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Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities


The UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities was established in 2008 and is composed of faculty and students in the Behavior Analysis, School Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs.

Our Goals

To support research on autism and developmental disabilities

To train current and future professionals

To provide services to children and their families through partnerships with community organizations

Our Programs

Focused Skills Intervention (Project ABA-SkIP)

Children receive individualized training designed to reduce problem behaviors and to develop age-appropriate social, self-help, school readiness, and language skills. Family members and caregivers also learn how to continue the training methods at home. Services are provided at the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and in the community. This project is being funded through a grant awarded by The Texas Health and Human Services Commission. To be eligible, children must be between the ages of 3 and 15 years and diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. To request services, contact Jelisa Scott at or 281-283-3452.

For more information, please visit the ABA-SkIP website.

Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic

This clinic offers assessment and treatment services to children of all ages who engage in severe problem behavior, such as self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property destruction. Services will be individualized and provided as part of ongoing studies designed to identify the most effective methods of reducing severe behavior disorders. Following the child's participation in research, families will receive training in effective behavior management strategies to use at home. Dr. Jennifer N. Fritz, BCBA-D is the director of the clinic and oversees all services. 

For more information, please visit the Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic website

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Verbal Behavior Clinic

The Verbal Behavior clinic provides empirically based individualized services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  These services include assessments, parent training, and the development of teaching procedures relating to language skills.   Graduate students in the Applied Behavior Master's program participate as the primary therapists, and each case is directly supervised by Dr. Sarah A. Lechago, BCBA-D, director of the clinic.  Social skills training, which often includes language skills, is also conducted in the clinic.  Services may also be provided in Spanish.  If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact Sarah Lechago at

For more information, please visit the Verbal Behavior Clinic Website.

Vocational Program

The Vocational Skills Assessment and Training Program conducts assessments of skills critical to successful employment and provides individualized training of job-related skills.

For more information, please visit the Vocational Program Website

Connecting to College

The Connecting to College program is designed to provide supports for UHCL students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related needs.  

For more information, please visit the Connecting to College Website.

School Services

Graduate students in the Behavior Analysis program provide services to children and teachers in Clear Creek, Pasadena, and Pearland Independent School Districts.

For more information, contact Dr. Dorothea Lerman at

Autism Assessment Services

Graduate students in the School Psychology Program provide comprehensive evaluations for students on the autism spectrum under the supervision of faculty at the UHCL Psychological Services clinic. The evaluations are designed to identify the student's condition, describe functioning levels across several domains, and make recommendations for intervention based on student needs and research-based practices. For more information, contact Dr. Gail Cheramie at

Group and Family Counseling

The Graduate Family Therapy Program is teaming up with CADD to provide therapy services for couples, single parents, and siblings of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. These services will be focused on managing stress and relationship issues that often arise when caring for a child with special needs. Dr. Matt Brown will oversee these services and conduct ongoing research related to family needs and effective support. For more information please email to or call (281) 283-3304.

Last updated: 12/19/2016 UTC
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