Meet Our Autism Staff





Royal Oak Staff:


Kelsey Murphy, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst


Kelsey has been working in the field of ABA and with children with autism since 2009. Kelsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in working with children that have challenging behaviors. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. Kelsey has experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors, and skill deficits. She has additional experience working with children and young adults to increase communication and decrease inappropriate behavior. Kelsey specializes in developing socially significant improvements in human behavior by using antecedent interventions and immediate consequences in the environment.


Sarah Bretz, BCBA, LMSW

Behavior Analyst/Clinical Supervisor


Sarah has been a member of the Autism Connections team since 2006. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.  Beginning as a MSW intern, Sarah has worked in a variety of programs in the Autism Connections program, including running social skill groups, managing the summer program, working with individual clients providing both counseling and play-based therapy. Currently, Sarah is the Clinical Supervisor, providing supervision for our clinical services, including counseling, social skills groups, and summer programming. Sarah recently received her BCBA certification and transitioned into the additional role of a Behavior Analyst within the ABA program. Sarah specializes in social skill development for children with ASD, especially focused on transitioning skills to the natural environment. Additionally, having a sibling with special needs herself, Sarah is also passionate about family support and providing support services for siblings through our Sibshops program.


Michelle Brinsden, LMSW

Individual and Faimly Therapist


Michelle holds a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. She has several years of experience providing individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Michelle specializes in providing treatment with children who have Autism and Anxiety Disorders. She has experience providing therapy using an array of treatment modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, Solution Focused/Strength Based, Trauma Focused Interventions and Motivational Interviewing. Michelle has experience in the areas of Trauma, Abuse/Neglect, Grief/Loss, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Adjustment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and ASD. 


Jacob Papazian, MS

Behavior Specialist


Jacob has been working in the field of ABA and children with Autism since 2009.  He has received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and has recently completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Behavior Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.  He is currently pursuing board certification in Behavior Analysis.  Jacob has experience working with children with developmental delays, communication deficitys, challenging behavior and working in collaboration with parents and other professionals to develop socially significatn improvements in human behavior.  His research interests include verbal behavior/communication deficits, treatment outcomes for individuals in early intervention in outpatien/home based settings, and the role of parental involvement in early intervention outcomes.


Sarah Gulino, MA

Behavior Specialist


Sarah has been working in the field of ABA with children with autism since 2009.  Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  Sarah has experience making socially significant improvements for clients who have skill deficits and specializes in working with individuals who engage in challenging behaviors.


Rosie Ward, MA

Senior Behavior Tutor


Rosie has over ten years experience working with individuals that have autism and has been providing ABA services at Judson Center for almost three years.  She received a bachelor's degree in Family Community Services with a concentration in Child and Youth Development from Michigan State University in 2012.  Rosie is working towards becoming a BCBA and will be receiving a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Ball State University in April 2015.  Working with children that have autism is something that she has been passionate about for many years.  Seeing the impact that ABA can have on the lives of children on the spectrum is what inspired her to pusue a career as a BCBA.


Andrew Ling

Senior Behavior Tutor


Andrew has been working at the Judson Center since early 2014.  He studied Science and Special Education at Indiana University.  After college, Andrew started his career off in the state of Indiana.  He began as a para-professional and later became a teacher in a special needs classroom.  In this classroom, he taught core adn life skills to a wide variety of children with an even wider variety of special needs.  After a few years, he moved back to his home state of Michigan and began his work at the Judson Center.  He specilizes in challenging behaviors and knowledge of his students/clients.


Rhia Jeffs, BA

Senior Behavior Tutor


Rhia has been working with children for the past nine years.  She graduated from Oakland University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  In June 2013, Rhia joined the Autism Connections team as a Behavior Tutor and currently holds a Senior Behavior Tutor position.  She has experience working with children of all ages with challenging behaviors and social skills deficits.



Sydnee Stinnett, BS

Senior Behavior Tutor


Sydnee has been working with children on the autism spectrum since 2010.  She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Studies in December of 2012.  She then started working at the Judson Center as a behavior tutor in the summer of 2013.  Sydnee started to learn the different techniques of ABA and realized how much she enjoyed it.  She decided to pursue her master's degree in ABA through BAll State University and plans to graduate in August of 2016.  She enjoys working with the children and watching them learn and grow every day.


Kate Czarnopys, BS

Summer Program Clinical Supervisor, Life Skills Teacher - Post Secondary Program


Kate has been a member of Autism Connections team since 2011.  She received her bachelors degree in psychology from Central Michigan University and her masters degree in Psychology from Walden University.  Currently she is researching programs in order to get her license in psychology.  Kate has had the privilage to work in many different programs here at Judson.  She began as an ABA tutor and a job coach for the Post-Secondary Program.  She also worked as a program assistant in the Summer Fun Program.  In the following years, she took the position of Life Skills Teacher for the Post-Secondary Program as well as the Summer Fun Program Coordinator, while also running social skills groups, dyads and counseling.  Most recently, she transitioned into a new rolse as teh Clinical Supervisor of Summer Programming.  The best part of her job is that she looks forward to every day and with her many roles there is never a dull moment. Kate also finds students progress to be extremely rewarding.



Ann Arbor Staff:


Maija Graudins, MS, BCBA

Behavior Analayst


Maija has been in the field of ABA since 2008 and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011.  Maija received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University and her Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Souther Illinois University Carbondale.  She has worked at a number of various centers and agencies workign with children with autism and their families.  Her experiences consist of working with clients both in their homes as well as in clinic-based settings to develop functional skills that foster independence and decrease challenging behavior.  Maija particularly enjoys working with early learners on skill acquisition programming and increasing functional communication skills. 


Anastasia Page

Senior Behavior Tutor 


Anastasia graduated from Baker College in March 2013 with a Bachelor of science in Psychology.  She is currently continuing her education with Liberty University in their online Professional Counseling progroam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She intends to get her Doctorate degree in Clinical Pschology immediately upon graduation.  Anastasia has always had an interest in counseling and working with families, but just recently discovered her passion for working with families with children with autism.  She has a strong interest in research and hopes to field research regarding autism and families, while earning her Doctorate.  She enjoys working with families in order to teach them how to cope and learn together as a unit. 


Katie M. Wyss, LMSW, MSW

Individual and Famlily Therapist


Katie is a Licensed Masters Social Worker providing individual and family therapy to clients through the Judson Center.  Katie earned her BAchelor of ARts from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Health and Human SErvices, minoring in Early Childhood Development and Sociology.  She earned her Masters of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, focusing on Clinical Child and Family Services.  Before moving to Michigan and joining the Judson Center team in early 2013, Katie worked in Chicago for five years at a residential treatment facility at the University of Chicago providing clinical services to children and adolescents adn their families with social and emotional disorders.

















































































































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