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Allison Nahmias, MEd, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (215) 895-2000

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Allison Nahmias, MEd, PhD is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of Clinical Services and Implementation for the Life Course Outcomes Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. She brings almost 20 years of experience in autism research and practice in a variety of settings. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, she worked at a school for autistic children with behavioral challenges as well as provided home-based intervention services. She then obtained a Master’s of Education at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a fellow in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. She then completed her clinical psychology internship at UCLA on the Developmental Disabilities/Autism Track. Her post-doctoral training was at the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, CA, where she completed further specialized training as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow and training in implementation science methods as part of the NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Prior to joining the AJDAI faculty she was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Stony Brook University, where she was part of the Autism Diagnostic and Treatment Team, Autism Initiative, TAA Center for Excellence for Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders, and LEND program. Her research interests involve the systematic use of an implementation science approach to ensure that effective and sustainable evidence-based interventions are accessible in schools and other community settings for autistic individuals. Her work has been recognized by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) for its impact on the field of autism research. As a clinical psychologist she is passionate about improving mental health for children and adolescents, as well as training school and community mental health providers in evidence-based interventions, so that all individuals have the opportunity to thrive and achieve their goals.