clinical practice with children with autism and their families. Dr. Whalen has developed and supervised home programs, educated and trained parents and teachers, consulted with school districts, taught college and graduate courses in psychology and education, has presented at numerous professional conferences, participates in fund-raising activities for various autism organizations, and has published in professional scientific journals. She is currently the ABA Liaison for the California Association for Behavior Analysis (Cal-ABA).

See my Welcome message for more about the content of this blog.

I’d be happy to answer your questions about autism! Please send suggestions for journal topics to chris@teachtown.com.

Dr. Shannon Cernich- Research Scientist, Teachtown

ShannonDr. Shannon Cernich has over 10 years of experience in research, teaching, consultation, and clinical practice. She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and overseeing behavioral intervention programs for children and adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities. She has served as a classroom teacher for both elementary and university students, and brings a working knowledge of classroom teaching to her consultation. Dr. Cernich received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Irvine. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and member of the Association for Behavior Analysis. She enjoys using her background in adult and children’s theater to make learning exciting for everyone. She is currently a Clinical Program Coordinator and Research Scientist for TeachTown.

Manya Vaupel, M.Ed., BCBA- Curriculum Director, Teachtown
Manya pictureManya Vaupel is the Curriculum Director at TeachTown.  Manya is an internationally recognized Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Manya earned her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Washington University in 1996. While completing her undergraduate education, she minored in Special Education and Psychology, creating an emphasis in Behavioral Sciences.  Additionally, Manya completed a M.Ed. with a specialization in Behavioral Sciences and Literacy; Reading, Writing and Language from Lesley University in 2001. She was trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis through a variety of behavior analysts from UCLA, Project P.A.C.E., and PCDI. Manya has been working with children with autism and other related disorders, ages 8 mos-21 yrs, since 1994. She has worked in homes, schools, clinical settings, and special camps for children on the spectrum of autism as well as in the Project DATA classroom at the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit and the research and clinical departments at the UW Autism Center in Seattle and Tacoma.  Since October 2006, Manya has worked in private practice to meet the growing needs of families and schools supporting children with ASD.  Manya specializes in providing consultation and supervision in intensive behavioral home programs, parent training, school collaboration, vocational training and supervision, and literacy and social skills groups for children with ASD. Currently, at TeachTown, Manya is the head of curriculum for programs, providing comprehensive curricula and efficacy of the programs through research, schools programs, and other community implementation opportunities.

About TeachTown

TeachTown is dedicated to using scientifically validated evidence-based practices that incorporate the latest academic research into the development of our products and services. The mission of our company is to use research and computers to create more accessible and affordable high-quality treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorders. Our programs are based on existing interventions that have proven effective in the treatment of autism. Additionally our tools and training programs are being validated through ongoing independent research studies at leading universities, clinics and schools.
TeachTown: Basics is a research-based treatment solution for children with autism spectrum disorders between the developmental ages of 2-7 years old. It is a subscription service billed at $39.95/month per child – less than the cost of an average 1-hour session with a therapist.
A subscription to TeachTown: Basics includes a comprehensive treatment solution consisting of on-computer lessons, off-computer generalization activities, extensive data tracking, and communications tools to connect everyone on the child’s team. For more information, visit www.teachtown.com

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