Resume

Education

2012 Ph.D. in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
Dissertation Title: Neurobehavioral endophenotype of the CGG KI mouse model of the fragile X premutation
  • Observed, analyzed, and described abnormal behaviors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Modeled abnormal behaviors observed in children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders using animal models
  • Modeled pathology associated with neurodevelopmental disorders in animal models
  • Published 27 scientific publications and chapters from my dissertation work
2005 B.A. in Biology
University of Utah

Teaching Experience

2016-present Special Education Inclusion Specialist / Coordinator for Applied Academics Self-Contained Classrooms
Granite School District
  • Member of Autism team
  • Member of Behavior team
  • Worked on transition from Pre-K to Diagnostic/Functional/ Kindergarten
  • Developed procedures to facilitate mainstream access for students in self contained classroom
  • Developed a pathway for students in self contained classroom to re-enter the general education setting
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques for K-6th grade students
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
2015-2016 Special Education Teacher: Cluster Special Education and Resource Teacher
Oquirrh Hills Elementary & West Valley Elementary; Granite School District
  • Developed procedures to facilitate mainstream access for students in self contained classroom
  • Developed a pathway for students in self contained classroom to re-enter the general education setting
  • Designed curriculum for 1st-6th grade students requiring special education intervention
  • Wrote and supervised IEP implementationfor K-6th grade students requiring special education intervention
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques for K-6th grade students
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
2014-2015 Special Education Teacher: Life Skills/Small Group Autism
Foothill Elementary: Alpine School District
  • Designed curriculum for 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Wrote and supervised IEP implementation in a small group classroom of 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Developed and implemented behavioral management techniques for 2nd-5th grade students on the autism spectrum
  • Designed and provided a behavioral toolkit to facilitate Tier II and Tier III interventions
  • Provided Spanish translation services for IEP
2014 Section 504/Special Education Para-educator
Forbes Elementary: Alpine School District
  • Assist with physical and emotional maintenance and instruction of a 6th grade student with autism in mainstream curriculum in accordance with their 504 plan
  • Assist with the implementation of the IEPs in a small group classroom of 1st-2nd grade students on the autism spectrum
2004-2014 Student Mentoring
  • Taught 10 high school juniors skills necessary to design, perform, and analyze scientific experiments as part of an 8 week summer program
  • Taught 34 undergraduate students skills necessary to design, perform, analyze, and write about their scientific work and supervised their day to day progress
  • Sixteen undergraduates and one high school student are included as authors on scientific papers (5 wrote papers as first author)
Winter 2010 Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis
Course: Physiological Psychology Laboratory
  • Independently developed a curriculum to teach human neuroanatomy to two separate classes of undergraduate students (110 students total)
  • Guided students through a series of dissection projects to look at brain structure
  • Received 96% positive reviews on my teaching evaluations.

Research Experience

2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
  • Observed and analyzed behavior of children/adolescents with Down Syndrome
  • Based on my observations, developed behavioral tasks to directly model abnormal behaviors associated with Down Syndrome
2012 – 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher
MIND Institute
University of California, Davis Medical Center
  • Traced the hippocampus of primates from MRI from 1 week to 5 years of age
  • Designed an automated method to automatically trace the hippocampus with minimal experimenter input
  • Developed methods to automate the analysis of the hippocampus in children with autism spectrum disorder
2007 – 2012 Graduate Student Researcher
Program in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
  • Observed, analyzed, and described the behaviors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Modeled observed behavior of children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders using animal models
  • Modeled pathology associated with neurodevelopmental disorders in animal models
  • Applied for and was awarded an HHMI translational/clinical science training grant to support my research
1999 – 2007 Research Associate
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
  • Developed novel tasks to quantify behavior in animal models
  • Designed novel methods to disrupt function of different brain areas in animal models
  • Formulated and tested hypotheses concerning brain function relevant to human disease in animal models
  • Applied for and was awarded a summer fellowship from Pfizer to support my research

Scientific Communication/Blogging

From PhD to Life / University Affairs (Guest Blog Post-January 2015)

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? (Sole Contributor)
PatternSeparation.com (Regular Contributor)
F1000 Research (Guest Blog Post-March 2014)
Golden Hat Foundation (Guest Blog Post-August 2014)
We The Humanities (Guest Blog Post-April 2016)

Service

March 1998 Eagle Scout
  • Created an 8-week curriculum designed to help disadvantaged hispanic students integrate into the Utah educational system
  • Taught disadvantaged hispanic 1st-3rd graders life skills within this curriculum
  • Invited/organized local community leaders as guest lecturers in support of this curriculum
2000-2002 Ecclesiastical Mission
  • Service mission to Northern Honduras
  • Provided general labor services on an as needed basis to disadvantaged farmers as economic support
  • Coordinated local relief aid program after flooding due to Tropical Storm Michelle in 2002

Languages

Spanish (Conversational)

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