Rebecca Thomas

Graduate Student

Psychological Sciences

Research Overview

My long-term research interests involve evidence-based early intervention strategies that are feasible for all parents to understand and implement, regardless of income or location. I have a broad background in both clinical psychology and evidence-based interventions with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. My work as a special education teacher and ABA instructor allowed me to more fully understand the burdens of care that are placed on the families of children with ASD, and the barriers that often get in the way of parents successfully translating skills from the classroom to the home setting. As Dr. Fein’s graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Connecticut, I have spent the last 2.5 years working on a pilot RCT of the acceptability and feasibility of an online telehealth intervention for caregivers of children with ASD (OPT-In-EBI). Over the last year, Dr. Fein and I have analyzed feedback from parents who participated in the pilot study to identify areas of the intervention that can be adapted to better fit the needs of real-world families. I hope to continue this work to tailor the intervention to the needs of a more diverse range of families, and to work directly with early intervention agencies to create culturally competent recruitment strategies.


BA, 2010, Bowdoin College (Major: Psychology)
MA, 2014, Teachers College Columbia University (Concentration: Intellectual Disability/Autism)

Recent/Selected Publications

Research Gate

Contact Information
Mailing AddressBousfield Psychology Building
406 Babbidge Road
Unit 1020
Storrs, Connecticut 06269