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Children's Hospital, New Orleans

The Autism Center at Children's Hospital
Appointments:(504) 896-7272
Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Calhoun Campus of Children's Hospital
935 Calhoun Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Quick Links:
Resource Guide
Map to Calhoun Campus
Psychology Department

Parent & Caregiver Classes

Research Opportunities:
Research Study for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Autism Center at Children’s Hospital

Mission Statement

The purpose of The Autism Center at Children’s Hospital is to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. In order to accomplish this goal, The Autism Center provides comprehensive, evidence-based assessment and treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Although clinical care is the primary mission of The Autism Center at Children’s Hospital, the center also serves as a training facility for providers and engages in innovative research endeavors to promote understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorders and their impact on families.

Clinical Services

Purpose: To provide evidenced based assessment and treatment to children and their families. Service provision is individually tailored based on each child’s need.


Purpose: To provide training for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Psychology. Training efforts also include community outreach and support via consultation with schools and outside agencies, and educational workshops to enhance the knowledge base of professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Purpose: To provide opportunities for research endeavors to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions used in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research activities occur in order to best inform clinical practice.

Current Services

1.Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations
  • For children and adolescents 2-21 years of age
  • Provided by clinical psychologists
2.Medication Management
  • For children/adolescents with an existing diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Provided by a child psychiatrist
3.Parent/Caregiver Classes
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Four-week course covering the basics of diagnosis, treatment, and common challenges.
  • Behavior Management in ASD*: Course covering the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how to use ABA to reduce problem behavior and increase functional communications and other socially significant behaviors. *Registration is required to attend this class.
  • Verbal Behavior: Course focused on using the verbal behavior approach, based on the principles of ABA, to teach communication to children with ASD. *Registration is required to attend this course.
  • Special Topics: Single-topic workshops focusing on specific challenges often faced by families of children with ASD. Topics will rotate and may include topics such as toilet training and feeding challenges.

4.Social Skills Groups*
  • Children of similar ages and grade levels will be grouped together for therapeutic groups focusing on the development of skills required to navigate the social world. Topics will vary depending on the age and needs of individual group members. * Registration required to attend these groups.
5. ABA Intervention
  • Clinic based ABA intervention services using a family consultation model. Appropriate targets for treatment often include reduction of problem behavior and increasing functional communication and other socially significant behaviors.
Please check the online calendar for group and class start days/times or call The Children’s Hospital Autism Center to get more information by calling 504-896-7272. We accept Medicaid and all major insurance plans.

Jodi Kamps, PhD
Assistant Director, Department of Psychology
Director, The Autism Center
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Professional School:
University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program, Lawrence, KS

Specialty Training:
University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Gainesville, FL
Children's Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Special Interests:
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders; Adherence and adjustment in diabetes and other chronic illnesses
Steven R. Gentile, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Professional School:
Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Los Angeles, CA

Specialty Training:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Children's Hospital New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Special Interest:
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disorders of childhood, developmental disabilities, positive behavior supports

Koren Boggs, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Professional School:
University of Mississippi, Clinical Psychology, Oxford, MS

Specialty Training:
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
The Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD

Special Interests:
Applied behavior analysis, assessment and treatment of behavior problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental disabilities

Tracey Knaus, Ph.D.
Resource Coordinator
Grant Writer

Professional School:
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Specialty Training:
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Special Interests:
Research focusing on MRI studies that examine brain anatomy, connections between brain regions, and brain functions, to learn about the neural mechanisms of disorders. Translational research, which applies knowledge of neural mechanisms of disorders to targeted treatments. Research interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders the relationship between brain measures and behavior, and language and communication functions.

Charles Coleman, M.D.
Licensed Child Psychiatrist


Professional School:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Specialty Training:
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Special Interests:
Clinical drug research in Autism, systems of care, schools and mental health