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Amy C. Bernardoni, Ph.D.

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About Me

Professional Background

Dr. Bernardoni received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center within Yale School of Medicine. During her graduate and post-graduate training, she obtained...
Dr. Bernardoni received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center within Yale School of Medicine. During her graduate and post-graduate training, she obtained advanced training and experience in diagnostic assessment, treatment, and research at two well-renowned autism centers - the UCSB Koegel Autism Center and the Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Prior to coming to Rochester, Dr. Bernardoni was the Lead Psychologist of a 19-bed inpatient psychiatric unit for children with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities at Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and was a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Currently, Dr. Bernardoni sees patients for diagnostic evaluation in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She also mentors students, interns, and postdocs as part of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Interdisciplinary Training Program.

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD)

Credentials

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Associate in Clinical Psychology, Yale Child Study Center and Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT 2020 - 2021

Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT 2019 - 2020

Education

PhD | University of California, Santa Barbara. Clinical Psychology. 2020

MA | University of California, Santa Barbara. Counseling Psychology. 2016

BA | University of Texas-Austin. Psychology. 2012

Awards

University of California Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. 2019

University of California Dissertation Fellowship Award. 2018

Gale & Richard Morrison Dissertation Award. 2018

Ray E. Hosford Award for Excellence in Research. 2016

Suzanne Davis-Hess Memorial Award. 2016

Research

Amy Bernardoni, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Her research focuses on the intersection of early childhood trauma and developmental disabilities. Specific research endeavors include investig...
Amy Bernardoni, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Her research focuses on the intersection of early childhood trauma and developmental disabilities. Specific research endeavors include investigating symptom presentation of posttraumatic stress in children with autism and developmental disabilities, the diagnostic differential of autism spectrum disorder vs. early childhood trauma, and improved diagnostic screeners for early childhood adverse experiences in clinical settings that serve developmental disability populations. This has resulted in two oral presentations at international research conferences (INSAR) and the preparation of several manuscripts for publication at leading peer-reviewed journals.

Barrett, A., Vernon, T., McGarry, E., Holden, A., Bradshaw, J., Ko, J., Horowitz, E., German, T. (2020). Social Responsiveness and Language Use Associated with an Enhanced PRT Approach for Young Children with ASD: Results from a Pilot RCT of the PRISM Model. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ko, J., Vernon, T., Miller, A., Barrett, A., McGarry, E., Chiu, A., Allison, M., Graef, R., Said, Schyler, Rathore, A., Christine, Reyna. (2019) Social Impression Rating and Social Interaction Skill Improvements in Adolescents with Autism. Autism Research.

Bradshaw, J., Shic, F., Holden, A., Horowitz, E., Barrett, A., German, T., Vernon, T. (2019). The Use of Eye Tracking as a Biomarker of Treatment Outcome in a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial for Young Children with Autism. Autism Research.

Vernon, T., Holden, A., Barrett, A., Bradshaw, J., Ko, J., McGarry, E., Horowitz, E., Tagavi, D., German, T. (2019). A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of an Enhanced Pivotal Response Treatment Approach for Young Children with Autism: The PRISM Model. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Vernon, T. W., Miller, A. R., Ko, J. A., Barrett, A. C., & McGarry, E. S. (2019) Social Tools and Rules for Teens (START) Program. In F. Volkmar (Ed), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY

Koegel, L., Barrett, A., Koegel, B. (2019) Reducing Disruptive Behaviors. In Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism: Communication, Social, and Academic Development, Second Edition. Brookes Publishing Company.

Vernon, T. W., Miller, A. R., Ko, J. A., Barrett, A. C., & McGarry, E. S. (2018). A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Social Tools And Rules for Teens (START) Program: An Immersive Socialization Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(3), 892-904.

Publications

Journal Articles

Social Responsiveness and Language Use Associated with an Enhanced PRT Approach for Young Children with ASD: Results from a Pilot RCT of the PRISM Model

Barrett, A.; Vernon, T.; McGarry, E.; Holden, A.; Bradshaw, J.; Ko, J.; Horowitz, E.; German, T.

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2020; .

A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of an Enhanced Pivotal Response Treatment Approach for Young Children with Autism: The PRISM Model.

Vernon TW, Holden AN, Barrett AC, Bradshaw J, Ko JA, McGarry ES, Horowitz EJ, Tagavi DM, German TC

Journal of autism and developmental disorders.. 2019 June 49 (6):2358-2373. Epub 1900 01 01.

The Use of Eye Tracking as a Biomarker of Treatment Outcome in a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial for Young Children with Autism.

Bradshaw J, Shic F, Holden AN, Horowitz EJ, Barrett AC, German TC, Vernon TW

Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research.. 2019 May 12 (5):779-793. Epub 03/20/2019.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Social Tools And Rules for Teens (START) Program: An Immersive Socialization Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Vernon, T.; Miller, A.; Ko, J.; Barrett, A.; & McGarry, E.

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2018; 48(3): 892-904.

Books

Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism: Communication, Social, and Academic Development, Second Edition. (2019)

Chapter: Reducing Disruptive Behaviors

Authors: Koegel L., Barrett, A., Koegel B.

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company 2019

Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (2019)

Chapter: Social Tools and Rules for Teens (START) Program

Authors: Vernon, T. W., Miller, A. R., Ko, J. A., Barrett, A. C., & McGarry, E. S.

Publisher: Springer, New York, NY 2019