The RCAAS is staffed by a highly experienced senior team highlighted below, including faculty and field experts, and supervised, trained Rutgers students who provide the support needed for our participants and students to fully integrate into Rutgers and the surrounding community.

RCAAS STAFF

 

Manente
Manente

Christopher Manente

Executive Director, RCAAS; , Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, GSAPP Applied Psychology Department

Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA, is the Founding Executive Director of the RCAAS and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Dr.

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Bal
Bal

Vanessa Bal

Karmazin and Lillard Endowed Chair in Adult Autism, GSAPP Associate Professor, Director of RCAAS-PSC, RCAAS Co-Director of Research

Vanessa H. Bal, Ph.D., earned her M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Oxford and her doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan.

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Ian Bober
Ian Bober

Ian Bober

College Support Program Coordinator
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Courtney Butler
Courtney Butler

Courtney Butler

Behavior Analyst, RCAAS-SCALE Program

Courtney Butler, M.S., BCBA, is a Behavior Analyst for the RCAAS-SCALE Program. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and earned her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western New England University in 2018.

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Amy Gravino
Amy Gravino

Amy Gravino

RCAAS Relationship Coach

Amy Gravino, M.A., is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services.

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Julia Iannaccone
Julia Iannaccone

Julia Iannaccone

Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, GSAPP Applied Psychology Department;, Director of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, RCAAS

Julia Iannaccone, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the field of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over 15 years, providing evidence-based services in inpatient, outpatient, school, consu

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Kahng
Kahng

SungWoo Kahng

GSAPP Associate Professor & Director of Academic Programs in Autism and ABA;, Co-Director of Research, RCAAS; BACB President; NJABA President-Elect

SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University and director of academic programs in autism and ABA.

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Larue
Larue

Robert LaRue

Director of Behavioral Services, GSAPP Clinical Associate Professor

Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Clinical Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002.

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Maraventano
Maraventano

James Maraventano

Director of RCAAS-SCALE Program

James Maraventano, Ed.D., BCBA-D, received his B.A., Ed.M., and Ed.D. degrees all from Rutgers University. Dr. Maraventano has over 15 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. 

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Lauren Pepa
Lauren Pepa

Lauren Pepa

Psychologist, Supervisor, Consultant, RCAAS-PSC

Lauren Pepa, Ph.D., BCBA, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor, and Consultant for the RCAAS-Psychological Services Clinic (PSC). She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) specializing in the assessment and treatme

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Whitney Pubylski-Yanofchick
Whitney Pubylski-Yanofchick

Whitney Pubylski-Yanofchick

Behavior Analyst, RCAAS-SCALE Program

Whitney Pubylski-Yanofchick, M.S.W., BCBA  has been working with individuals with disabilities for over 15 years.

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Christeen Scarpa
Christeen Scarpa

Christeen Scarpa

Behavior Analyst, RCAAS-SCALE Program

Christeen Z. Scarpa, M.A., BCBA, is a Behavior Analyst and former Behavior Technician at the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS), where she delivers individualized supports in the community and vocational settings.

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Scale Behavior Technicians

  • Declan Butler
  • Melissa Carlin
  • Melissa Carter
  • Marianne Clancy
  • Jaquam Gupton
  • Daniel Heimlich
  • Angel Medrano
  • Sarah Samaniego
  • Katherine Sanchez

 

SCALE Job Coaches

  • Briana DaSilva
  • Clara Eatroff
  • Anne Goss
  • Alexander Marcus
  • Yasmeen Shareef
  • Nayla Ulloa

CSP Graduate Student Coordinators

  • Rachel Boyce

  • Zully Delgado

  • Vanessa Morales

  • Jazmine Tatis

 

CSP P/T Coordinator

  • Erin Walker

Psychological Services Clinic Team

  • Emily Brennan
  • Jeannine Ederer
  • Giulietta Flaherty
  • Kristen Foley
  • Gabrielle Gunin
  • Emily Istvan
  • Norna Jules
  • Genta Kukaj
  • Kelly Scharff
  • Jaylene Sosa
  • Ellen Wilkinson