The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has appointed Amy Kenzer, PhD, BCBA-D, as its Clinical Services Director, effective June 3, 2013. Dr. Kenzer assumes the position now held by Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D, who will be ascending to the position of SARRC President/CEO as of July 1, 2013.
As Clinical Services Director, Dr. Kenzer will lead SARRC in developing, overseeing and evaluating its clinical services and programs for children ages 0-12.
"Dr. Kenzer brings with her a wealth of clinical and research experience in the field of behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders," according to Openden. " We are as thrilled with Amy's credentials and commitment to this field as we are with her compassionate approach to the children and families impacted by autism."
Dr. Kenzer holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. For the past six years, Dr. Kenzer served as the Research and Development Manager for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. She formerly held positions as Assistant Director of the University of Nevada, Reno Early Childhood Autism Program, and Faculty Associate at Arizona State University (ASU). She was fundamental in securing a First Things First grant to provide parent education to families with young children. She also contributed to the development of graduate-level training in behavior analysis while at ASU.
I'm excited to be working with the SARRC team and look forward to further developing their already extensive collection of services. Their passion and dedication is evident in the many ways they support the autism community, locally and nationally. I'm fortunate to be joining such a talented staff and respected organization," said Kenzer.
SARRC's current clinical programs for children ages 0-12 include JumpStart®, an early intervention and parent empowerment program for newly diagnosed families with children with ASDs; the Community School, an inclusive, applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based preschool; a comprehensive, home-based ABA program that coordinates intervention with public and private schools; school training and consultation services; an outreach program that provides parent training on-site and via telemedicine for families living in rural/remote areas; and a robust education and training program that provides technical assistance locally, nationally and internationally.
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