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Clinical Psychologist, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

My Biography & Research


I’m a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition to the adult world in the areas of employment, independent living and community participation.

I have been working with children with ASD for nearly 20 years. While helping to develop a college support program for undergraduates with ASD, I saw firsthand how challenges with daily living skills, social skills and executive functioning could impact their success at many levels. This drew me toward helping adolescents and adults.

My approach to care is holistic. I first take into account the individual’s unique set of strengths and challenges. But I also focus on their family, environmental, school and community factors to address the whole system.

In addition to helping patients, I do research that focuses on developing and evaluating interventions that target daily living skills. These include doing laundry, managing money, cooking and personal hygiene. My colleagues and I also study academic executive functioning skills such as organization, planning and prioritizing. Our research goes beyond skill-building in the adolescents with ASD, to working with their parents and teachers. We seek to provide both parents and teachers with the necessary coaching and support to increase success and quality of life for their children or students.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our three kids and our dog. My favorite things to do on the weekend are gardening and sitting on the porch reading or hanging out with family and friends.

Clinical Interests

Adolescents; autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood

Research Interests

Autism spectrum disorders; transition to adulthood; daily living skills; employment; academic skills

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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My Education

BS: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2004.

MA: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006.

PhD: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009.

Internship: JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver, CO, 2009.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Clinical correlates of sluggish cognitive tempo in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Duncan, A; Tamm, L; Birnschein, AM; Becker, SP. Autism: the international journal of research and practice. 2019; 23:1354-1362.

Preliminary efficacy of a daily living skills intervention for adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Duncan, A; Ruble, LA; Meinzen-Derr, J; Thomas, C; Stark, LJ. Autism: the international journal of research and practice. 2018; 22:983-994.

Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will, MN; Currans, K; Smith, J; Weber, S; Duncan, A; Burton, J; Kroeger-Geoppinger, K; Miller, V; Stone, M; Mays, L; et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2018; 48:234-249.

Training clinicians to deliver group CBT to manage anxiety in youth with ASD: Results of a multisite trial. Reaven, J; Moody, EJ; Grofer Klinger, L; Keefer, A; Duncan, A; O'Kelley, S; Meyer, A; Hepburn, S; Blakeley-Smith, A. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2018; 86:205-217.

The Relationship Between Treatment Acceptability and Youth Outcome in Group CBT for Youth with ASD and Anxiety. Walsh, CE; Moody, E; Blakeley-Smith, A; Duncan, A; Hepburn, S; Keefer, A; Klinger, L; Meyer, A; O’Kelley, S; Reaven, J. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 2018; 48:123-132.

Evidence of embodied social competence during conversation in high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder. Romero, V; Fitzpatrick, P; Roulier, S; Duncan, A; Richardson, MJ; Schmidt, RC. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13:e0193906-e0193906.

Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD. Keefer, A; Kreiser, NL; Singh, V; Blakeley-Smith, A; Duncan, A; Johnson, C; Klinger, L; Meyer, A; Reaven, J; Vasa, RA. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017; 47:3949-3958.

Evaluating the importance of social motor synchronization and motor skill for understanding autism. Fitzpatrick, P; Romero, V; Amaral, JL; Duncan, A; Barnard, H; Richardson, MJ; Schmidt, RC. Autism Research: official journal of the International Society for Autism Research. 2017; 10:1687-1699.

Social Motor Synchronization: Insights for Understanding Social Behavior in Autism. Fitzpatrick, P; Romero, V; Amaral, JL; Duncan, A; Barnard, H; Richardson, MJ; Schmidt, RC. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017; 47:2092-2107.

Can low-cost motion-tracking systems substitute a Polhemus system when researching social motor coordination in children?. Romero, V; Amaral, J; Fitzpatrick, P; Schmidt, RC; Duncan, AW; Richardson, MJ. Behavior Research Methods. 2017; 49:588-601.