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Our Team

 

National Coordinating Center (NCC)

University of California Los Angeles

Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA

Alice Kuo, PhD

Project Investigator and Primary Care Services and Quality Node Leader

Dr. Alice Kuo is the Principal Investigator of the AIR-P and a professor, practicing pediatrician, and researcher at UCLA. Her research interests include access to and delivery of developmental services, cognitive and language development in young minority children, and services for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Since 2014, she has been the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN) for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to her research, Dr. Kuo has been involved in educational programs at several levels, from undergraduate students to post-graduate fellows. Since 2006, she has been the Director of the MCHB-funded Pathways for Students into Health Professions for disadvantaged undergraduate students interested in public health and health professional careers. At the post-graduate level, Dr. Kuo is the Director of the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, which she founded in 2003. In 2016, she became the Director of the University of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND) program. At the national level, she has been the chair of the Health Care Transition Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association since 2012. Dr. Kuo received a BA in Biology from Harvard University, her MD from UCLA, her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood and Special Education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

Julian Martinez-Agosto, MD, PhD

Julian Martinez-Agosto, MD, PhD

Genetics Node Leader

Dr. Martinez-Agosto has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005. He is a Steering Committee Member of the California Center for Rare Diseases, a Principal Investigator in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network Site at UCLA, a site PI for the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, and Co-Director of the Care and Research in Neurogenetics (CARING) Program. Dr Martinez-Agosto also participates in Pediatric Genetics efforts within the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health system, which provides genetic services to underserved medical populations. These genetics services and interventions aim to achieve early diagnosis and multi-disciplinary care that meets the individualized needs of underserved individuals with rare neurodevelopmental disorders and autism. His participation in multi-institutional collaborative studies at both national and international levels has led to many publications describing novel genetic disorders, their associated physical manifestations, and the impact of genetic testing interventions on care of individuals with neurogenetic disorders.

Priyanka Fernandes, MBBS, MPH

Priyanka Fernandes, MBBS, MPH

Community-based Lifestyle Interventions Node Leader

Dr. Fernandes is a pediatrician and a preventive medicine trained physician. In her current role, she serves as the preventive medicine and public health faculty in the UC-LEND program. She runs lifestyle medicine clinics within the health system which aims at reducing chronic diseases by optimizing one’s diet, physical activity, stress, sleep and social connectivity. Dr. Fernandes works on several quality improvement projects in primary care both for pediatric as well as adult patients within the health system (e.g., improving pediatric immunization rates, curriculum development for healthcare transitions). She will leverage resources from the department of medicine and partnerships she has developed while working on quality improvement and research projects. She is the parent of a neurodiverse child.

Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH

Candace Gragnani, MD, MPH

Community-based Lifestyle Interventions Node Leader

Dr. Gragnani’s training as both a preventive medicine physician and pediatrician gives her unique insight into the importance of addressing lifestyle issues within the framework of a life-course perspective on health. Her training and subsequent work has included: (1) development of a lifestyle medicine group visit curriculum for UCLA adult primary care patients, (2) clinical work on group and phone smoking cessation visits, (3) work in a teaching kitchen at the West Los Angeles VA, (4) lifestyle and integrative medicine training, (5) quality improvement work on immunizations and developmental screenings in UCLA pediatric primary care offices, (6) development of an ongoing park prescription program in LA County, and (7) clinical time at the MLK, Jr. Outpatient Center Hub for children in the DCFS system

Madeline Haley

Madeline Haley

Project Manager

Madeline earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Emory University in 2016, where she also double majored in Spanish. Upon graduating, she worked in the emergency department and as a patient care coordinator primarily serving vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County. With over 2 years of management and coordination of multiple research projects aimed towards improving patient outcomes at UCLA, she is thrilled to serve as the project manager for the AIR-P Network.

Emily Hotez

Emily Hotez, PhD

Project Scientist

Assistant Professor in The Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Emily Hotez is a developmental psychologist and an assistant professor in The Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hotez is an interdisciplinary social science researcher with a focus on applying mixed methodology towards understanding adult development, health, and well-being and the role of interventions in promoting these capacities. Dr. Hotez’s current research focuses on advancing research within the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), which seeks to advance the evidence base on effective interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan with a focus on addressing physical health and well-being. As a researcher and sibling to her autistic sister, Dr. Hotez is committed to conducting research that adapts a neurodiversity-oriented lens towards health-promotion. Dr. Hotez received her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in developmental psychology and her BA in psychology from the George Washington University.

Kashia Rosenau

Kashia Rosenau, MA

Project Scientist

PhD student in the Human Development and Psychology division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA

Kashia A. Rosenau, MA is a developmental researcher at UCLA. Her graduate training has an interdisciplinary focus as she is in a developmental psychology program, housed in a Department of Education, being trained by a clinical psychologist (Dr. Jeffrey Wood), and completing a psychology Internship with Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and the UC-LEND clinic at UCLA. Her research focuses on improving the quality of primary care for neurodivergent individuals and increasing access to personalized cognitive behavioral therapy for autistic youth.

Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, MD

Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, MD

Neurology Node Leader

Dr. Wilson is a faculty member in the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART). Her current research interests are focused on understanding motor abnormalities in ASD, related genetic syndromes, defining the nature of, and sequelae of these motor deficits. Dr. Wilson utilizes quantitative measures of motor function to better evaluate specific and subtle motor impairments in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the Child Neurology Residency and is the Pediatric Neurology Training Director of the UC-LEND program.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

John Tschida, MPP

Executive Director of AUCD

Mr. Tschida has spent more than 20 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. He has served as director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the federal government’s applied disability research agency. He also served as director of public policy and innovation at Allina Health in Minnesota, where he developed integrated health delivery systems and financing models for people with disabilities. At the Courage Center, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit provider of rehabilitation services, Mr. Tschida was vice president of public affairs and research, building and directing a policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for complex populations. He serves on a number of national panels designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities, including the board of the Long Term Quality Alliance, Anthem Health’s National Advisory Board, and the Lakeshore Foundation’s Advisory Council. He is a wheelchair user.

Phil Maglo, MPH, CCRC

Senior Research Coordinator at AUCD

Phil is a clinical research professional with demonstrated experience coordinating a diverse portfolio of research activities for multiple studies, including multi-site trials and local investigator-initiated trials. His research experience ranges from clinical trials to projects in public health. Phil’s role as Senior Research Coordinator at AUCD focuses on the AIR-P research engine and data repository.

Dawn Rudolph, MSEd

Senior Director for Technical Assistance and Network Engagement at AUCD

Ms. Rudolph leads a wide range of training and supports for the national network of UCEDDs and LEND programs, and also leverages their expertise to inform national efforts impacting people with disabilities. She brings over 30 years’ experience working with people with disabilities and their families in community and educational settings. Previously, Ms. Rudolph served as Service Coordination Administrator for Washington, D.C., overseeing coordination of all community-based services provided by D.C.’s Developmental Disabilities Administration. Ms. Rudolph brings significant service, training, management, administration, and leadership experience in non-profit and government sectors dedicated to improving quality of life for people with disabilities.

AJ Drexel Autism Institute

Lindsay Shea, DrPH, MS

Health Systems and Services Node Leader

Lindsay Shea is the Director of the Policy and Analytics Center at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and an Assistant Professor. The mission of the Policy and Analytics Center is to utilize research methods and innovative analytic strategies to support the development of effective social and health policy in cities, states, and across the U.S. Dr. Shea has led autism-focused projects across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and with a national scope. Dr. Shea first-authored the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report and her research interests are creating and using an evidence base in forming, evaluating, and implementing social and health policies. Dr. Shea holds a doctoral degree in Health policy from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, and a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Lisa Croen, PhD

Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Node Leader

Dr. Croen has been a Research Scientist at the Division of Research, at Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) since 2000, and is the Director of the KPNC Autism Research Program. She has over 20 years of experience working in collaborative multi-site settings and directing research focused on ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. A major focus of her research has been on identifying perinatal risk factors, exploring the development of co-occurring physical and mental health conditions over the life course, understanding patterns and disparities in detection, diagnosis, and utilization of health services, and evaluating interventions. She has a particular interest in the health status and healthcare utilization of transition-age autistic youth and adults. She is currently a member of two multidisciplinary workgroups addressing the design and implementation of clinical services and care paths across the lifespan for KPNC members with developmental disabilities: the Regional ASD and DD Integration of Care Leadership (RADICAL) Group and the Global Approach to Transition Experience (GATE) Committee. She has previous experience evaluating physical and mental health status and health care utilization and costs among children, transition-age youth and adults with ASD. Dr. Croen has published extensively in all of these areas.

Maria Massolo, PhD

Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Node Leader

Dr. Massolo was born and raised in Argentina where she was a politically active student during the military dictatorship of the mid-1970s. She emigrated to the United States in her early 20s, where she completed her education in the California public university system. After obtaining her doctorate in cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, Dr. Massolo became an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where she taught courses on gender and sexuality, qualitative methods, Latinx anthropology, and the cultural body. Leaving academia for a more applied field, Dr. Massolo moved to medical research at Kaiser Permanente, where for the past thirteen years she has managed and implemented studies at the Autism Research Program in collaboration with Dr. Croen. Dr. Massolo’s ethnographic training and expertise in qualitative methods qualified her to direct and implement several studies involving interview and focus group participation. Her research interests include intersectionality and social determinants of health, as well as health access for vulnerable, marginalized and diverse populations, particularly Latinx communities. Dr. Massolo has co-authored papers on methods, healthcare delivery, autism in adults, physician knowledge of autism, and is currently working on a manuscript about healthcare transition from pediatrics to adult care, based on interviews with autistic individuals, healthcare providers, and caregivers. From her struggles for social and political change in Argentina, to her work as an educator, and currently as a researcher, Dr. Massolo brings her passion for equality to her work.

Mathematica

Paul Shattuck, PhD

Health Systems and Services Node Leader

Paul Shattuck is a nationally recognized expert in autism spectrum disorders, and he pioneered the understanding of autism in adulthood and the measurement of autism outcomes. His other research interests include improving community systems and services, understanding the long-range impact of social determinants of health and examining the intersection of climate change and public health. Shattuck is currently focused on approaches for measuring and improving the performance and equity of systems of care for vulnerable populations using collaborative community engagement. He is also collaborating with foundations on a range of health and disability topics. Before joining Mathematica in 2020, Shattuck was a professor at Drexel University, where he was the founding leader of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Life Course Outcomes Program, the National Autism Data Center, and the Transition Pathways Community Partnership Initiative. He oversaw an integrated strategy for conducting, translating, and disseminating research to improve community-based services and inform national policies aimed at helping teens and adults on the autism spectrum. He also trained in methods of public health surveillance and epidemiology as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.