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 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 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!
Brian LaRose, Graduate Assistant
Brian is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. In 2015, he graduated from West Chester with a B.A in Psychology and Philosophy. Brian's background includes working with children and teenagers with equine therapy. Three words he would use to best describe his character would be compassionate, supportive, and empathetic. Brian's goals include working clinically, ideally in a hospital, so that he may be of service both as a therapist and an advocate to a wide array of individuals during a time of immense need and vulnerability.
Miranda Miller, Graduate Assistant
Miranda is a second year graduate student in the Social Work program at West Chester University. In 2019 she graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Criminology and minors in Counseling and Sociology. In addition to working as a D-CAP GA, Miranda currently has her field placement at Mirmont Treatment Center in the inpatient unit, working with individuals struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. She has goals of becoming a clinical social worker, working with medically underserved populations in the Philadelphia area. Miranda aims to make our world a better place to live for all people by helping those most vulnerable in our society.
Mary (Molly) Murphy, Graduate Assistant
Molly Murphy is a first year graduate student in the Doctor of Psychology program in Clinical Psychology. She is a researcher in West Chester University’s Early Childhood Cognition and Emotions Lab, which is dedicated to ensuring that all children grow up in an emotional and cognitive environment that supports their ability to flourish. Molly is also a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College. Molly has experience working in private practice, non-profit clinical social work, crisis intervention, and educational supervision. Her passion is to provide mental health services and counseling to underserved communities with a focus on self-advocacy, social justice, and the understanding and treatment of trauma.
Sam Wayne, Graduate Assistant
Sam Wayne is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology graduate program. He recently graduated from Hofstra University with his B.A. in Psychology with minors in Cognitive Science, English and Sociology. Sam hopes to contribute to the inclusive, productive and fun environment of the D-CAP program. He has experience working with autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning, and mindfulness.