Laura Stoppelbein, PhD

Clinic DirectorDr. Laura Stoppelbein
Professor, Department of Psychology   (205) 348-3130

Dr. Stoppelbein received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama where she graduated magna cum laude with a sub-specialization within the area of child/adolescent and pediatric psychology. She went on to complete her internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Stoppelbein worked at UMMC as an Associate Professor where she maintained an active research line within the area of developmental psychopathology and was responsible for the clinical and research supervision of medical and psychology residents and post-doctoral fellows. During this time, Dr. Stoppelbein also served as the Clinical Director of the Batson Psychiatric Unit for Children where she was responsible for coordinating clinical care for the children admitted to the unit.

In 2011, Dr. Stoppelbein began working at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2013, she accepted the position as Director of Outpatient Services and in 2015 she accepted the position as Vice President of Clinical Services at Glenwood while also retaining her position at UAB.  In her role as Vice President at Glenwood, she has supervised a staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed therapists and students in the Medical/Clinical Psychology program at UAB as well as also providing direct clinical service.

She was pleased to begin her tenure at the UA-ASD Clinic in the Department of Psychology as the Clinic Director in 2019.  Dr. Stoppelbein is excited for this opportunity as it will allow her to continue work in the area of child psychopathology and allow her to maintain her career-long commitment to the merging of academic training and research with applied clinical work.  She plans to continues to conduct applied clinical research within the area of child and adolescent adjustment and has over 5 dozen peer-reviewed publications on topics such as trauma responses in children and families, aggression, impulsivity, and is completing a number of projects on understanding comorbid internalizing and externalizing problems found among children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ryan Robinson, MS, BCBA, LBA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program Director; Licensed/Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ryan is the ABA Director at the UA ASD Clinic and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She received her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Developmental Disabilities in 2008 from Auburn University. Ryan started her career as a practicum coordinator for the ABA Masters Program at Auburn University, and has since lived and worked in Colorado and Tennessee before moving back to Tuscaloosa in 2012. She worked as Clinical Director for a center-based program for children diagnosed with ASD and provided in-home ABA therapy. For the last 10 years, she has owned and operated a consulting business and joined the UA-ASD Clinic in August 2021. Ryan and her husband, Jamie, live in Tuscaloosa with their four children:  Caden, Vin, Mac, and Eli.

Debbie Kofman

Debbie Koffman

Clinic Coordinator

(205) 348-3130

Ms. Kofman received her Bachelors of Science degree in environmental science from the University of West Alabama (formerly Livingston University). She has worked as an office manager and accounting assistant in various offices since 1992 including the University of Alabama Moundville Archaeological Park, the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business and for PanAmerican.

Currently, she is the UA-ASD Clinic’s Coordinator and has been since 2016.  In her role as Coordinator, Ms. Kofman provides support to clinicians, students and clients.

Elizabeth McRae, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Trainee

Elizabeth completed her graduate training and internship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and received her Ph.D. in Clinical/Medical Psychology in 2022.  She has been hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at UA and is completing her post-doctoral clinical fellowship with the UA-ASD clinic.  Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the College of Charleston and went on to receive her Masters degree in Clinical/Medical Psychology at UAB.  She has worked with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum for the past 10 years and over that time has gained expertise in the area assessment, treatment, and supports for children with autism and their families.  She is an accomplished researcher with numerous conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog Penny, playing her guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Eugenia Perry, MEd, BCBA, LBA

Licensed/Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Eugenia (Gigi) attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate and graduate studies in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. She served as a special education teacher in both public and private school settings before becoming a behavior analyst in 2020. Gigi has worked in behavior-analytic research laboratories, clinical, and school settings. Her primary interests include function-based interventions for the school setting and treating severe problem behavior. Gigi’s known reinforcers are reality television, Mexican food, and reading!

                                  Rebekah Whitt, MA, CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist

Rebekah is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Supervisor at the UA-ASD Clinic. In this role, she provides speech-language therapy to children with autism and clinical education to graduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders. Rebekah received her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama in May 2020. She also graduated summa cum laude from UA with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders in December 2017. Prior to graduating from UA with her Master’s degree, Rebekah completed an internship at the UA-ASD Clinic.  After graduating with her Master’s degree, she completed her Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology at Child’s Play Therapy Center in Hoover, AL where she provided clinical services to a variety of pediatric populations. Rebekah returned to the UA-ASD clinic in the Fall 2021. Rebekah’s special interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pragmatic Disorders, Expressive Language Delays, and Fluency Disorders.

In her free time, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, kickboxing, cheering on the Crimson Tide, and spoiling her Goldendoodle.