Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

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Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

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Stephanny F. N. Freeman, PhD


Clinical Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Dr. Stephanny F.N. Freeman is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Child Psychiatry at UCLA and a licensed clinical psychologist. She Co-Directs KidsConnect Autism Treatment Program at UCLA. Research interests included the social, emotional, and behavioral development of children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Freeman also investigates and has published research-based intervention procedures on core deficits for preschool and young children with autism, best practice interdisciplinary interventions for children with autism, and play/social skills development in autism. As director, Dr. Freeman oversees the day-to-day activities of therapists and specialists. She coordinates the evaluation, treatment, and development of appropriate multidisciplinary programs for school-aged children and minimally verbal/globally delayed children with autism. She assists parents in developing appropriate educational programs and school-based modifications, behavior education and training, cognitive development, and social/emotional/play development. Along with scholarly publications, Dr. Freeman has published classroom curriculums for children with autism.


  • 1990  University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.,
  • 1991  University of California, Los Angeles, M.ED.
  • 1997  University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
  • 2000  Child and Adolescent Fellowship

Research & clinical interests

  • Social and emotional development in children with developmental disabilities
  • Play skills in children with autism
  • Effective intervention for children with autism
  • Behavioral methods for children with autism
  • Curriculum development

Roles within the division/Fellowship

  • Co-directing the KidsConnect Autism Treatment Program
  • Supervision of Psychiatry Fellows, Psychology interns, and externs on the ECPHP
  • Lectures on such topics as special education, behavioral management