Helena Huckabee, PhD, BCBA-D
Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
President of Emerge
Dr. Huckabee is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Huckabee completed her Internship at Baylor College of Medicine with Post Doctoral Fellowships at DePelchin Children’s Center and JFK Partners at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences include working with autism, borderline personality disorder, head injury, AD/HD, developmental disabilities, adoption, anxiety, and mood disorders. Dr. Huckabee’s research studies have involved understanding intelligence and language skills in children with autism, the role of serotonin in mood disorders, self-injurious behaviors, brain anoxia, and treatment outcome in autism. Dr. Huckabee has previously held administrative leadership positions at five clinics for autism. With compassion and competence. she provides counseling for individuals and couples as well as leads parent groups in the community. Dr. Huckabee is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Colorado Psychological Association and the Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Huckabee and her husband serve the community in many ways. Together they are parents of their son with autism and their daughter adopted from China.
Tasha Jamroz, MA, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Vice President of Emerge
Tasha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who also serves as Director of Outreach ABA Services and Vice President of Emerge. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Saint Louis University in Missouri and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. She has enjoyed specializing in treatment and assessment of autism spectrum disorders since 2004. Tasha also has experience and interest in treating a variety of behavior challenges including, but not limited to, those accompanying typical development, ADHD, mood disorders, and developmental delay/disability. She has substantial experience working with individuals affected by comorbid mood and/or anxiety issues and autism spectrum disorder. A member of the Emerge team since its inception, Tasha brings both passion and a wealth of skills and understanding to her clients and their families. Tasha is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the Colorado Coalition of Autism Professionals (COCAP) and enjoys supporting her community through volunteerism, fundraising, and public policy. She and her husband have two sons and enjoy showing them the beautiful Colorado landscape through outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and cycling.
Anna Kroncke, PhD, NCSP
Licensed School Psychologist
Director of Psychological Services
Anna is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological assessment. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Educational Psychology also from UGA. Her research interests are in psychological assessment, learning disabilities, autism, and early identification of child emotional and behavior problems in schools. Her post-doctoral work was completed in psychological assessment with a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Anna has worked for five years as a school psychologist in diverse urban school districts with children from preschool age through high school. Anna began working with Emerge in 2010.
Jessica S. Reinhardt
Jessica S. Reinhardt, Ph.D. NCSP
Dr. Jessica Reinhardt is Licensed Psychologist at Emerge. In addition, she is the Director of Clinical Experiences and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child, Family, and School Psychology at the University of Denver. Her research and teaching interests include: neurodevelopmental disorders, assessment and graduate training. She earned a BA in Journalism and Psychology from The American University, where she was a member of the Division I Swimming and Diving Team. She earned an MA in Psychology also from The American University, and completed her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology, at the University of Denver. Dr. Reinhardt is an active member of a number of committees within the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Recently, Dr. Reinhardt was a contributing author to an autism assessment textbook, Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Critical Issues in Clinical, Forensic and School Settings, written by Dr. Kroncke and Dr. Huckabee, and edited by Dr. Randy Kamphaus. When she is not working, Dr. Reinhardt can be found swimming or playing soccer. Dr. Reinhardt began working at Emerge in 2013.
Leigh-Ellen M. Curl
Leigh-Ellen M. Curl, EdS, NCSP
Licensed School Psychologist
Leigh-Ellen M. Curl received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. While a graduate student at UNC, Leigh-Ellen participated in Project InSPECT, a federally funded grant program providing EdS students with an additional year of specialized coursework in Early Childhood School Psychology, through the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Denver. Leigh-Ellen completed her internship and worked as a school psychologist in a diverse urban district in the DC area before returning to her home state of Colorado. Her areas of professional interest include early identification and treatment, support and training for family members and teachers of children with disabilities, play therapy, and social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders. Leigh-Ellen enjoys skiing, writing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Suzanne Aurelio, MS, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Suzanne is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Assistant Director of ABA Services at Emerge. In 2006 she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rollins College in Florida and her master’s degree in Counseling and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis at Nova Southeastern University in 2013. She discovered her passion for working with children and families affected by autism during her senior internship at a center-based ABA program. Since that time, she has been working with children, teenagers, and adults on the autism spectrum in a variety of settings. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains.
Shaun D’Arcy, RBT
Shaun has been with Emerge since July of 2011. He is originally from Liverpool, England. He immigrated to the United States in 2009. Prior to working at Emerge, Shaun spent three summers working in Philadelphia at a camp for children with autism and Down Syndrome. He has also worked for two years as an Educational Assistant for the Douglas County School System. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology May, 2016. Shaun will begin his Master's program in January, 2017 in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism through Ball State University. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, climbing 14ers, running half marathons, and, most importantly, spending time with his wife Colleen and two children Thomas and Anna.
