Rachel Fenning, PhD - Child and Adolescent Studies
Co-Founding Co-Director, CSUF Center for Autsim
Dr. Fenning’s research focuses on child and family contributions to social and emotional development, regulatory processes, and clinical outcomes in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also actively engaged in the development and testing of interventions to support families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on improving health and wellbeing in historically underrepresented and underserved populations.
Dr. Fenning’s current NIH-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted in collaboration with Loma Linda University is focused on testing the efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for underrepresented families of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Fenning is also presently leading dissemination activities for a recently concluded HRSA-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted with the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, which found a novel parent training intervention to be efficacious for improving preventive health behavior and oral health outcomes in underserved children with ASD. In addition, Dr. Fenning continues to engage in the dissemination of findings from an NIH-funded collaboration at CSUF that examined parenting, child psychophysiology, and clinical outcomes in children with ASD.
Recent Scholarly Achievements:
- Neece, C. L., McIntyre, L. L., & Fenning, R. M. (2020). Examining the impact of COVID-19 in ethnically diverse families with young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12769
- Fenning, R. M., Steinberg-Epstein, R., Butter, E. M., Chan, J., McKinnon-Bermingham, K., Hammersmith, K. J., Moffitt, J.,* Shui, A. M., Parker, R. A., Coury, D. L., Wang, P. P., & Kuhlthau, K. A. (2020). Access to dental visits and correlates of preventive dental care in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 3739–3747. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04420-8
- Fenning, R. M., Erath, S. A., Baker, J. K., Messinger, D. S., Moffitt, J.,* Baucom, B. R., & Kaeppler, A. K.* (2019). Sympathetic-parasympathetic interaction and externalizing problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(12). 1805-1816. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2187
- Fenning, R. M., & Butter, E. M. (2019). Promoting parent engagement in parent training for children with autism spectrum disorder. In C. R. Johnson, E. M. Butter, & L. Scahill (Eds.), Parent training for autism spectrum disorder: Improving the quality of life for children and their families (pp. 61-84). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000111-004
Gary Germo, PhD - Human Services
Dr. Germo is an applied developmental psychologist. His research focuses on factors that promote the development of youth in foster care.
Dr. Germo’s current focus is on the role of formal mentoring of youth in foster care.
Recent Scholarly Achievements:
Chang, E.S., & Germo, G.R. (2021). Generativity and shared agency with foster youth for education. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72, 101127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101217
Lemus, D., Farruggia, S.P., Germo, G.R., & Chang, E.S. (2017). The plans, goals, and concerns of pre-emancipated youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 48-55. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.003.
Germo, G.R., Shane, J., & Chang, E.S. (2020, March). The four subtypes of the court appointed special advocates. Paper symposium: Promoting Optimal Context for Foster Care Youth. Biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.