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!
Kayla Concannon, Graduate Assistant
Kayla Concannon (she/her) is an occupational therapist that specializes in neurodiverse relational and sexual health. Kayla practices #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs through advocating that lived expertise > degrees. She balances her occupational therapy lens from the University of Scranton with evidence-based practice and anecdotal persepctives of folx with intersectional identities. Kayla has built an international network through leadership positions in the American Occupational Therapy Assocation (AOTA) and Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is a new West Chester student, enrolled in the Doctorate of Education in Policy, Planning, and Administration. She hopes the Curriculum and Instruction track will challenge her to build an accessible health literacy scope and sequence for neurodivergent learners of all ages to empower healthy relationships with themselves, family, friends, community, online, and romatic interactions.
Heidi Kraft, Graduate Assistant
Heidi Kraft is currently a second year Master's student in the Speech Pathology program at West Chester. She graduated from Temple University in 2020 with her bachelor's degree in speech language and hearing sciences and a minor in cognitive neuroscience. Additionally, Heidi has a certificate in American Sign Language and has experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum through opportunities at school and a summer camp job experience. Heidi's professional and personal goals include working as an advocate and ally for individuals with communication needs across the lifespan.
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.
Allison McDonald, Graduate Assistant
Allison McDonald is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program at West Chester University. In 2018 she graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to working as a D-CAP GA, Allison currently has her field placement at Gwynedd Mercy University working with undergraduate college students. Allison's background includes clinical experience at an inpatient facility working with adults that struggle with drug and alcohol dependency. Allison's goals are to work as a mental health counselor in an outpatient setting serving adults in underserved communities.
Brooke Williams, graduate Assistant
Brooke Williams is a first-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. Her experience working in social activism settings and advocacy-based groups drive her personal and professional goals of becoming a licensed clinical social worker and advocating for care among those in need.