AUCD Trainee End of the Year Webinar

AUCD Trainee  End of the Year Webinar


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Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Trainees, this webinar is for YOU! Learn from the experts in our network, including former trainees, on how to use your training for professional endeavors. The webinar will have a speaker discuss an employer perspective of how to use your interdisciplinary training experiences in the workforce. Then a panel of speakers will discuss how to apply different areas of study such as clinical, research, and/or policy background with interdisciplinary training to the workforce and to leadership. Come join us!

Be sure to check out our archived webinar and PowerPoint slides for wonderful advice from the panelists. We also added some examples of how previous trainees listed their fellowship in a document on the right.


John Tschida, MPP, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

John TschidaMr. Tschida has spent the last 15 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. Before joining the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services in 2014, he 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, directing a policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for complex populations. His team received one of the first Health Care Innovation Awards from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining Courage Center, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research in Washington, DC. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office. Mr. Tschida has served on a number of public and private boards designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities and he has written numerous articles on disability and public policy for national and local publications.

Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, Co-Director
University of Miami, Mailman Center for Child Development

Douglene Jackson

Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT is an occupational therapist (OT) with 19 years of experience in the rehabilitation field, primarily with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She holds a PhD in Special Education in Early Childhood, a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in counseling, and a Diploma in Massage Therapy. Dr. Jackson has worked at the University of Miami-Mailman Center for Child Development (UM-MCCD) since 2014 providing clinical services, interdisciplinary assessments, consultations, and trainings. Dr. Jackson is the Co-Leader of the Neurodevelopmental Intervention IPC and the liaison to Overtown, where she facilitates community-based program collaborations. She also is the Co-Director for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)-South Florida Regional Demonstration Center. Additionally, Dr. Jackson coordinates internship opportunities and supervision for our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Occupational Therapy training program. She is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, serving as the national Clinician Fieldwork Educator Representative for Commission on Education and volunteering on both the Autism and Transition community of practices. Her research interests include health and educational disparities in ethnic minorities, early childhood development, assistive technology, and autism, having presented on these topics at statewide and national conferences.

Stephanie Weber, PsyD, Training Director
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Stephanie Weber

Dr. Stephanie Weber, PsyD, obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana and completed her fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's within the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Weber specializes in applied behavioral analysis, behavior treatment for externalizing disorders, and training professionals in interdisciplinary care. She is the Training Director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program that provides interdisciplinary training to the future leaders in maternal and child health. As a former LEND trainee herself, Dr. Weber has developed curriculum for LEND training in the areas of conflict-resolution and negotiation and policy and advocacy. Dr. Weber also serves as the Act Early Ambassador to Ohio through the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." initiative. She has recently gone back to school to obtain a Master's in Public Health degree. In her personal time, Dr. Weber enjoys spending time with her two godsons, friends and family, marathon-watching TV shows, and traveling to new places.


T. Rene Jamison, PhD, LEND Research Director
Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Rene Jamison

Rene Jamison comes from the Kansas LEND as an Associate Professor at the Center for Child Health and Development CCHD and Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Rene is LEND faculty and research director within the Kansas LEND. She is a past LEND fellow and was the AUCD Virtual Trainee in 2006-2007. She joined the CCHD and LEND faculty in 2008 with roles in clinical services, teaching, research, and community outreach. Rene frequently attends the AUCD annual meeting and conference.

Rene is a licensed psychologist within an interdisciplinary center with roles within the interdisciplinary diagnostic teams, providing social and behavioral interventions, and clinical research. Her clinical and research activities over the past ten years focused on assessment and treatment for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities and emphasis in rural or underserved populations. She was an investigator on funded projects examining the use of video-conferencing technology (telehealth) to conduct ASD diagnostic procedures in rural areas. Rene is recognized for her expertise in females with ASD. In 2008, she developed a social skills and self-care program, Girls Night Out (GNO;, specifically designed to address the unique needs of females with ASD, which was the impetus for research on this underrepresented population. Rene is an investigator on several projects examining characteristics of females with and without autism and evaluating the efficacy of her intervention program. She is an investigator and project coordinator for a clinical database within her center and participates in a university wide registry for contacting patients for future research and chair of the data review committee. Rene is passionate about LEND, training future leaders within this field, and empowering trainees, colleagues, and families to reach desired goals and objectives.

Laurel (Giest) Steedman, MHA, LEND Fellow, Waiver Administrator
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Laurel Steedman

Laurel G. Steedman graduated in 2015 from The Ohio State University with a Master of Health Administration with a focus in developmental disability systems policy through the UCEDD Nisonger Center's LEND program. Laurel worked in data analytics for program quality and operations at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities before moving to policy development in 2016. Her professional interests are: data-driven organization change, technology service development, and benefits design.





Elizabeth Koss, OTR/L, Virtual Trainee
Nisonger Center, Ohio State University

Liz Koss

Elizabeth (Liz) Koss is pursuing her Master's of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She is passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase independence and enhance quality of life. She has worked in clinical and administrative settings, using the most current research and best practices, with interdisciplinary teams to assess, evaluate, develop treatment plans, and implement appropriate treatment and care for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences.

Liz became a Nisonger Center LEND trainee in 2015 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. During her first trainee year she found a new passion for advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and has advocated at the state and national level.


Sheida Khamsi, MEd, Assistant Virtual Trainee
Kansas University Center for Developmental Disabilities

Sheida Khamsi

Sheida Khamsi is the Spring 2017 Assistant Virtual Trainee. She is also a UCEDD trainee at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas. Within AUCD, Sheida's role is to work with the Virtual Trainee to enhance diversity within the AUCD network and generate and implement new ideas for effective communication and connection between all Centers and Programs.

Sheida comes to AUCD with six years of experience serving people with disabilities in a variety of roles. She began her experience in the disability field as a special education teacher for elementary-aged students with ASD in California. After some years teaching, Sheida had the opportunity to join the Vanderbilt University UCEDD and assumed an active role in creating and disseminating information to individuals with disabilities, their families, and employers in an effort to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the state of Tennessee. Upon graduation, Sheida pursued a research assistantship at the University of Kansas' (KU) UCEDD, the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, where her projects focused on the development and validation of a new assessment of self-determination. This past fall, she joined the KU Special Education doctoral program and her areas of interest include self-determination and strengths-based approaches to inclusive education. Through these experiences, Sheida has gained experience in project management, community organization, and leadership that she utilizes to influence educational and social institutions to promote the inclusion, participation, and independence for individuals with disabilities.

Christine Liao, MSW, Program Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Christine Liao

Christine Liao is a Program Specialist for AUCD's Maternal and Child Health technical assistance team. Christine also provides support to the UCEDD's technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among trainees and early career professionals.

Christine comes to AUCD with six years' professional experience serving people with disabilities. As a recent Arizona LEND trainee, her leadership projects focused on children with ASD and communication needs, as well as transitional care. Christine has extensive experience serving the deaf and disability communities in mental health, health care, academic and community settings in both of her native languages, American Sign Language and English. She has supported deaf refugees through a global non-governmental organization, deaf children and adults with developmental and other disabilities, and adults who became deaf due to brain and/or physical injuries. Through these activities, she gained experience in universal design, program planning, community outreach, community organizing, and providing accommodations; she also developed expertise in disseminating information using technology accessible to a variety of audiences with limited access to advanced communications systems. She brings intersectionality, cultural and linguistic competence, leadership, and innovative ideas to support the next generation of leaders to serve people with disabilities.

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  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
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