Ilana Jurkowitz is a fifth-year student in the CSPP Clinical Psychology PhD program in Los Angeles, with an emphasis on family and couple psychology. Ilana was awarded the Organization for Autism Research Graduate Research Grant for her dissertation titled “Reducing Stress in Parents of Children with Autism: Testing the Efficacy of Parents Matter.” She developed a parent stress reduction program for parents with young children with Autism, and will be testing the efficacy of her program for her dissertation.

Ilana received her BA from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education (Applied Psychology). While at UC Santa Barbara, she assisted in research in both Educational Psychology and Social Psychophysiology, and was awarded the UC Santa Barbara Morgan Award for Research Promise in Psychology. Following completion of her undergraduate degree, Ilana worked as a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the Unit on Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Ilana’s dissertation allows her to provide her Parents Matter program to parents in the greater Los Angeles area. She is currently working with various community agencies including Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Working With Autism (WWA), and the East Los Angeles Regional Center. She hopes to continue to disseminate her program to various Autism treatment agencies in hopes of assisting parents who struggle with the daily challenge of raising a child with Autism.