D-CAP Staff

D-CAP consists of professional staff, with expertise in autism and best practices. Graduate Assistants help students master their goals in the areas of executive functioning, socialization, self-advocacy, independence, and employment/career development.

Cherie Fishbaugh, Director of Autism Services

Cherie FishbaughCherie Fishbaugh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her M.A. in special education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Cherie has worked with individuals from the age of 18 months to adulthood.  Her experience includes working as a Case Supervisor at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, serving as an Education Consultant for the May Institute, Mid-Atlantic region, and assisting with program and clinical development for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC).  In 2016, Cherie joined West Chester University as the Director of Autism Services and developed Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP). Cherie's clinical and research expertise are in the areas of behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, behavior management, social skills training, and positive behavior supports.

Amanda Martin, Assistant Director

Amanda MartinAmanda Martin earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs from West Chester University making her an alumnus twice. Her thesis was on Accessibility for Students with Disabilities. Amanda is a member of AHEAD, an Association on Higher Education And Disability. She is already a familiar face around campus to many as she has previous experience at West Chester University serving students from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Furthermore she has experience with the theoretical foundations of higher education, pedagogy, ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, accommodations, and assistive technology tools for students. She is always seeking new knowledge and loves to learn. You will additionally find Amanda has oodles of West Chester University spirit! Go Rams!

Emma Billingsley, Graduate Assistant

Emma Billingsley

Emma Billingsley is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program. She graduated from West Chester University in May 2021 with a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in dance. Emma's background includes being a member of the autism community and being a member/ambassador for DCAP since 2017. She also serves as a Success Coach with the Learning Assistance and Resource Center. Emma's goals are to serve university level students to the best of her ability.

Brittney Brooks, Graduate Assistant

Brittney Brooks

Brittney Brooks is a first-year doctoral student in the Public Administration program at West Chester University. She received both her undergraduate degree in Professional Studies and master's degree in Business Administration from West Chester. Brittney previously worked at the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at WCU and owns a small business in town. She has experience working with individuals within the Autistic Spectrum through her previous job as a direct support professional with Keystone Human Services and as a teaching assistant at the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center. Brittney's professional goal is to advocate for individuals whose voices may not feel heard through social service.

Micailla Fitzpatrick, Graduate Assistant

Micailla Fitzpatrick

Micailla Fitzpatrick is a second-year graduate student in the School Counseling Master's Program at West Chester University. In 2021 she graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Micailla currently has her field placement in the North Penn School District but has previously completed hours in the Norristown Area School District. Micailla's goal is to work in an elementary school as a School Counselor after graduating in May.

Seth Krier, Graduate Assistant

Seth Krier

Seth Krier completed his Bachelor's of Science in Psychology in 2021 at West Chester University and is currently enrolled in West Chester University's General Masters Psychology. Seth has nearly one year of work experience collaborating with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families to successfully implement applied behavioral analysis (ABA). Working with autistic individuals in and out of schools, in public or at home, Seth is interested in fostering individual success in all aspects of life. Encouraging the development of a positive self-image and personal growth in himself and others has always been a lifelong goal of Seth's. With interests in anxiety and depression disorders and symptomology, Seth hopes to pursue these areas of study in the near future.

Brooke Williams, Graduate Assistant

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is a second-year graduate student in West Chester University's Social Work Master's Program. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021 with a B.S. in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Brooke has enjoyed her time as a D-CAP GA and was grateful to experience WCU's College Autism Readiness Retreat (CARR). She also enjoys volunteering with the Eagles Autism Foundation College Program on campus (go Birds!) and spending time with the D-CAP Doodle. Both her personal and professional experience and values align with Brooke's goals of becoming a licensed clinical social worker so that she can continue to work with and support others.

Joseph Woodward, Graduate Assistant

Joseph Woodward

Joseph Woodward is a first-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at West Chester University. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in English. After working for a few years in the corporate world, Joey realized that his calling is Speech-Language Pathology, where he can combine two things he loves: language and helping others. Joey has developed a passion for the area of autism spectrum disorder, and hopes to turn this passion into a lifelong career. He is eager to not only help, but also learn from, the students in D-CAP.

Anna, Graduate Assistant


Anna is a first-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at West Chester University. Anna graduated from West Chester University in December of 2021 with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. Anna describes herself as caring, supportive, and willing to learn. Anna has interacted with and supported a wide array of individuals through her work and volunteer experiences. She has worked at a daycare, pediatric speech clinic, worked as a youth intern at her church, and volunteered at various camps. She is excited to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the future to support those with communication needs from all walks of life.

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