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.
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 Purcell, 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, BCBA
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).
Interim Director of Psychological Services
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.
Magen Perlini has been providing ABA services with Emerge since September of 2015. In 2017, Magen completed her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently working toward achieving her board certification in ABA. Prior to joining the Emerge team, Magen provided direct ABA services in Orlando, Florida at Nemours Children’s Hospital. Her passion for working with children with disabilities developed during her time in Florida. Magen continued pursuing this passion following her relocation to Colorado. While in Colorado, she has worked with children in a wide variety of roles including in schools, in-home therapy and clinical practices. Outside of work, Magen enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors.
Cassie Byrum, RBT
Cassie received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD) in August of 2016. Cassie’s passion for working with people with developmental/intellectual disabilities began at a young age, as both of her parents have worked with adults with disabilities for 23+ years. She began working with adults in a number of capacities, but upon discovering behavior modification, found a love for working with children and their families. In 2015 she began working in Applied Behavior Analysis at a clinic in South Dakota, but after practicing in the field for 2 years, Cassie relocated to Colorado in the hopes of growing her skills and education under a seasoned supervisory staff. In January 2017 Cassie returned to school in pursuit of her Master’s degree with the goal of gaining her Behavior Analysis certification. She is currently attending Arizona State University (distance learning) and is taking classes in the program of Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis. She joined the Emerge team in October 2017. Outside of work, Cassie enjoys spending time with her friends and her cat Stella, visiting her mighty large family including 4 siblings and 9 nieces and nephews, hiking in the beautiful Rockies, going to concerts, and watching the Denver Broncos.
Emma Topf, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. She joined the Emerge team earlier this year as a doctoral intern. Emma obtained her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her master’s degree in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver. Her current research focuses on supporting non-relational foster children and families in the educational setting. Emma has experience working with students with learning disabilities, attachment disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental disorders. Her areas of professional interest include trauma, neuropsychology, student engagement, family systems, and social skills training for youth with autism spectrum disorders. Emma enjoys spending time in the mountains, scrapbooking, and traveling.
Tamie Whiteman, MEd, BCBA
Originally from West Virginia, Tamie obtained a BA in psychology from West Virginia University in 1987 and an M.Ed. from University of Cincinnati in 1988. She is currently completing a certificate in applied behavior analysis at The University of Colorado in Denver, to be completed in December 2017. Having worked in disability services for over 25 years as a case manager, for centers of independent living, and as a teacher and classroom support, her areas of expertise are adults with intellectual disabilities and children (preschool through teens) on the autism spectrum.
Danielle Erickson, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Danielle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received an Associate’s Degree from Brigham Young University, her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashford University, and later earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University. She first became passionate in treating kids with autism when her son was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. She has experience providing treatment using Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010. Danielle also has experience and interest in treating a variety of behavior challenges including, but not limited to, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and developmental delay/disability. She has experience in directing treatment in an ABA clinic setting, providing school consultation and teacher training, leading in-home treatment services, social skills groups, and providing training to parents specific to their needs. Danielle is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis. She enjoys spending time her husband and two sons.
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.
Jennifer is a PsyD candidate at the University of Colorado, Denver, School Psychology Department. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado in 2001 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, and residential treatment centers. Currently pursuing her doctorate degree, she has interest in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, and parenting. In her free time Jennifer enjoys traveling, playing soccer and spending time with her family.
Hannah Nurnberger, BCBA
Hannah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Case Supervisor. Though originally from the state of Wyoming, Hannah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwestern University-Saint Paul in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from Ball State University in 2016. Hannah has practiced in the field of Psychology for over a decade and has specifically served children with ASD since 2014. She has experience in implementing treatment in an ABA clinic setting, developing individual treatment goals for clients, providing parent training, and conducting social/academic/structured play groups in a variety of settings. In her free time, Hannah enjoys creating music with her guitar, going for walks with her dog, dreaming of Europe travels/the creation of a tiny home, and spending time with her husband. She greatly looks forward to working with you!
Marissa Lindgren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For the past 4 years, she has provided therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups in settings that provide mental health and chemical dependency therapy. She received a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. During that time, Marissa completed an internship at an inpatient treatment facility. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Whitworth University where she completed an internship at a crisis nursery.
She specializes in couples and families in trauma recovery, chemical dependency recovery, and experiencing developmental changes. Marissa applies an experiential model to the therapy process, meaning therapy is strengths-based and change occurs when the client experiences a new emotion and set of meaning in relation to their goals. Her training informs how she holds a systems view of each individual. This means the therapy process pays attention to the client as part of family and cultural systems that have shaped their life and offered both strengths and challenges.
