Autism Evaluation & Diagnosis Deserves the Highest Level of Confidence
We have a diverse team of highly skilled professionals that provide the greatest level of accuracy and insight.
Our Autism Evaluation Team Is Your Missing Piece!
Meet Dr. Kennedy. An incredible psychologist with a passion for working with families and helping kids become their best. Dr. Kennedy is working with the Shandy Clinic to diagnose children with developmental disorders so that they can quickly get the treatment they need and THRIVE!
Dr. Alison Kennedy
Dr. Alison Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist, is part of our Shandy Clinic team. Alison received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Doctorate of Psychology in forensic psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles. She completed a 2-year post-doctorate training program in neuropsychology/neuropsychological assessment.
Over the past 6 years, Alison has provided diagnostic assessments across various populations and settings. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is trained in the administration of the ADOS-2 and the ADI-R, which are considered the gold standard measures to diagnose autism.
Alison was born and raised in Colorado Springs and is now raising her own family here. Alison’s husband is a CSPD officer and a member of the Colorado Army National Guard. They have two young boys that keep them extra busy!
Dr. Kate Deer
Kate Deer, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, is a licensed clinical psychologist, having earned her doctorate from the University of Hartford in 2012. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families.
Throughout her career, she has worked in various treatment settings, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children/teens presenting with a wide variety of behavioral health issues, neurodevelopmental challenges, complex trauma histories, and juvenile justice involvement.
Her passion is providing comprehensive psychological evaluations with the goal of clarifying presenting concerns and, just as importantly, a child and family’s unique strengths to best inform diagnosis and treatment. Most recently, Kate led an Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation program, providing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations for children presenting with symptoms suggestive of Autism.
When not working, Kate enjoys exploring her new home, as she just moved to Colorado from the East coast! You might ﬁnd her running or hiking, or cooking something delicious!
Dr. Cara Vaccarello
Dr. Vaccarello is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist who recently moved with her family from Chicago. After completing her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, Dr. Vaccarello received her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Vaccarello has had the fortunate opportunity to work alongside families of individuals with neurodevelopmental differences within clinical, educational, residential, and hospital-based settings.
Through her clinical positions at Rush University (Rush NeuroBehavioral Center) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (The Autism Program of Illinois), her work has consistently included a strong focus on evidence-based assessment of neurodevelopmental differences, treatment planning, and advocacy.
She has expertise in evaluating a broad range of presenting concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Vaccarello is research-trained on the gold-standard assessments for evaluating autism spectrum disorder: the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). She values working collaboratively with families to obtain a comprehensive profile of each child and create a clear plan toward effective services.
In her spare time, you’ll likely catch her experimenting with baked good recipes, finding her zen at yoga, or exploring with her husband and rambunctious chocolate lab.
Dr. Mariah Coe
Dr. Coe is a licensed clinical child and pediatric psychologist. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Southeast, she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont. Dr. Coe trained and worked extensively in hospital-based settings, including completion of both a Residency/Internship and 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical.
Throughout her career in clinical, research, and consulting positions, Dr. Coe has focused on strength-based and evidence-based assessment of neurodevelopmental differences. She has extensive experience with the gold-standard tools for assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). Dr. Coe also has a strong background in assessment of psychoeducational challenges, emotional/behavioral disorders, ADHD, and the neurodevelopmental effects of trauma on children and adolescents. She strives for family-focused evaluation and treatment planning.
In her personal time, Dr. Coe is a DJ/host for radio shows featuring music from around the globe. She has a goal in 2019 to finally make the hike up Long’s Peak.