Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center

The Leadership Team

Eileen T. Crehan, PhD, is the associate clinical director and clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow with the AARTS Center. A graduate of the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Vermont, she completed her predoctoral internship at the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center.

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Louis J. Kraus, MD, DFAPA, FAACAP, is the director and founder of the AARTS Center at Rush. Kraus is also Woman's Board Professor and chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a federal court monitor in a consent decree with the American Civil Liberties Union and the federal attorney general’s office. In this role, he monitors and makes suggestions regarding mental health treatment at all juvenile justice facilities in Illinois.

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Holly Lechniak, LCSW, is the outreach director for the AARTS Center. She serves as a clinician to individuals, groups, and families at the center and consultant to schools across the Chicagoland area. A graduate of the Social Service Administration Program at the University of Chicago, she completed her training and began her career providing services to children, adolescents and young adults with autism and other comorbid diagnoses within the educational system.

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Latha V. Soorya, PhD, BCBA, is a clinical psychologist and Director of the AARTS Center. Soorya has been providing clinical care to individuals with ASD and related neurodevelopmental conditions for over two decades. She brings expertise in clinical evaluations and is a trainer on gold standard autism diagnostic instruments (e.g., ADOS2, ADI-R). Soorya’s research seeks to develop and disseminate evidence-informed therapies for social and mental health needs of individuals with ASD across the lifespan.

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Allie Wainer, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry, and the associate research director of the AARTS Center. She also serves as the training director and helps coordinate the AARTS Center research and clinical training program. Wainer received her PhD from Michigan State University and completed her clinical internship at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Lisa Yeh, MD, is the Medical Director for the AARTS Center at Rush. She is board certified in both general adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Yeh has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout her career. Yeh is dedicated to working with the ASD population, their families and finding ways to improve treatment options and outreach.

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The AARTS Team

Zachary Arnold, BS, BA, is a clinical research coordinator with the AARTS Center. He coordinates research analyzing behavioral interventions and medications. He provides support by assisting with patient evaluations and their interventions, facilitating study visits and submitting to regulatory boards.

Julia Barich, BA candidate in neuroscience with a cognitive and behavioral neuroscience focus, is an undergraduate research volunteer. She focuses mainly on the Phelan-McDermid study, but also helps out with general recruitment and social media. She plans to attend graduate school in clinical psychology to obtain a PhD.

Lauren Bush, MS, is a fifth-year doctoral student studying clinical psychology and pediatric neuropsychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has many years of experience assessing and treating children and their families as well as conducting research related to social language and behavior in individuals with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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Rachel Durbin, BS, is an AARTS research volunteer. She provides support for the SPARK study team by assisting with outreach and data collection. She recently joined the AARTS team after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Caroline Leonczyk, PhD , is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at the AARTS Center. She completed her doctorate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University with a specialization in autism.

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Sylvia Luu, BA, AM candidate, is a current AM student working towards her degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago. She serves as a social work extern and provides individual and group therapy. She also guides and connects patients to resources as well as assist in research on sexuality education and SPARK.

Sophia Martinez is the operations manager for the AARTS Center at Rush. She has been with the center for three years, and has taken the administrative lead for the program. Prior to beginning with the AARTS Center, Martinez was a paralegal at Kirkland and Ellis, LLP. She graduated from the University of Illinois with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice.

Christina Montes is the clinic coordinator for the AARTS Center. She is the initial point of contact for anyone calling in to or entering the center. She assists individuals and families in getting access to appropriate services and scheduling evaluations within the AARTS Center. She also assists the AARTS team by providing assistance and collaborating with Child Psychiatry within the Medical Center.

Jennifer Moriuchi, PhD, is a clinical instructor and the associate clinical director of the AARTS Center. She specializes in diagnostic evaluations across the lifespan, with children, adolescents, and adults, and works with individuals with autism and their families in therapy and consultations. She also helps coordinate the psychology externship program at the AARTS Center.

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Edith Ocampo, MS, is a senior research coordinator at the AARTS center and provides data management oversight for research and outreach operations. She has extensive data management experience having managed data for over 10 grants in the Departments of Nursing and Psychiatry over the past 13 years.

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Cynthia Pierre, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the AARTS Center. Pierre is a graduate of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago. She comes to the AARTS Center from Indianapolis, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital with an emphasis on treating children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

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Madison Printen, BS, is a Clinical Research Coordinator within the AARTS Center. She coordinates various types of research including clinical trials, medication studies, as well as behavioral intervention research. Printen provides support by assisting with IRB submissions, patient evaluations and facilitating study visits.

Amanda Privett, BA, MA candidate, serves as a social work intern for the AARTS Center. She is currently a final-year MSW student at the University of Illinois’ Jane Addams College of Social Work, specializing in Mental Health. She provides therapy (individual and group) for AARTS clients, as well as assists with outreach and research studies.

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Sofia Silveri-Sytniak, BA candidate, is a volunteer research assistant in the AARTS Center. She coordinates research involving sexual education for individuals with autism, as well as assists with other ongoing research studies.

Elicia Wartman BA, is a clinical psychology extern at the AARTS Center at Rush where she provides individual and group therapy to AARTS center clients. Wartman is a second year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. Her clinical and research interests center on social and family functioning in children and families of children with developmental disabilities.