Stanford Children's Health Staff

Program Manager

Anne DeBattista MSN, CPNP, CPMHS, PhD

Anne DeBattista is a nurse practitioner and the program manager of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She received her Masters of Science degree and completed the Pediatric and School Health Nurse Practitioner programs at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently enrolled in a PhD program at UCSF.  Anne has two national board certifications through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, in Pediatrics, and in Mental-Behavioral Health.  Anne is an active participant in national organizations; she is the Chair of the Nurse Practitioner Special Interest (SIG) Group for the Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Co-chair of the Developmental Behavioral Mental Health SIG for the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Clinical Psychologists

Megan Allen, PhD

Dr. Allen conducts developmental and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents. She completed her internship at The Children's Hospital Denver and her fellowship in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford. Special interests include young child assessment, learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety.

Mark Beidelman, PsyD

Mark Beidelman got his PsyD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. His current clinical duties are split between the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Program at Stanford Children's Health and the Pediatric Neuropsychology Department at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. Dr. Beidelman also participates in neurodevelopment research, acting as a supervising neuropsychologist at the Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Lab.

Barbara Bentley, PsyD MS

Dr. Bentley provides assessment and consultation for children with developmental and/or behavioral concerns.  She provides clinical services for the Developmental Consultation, Autism and Social Communication, High Risk Infant Follow Up,  Children’s Hearing Center Cochlear Implant Program, and the Santa Cruz County FIRST 5 Foster Care Programs.  She also has training as a medical educator.

Maria Elena DeAnda, PhD

Dr. DeAnda is bilingual in Spanish. She conducts developmental assesments of young children and also provides parent education about Autism Spectrum Disorders in Spanish.

Beth Earhart, PsyD

Dr. Earhart conducts developmental and neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents. She completed her internship and two-year fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her special interests include pediatric neuropsychology and childhood grief and loss. She studied Spanish in Costa Rica, conducting bilingual therapeutic services and assessments.

Casey Krueger, PhD

Dr. Krueger, our lead psychologist, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of California, San Francisco Memory & Aging Center. She provides neurodevelopmental, psychological, and neuropsychological evaluations for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes. Services are provided to infants and children with developmental and behavioral difficulties. Research interests include alterations in executive functioning and neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with metabolic disorders.

Ryan Lucash, PhD

Dr. Lucash conducts developmental assessments and consultations for children and adolescents. She completed her internship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and her two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her special interests include working with children with chronic illnesses, including cancer, kidney disease, and cranio-facial abnormalities.  She also has special interest in working with children with disruptive behavior disorders and is a Certified Trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through PCIT International.

Heather Taylor, PhD

Dr. Taylor completed her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley and her doctoral degree at UCLA. She interned in the Child and Adolescent Psychology Track at Bellevue/NYU Child Study Center and completed her training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Child Psychology at Stanford University, where she worked in the Anxiety and Behavioral Disorders Clinic and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Clinical areas of interest include adoption, attention and behavioral disorders, autism, and a variety of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobia.

Nurses

Elizabeth Dawes, BSN, MSN, NP

Cheryl Goldfarb-Greenwood, RNC, MN, CNS

Cheryl Goldfarb-Greenwood is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who serves as the Program Coordinator for Developmental Consultation, Autism and Social Communication, and Preemie Graduate Services. She also has a major role in the Watch Me Grow project, participating on the Child Study Team in South San Francisco and Coordinating the Watch Me Grow Interdisciplinary Collaborative. Ms. Goldfarb-Greenwood is involved in community outreach, advocacy, parent and professional education.

Sandy Lombardi-Lytle, RN, CCM, IBCLC, PHN

Sandy has spent her entire nursing career with a focus on the  NICU population and their families. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Science Nursing Degree and a Public Health Nurse certification. Her nursing career started in the Intensive Care Nursery, and she has since become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Case Manager (CCM). In 2014 she joined Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics as the High Risk Infant Follow Up Program Coordinator.  In keeping with her commitment to the NICU population and their families, Sandy now has the opportunity to strengthen the bridge from inpatient to outpatient care, providing important follow-up and support.

Colleen Marcisz, RNC-NIC, CCM

Colleen comes to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics after a long career as a neonatal nurse. She has special interests in children who have spent time in a NICU and parent support and education

Administrative Staff

Jannah Chavez

Jannah Chavez has worked for Stanford Children's Hospital since 2007. She has worked for a variety of pediatric specialties including Surgical Sub-specialties, Neurology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery and Pain Management in the Neuroscience Department. During her tenure, she has discovered her passion through her own experience in the High Risk Infant Follow-up Program and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program through Kaiser. She applies her personal experience and knowledge to provide world-class, passionate care to the community. She is trilingual in English, Tagalog and Spanish.

Crystal Escalante

Crystal Escalante is an Intake Coordinator for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and has been with the department since 2015. She has over 10 years of experience working for children with mental health issues and serious emotional disorders. She also has 7 years of management experience in both medical and non-clinical roles. Her skill set has been a value in assisting the clinical team for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

Xiomara Gervacio

Xiomara Gervacio came on board with the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics team as an intake coordinator in February 2016. Her experience as a certified medical assistant and administrative support is an asset to the team. She is bilingual and has been exceptional in serving our Spanish speaking families.

Patrick Hare

Patrick Hare, MS, is a member of the Clinic Administration, assigned in 2017 as Practice Manager of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics team. His 20+ years of financial and operations experience is essential to support this program’s growing needs. His interests are organizational development, team building and lean methodologies.

Coral Oropeza

Coral Oropeza has worked for Stanford Children's Hospital since 2007 in the Neuroscience Department. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and provides excellent customer service.

Other Associated with the Clinical Program

Physical Therapists

Eilish Byrne PT, DSc, PCS

Karen Kaufman, MS PT

Chris Rowell, MS PT

Debbie Tong, MS PT

Occupational Therapists

Kelly Andrasik OTR/L, MOT

Maria Bonsall, BLS, OTR

Allison Freccero, BLS, OTR

Janis Kitsuwa-Lowe, OTRL

Marianna Thorn, OTRL

Speech Language Pathologists

Judy Henderson, MA, CCC-SLP

Maria Morgan, MA, CCC-SLP

Holly Nyple, MS, CCC-SLP

Social Workers

Debbi Friedman, MSW

Chris O’Halloran, MSW, PhD