Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D.

The Northern CA LEND Project
UC Davis Health System
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-703-0254
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: March 24, 2022

Aubyn Stahmer

Leadership: UCEDD Director
LEND Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Early Intervention
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Discipline(s): Psychology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Education: B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1989
M.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1990
Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1993


Dr. Stahmer is an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery.  The main goals of her research include developing ways to help community providers, such as teachers and therapists, help children with autism and their families by providing high quality care. She is an internationally respected expert in the use of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions which are validated treatments for autism.  Dr. Stahmer has conducted extensive research in the areas of parent coaching, early intervention, inclusive education and services research in autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Stahmer leads several grants funded through the U.S. Department of Education that involve adapting evidence-based practices for children with autism in collaboration with teachers and community providers.  She is also interested in examining key ingredients of efficacious interventions to help with use in the community.  Dr. Stahmer also works closely with Dr. Sally Rogers, developer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) approach to early autism intervention.  Together they examine methods of increasing access to evidence-based care to families of children with autism in rural and underserved areas.  She is widely published and a frequent presenter at annual professional meetings in the field of services to children with autism.  She is an editor of Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. In addition, she is very involved in the autism community, participating in the California Best Practice Guidelines Committee and the National Standards projects, developing guidelines for autism treatment.