Olivia Michael recently graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience and a B.A. in Global Health from UC San Diego. She is passionate about improving community mental health services, combatting disparities in access, and increasing the utilization of evidence-based practices among youth with autism. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and hopes to continue researching methods to successfully implement and sustain evidence-based practices. Olivia enjoys relaxing in nature, practicing yoga, and trying new foods in her free time.
Autism Community Toolkit: Systems to Measure and Adopt Research-Based Treatments- Educational Redesign (ACT SMARTER)
The ACT SMARTER project will redesign an evidence-based implementation toolkit called, “Autism Community Toolkit: Systems to Measure and Adopt Research-Based Treatments (ACT SMART). The ACT SMART toolkit was developed and shown to be effective in targeting autism EBP decision-making in community settings and has immense potential to improve autism EBP adoption and implementation. The goal of the current project is to conduct an educational redesign of ACT SMART for use in public schools with input from stakeholders so that the implementation toolkit can be useful and usable in middle and high schools. Learn more here. .
The purpose of this multi-site study is to develop and evaluate a multi-phase implementation and sustainment strategy to support evidence-based practice use across different interventions for individuals with autism, settings, and ages. Click here for more information.
The purpose of this study is to identify which evidence-based practices (EBPs) teachers and paraeducators use to more meaningfully include and retain autistic children in general education settings; and the malleable individual and organizational characteristics that increase EBP use. Click here for more information.