Aubyn C. Stahmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Associate Professor of Psychiatry


Contact Information

Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)
3020 Children's Way, MC: 5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: (858) 966-7703 ext. 3223
F: (858) 966-7704


Dr. Stahmer received her PhD in experimental psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis at UCSD. Dr. Stahmer completed an NIMH Mentored Career Development Award focusing on understanding the use of evidence based practices in community services for children with autism. Dr. Stahmer’s current research is funded by the Institute for Education Science, the National Institute of Mental Health and Autism Speaks and examines translation of evidence-based practices for autism into clinical and school settings. She has published many scholarly articles on inclusion and early intervention services in the area of autism. Dr. Stahmer is a faculty member in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCSD. She is currently the Research Director of the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego and the Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Stahmer’s research is focused on translating the evidence-based interventions for children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) into community service settings, including early intervention and schools. She is currently conducting a randomized trial examining the effectiveness of an adapted evidence-based practice for use in public schools serving children with autism. In addition, she leads a project using a community based participatory research model to improve early intervention for children with risk for ASD and their families. Other research interests include parent training, research-practice partnerships, early intervention, clinician training/supervision, evidence-based practices in community settings, and underserved populations.


  • Schreibman, L. & Stahmer, A.C. (2013). A randomized trial comparison of verbal and pictorial naturalistic communication strategies for young children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, OnlineFirst.
  • Stahmer, A. C., Suhrheinrich, J., Reed, S., & Schreibman, L. (2012). What works for you? Using teacher feedback to inform adaptations of an evidence-based practice for classroom use. Autism Research and Treatment Article ID 709861.
  • Stahmer, A.C., Brookman-Frazee, L., Lee, E., Searcy, K., & Reed, S. (2011). Parent and Multi-Disciplinary Provider Perspectives on Earliest Intervention for Children at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Infants and Young Children, 24, 344-363.
  • Stahmer, A.C., Schreibman, L., Cunningham, A.B., (2011). Towards a technology of treatment individualization for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Brain Research, 1380, 229-239. (invited) PMID: 20858466Mandell, D., Stahmer, A.C., Shin, S., Xie, M., & Marcus, S.C. (2013). The role of treatment fidelity on outcomes during a randomized field trial of an autism intervention. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 17, 281-295.