PELE Center Staff

Phillip S. Strain, Ph.D.
Director, PELE Center
Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychiatry

Phil Strain, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Strain is the author of over 300 scientific papers and he has served on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. Dr. Strain has worked in the field of early intervention since 1974. His primary research interests include: a) intervention for young children with early onset conduct disorders; b) remediation of social behavior deficits in young children with autism; c) design and delivery of community-based, comprehensive early intervention for children with autism; and d) analysis of individual and systemic variables affecting the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based practices for children with severe behavior disorders.

Edward H. Bovey, MA - ECSE (Ted)
Assistant Director, PELE Center

Ted has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado Denver and has been working with Dr. Strain since 1999. He has been working with young children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families for over 15 years in both inclusive early childhood classrooms and in the home setting. Ted has extensive experience in positive behavior support, naturalistic teaching strategies and in promoting language development and social-emotional skills in young children. Through the PELE Center Ted has worked on a variety of state and federally funded projects conducting research and training early childhood providers in strategies to work with children with developmental disabilities, autism, social-emotional deficits and behavior problems in inclusive preschool settings.

Edith Purcell, MA, BCBA
Clinical Director, PELE Center

Edy has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado Denver and has been working at the PELE Center since 2004. She works on a variety of projects including : providing clinical services through the Colorado Autism Waiver, conducting assessments on children with autism for a longitudinal research study, and training classroom teams in the use of evidence-based strategies for working with young children with autism. Her work outside the University focuses on working as a bilingual independent contractor providing developmental intervention services to infants and toddlers. 

Kelley Bramlage, M.A.- ECSE

Kelley has been working in the PELE Center for 5 years. Kelley began her work with children who have Autism in 2002. During this time she provided services to young children, birth to three, with autism and their families using the LEAP Parent Skills Model. Kelley continued her work with young children who have autism and their families as a Part C provider after graduating with her Master in Early Childhood Special Education. She also worked with preschoolers with ASD in an inclusive setting from 2002 - 2004. With the inception of the Colorado Autism Waiver in 2007, Kelley developed a service model to provide home-based services to families of children with autism. Kelley currently provides clinical services to children and their families in their homes and in the community. Kelley is also pursuing her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) at this time.

Ron Roybal
Training Consultant

Ron has been working at the University of Colorado Denver since 2003. His responsibilities have included the LEAP USA and LEAP Outreach projects, the Professional Development in Autism project, the Colorado Autism Project, TACSEI and CSEFEL. He presents at national challenging behavior conferences and professional development / staff development days around the country. Trainings include building relationships, classroom organization and management strategies, social emotional teaching strategies and understanding and reducing challenging behaviors. Prior to being an educational consultant, Ron was a teacher in an early childhood inclusive classroom for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing students. His extensive experience in inclusive classroom settings as a teacher and coach for children with special needs and children at risk or with challenging behaviors bring a unique perspective as a trainer and coach.

Courtney Grimm

Courtney began working with the PELE Center in April 2012. She received an MEd in School Counseling and a BA in Psychology from Ohio University. Currently, she is in the process of completing her BCBA coursework from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining the PELE Center, Courtney worked as a school counselor in Denver Public Schools and as a Behavior Specialist for children with autism in the Denver/Boulder area. Courtney brings with her a love of data and research, and is currently working on the LEAP-USA RCT Follow Up Study.