ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing - THE ABA Group
Welcome to ABA Group. We are a teaching agency centered on the principals of:
- Bringing the most up to date, evidenced-based treatment to each client and family
- Training the current and next generations of outstanding clinicians
We combine the best of traditional psychological practices with natural, environment-focused and routines-based ABA therapy to help our clients and their families grow and succeed. We believe communication is key to the success of any treatment program and are willing to actively coordinate care with your child's educators and other allied health care providers including supporting parents at IEPs.
Matthew A. T. Lehman, ILSC, BCEA, LBA, BCBA
Matthew is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (1-10-7411) operating in California; a Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York State (NYS LBA# 000027) as well as a Certified Independent Living Specialist (ILSC #18846) and a Board Certified Education Advocate (NSEAI: 5-24-16-77-16-CA-F). As the Director of ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing - A Member of the ABA Group, Matthew oversees advanced forms of Clinical and Applied Behavior Analysis, including Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT); the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM); Joint Attention Symbolic Play and Emotion Regulation (JASPER); Activity/Routine Based Intervention (RBI); Verbal Behavior (VB); Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT); The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), AIR-B Remaking Recess, The Meal Time Partners Program, and QBS Family-Care. He is also a University of San Diego Certified Special Education Advocate, National Conflict Resolution Center trained Mediator and a respected researcher and clinician.
Matthew specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with behavior problems and/or social skills deficits that interfere with daily life and functioning, which are commonly exhibited by individuals diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's, ODD, or ADHD, Foster Children, and those with a Domestic Violence history or other behavior needs. Having worked with these populations for many years, his experience and intuitive insight into how children perceive the world around them gives him a foundation to share experience, knowledge, strategies & solutions to help any family facing behavior problems.
He is on the board of directors for the Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), as well as a member of ABAI, APBA, CalABA, COPAA, and he evaluates psychological interventions / texts for their evidence base as part of the ABCT Self-Help Seal of Merit Committee. Additionally, he has helped setup numerous private ABA therapy agencies throughout San Diego County and in various states across the United States, including Wisconsin's first ever Anthem BCBS funded ABA program. Matthew has also helped providers network with major funding sources, and developed initial insurance company internal policies and regulations for SHARP Healthcare's ABA therapy through Psychiatric Centers at San Diego.
He continues to push forward in bringing cutting edge ABA treatments to San Diego County including JASPER, Baby JASPER, ESDM and infant ESDM, as well as working to raise the standard of care for individuals receiving ABA therapy and improving staff training.
Co-Manager - Clinical Psychologist (BOP: 26523)
Lauren Elder, ABPP, QASP(8030)
Doctor Elder specializes in autism, developmental delays, anxiety, trauma, and behavior. Depending on your concerns, she uses behavioral, developmental, or cognitive-behavioral treatments. Her flexible, collaborative, and supportive approach will help give you the tools to meet your goals and help your children reach their fullest potential.
Lauren is located in San Diego, and is able to provide services through travel or telemedicine throughout California and New York.
Doctor Lauren is an experienced clinician and researcher, with over fifteen years of experience providing training to families and clinics in the U.S. and internationally. She attended graduate school at the University of Washington and completed her internship and postdoctoral work at UCLA. She worked for two years at Autism Speaks as a dissemination scientist in the international public health department. She is a Certified ESDM Trainer and Implementer as well as a provider of JASPER and PRT.
Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)
Kat Chapman, BCBA(1-16-24504)
Kat Chapman is the Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Lead. She helps ensure quality intervention and training by conducting and scoring ongoing regular PRT fidelities across the company. She sits on the internal fidelity board. She is also a Case Manager with ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing.
Kat began her career in ABA therapy for children at-risk or diagnosed with autism in 2010, and is currently certified as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Kat loves being able to work with families to make a socially significant impact in their lives through the process of ABA therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their dog, Daisy.
Corinne Murphy, RBT-15-05239, QASP(8213)
Corinne Murphy is a program lead for Pivotal Response Treatment and a Case Manager at ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing. She is currently working on her BCaBA certification at Cal State San Marcos. Corinne has worked directly with children with autism and other disabilities for over 4 years now in multiple settings. She has been trained in JASPER, ESDM, and PRT models. Her passion is to provide quality therapy services to families and their children.
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
Brittany Swanson, BCBA(1-17-25451)
Brittany Swanson joined ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT-15-02930) with over four years of experience working directly to serve children with an autism diagnosis or other related disabilities. She received her education in Human Behavior from National University and completed work at San Diego State University, earning her degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. Working at the ABA Group allows Brittany to continue building the depth of her clinical skills and supervision hours delivering PRT, JASPER and ESDM to a range of young children as she works towards completing her BCBA hours through Florida Institute of Technology. She is committed to the families she serves as she works to improve their lives using the principles of behavior analysis, teamwork and quality care.
Jessi Corral, ASW-63782, RBT-15-00525, QASP(8148)
Jessi's experience with developmentally delayed individuals began at a young age when she volunteered for the Special Olympics. She has been working with children for over 10 years, and has been working with adults as well since she received her education in Social Work. She has practiced in mental health, behavioral health, victims support, and mentoring programs, and has always been interested in new and innovative therapeutic approaches. Since she began at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing, her passion for treating younger children and early intervention has led to her earning a spot as a program lead for the Early Start Denver Model. Once she becomes a licensed social worker, Jessi will continue with the ESDM model and aspires to combine the two and help families from more than one angle. She spends her free time with family and friends, playing with her cat, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring local eateries.