Jaclyn Hamlin, BS, RBT
Originally from New York State, Jackie received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY where she concentrated in Dance/Movement Therapy. She found her passion in 2006 when she began working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jackie has worked with this population in a wide variety of roles including school paraprofessional, respite care provider, in-home habilitation worker, Medicaid service coordinator, and creative arts instructor. She has experience working with people with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Prior to joining the Emerge team in 2014, Jackie provided ABA-based services in Colorado Springs. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism through Ball State University (Muncie, IN), and is a student member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Jackie is pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Claire Hughes, BCBA
Claire received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008. She then worked abroad at an elementary school in Spain to solidify her Spanish-speaking skills. Most recently, Claire worked at a local Community Centered Board (CCB) where she gained experience in navigating the developmental disability system in Colorado and worked with both English and Spanish speaking populations. Her experience there has inspired Claire to return to school in pursuit of her Master’s degree with the eventual goal of working directly with children with behavioral needs. In 2016, Claire completed her Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University and also achieved certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She began working with Emerge in 2014. Outside of work, Claire loves spending time with her family, exercising with her dog, and doing arts and crafts projects.
Dr. Newman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he received specialized training in assessment through Four Winds Hospital and New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship through the UC San Diego School of Medicine with rotations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services and Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry. Dr. Newman completed postdoctoral research training in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience through the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Human Development (CHD). He spent five years as a project scientist at the CHD supervising the behavioral assessment core and conducting research on relationships between brain development and development of behavioral phenotypes (e.g., anxiety, inhibitory functioning, academic skills). The ultimate goal of this research was to further evidence-based practice in psychology and education by furthering our understanding of how individuals’ strengths, limitations, and general tendencies can be more effectively used to guide intervention services. Dr. Newman’s clinical expertise is in the areas of child and adolescent psychology generally, and psychological assessment specifically. He has been conducting psychological assessments for over 10 years in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. During that time he has specialized in testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, and psychosis. He has also conducted cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and play therapy interventions with children and adolescents. He has published a number of scientific articles and book chapters on neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic intervention in ADHD, mood disorders, and emotional disturbance, as well as on development of psychological and neuropsychological phenotypes in typically developing children and adolescents.
Kevin Rice has been with Emerge since August of 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy), a certificate in Play Therapy, and a certificate in Counseling Children and Adolescents at Regis University. Kevin is a Colorado native who grew up in Aurora and attended the University of Colorado Boulder for his undergraduate degree in Psychology. Prior to working at Emerge, Kevin worked for two years as an Early Education Teacher. In his off time he enjoys racing, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and an assortment of other outdoor activities.
Allie began working with Emerge in 2016. Allie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology of Childhood and Youth from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2007. She received her Master’s in elementary education from the University of New Haven in 2009. Allie continued her graduate education and received her teaching certification in special education in 2011. For three years, Allie taught special education in a middle school to students with intellectual disabilities and autism. In addition, Allie also spend a year working in a school specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. Allie has found Applied Behavior Analysis effective and interesting and she is currently pursuing her BCBA. Outside of work, Allie enjoys staying active by playing soccer, hiking and biking. She also enjoys a good game night and cooking with her sister.
Originally from West Texas, Annie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) in 2015. Before joining the Emerge team in Spring of 2017, Annie provided in-home ABA services in El Paso, Texas and worked as a substitute teacher for all grade levels. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis through Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and expects to be finished in Summer of 2018. Outside of work, Annie enjoys spending time exploring her new home here in Colorado.
Katy began working with Emerge in April of 2017. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2012 from National Louis University and her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2015. She achieved her certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in November of 2015. Passionate about the field of ABA and Autism, Katy has served clients in homes, schools, clinics and utilizing community based instruction since 2008. Originally from a small town in Michigan, Katy lived in Chicago for 13 years and has been in Denver since April of 2017, where she loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the sunshine!
Pete Gladstone, M.A., is a doctoral student at the University of Denver studying in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. His research focuses on postsecondary outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities; his specific focus is on how secondary settings prepare students for postsecondary education or vocation. He has experience working with students with learning disabilities, mood disorders, attachment disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has lived in Colorado since 2013 and enjoys getting into the mountains as much as possible!
Katy is a fourth year doctoral candidate in school psychology at The University of Northern Colorado. She is working on her BCBA and specializes in work with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some of her previous experiences include assessment and evaluation as well as counseling. She has previously been at a day treatment center and worked with children at a camp for children with ASD.
Dana Ready is a School Psychology Psy.D candidate in the BCBA certification program at the University of Colorado at Denver. She joined the Emerge team earlier this year to gain additional experience as she works toward her doctorate. Dana has teaching credentials in Colorado and California, and has worked with students in both urban and rural settings. Dana went to Colorado State University for her undergrad, and has spent a total of 7 years in Colorado. When Dana isn't working or studying, she enjoys running, reading and cooking.
Jeremy is a post-doctoral fellow specializing in school psychology. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a PsyD in School Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver. His research interests are in school advocacy, autism, learning disabilities, early identification of children with disabilities, and psychological assessment. Jeremy has been with Emerge since 2015 as a practicum student and intern before transitioning into a post-doctoral role.
Alex Vohs, PsyD candidate, is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver in the School Psychology program. She has experience working in various school settings and students with autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, attachment disorders, developmental disorders, learning disabilities, and mood disorders. Her areas of professional interest include early identification and treatment, trauma, and social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders. Alex enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, cheering on her favorite sports teams and spending time with her family.
Kaitlin Ohde, M.A., is an advanced doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado and an external practicum clinician at Emerge. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2015 from the University of Denver. She has worked with a wide range of clients in individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She has worked as a therapist in various settings including as a high-school counselor, inpatient behavioral health clinician, and at a college counseling center. Her research interests include veteran’s affairs, trauma, family systems, and neuropsychology.