Meet the TABA Lab

Principal Investigator

Scott S. Hall, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Director, Translational Applied Behavior Analysis Laboratory

Dr. Hall is the director of the TABA Lab and a board certified behavior analyst.  His scholarly research over the past 25 years has focused on understanding autistic symptoms in children with neurogenetic disorders such as fragile X syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome.  Dr. Hall's work seeks to determine how environmental and biological factors affect the development of these behaviors toward the goal of creating patient-specific treatments.  He has received research grant funding from NIMH, NICHD, the National Fragile X Foundation, the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, and the Stanford Child Health Research Institute.   

Our Team

Joy Pollard, PhD, BACB-D

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Pollard is the Co-founder and CEO of Clinical Operations at Behavior Change Institute. She began her clinical work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2003 and has supervised multi-state TeleBehavioral Health services since 2011. Her research and clinical work has focused on leveraging technology to increase access, build capacity, and improve the standards of behavioral healthcare for families in rural and underserved communities. 

Leslie Quiroz, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Research Coordinator

Leslie is the Lead Research Clinician and Research Coordinator for the COACH Study. She is a doctoral-level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with clinical experience in MA, NJ, TX, and NM across home-based, residential, clinic, and school settings. Leslie has served families in New Mexico using telehealth to address assessment and treatment of severe challenging behaviors in children with autism. Her research over the past 10 years has focused on interventions to teach early social skills and address severe challenging behaviors in children with autism. She has received funding from the Sidney W. & Janet R. Bijou Grant for her research on parent-child interactions with this population

Patrize Aguilar (she/they)

Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Patrize completed their B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In their undergraduate career, Patrize participated in research studying the etiology and treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders. They are currently interested in translational neuropsychiatric research, specifically addressing clinical intervention in diverse communities and eliminating health disparity in research. Prior to working at Stanford, they worked as an afterschool teacher for underserved students in San Jose. Outside of the lab, Patrize enjoys creating polymer clay art and volunteering in local mutual aid groups.

Jennifer Boyd, BCBA

Jennifer Boyd is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who provides ABA services for families and children impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New Mexico. Jennifer first began working with children with ASD in 2013 with University of New Mexico's Camp Rising Sun, a specialized overnight camp that aimed to give children with ASD a "regular" camp experience. Since then, Jennifer has worked to provide compassionate care to families and children in a variety of settings including school, clinic, daycare and home. Jennifer is a graduate of Behavior Change Institute's esteemed Clinical Internship Program and received her M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Purdue University. As a researcher and clinician for the COACH study, Jennifer's role is to work directly with caregivers in the many diverse communities of New Mexico.