Zinnia is a certified special education teacher and board certified behavior analyst. Zinnia has a Master's degree in special education from Temple University and graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Zinnia is a former autism support teacher with experience in grades K-2 and 6-8. In 2010 Zinnia began working as a behavior analyst for children with autism, providing ABA services in home and school settings. She joined the CMHPSR team full time in 2012 and currently leads the school based consultation team.
Erica Reisinger Blanch, MSEd
Erica Reisinger has worked for Dr. David Mandell since 2008 and currently manages the Center's portfolio of school-based intervention research projects and consultation contracts. Erica has a Master's of Science Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's of Science degree from Temple University. She is certified in early childhood and elementary education with a focus on multicultural and urban education. Erica is interested in ways to improve how the family, school, and community work collaboratively to improve opportunities for traditionally underserved populations. Before joining the Center, Erica was involved in other educational research initiatives with the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, and The Free Library of Philadelphia.
Keiran Rump, PhD
Dr. Rump is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. She leads the Penn Medicine Autism Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducts comprehensive evaluations and treatment planning for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Rump also coordinates clinical training and provides clinical supervision and consultation for several of the autism-related research projects led by Dr. David Mandell. Dr. Rump’s professional interests include improving access to appropriate, quality, evidence-based interventions for individuals with autism. Her research interests include emotion processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, how this changes with development, and how this relates to the assessment and treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders. Dr. Rump received her PhD in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and her fellowship at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Siyuan (Lisa) Shen, MUSA
Lisa is a data manager providing database support for various projects at the Center. Lisa started as an intern at the Center and officially joined the Center in 2015. She works closely with Dr. Aileen Rothbard and Dr. Elizabeth Noll. She is currently working with both Primary data and Secondary data. She helps with creating, managing the REDCap database, and performing quality assurance checks on administrative data received from external sources. Lisa graduated from PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a Master Degree of Urban Spatial Analytics. She enjoys exploring Philly restaurants in her spare time.
Max is a clinical research coordinator at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research working under the supervision of Erica Reisinger and David Mandell on the Ro1 Grant: The Use of TeachTown Technology in Autism Support Classrooms. He received a B.S. in psychology from Tulane University where he conducted research under Dr. Michael Cunningham on resilience and vulnerability in African American youth. While living in New Orleans, he also spent extensive time working at the NFL YET Boys & Girls club among many other youth educational organizations. In his free time, Max likes to run, hike, and play soccer!
Christine is a research coordinator working under Dr. David Mandell on the Center’s school-based research projects. Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree from Stony Brook University where she worked as a research assistant in the Social Competence and Treatment Lab. During her undergraduate years, she also interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to learn more about community-based participatory research and the unique needs of urban districts. Christine is interested in school-based services and interventions for children with ASD, and the intersection of education policy and research practice.
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Diondra Straiton is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working with Dr. David Mandell on a study that that uses community partnered participatory research to improve access to care and school transitioning for under-resourced families with children who are on the autism spectrum. Diondra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant for Swarthmore College’s Cognition & Development Lab and for the National Census of Writing. She also holds a PreK-4 teaching certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include improving access to behavioral healthcare and early intervention for underserved populations, urban education, early childhood education, and community-based research.
Ming Xie, MS
Ming Xie has over 5 years of experience quarrying, cleaning and coding Medicaid and other health claims data. She is currently responsible for cleaning and structuring the state policy, Medicaid, education and county-level data for analysis. She also runs validity checks on data elements and manages the integrity and security of the data for the studies. She received her master's degree in Applied Statistics from Villanova University in 2004.
Kelly Zentgraf is a clinical research coordinator working under the supervision of Dr. Rinad Beidas. In particular, she assists on Dr. Beidas's K23 Grant: Policy to Implementation (P2I) and her R01 Grant: Fidelity Accuracy: Comparing Three Strategies (FACTS). Previously, Kelly worked at the Treatment Research Institute and at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. She graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in psychology. In her free time, Kelly enjoys practicing yoga and reading.