Serving People With Developmental Disabilities Throughout The Lifespan
The Neurobehavior HOME program is a coordinated health care model and center of excellence for meeting the medical and mental health needs of people with developmental disabilities. We provide these services to children and adults:
- Annual physical exams and well-child checks
- Behavior management services
- Case management
- Crisis management
- Dietician/nutritional counseling
- Individual and group counseling
- In-house billing and insurance support
- Medication management
- Primary medical care
- Preventive care
- Psychiatric evaluations
- Psychology services (testing)
- Specialty care referral
Our providers have training and experience working with the medical and mental health issues faced by people with developmental disabilities. Many of our patients have impairments in their intellectual and/or social functioning which is a result of other developmental problems such as genetic disorders, birth trauma, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injuries.
Serving Over 1,000 People of All Ages
The neurobehavioral clinic began with an idea in 1988 for a clinic that could provide mental health care to complex children with developmental disabilities in conjunction with psychiatric and medical problems.
Conference: Caring for People with Developmental Disabilities
Date: June 22-24, 2016
Location: University Neuropsychiatric Institute
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Philip Luke Baese, MD, FAPA completed medical school training in 1997 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and completed a 5 year combined residency training program - Triple Board - in 2002. Upon completing this program, he became board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Americ... Read More
Dr. Deborah Bilder is Medical Director of the Neurobehavior HOME Program. In this setting, she provides medical and psychiatric services in a novel medical home program in Salt Lake City, Utah, which serves individuals throughout the lifespan with developmental disabilities. Dr. Bilder also provides psychiatric consultation to the University of U... Read More
Dr. Carbone is a general pediatrician with an interest and experience in the area of autism and related developmental disabilities. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. As an academic pediatrician, Dr Carbone works closely with families of children with disabilities. His clinical settings are var... Read More
Neurobehavior H.O.M.E. Program
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Dr. Julia Connelly is the Clinical Director of the University Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic. She provides psychological assessment services for autism spectrum disorder and related disorders for individuals of any age. She also provides individual and family therapy to address symptoms related to ASD, such as anxiety, depression, school/work and ... Read More
Dr. Traci David is a board certified adult /child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked as a hospitalist at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute since 1993 treating children, adolescents, and adults on the inpatient units and in the Kidstar/Teenscope day treatment programs. She is currently working at the University of Utah Neuro... Read More
Kyle Bradford Jones, M.D., is a board certified Family Physician. He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from Utah State University, and obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Jones completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Utah. His professional and research int... Read More
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Dr. Patrick Shea, Assistant Professor (Clinical), received his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he became interested in pediatrics and psychiatry. He completed his triple-board residency training at the University of Utah in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2014. During h... Read More
Ben Wilson, MD is a board certified family physician. He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, received his MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed his residency at St. Mark’s Family Medicine. Dr. Wilson has the privilege of taking care of children and adults with developmental disabilities at the Neurobe... Read More
Neurobehavior H.O.M.E. Program
Bonnie M. Anderson is anAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who works in a unique specialty clinic for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and and mental health issues called the Neurobehavior HOME Program. She sees patients with autism, genetic disorders, (and others) with mental health issues for comprehensive medical tre... Read More
Haily Choun, Behavior Specialist
Haily graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a M.S. in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working with children with developmental disabilities for the past nine years and has been a BCBA since 2013. She is interested in developing strategies for teaching verbal behavior to children with ASD. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Bella, watching movies, and listening to music.
Chealsy Darby, Behavior Technician
Chealsy is a Behavior Technician on the Early Intervention team in the Neurobehavior HOME Program. Chealsy has been providing services to individuals with disabilities and their families since 2009. In May of 2015, Chealsy received her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Currently, Chealsy is pursuing a Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis in BCBA at Utah State University. In the future, Chealsy hopes to work as a Behavior Analyst and continue providing behavioral support and services to individuals with disabilities. In her spare time, Chealsy enjoys running, reading, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Heather Davis, Behavior Specialist
Heather graduated from Texas State University with a M.Ed. in Special Education. She is completing coursework for BCBA certification and her dissertation. She has worked with individuals with disabilities and their families for over 14 years in both educational and clinical settings. Her research interests include effective treatment of challenging behavior in both home and community settings and increasing the quality of life for both individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. Heather enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.
Nicolette Goines, Behavior Technician
Nicolette has been a member of the HOME program since March of 2015. Before joining the team, she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Idaho Falls, ID emphasizing in Marriage and Family Studies and worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist for about a year. She also has experience with the elderly in which she worked as a CNA in an assisted living home and provided treatment and care for patients with disabilities and mental disorders. Nicolette is a mother of two who loves the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Cy Hamilton, Behavior Technician
I started as an intern at the University Neurobehavior HOME program. I am currently working on my BCBA hours and a Masters in Special Education. I graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Utah and has 7 years of experience teaching children with autism. In the coming years, I would like to stay in the field of early childhood development. I am particularly interested in using technology as a platform to access quality curriculum and culturally sensitive behavior interventions. My husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors especially in the Uinta Mountains and Southern Utah.
