Clinical Team

Clinical Psychologists

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.

Mark Beidelman, PsyD

Dr. 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.

Jessica Patel, PsyD

Jessica grew up in Quincy, IL and completed her undergraduate training at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and completed her graduate training at Loyola University in Chicago where she completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a masters of jurisprudence in child law. Her research focused on the foster care system and the interactions of psychology and the law. She spent her predoctoral year at the University of South Florida. After graduation, she taught at Loyola University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pediatric Consultation Center in the Chicago area where she specialized in developmental evaluations of children. She has spent the past 8 years developing a transdisciplinary assessment team.

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.

Joan Baran, PhD

Dr. Baran received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill after completing her internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children's Health Council/Stanford. She provides neurodevelopmental, psychological and neuropsychological evlautions in both English and Spanish with children ranging in age from birth to teen. 

Abbey Herringshaw, PhD

Dr. Herringshaw received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her doctoral degree in medical/clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her predoctoral internship in the Autism specialty track at Indiana University and her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology, Autism Concentration, at Stanford University. Within the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics program, Dr. Herringshaw provides short-term behavioral interventions for families addressing concerns such as disruptive behavior or social communication skills. She is also part of the Project AFECT team. 

Advanced Practice Nurses & Clinical Coordinators

Anne DeBattista, PhD, MSN

Anne DeBattista is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She received both her Masters of Science degree and doctoral degree at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Anne has two national board certifications through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, in Pediatrics and in Mental-Behavioral Health. Anne is on the Executive Board of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and has had leadership roles in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Anne has a longstanding history of community leadership with San Mateo County First 5 (Preemie Project and Watch Me Grow Medical–Community Collaborations) and Santa Cruz County First 5 Neurodevelopmental Foster Care program.

Catherine Straut Cable, MSN, C-PNP, C-PMHS

Catherine Cable studied at Brown University for her undergraduate education, received her BSN from Columbia University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from UCSF School of Nursing. 



 

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.

Chris O’Halloran, LCSW, MPH, PhD

Chris' career has focused on helping families lead healthy lives and thrive. She graduated form UC Berkeley with a doctorate in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health and master's in: Social Welfare, Pubilc Health, and Science. As a licensed clinical social worker, she works with parents of children with complex ADHD, learning differences, and anxiety. She coordinates services for children with special needs and children in foster care. She proides individual and group counseling for parents/guardians who want to manage their children's behavior and emotions in a positive and constructive way. Chris incorporates cognitive behavior therapy, positive parenting strategies, and Tiny Habits methodology to help parents raise resilient, confident, and happy children. She has worked for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics for the past 20 years (as a social worker, coordinator, Triple P facilitator, and counselor). 

Cyril May Rueca, MSN, RN

Cyril May Rueca obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health Certification from University of San Francisco. She also obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Education from Jacksonville University. She started her nursing career as a Pediatric Staff Nurse in Kaiser Santa Clara. In 2018, Cyril joined Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics as a Nurse Coordinator. 

Chloe Asilo, RN, BSN, CPN

Chloe is a certified pediatric nurse with over 7 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's deegree in nursing at the University of California, Irvine in 2014 and began her nursing career in the RN Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) on the Neuroscience Unit. After a rewarding six years in Southern California, she decided it was time to move back to the Bay Area, where she was born and raised. Chloe spent the last two years working at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center on the Pediatric Unit. She then decided to pursue her passion for caring for this unique and vulnerable population, and is now the newest nurse coordinator. 

Alina Wong, RN, MSN, CCRN

Alina Wong holds a bachelor's degree of science in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing and a master's degree of science in health policy from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. For nine years, she worked as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse and pediatric pain and palliative care nurse. Alina is passionate about taking care of infants, children, and adolescents with various condditions and backgrounds and is a strong advocate or family-centered care based in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is now one of the newest nurse coordinators for DBP. 

Nancy Sugajski, MSN, RN, PHN

Nancy Sugajski, RN, MSN, PHN earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, her Master of Science in Nursing and Public Health Nurse certification from the University of San Francisco. Nancy works in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics as the Project Coordinator of the Stanford arm of First 5 San Mateo County Watch Me Grow Program. This arm provides access to developmental and behavioral pediatrics at pediatric primary care sites in San Mateo County and fosters professional collaboration to address complex medical and/or social barriers to health. As the parent of a child with special needs, Nancy has found her niche in nursing which has allowed her the ability to use her experience to help other families through challenging situations.

Kaylie D. Peterson, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Kaylie is a boardcertified pediatric nurse practitioner. She completed her training and Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at the University of Washington. Her RN background was centered in serving children with complex medical needs in the NICU and ambulatory subspecialty pediatric settings. During the final year of her nurse practitioner training, she was selected as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow. 

Care Coordinator Liaison

Caitlin Sccaglione Dinga, BA

Caitlin holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. Prior to coming to Stanford, she served Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for 12 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She loves supporting and advocating for patients and families in the community with the process of receiving servics. 

Intake Coordinators

Crystal Escalante

Crystal is an Intake Coordinator for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and has been with the division 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 DBP. 

Xiomara Gervacio

Xiomara came on board with the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics team as an intake coordinator in February 2016 and since then has taken the lead in facilitating our Middle Childhood program. Her experience as a certified medical asistant and administrative support is an asset to the team. She is bilingual and has been exceptional in serving our Spanish speaking families.

Michell Gonzalez

Michell joined Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics as an Intake Coordinator and has been with the department since 2020. She is a part of the Middle-Child Program and has taken the primary role in the work DBP does with the ALAS non-profit organization. Previously, she worked at a pediatric office as a lead Patient Service Representative and developed an undestanding of the unique needs and concerns associated with pediatric care, demonstrating empathy and patience in every interaction. Michell is fluent in English and Spanish.