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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Social Skills Training Group Program - Our Team

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D.

Program Director & Teen Group (Ages 14-18)

Dr. Solomon is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is on the faculty of the MIND Institute and of the postdoctoral Autism Research Training Program. Her principal research program investigates the development of cognitive control, and other forms of higher cognition in high functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and the relationship between cognitive control and behavioral symptoms including restricted and repetitive behaviors and formal thought disorder.  Dr. Solomon has been directing the Social Skills Program since 2002.


Susan Bacalman, L.C.S.W.

Susan Bacalman, LCSW

Parent Group


Leslie Gilhooly, B.A.

Social Skills Coordinator

Leslie Gilhooly is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute, where she assists Dr. Marjorie Solomon in autism research and coordinates the Social Skills Training Group Program for children and adolescents with social cognitive deficits. Leslie graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Davis with a B.A. in Psychology, emphasizing in Social/Personality Psychology. She has been involved in a wide range of psychological research at UC Davis, including research on compassion, attachment security, morality, depression and other mood disorders, self-esteem, anxiety, and higher cognitive functioning and learning in autism. Aside from research, Leslie also worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist for 4 years. After gaining further research and clinical experience in the field, Leslie plans to continue on to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 


Beth L. Goodlin-Jones, Ph.D.

Program Support (Ages 11-13)

Dr. Goodlin-Jones, a clinical developmental psychologist, is an active member of the MIND Institute’s clinical research teams.  These research teams see a wide range of children with at-risk development and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and fragile X syndrome.  Her focus of research involves sleep patterns in typically developing children and children with autism, developmental delay, and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Goodlin-Jones works closely with several colleagues at the MIND Institute on the early indicators of autism and parent-child interaction patterns in families with fragile X syndrome and autism. She is also a lead clinician on the Social Skills Program.Dr. Goodlin-Jones, a clinical developmental psychologist, is an active member of the MIND Institute’s clinical research teams.  These research teams see a wide range of children with at-risk development and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and fragile X syndrome.  Her focus of research involves sleep patterns in typically developing children and children with autism, developmental delay, and fragile X syndrome. Dr. Goodlin-Jones works closely with several colleagues at the MIND Institute on the early indicators of autism and parent-child interaction patterns in families with fragile X syndrome and autism. She is also a lead clinician on the Social Skills Program.


Elise Hanzel, Ph.D.

School Aged Group (Ages 11-13)


Erin Roseborough, CCLS

Erin Roseborough, CCLS

Program Support & Sibling Group

Erin Roseborough is our Certified Child Life Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator.  She attended California State University, Sacramento and received her degree in Child Development.  Erin completed her Child Life Internship with UC Davis Children's Hospital.  She began her career at Methodist Hospital, later working at Shriners Children’s Hospital. She joined the staff of the MIND Institute as its first child life specialist in the fall of 2003.  In 2004 Erin joined the Social Skills team in coordinating day-to-day program processes and developed the Sibling Group Program.  Erin strives to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families.


Mary Beth Steinfeld, Ph.D.

Mary Beth Steinfeld, Ph.D.

 (Ages 5-7 and 8-10)

Mary Beth J. Steinfeld's interests include infant mental health, disorders of language, communication and social development, including autism spectrum disorders and high-risk infant development. She is a member of the California Department of Developmental Services California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network Committee on Infant Mental Health Provider Standards and a medical consultant to the Newborn Hearing Screening and High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Programs administered by the California Department of Health Children's Medical Services.


Jennifer Thomas, Psy.D.

Jennifer Thomas, Psy.D.

Primary Clinician/Clinical Psychologist (Ages 8-10)

 

 

 


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