Our Team

Director

I am currently Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Texas Children's Hospital Autism Center and the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. I have been actively involved in clinical practice, education, and research in the field of developmental pediatrics… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400

Associate Director for Clinical Services

Dr. Berry is currently an Assistant Professor in the Section of Psychology within the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She is also a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director of Clinical Services for the Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). Dr. Berry… read more
Phone: 832-822-3704

Associate Director for Research

I received master’s degrees in Child and Family Studies (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Clinical Investigation (Baylor College of Medicine), as well as a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, I continued my training at the Virginia… read more
Phone: 832-824-3390

Research Team

Gabriela joined Dr. Robin Kochel's research lab at the Autism Center as a research coordinator in November of 2008. Prior to joining the Kochel lab, she worked as a Research Tech at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center. At the Autism Center, Gabriela is involved with connecting… read more
Phone: 832-824-3394

Providers

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a full time Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Woodlands, TX. I believe that every child should be provided with the care and support they need to achieve their highest potential. Every… read more
Phone: 936-321-0808
Dr. Fein works as an Assistant Professor in the Section of Psychology within the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She is also a licensed psychologist working within the Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). Dr. Fein provides clinical assessments and… read more
Phone: 832-822-3704
I am committed to providing family-centered and evidence-based care for children with neurodevelopmental challenges. I enjoy discovering each child’s unique strengths while also aiding the patient and family in navigating any challenges or uncertainty that may accompany a neurodevelopmental… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400
The brain has a remarkable ability to generate new neurons in our center of learning and memory, throughout our lifespan. The rate of neurogenesis can be affected by many factors, from metabolism to physical and social activity. I focus on understanding the mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and the… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400
Dr. Mensah-Bonsu graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a degree in Psychology, followed by graduation from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She went onto complete her pediatric training at the University of Chicago, and practiced as a hospitalist for 7… read more
Phone: 832-822-3704
I believe that all children should have access to appropriate medical care and evidence based interventions to help improve their quality of life and developmental outcome. Clinical Interests: I am interested in taking care of children with autism, congenital heart defects, learning disabilities,… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400
Dr. Kathryn Ostermaier graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Genetics. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996 and did her Pediatric Residency at Baylor College of Medicine from 1996 - 1999. After completing her training,… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400
I believe that comprehensive and collaborative care is necessary to foster positive outcomes and to support patients and families.  Clinical Interests: Autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning problems, behavioral issues, anxiety, congenital heart defects, prematurity…
Phone: 832-822-3400
Dr. Castillo graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. From 2005 to 2008, he completed a National Research Service Award Fellowship in General Pediatric Research, also at Cincinnati… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400
Dr. Risen is currently a faculty member in both the Department of Pediatric Neurology as well as the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. After completing training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, she… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400 (Development) | 832-822-1750 (Neurology)
I am interested in a variety of developmental and behavioral conditions across age groups. I believe that establishing a partnership with patients and families is essential for quality care. Helping parents advocate for their child's needs is a rewarding part of my job.
Phone: 832-822-3400
Dr. Spinks-Franklin's research interests are in the areas of the cultural aspect of child development. Her previous research experience included studying the development of children in Senegal, West Africa, and studying the mental health impact of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on school-aged… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400

Nurses

It is important to me that everyone is treated as if they are a VIP. I believe that while medicine helps, truly caring for patients and families has a huge impact as well.  
Phone: 832-824-7189
I am a Registered Nurse for the Autism Center and Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. I have over 3 years of experience in various healthcare roles in the nursing field and have also volunteered within the community with a non-profit organization helping to… read more
Phone: 832-824-8464

Social Workers

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in various healthcare roles within the Texas Medical Center. I have worked locally in school social work, foster care, adoption, and with various community based non-profit organizations. My areas of interest include positive… read more
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in clinical care for families of children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs, as well as in grant writing, program development, and community outreach.  My areas of interest include working with… read more
Phone: 832-822-3420
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with 2 years of experience serving children with developmental disabilities and complex trauma. I have worked as an applied behavior analysis therapist and interned at various non-profit organizations. My areas of interest include autism research, support groups… read more
Phone: 832-822-3400