Lori Williams, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Autism Programs
Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in psychology, Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in School Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Educational Psychology.
Dr. Williams began her career as an intern psychologist working at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, where she had her initial experience working with children with autism in 1993. She went on to pursue a career within the public schools and began work as a school psychologist in 1994 in which her practice focused on early childhood interventions and autism. In 2005 she joined Newport Mesa Unified School District as a lead psychologist and program specialist at Harper assessment center and preschool and worked with the NMUSD team in developing strong early childhood programs for children with autism. In July 2007 she accepted the position as Coordinator of autism programs for the Newport Mesa Unified School District.
Dr. Williams also works part time as an adjunct faculty with the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, teaching graduate courses to students seeking their doctorate in educational psychology.
Dr. Williams is currently a licensed educational psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist , holds a PPS credential and an administrative credential in the State of California to serve in an administrative position within the California Public School System.
Elizabeth (Eliza) DelPizzo-Cheng, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Elizabeth (Eliza) DelPizzo is a child behavioral psychologist with expertise in evidenced-based treatments for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Her education, and clinical training as well as her research interests are in the areas of preschool and elementary educative programs, behavioral treatments for preschool and young school-aged children, and parent education and consultation. She has a special interest in families with young children with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. DelPizzo obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from University of California, Riverside. Her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainings are in the areas of developmental disabilities, and applied behavior analysis; including extensive training in autistic spectrum disorders. She is a licensed psychologist in California and Pennsylvania (State Board of Psychology). Dr. DelPizzo holds a California Full Clear Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. She is a California Licensed Educational Psychologist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. DelPizzo has presented papers at numerous national and local conferences and workshops.
Prior to joining Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Dr. DelPizzo has worked in a variety of settings that include university day treatment programs, public schools, and clinics.
Bonnie Hinton, M.S.
Bonnie Hinton has 10 years experience working with students with autism. Her special education career started in college, when she began working with the Greater Anaheim SELPA as a behavioral therapist. She conducted in-home ABA therapy sessions for elementary age students. She also worked in general and special education classrooms to provide support for students in the school setting.
After graduating with her B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2004, Ms. Hinton began teaching within the Greater Anaheim SELPA Regional Autism Program. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade students in this program for four years. In this position, Ms. Hinton also helped to run “Best Buddies”, a socialization and friendship building program for students in the autism program and their peers.
Ms. Hinton earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from CSULB in 2009. While enrolled at CSULB, Ms. Hinton completed action research on the effectiveness of socialization programs like “Best Buddies” in creating friendships among children with and without disabilities. Ms. Hinton holds a California Full Clear Education Specialist Credential for teaching students with moderate/severe disabilities.
Miss Rumps has 13 years of experience in special education. She started her career in special education volunteering in her brother’s special day classrooms. Once completing school, Miss Rumps pursued a career with the Greater Anaheim SELPA as an ABA aide doing after school therapy and as an independence facilitator in the school settings, primarily in the general education setting with grades K - 3.
Miss Rumps has a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies with a concentration in language and literacy; and a Level II credential and Masters Degree in Special Education. She began teaching in the Regional Autism Program for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade. During this time, she helped facilitate and educate students and families in the “Best Buddies” program at the school campus. The “Best Buddies” program is a socialization program that helped to facilitate exceptional friendships within the community.
Additionally while teaching, Miss Rumps was the primary inclusion specialist on campus for students with autism and behavioral challenges. During this time she focused on meaningful participation, behavior management, curriculum modifications and accommodations and supporting the classroom teacher with teaching strategies and running small group instruction.
Ms. Chileen Spaulding holds a Bachelor of Science in Design and a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Special Education. She has eight years of experience as a certified Special Educator including five-and-a-half years as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventionist. Most recently, Ms. Spaulding was an ABA special instructor in New York City. Her experience includes creating, assessing, and maintaining ABA programs for young children with autism spectrum disorders in both the home and school settings. She has also collaborated with parents, classroom teachers, and related service providers to help achieve Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals. She has participated in parent-training programs, developed program curriculums, and evaluated student eligibility using standardized assessments in accordance with NYC Board of Education and Early Intervention Program.
In addition to her state of California Preliminary Education Specialist credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Ms. Spaulding holds two New York State Certifications in Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education. She also holds a K-12 Cross Categorical Special Education Certification, a K-8 Elementary Education Certification, a K-12 Structured English Immersion Endorsement, and a K-12 Art Education Endorsement for the state of Arizona.
Eva Hill, M.A.
Autism Specialist / Clinical Supervisor
Eva Hill has a long-standing history of being an active and dedicated community worker and contributor. While earning her B.S. of Psychology from Texas A&M University she was a Research Associate for the Texas A&M University Clinical Psychology Research Department. Later, while obtaining her M.S. in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio she was employed as a Research Associate for the Office of Early Childhood Research. With her experience she was able to provide individual and family counseling at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas as an Assistant Group Coordinator, Group Facilitator and Counseling Intern. From there she became an Associate Clinical Psychologist with the San Antonio State Supported Living Center. Eva has also spent time as a Clinical Supervisor, Parent Consultant, and Behavior Interventionist providing home and clinic ABA therapy with children diagnosed with Autism and developmental delays. In 2010 she contracted with The Down Syndrome of Orange County where she implemented and developed behavioral support services in the children’s classroom as well as consulted with parents on best practices for behavior intervention. Including helping to develop the Teen Center a social club for teens with Down syndrome. Eva has also taught Abnormal Psychology as an Associate Professor at Irvine Valley College. Currently she is working towards obtaining her B.C.B.A. (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).
Lead Behavior Analysis Interventionist / Assist. Clinical Supervisor