Alma Rodriguez graduated from UC Davis with a
degree in Agriculture and Environmental Education.
Anmolpreet Kang is a recent UC Davis graduate,
earning her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and Linguistics
with a minor in Education. Anmolpreet plans to pursue a teaching
credential and work with education policy to make classrooms more
inclusive of neurodivergent students.
Azeema Yahya is currently a High School English
Teacher in the Bay Area, CA. After graduating from UC Davis and
getting her BA in English and Minor in Education, she earned
a Single Subject Teaching Credential and MA in Education. She
stated that her time with the lab helped her immensely
with teaching and creating a more inclusive learning environment
for all students.
Cameron Alexander is currently a Ph.D. student
in the School Psychology at the University of California,
Riverside. He received a BS in Human Development and minored in
Psychology and Education at UC Davis. Prior to his commitments
as a research coordinator, Cameron worked in the CARE lab as
an undergraduate research assistant for 2 years. He is interested
in understanding and evaluating emotion regulation in learners
with varying neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Christine Joyce Soliva is a graduate
research assistant pursuing an M.Ed. in General Education
with a credential in Single Subject: English at the University of
California, Riverside. She received a B.A. in English with minors
in Women’s Studies and Education at UC Davis. She plans on
teaching English at the High School level.
Carina Webster graduated from UC Davis with
a BA in Psychology. She has been working as an Early
Interventionist for children with exceptionalities at an
inclusive child developmental center in San Francisco, CA since
2018. She provides individualized intervention for children
ages 0-3 and home-based coaching for their families as
well as inclusion support and reflective training for teachers.
As a clinician, Carina is certified in the Developmental,
Individual Differences, Relationships-based model (“DIR
Floortime”) and uses strategies from the Early Start Denver
Model with support from an ESDM certified trainer. Outside of
her work in early intervention, Carina is participating in a
post-baccalaureate program pursuing a MA in Speech-Language
Pathology. Carina will soon be launching her own community
dedicated to embracing neurodiversity and reframing inclusion in
collaboration with families and educators. Carina stated, “I
hold so much gratitude for my experience as the lab’s
first undergraduate employee! Dr. Sparapani
introduced me to the concept of neurodiversity, encouraged
me to learn more about developmental approaches for supporting
individuals with autism, and shared a vision that both resonated
with and inspired me to integrate these foundational ideas
into a career path.”
Cecilia Williams graduated from UC Davis in
2018 with a BA in Psychology and Minors in Education and
Human Development. Following graduation, she started to work as a
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Currently, Cecilia lives in
CO, where she works as a Lead RBT at Autism West Behavior
Partners. She is also pursuing a MA in Special Education -
Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. Cecilia
intends to apply to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in
Chloe Amaryllis Rankin is an alumna of UC
Davis and a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in
education at San Francisco State University with a concentration
in equity and social justice. She participated in the CARE Lab in
2019 after inspiring some of the School of Education faculty with
her Aspire with Autism presentation to the campus
community. One of her career aspirations is to be a reform
leader doing educational advocacy, innovative work, and
trailblazing new enlightenments in the
education field. Her educational trajectory was shaped
by her ability to defy the odds to achieve a pathway of
fulfillment and surpass what others believed was her limit
with a mild form of autism. Living with ASD, Chloe took on a role
in motivational speaking to share her experiences about finding
her potential to succeed, getting ahead of ability stigma, and
augmenting her abilities to take on the challenges of new
opportunities. She states, “Autism is not a hindrance in my life
but rather something to inspire with”.
Eileen Nayeli De Jesus recently graduated with
her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and double minoring in
Education and Chicano Studies. Eileen plans to attend
graduate school to receive a Master’s degree in School Psychology
and become a licensed school psychologist.
Jacquelyn Rodriguez was in the UC Davis
Human Development Department.
Yang graduated from the UC Davis with a
BS in Human Development and a Minor in Psychology. She is
currently working as a visitation coach specialist as well as a
youth counselor within the community. She will be starting her
graduate work at Boston University in School of Social
Work in the fall 2021.
Jocelyn Elias graduated from UC Davis June 2020
with a BA in Psychology. Since then, she has been working as
a Registered Behavior Technician, providing Applied Behavioral
Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism and their
families. Jocelyn is currently working on a community engagement
project with their current company at EasterSeals NorCal. Jocelyn
also is a graduate student in a Master’s program in
Josh Traser graduated with his BA in
Cognitive Science and Linguistics. He is currently working as a
lab technician in a dental lab and is interested in attending
graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology in the future. In
addition, Josh is also pursuing his life’s work as a writer
during his free time.
Kanwardeep Singh graduated from UC Davis
with a BA in History and Minor in Education. She
is currently in her second-year of teaching computer
science/electives following her Master’s program. She is also on
the Ethnic Studies Task Force and is leaning how to implement
more inclusive education practices. Kanwar will be starting a
doctoral program in fall 2021 to become an effective leader for
her students. She is also hoping to gain the knowledge and skills
needed to be an advocate for educational equity. Kanwar
stated that she is grateful for the lab and the work Dr.
Sparapani is doing to help educators.
Kevin Dang is a recent UC Davis graduate with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology and a minor in Psychology. Kevin plans to attend medical
school with an emphasis in Family Medicine.
Kirsten Daugherty was an undergraduate
researcher in the UC Davis CARE Lab from March 2019 to September
2020. She coded classroom videos of student productivity.
She continues to volunteer. Kirsten graduated in the
spring of 2020 with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Education.
After UC Davis, she began graduate school at Brandman University,
pursuing a MA in Teaching (MAT), with Preliminary Education
Specialist and Mild/Moderate Credential with the English
Learner and Autism Authorizations. After she receives her
MA and special education credential, Kirsten aspires to
become an elementary school special education teacher. In
addition to graduate school, Kirsten is currently employed with
the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. She is a
paraeducator in the RSP (Resource Specialist Program) at
Anna Kyle Elementary School. She looks forward to gaining
more experience as a paraeducator as she feels it will prepare
her to be a great special education teacher in the future!
Maggie Wu graduated from UC Davis in 2020
with a BA in Psychology and Minor in Education. She is
currently enrolled in the UC Davis Teacher Education Program,
working on her Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Mi-Ni Liu graduated from UC Davis with a
degree in Communication in 2018.
Olivia Kelly graduated from UC Davis with a
BS in Human Development and Minor in Psychology.
Regine Lasam graduated from UC Davis with a
BS in Human Development. She is currently attending Alliant
International University School of Nursing.
Sana Karimi graduated from UC Davis in 2020 with
a BA Sociology and Minor in Psychology. She is currently working
as a research assistant at the Center for Mindfulness and Human
Potential at UC Santa Barbara and a case manager at PATH, a
Yelizaveta Belomyttseva (Liza) graduated from UC
Davis in 2019 with a BS in Biological Sciences. She is
currently in graduate school.
Zaina Khoury graduated from UC Davis with a
BS in Human Development and Minor in Human Rights. She
is currently at Columbia University in New York. working on a MA
in Speech-Language Pathology.