What Makes the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic Different?

Scheduling Telehealth Appointments Now!

The ASDC is open. We are scheduling telehealth appointments. If you would like to schedule an appoitment or have a question, call us.


Our team has extensive education and experience in understanding the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders. We work with children, adolescents, adults, and their families across the continuum of care, including public schools, hospitals, day treatment settings, and outpatient settings.

Our goal is to partner with individuals and families to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We are a partnership between the Department of Psychiatry, the Neurobehavior HOME Program, and the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly UNI).

New Location!

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic and Neurobehavior HOME Program have moved together to a new location:

240 E Morris Ave,
South Salt Lake, UT 84115

COVID-19 Support Sessions

The ASDC has COVID-19 Support sessions! We are now offering short term therapy sessions to provide support to help manage the impact of the pandemic. These sessions can be for individual adults, parents, or children that are also impacted by autism. Goals of these sessions could include:

  • Emotional support and problem solving
  • Daily planning in terms of schedules, visual supports, and behavioral strategies
  • Providing support to parents as they help their children cope and understand the current situation

To learn more or schedule a session, please call 801-587-8020. Our care coordinators will get your contact information and one of our clinicians will call you back to briefly discuss your specific needs and schedule your sessions. These appointments will be billed through your insurance as a traditional therapy session.


  • Autism spectrum disorder assessment
  • Social skill and recreational groups for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Individual/family therapy
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Behavior intervention
  • Early intervention services
  • Opportunities to participate in research to help us better understand ASD
  • Parent training

Who Does the ASDC Serve?

We provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Does ASDC serve people without ASD?

Most services are designed with people with ASD in mind. However, our therapy groups can be for anyone who needs support with difficulties related to social anxiety, social communication, or other difficulties similar to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Do you accept insurance?

We have contracts with several insurance carriers to provide covered individual and family therapy services. Additionally, we also contract with HMHI-Behavioral Health Network in conjunction with Blomquist Hale Consulting to provide assessment, behavioral intervention, individual therapy, and group therapy. An option to self-pay is also available for services as well and we will provide receipts and other needed information if you would like to pursue reimbursement from your insurance provider.

Intervention & Therapy

What is behavioral intervention?

Our team of Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians work with families to provide evidence based treatment that has a foundation in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). After an initial assessment; behavior analysts work with families to develop and implement treatment goals based on individual needs. Adjustments to these plans and goals are made based on date collected during each treatment session. Our specialists are highly trained in providing Early Intervention for children ages 0–8 and Positive Behavior Supports for individuals ages 9 and older.

What kind of issues could be addressed in therapy?

Therapy is individualized, and goals are established during the first session. We might address:

  • co-occurring emotional issues, suchas anxiety and/or depression,
  • family dynamics,
  • behavioral challenges, and
  • social difficulties.

Learn more about our therapy services.

What if the individual needs medication?

While there are no medication management services at our clinic, we can refer you our Behavioral Health Clinic for an appointment with a psychiatrist.

If medication management is recommended, a psychiatric provider can also be recommended based on where you live and your insurance coverage.

Testing & Consultations

Autism Tests & Assessments

We offer evaluations for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals of any age. Other testing or psychiatric consultation may be offered for the purpose of clarifying an ASD diagnosis or offering additional insights into co-occurring conditions, such as behavioral and emotional difficulties, some comorbid disorders, intellectual functioning, executive functioning skills, and adaptive skills.

Behavioral Consultation

Many children/adolescents with ASD at times display difficult to manage behaviors (such as aggression, self-injury, oppositional behavior, and others). We can help set up home behavior plans and help families manage these behaviors more effectively.

