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About Us

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The ASD Screening and Parent ENgagement (ASPEN) Program is a parent-mediated intervention program, that is, parents are trained to be the primary interventionist for their child. ASPEN focuses on naturalistic, developmental, behavioral strategies. These are strategies that are easy to use in the child's natural environment and are aligned within developmental and behavioral milestones.

In the ASPEN Program...

The parent chooses goals that are important to them and their families

Training includes practice, observation, support, and problem solving

Information and strategies focus on daily routines, natural environment

The parent receives support from a professional and a peer

Principal Investigators

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Sandra B. Vanegas, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Vanegas is a Research Assistant Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sandy Magaña, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Sandy Magaña is the Professor in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Current Research Team
Clinicians

Research Assistants

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Ana-Paula Anaya

Clinician

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Angela Medrano

Clinician

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Cristal Martinez

Clinician

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Jennifer Davila Valdes

Clinician

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Comfort Ajiboye

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Noah Meah

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Serline Coelho

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Wajiha Masroor

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Laura Hopp

Graduate Research Assistant

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Mariana Davila

Graduated Research Assistant

Research Team Alumni

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Susanne Albarran, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA-TX

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Jacqueline Borrego, M.Ed., MS

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Maria Fernandez, MS

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Jill Hoffman, MS

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Christopher Le, MS

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Yuria Paez , M.Ed.

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Carlos Pavon, MSW

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