Marissa is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds a certificate in Adlerian Psychology, is trained to administer the Prepare/Enrich premarital couples inventory, and is trained as a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator to offer this curriculum in both individual, family, and group settings.
She is passionate about this field and in her time away from work enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, and cooking.
Kurt is a postdoctoral fellow at Emerge and has been with us since 2016 during his graduate school internship. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and recently earned his doctorate of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. Kurt has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults within a variety of clinical and educational settings providing academic and mental health services. Kurt treats clients ranging in symptoms and diagnoses, and assists with academic advocacy and vocational interest exploration. For fun, Kurt enjoys volleyball, tennis, snowboarding, cooking a tasty meal, and being with friends and family.
Madison is originally from Central Texas and has always been passionate about helping people with disabilities to achieve their best. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Denver. After taking an intensive course on Autism, Madison became increasingly enthusiastic to get involved in related clinical work. After her expected graduation in June 2019, Madison plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology in order to further her ability to help individuals in a clinical setting. Before joining Emerge, Madison worked as a teacher at an early learning center. In her free time, Madison enjoys reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with loved ones.
Amelia is a Behavior Specialist at Emerge. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amelia has been working with individuals with autism since 2014, and has previous ABA experience across clinical, school, home, and community settings. Recently, she completed classes for the BCaBA through Florida Institute of Technology and will start graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado (Extended Campus) for a Special Education Master of Arts- Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis Program in January 2019. Outside of work, Amelia enjoys hiking and camping in the Colorado mountains and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers.
Melanie was born and raised in Hawai’i, but moved to Colorado in December 2017. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Leeward Community College and plans to continue her education to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) since 2016 serving a multitude of children across the spectrum—ranging from early childhood to adolescents. Melanie started her career in a center-based environment, and later provided therapy both in-home and in the school setting. As an RBT, she feels it is essential to recognize the wants and needs of each individual, as well as continue to focus and improve daily living skills suited to their repertoire. With each client she works with, she adapts to their behaviors, their learning style, and also provides effective ABA interventions. Melanie is compassionate and thrives to help others. She thoroughly enjoys working with individuals on the spectrum and other developmental disabilities. Melanie is excited to be a part of a team who continues to make a difference every day! During her free time, she loves exploring the outdoors, discovering new places to eat, spending time with her girlfriend, their little dog Bemax, and those she loves dearly.
Dr. Christina Aegerter has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The University of Oregon’s Counseling and Psychological Services Department, where she specialized in working with college students on the Autism Spectrum as well as students struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, relational and familial issues, and suicidal thoughts. Dr. Aegerter spent the last two years working at an adolescent inpatient behavioral health unit, where she worked with children, teenagers, and young adults with severe mental health and behavioral needs and their families. Dr. Aegerter also has extensive experience providing group therapy for teenagers and young adults to help improve interpersonal skills, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. She is trained in comprehensive psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral concerns. She uses an integrative therapy approach combining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) depending on client needs and preferences. Dr. Aegerter has a passion for working with teenagers and young adults to help them discover who they are and create a successful path for their future. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her loved ones and her dog, and reading.
I am currently in my third year of the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Northern Colorado. I received my BA in Psychology in 2013 and my M.Ed. of Professional Counseling from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health settings. I have worked with a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, panic disorder, mood disorders, personality disorders, and learning disabilities. Outside of work I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing with my dog, listening to live music, and reading.
Jaime Turner is an educational specialist student at the University of Denver in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Jaime has experience working with children from early childhood through high school in a variety of settings including schools and residential treatment. Her areas of professional interest include the assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities and twice exceptional children and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. Jaime enjoys hiking, gardening, spending time with her spouse and playing with her two dogs.
Ann is a PsyD Candidate in the School Psychology program at the University of Colorado, Denver. Ann completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Ann has intervention and consultation experience with child and adult populations in a variety of settings (clinical, research, school, and community). Her experience with children (and families) includes individuals with ASD, ADHD, mood disorders and cognitive and learning disabilities. In addition to her role at Emerge, Ann works as a research assistant with the University of Colorado studying the epidemiology of ASD. Ann’s professional and research interests include the study of effective support for families of young children with ASD. Particularly, Ann is interested in how promoting family health impacts individual disability. For fun, Ann enjoys outdoor activities and reading.