Find an Autism Specialist

The ASDC Team

Amber Bridges

Amber works in the ASDC as our Outpatient Service Specialist. For many years Amber has worked in various positions ranging from customer service, administrative support, school services, and Special Education services. Amber has worked with children for the last 15+ years which is what she has enjoyed the most. Working in the HMHI ASDC she feels fortunate to be able to embrace both working with children as well as all ages. Amber is a distance runner, which she feels is very therapeutic. She also enjoys cooking, and especially baking. Spending time with her family is what Amber enjoys most. Together they enjoy camping, cookouts and anything outdoors.

Natalie Buerger, PhD, Clinical Director

Dr. Buerger, licensed psychologist, Instructor (clinical) earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Utah Educational Psychology program in 2014. She began working with the autism community as a graduate research assistant at the Utah Autism Research Program in 2008. She completed her APA accredited internship at The Watson Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she specialized on the autism training track. Dr. Buerger also participated in the URLEND program as an autism enhancement trainee. Before working within the Department of Pediatrics at the University Developmental Assessment Clinics (2015-2016), she spent four years working as a school psychologist. In addition to providing assessments and evaluations through the clinic, Dr. Buerger loves teaching and training students who are interested in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Buerger is thrilled to be a part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic team. In her spare time, Dr. Buerger enjoys reading, cooking, being outside, and spending time with her family.

Caralee Cumming, LCSW

Caralee earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. Since graduating, Caralee has worked at RISE/Intercept, Options for Southern Oregon, and most recently, the HMHI Behavioral Health Clinic. Caralee's clinical interests are CBT, especially with children under 10, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Caralee is in the process of submitting her documentation to complete certification with PCIT International. Caralee enjoys spending time training and playing with her dogs, reading, dancing, and travelling.

Kristina J. Cottle Feldman, PhD

Kristina J. Cottle Feldman, PhD, licensed psychologist, Instructor (Clinical), earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Utah Educational Psychology program in 2017. She completed her APA accredited internship at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly UNI), where she received generalist training while enhancing her knowledge of concepts related to autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Feldman also participated in the URLEND program as a fulltime and an autism enhancement trainee. Before beginning graduate school at the University of Utah, Dr. Feldman gained undergraduate and post bachelor research experience at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute. Her current research pursuits include preparing adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families for transition to adulthood, life outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder, and co-occurring psychiatric conditions affecting individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Feldman is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder, as well as advancing the field by educating graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellow. Dr. Feldman is thrilled to join the department and clinical faculty at the University of Utah, Department of Psychiatry and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic. Dr. Feldman enjoys spending time soaking in the Utah outdoors - running, biking, skiing, fishing, and playing with her two golden retrievers.

Nicolette Goines, MED

Nicolette Goines is a Behavior Specialist who began working as a Behavior Technician when the Early Intervention program began in 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho and completed her Master's Degree at the University of Utah in Special Education with an emphasis in behavior analysis. She specializes in early intervention services, positive behavior supports, and social skills groups. She currently runs our 3- to 4-year-old and 5- to 8-year-old social skills groups and has a passion for working with young children and their families.

Katrin Hechler-Massel, MS, BCBA, LBA

Katrin has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of East London in 2007 and then graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology, with a specialization in Educational Psychology, from Capella University in 2010. Katrin completed her coursework toward BCBA examination at the Florida Institute of Technology and has been a BCBA since 2014. In her free time, Katrin enjoys spending time outdoors but she especially enjoys spending time with her family. She joined the HMHI Home Program and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic in May of 2017.

Russell Howarth, MED

Russell received his Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis from the University of Utah in the summer of 2018. He has worked with children and adults providing ABA services for the past 7 years. He has worked in schools, clinics, and in the home. Russell is from Florida, loves the outdoors, southern BBQ cuisine, Mexican food, and sports.

Caitlin MacPherson MS, BCBA, LBA

Caitlin has been working with people with developmental disabilities since 2012. Her experience includes designing behavior analytic programs in a variety of settings including school and in home programs. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2012, and her graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges in 2016. Caitlin received her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2014 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2016. She became licensed to practice in the state of Utah in 2017.

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