Brief History

PIN is the largest and one of the oldest divisions within AAIDD. PIN has survived past pandemics. Our strength is our members. We have active members who contribute important clinical psychological work in our field. Through research, practice, and policy we have kept psychological issues at the forefront of our field. 

Who We Are

Please meet the Psychology Interest Network Executive Committee Members.

Jill Crane, Ph.D.

PIN Co-Chair

Dr. Jill Crane is currently a postdoctoral fellow at I Am Boundless, Inc. in Worthington, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Psychology program in 2021. Her current interests include diagnostic decision-making, interventions to address misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and parent experiences and perceptions of their child's developmental delays and quality of life following a NICU stay. You can contact her at jcrane@iamboundless.org. 

Doreen Samelson, Ed.D., MSCP

PIN Co-Chair

Dr. Doreen Samelson is a licensed clinical psychologist and author with 30 years of experience in healthcare as a practicing clinician, administrator and thought leader. As the Chief Clinical Officer for the Catalight Foundation, Doreen leads the Catalight Research Institute and provides clinical leadership for behavioral health research – developing new modalities of care and addressing unmet needs through technology advancements. She is also the parent of an adult with a developmental disability and is passionate about self-determinism, inclusion and helping people with developmental disabilities improve their quality of life. You can contact Dr. Samelson at doreen.samelson@catalight.org.

Kristin Dell'Armo, Ph.D.

PIN Co-Vice Chair

Dr. Kristin Dell’Armo is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Licensed Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Dell'Armo works in diagnosing & treating mental health conditions in people with IDD and promoting a successful transition to adulthood for teens and young adults with IDD. You can contact Kristin at Kristin.Dell’Armo@nationwidechildrens.org.

Jenny Mai Phan, Ph.D.

PIN Co-Vice Chair

Dr. Jenny Mai Phan is a Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Hospital. Dr. Phan researches stress, pubertal development, sex education, and psychosocial well-being in autistic youth. She serves on the Department of Health and Human Services' Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as a member of the public. You can contact her at jmphan@childrensnational.org.

Manisha Udhnani, M.S.

PIN Secretary

Manisha Udhnani is a PhD student in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology program at the Ohio State University. She is interested in assessment and diagnosis of developmental disabilities and bridging the gap between research and policy to improve the rights and quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can contact her at udhnani.1@buckeyemail.osu.edu. 

Rebecca (Becca) Lyren, Ph.D.

PIN Researcher Spotlight Coordinator

Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Kirchner is a licensed psychologist in integrated primary care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She also is part of the Williams syndrome clinic team at Nationwide Children’s. In both roles, Dr. Kirchner aims to improve access to quality care for children with disabilities and their families. You can contact Dr. Kirchner at Rebecca.Kirchner@nationwidechildrens.org.

Justin Kuehl, Psy.D., FAAIDD

PIN Award Committee Chair

Dr. Justin Kuehl has worked at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services (BHS) since 2006.  He initially served as an attending psychologist providing psychiatric crisis services.  While in that role, he developed a specialized expertise in the assessment, crisis stabilization, and coordination of outpatient services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Dr. Kuehl is a past president of the AAIDD – Wisconsin Chapter.  He remains actively engaged with the Chapter’s ongoing efforts to promote progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with IDD. You can contact Dr. Kuehl at justin.kuehl@milwaukeecountywi.gov. 

Diana Ugalde

PIN Social Media Chair

Diana Ugalde is a Ph.D. student in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Florida International University and a graduate assistant for the FIU Embrace Center for Advancing Inclusive Communities. She is involved in various research projects focused on promoting competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can contact Diana at Dugal002@fiu.edu.     

Immediate Past Executive Committee Members

Paul Kolstoe, Ph.D.

PIN Co-Chair (2020-2022)

Dr. Paul Kolstoe received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota (ND) following the American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Internship at the South Dakota Human Service Center (Yankton, SD). He has been a psychologist at the ND-DHHS Life Skills & Transition Center since 1983.  He is currently the Clinical Director and Director of Psychology which includes all Forensic Evaluations for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in ND.  He currently serves on the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners for whom he regularly provides testimony to legislative committees on the regulation and practice of psychology.