Russell Howarth, Behavior Technician
Russell has been working with children in ABA and other capacities since 2008. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of North Florida in 2011 in Communications and also received a B.S. in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University in 2015.He has worked in clinical, home, and school settings. He has managed a transition and inclusion program for a private school and coached adolescents with Autism in a mainstream basketball league. He loves sports, good southern BBQ, and the outdoors in general.
Kate Lettich, Behavior Specialist
Kate received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and studied Clinical Psychology in graduate school at West Chester University and is near completion of her thesis project. She spent five years working with children with Autism in public schools. She was an intern at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center(SPARC) in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed working with children in the feeding clinic and in social skills groups. Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, she also enjoys painting, hiking, skiing, and running..
Emily Sanders, Behavior Technician
Emily has been a member of the HOME program since March of 2015. Before joining the team, Emily worked as an ABA instructor for children with various developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. She graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Utah in December 2014. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in School Psychology. She enjoys traveling, camping, swimming, and spending time with family and friends
Melissa Smith, Behavior Technician
Melissa has worked with people with disabilities of all ages for over 10 years in multiple roles and environments, including day programs, residential programs, schools, in-home ABA therapy, and in-clinic ABA therapy. As a Behavior Specialist/Consultant, she has expertise in conducting functional and skill-based assessments, writing and implementing behavior intervention plans, and training families and direct care staff in applied behavior analysis and positive behavior supports. She received her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification in 2012, Utah state licensure (LABA) in 2015, and is sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam in August 2016. Some of her interests include staff and parent education and outreach, and adapting evidence-based interventions to work within the culture of the individual’s natural environment.
Stephanie Topolovec-O'Brien, MS, Behavior Specialist
Stephanie joined the Neurobehavior HOME Program in February 2000 as a clinical child life/behavioral specialist. Her work with children and adolescents with complex health care needs has been her primary area of interest since she graduated from high school.
She completed her master's degree in professional counseling from the University of Utah in Summer 2005 and is a licensed professional counselor. She provides behavioral and therapy services in the clinic. Her clinical interests include diagnostic accuracy, care coordination, and play therapy.
Rachel Bishop, Case Manager
Rachel graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology. She has provided services to people with disabilities in a variety of settings for almost 20 years and joined the HOME Program team in 2015. Her interests include the great outdoors, art, music, travel, reading , and spending time with family and friends.
Bryon Claflin, Nurse Case Manager
Graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg ID with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Enrolled in University of Utah college of nursing to pursue BSN. Bryon has a varied nursing back ground and experience. His first nursing position was at the University of Utah neurosciences unit. Then spent time in NBICU at University of Utah followed by long term care, and 13 yrs. as a home health care Nurse case manager. Bryon was an RN hospital case manager prior to joining HOME program. Bryon’s personal mission is “I want to provide the same quality of care that I want my closest loved ones to receive.” Bryon enjoys bicycling and walking.
Becky Glover, Case Manager
Becky joined the clinic in November of 2003 as a case manager. Becky has 6 years of case management experience with University of Utah Hospital and Health South Rehabilitation Hospital. With extraordinary case management skills, she began providing behavioral supports to clients and their family and staff. She graduated from University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Science and Health. She obtained her Social Service Worker license in 2003. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Paula Hansen, Case Manager
Paula has worked within the University Health Care system for 22 years; she has 13 years of medical case management experience. She graduated from University of Phoenix with B.S. in Human Services and a B.S. in Management. She enjoys gardening, cooking, training dogs, reading, and biking.
Brooke Larsen, Case Manager
Brooke graduated from Westminster College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology. She has worked at House of Hope and Valley Mental health before coming to the HOME program this last July. She loves animals and playing sports and played basketball in college for Westminster. She really enjoys helping people and working in the human services field and plan to go back to school and get her MSW.
Mike Thorpe, Case Manager
Mike graduated from the University of Utah in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Since that time, he has provided services to people with disabilities in a variety of settings, including a group home, a day training program, and Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD). While at DSPD, Mike specialized in issues relating to Brain Injury, and was a supervisor of DSPD’s Intake and Waiting List unit for a number of years. Mike’s other interests include music, video games, art and computer graphics, playing with pets, and going on vacations with his family.
Selja Engar, Case Manager
Selja completed her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from University of Utah in 2016. Her previous experience includes time as an intern at Odyssey House as well as a personal assistant for individuals with cerebral palsy. In the future, she would like to continue working with children with mental disabilities and believes that "You can judge a society by the way it treats its most vulnerable and disadvantaged members." In her free time she enjoys songwriting, traveling to Finland and spending time with family.