Rachel Fenning, Ph.D.

Rachel Fenning, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: EC572
Telephone:  (657) 278-7802
Email:   rfenning@fullerton.edu



Courses Taught
CAS 310: Assessing and Observing Development
CAS 325A: Conception through Age 8
CAS 494: Advanced Practicum in Youth/Family in Community Settings
CAS 494: Advanced Practicum - Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Dr. Fenning received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UCLA, with a minor in developmental psychology. She completed her APA-accredited clinical internship at the University of Miami, Mailman Center for Child Development. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Fenning was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Autism Diagnostic Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of children with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Fenning is also a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the CSUF Center for Autism.

Research Areas  
Dr. Fenning’s research focuses on child and family contributions to social and emotional development, regulatory processes, and clinical outcomes in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also involved in the development and testing of interventions to support families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently, Dr. Fenning is involved in leading two multi-site federally-funded clinical trials examining the efficacy of interventions to improve physical health, adaptive behavior, and wellbeing in underserved families of children with ASD.

Students interested in working with Dr. Fenning can visit:   http://autismcenter.fullerton.edu/AppliedDevelopmentalCore/Student/assistantships.htm

Families interested in participating in research can visit:   http://autismcenter.fullerton.edu/AppliedDevelopmentalCore/Research/current.htm