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.

Christopher Manente, PhD, BCBA
Christopher Manente, PhD, BCBA

Christopher Manente

Executive Director

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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Nadia Akhtar
Nadia Akhtar

Nadia Akhtar

Business Manager

Nadia Akhtar, B.S., M.B.A., is the Business Manager of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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Vanessa
Vanessa

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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Courtney Butler
Courtney Butler

Courtney Butler

Program Coordinator for the College Support Program (CSP)

Courtney Butler, M.S., BCBA, is the Program Coordinator of CSP for students with ASD at Rutgers. 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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Lauren Carino
Lauren Carino

Lauren Carino

Assistant Program Coordinator for the College Support Program (CSP)

Lauren M. Carino, Ph.D. is the Assistant Program Coordinator for the College Support Program (CSP) for Students on the Autism Spectrum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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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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SungWoo Kahng
SungWoo Kahng

SungWoo Kahng

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

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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Robert LaRue
Robert 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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James Maraventano
James Maraventano

James Maraventano

Director of 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

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

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

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

  • Ian Bober
  • Declan Butler
  • Melissa Carter
  • Faariha Faheem
  • Daniel Heimlich
  • Sarah Samaniego
  • Katherine Sanchez

 

SCALE Job Coaches

  • Jessyca Campos
  • Husaina Chawala
  • Melissa Mazzulla
  • Nayla Ulloa
  • Kimberly Velez

CSP Graduate Student Coordinators

  • Christina Chornei
  • Sabrina Clark
  • Giulietta Flaherty
  • Franny Perez
  • Christina Pham
  • Yu Yan

 

CSP Coordinator

  • Manica Jacques

Psychological Services Clinic Team

  • Madeline Bono
  • Emily Brennan
  • Jeannine Ederer
  • Giulietta Flaherty
  • Gabrielle Gunin
  • Emily Istvan
  • Nikita Jadav*
  • Jacqueline Shinall
  • Ellen Wilkinson
  • May Yuan
  • Daheng (Henry) Zhang

       *Staff Research Assistant