Joint Attention Symbolic Play Emotion Regulation (JASPER)
Caitlin McCully, RBT-16-22759, QASP(8256)
Caitlin is one of the JASPER Training Leads and a Registered Behavior Technician with ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing. Caitlin has been working with children with Autism for more than five years and has been doing ABA therapy for about three years. She is currently working to get her QASP. After that, she will look into going to school for her BCaBA. Caitlin found a deep passion working with children with special needs when working part-time in a Special Education classroom. She initially started as a health aide working for a child who was blind with Spina Bifida, and eventually transitioned into the ABA therapy field. When she is not at work, she really enjoys going on hikes, to the beach, to her kickboxing gym, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family in Orange County.
Meghan Cavallaro, RBT-16-20123, QASP(8267)
Meghan's educational and professional experience brings a unique perspective to her practice. Meghan worked as a behavior therapist for 5 years and was employed at an educational mental health facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. There she worked with students who exhibited severe learning, emotional, behavioral, and social disorders.
In an effort to provide the best results possible, Meghan continues to work very closely with families in developing home intervention strategies. She is highly committed to the causes of all children and their families and takes great pride and joy in providing high quality developmentally appropriate programming for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with autism and related disorders.
Meghan is an avid runner and completes a few half-marathons a year. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and paddle boarding.
Independent Living Skills (ILSC)
Karina M. Laissaoui, RBT-16-20898, QASP(8552), ILSC(18924)
Karina Ramirez is one of the many bilingual therapists at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing. She has over 2 years of experience providing high quality therapy to individuals with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, utilizing the latest in naturalistic models of autism therapy such as ILSC, PRT, ESDM, & JASPER. Karina works with all ages of children, including young adults who are developing life skills for transitioning from childhood to adulthood and from supported living arrangements to increasing levels of full independence. She is determined to grow in the field and eagerly works to continually advance her knowledge and skills as she works towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Karina considers herself highly privileged to play a pivotal role in any person's life and development to full adulthood, independence and happiness.
Tania Carpenter, BCaBA(0-15-6556)
Leslie "Tania" Carpenter joined ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with over two years of experience working directly to serve children with an autism diagnosis or other related disabilities. She received her degree in Psychology from the University of Miami with a minor in Human and Social Development. Tania is a bilingual Spanish speaker who excels at working with a diverse range of families in both English and Spanish. Working at the ABA Group allows Tania to continue enhancing her clinical skills and supervision hours delivering PRT, JASPER and ESDM to a range of young children as she furthers her education in Mental Health Counseling and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. Tania has a true passion for improving the lives of all children and families.
Social Skills Groups
Sabrina Danielson, RBT-14-00235, QASP(8271), Project Impact Lead
Sabrina is a Board Certified Qualified Autism Services Practitioner, and is currently working toward certification as a BCBA. For over 10 years, she has worked with children and adults on the autism spectrum and related developmental and behavioral disorders, and specializes in comorbid mental health disorders. Her passion is teaching kids and adults the skills they require in order to grow so they can not only survive in today's society but really thrive.
Elemy Yeme, RBT-17-31015, QASP(8914)
Elemy is a Registered Behavior Technician and Social Skills Group lead at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing. Working with children has always been Elemy's passion, and making an impact on their lives and healthier development is what inspired her to enter the world of applied behavior analysis. Ever since she received her education in psychology, she has been working in behavior intervention, specifically in ABA for the last three years. Elemy plans to continue her education as well as her clinical experience, and perhaps one day, become a BCBA. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with friends.
Supervising Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Lindsay Lee, MA, BCBA(1-15-19573)
Lindsay received her education in Teaching, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. Prior to that, her academic career focused on Early Childhood Education and Child Development. Miss Lee is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit. She has always loved working with children and animals. She hopes in the future to show her dog, Bridget, the joys of an all-inclusive cruise vacation.
Tessa Marlia, MS, BCBA(1-14-9880)
Ms. Marlia has been providing quality services in the field of ABA, and has worked with families and children of various ages, backgrounds, and needs. Tessa is committed to taking a team approach to supervision by working closely with the family and staff members so that everyone can work together for the betterment of the child. She is dedicated to utilizing the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis to improve the lives of the children she works with and their families.
Arye Hartal, MS, BCBA(1-16-24044)
Since 2013, Arye has dedicated his life to working with children on the autism spectrum and related developmental and behavioral disorders. His passion is in teaching kids the skills they require in order to learn within their natural environment, and parents the skills needed to support their children's learning.
Patrick Betters, BCBA(1-16-24220)
Patrick has been working in the ABA field for a few years now, providing services to all age groups on the autism spectrum. He is also a High School Assistant Varsity Wrestling coach at Rancho Bernardo High School. He is a Childhood Cancer Survivor, and outside of work, he volunteers for various Childhood Cancer non-profit organizations.
Beau Duvall, PsyD, QASP(8244)
As a postdoctoral fellow with the ABA Group, Beau conducts psychological evaluations, primarily for childhood disorders (e.g. autism, ADHD). In addition, Beau sees individuals for therapy and provides case management to families and case supervision for fellow practitioners. Beau's primary interests are in neurodevelopmental disorders and executive functioning, as well as psycho-diagnostics and personality theory. Beau is most attracted to the philosophical underpinnings of modern REBT (i.e., Stoicism) and the CHC theory of intelligence. In his free time, Beau enjoys riding his motorcycle, bouldering, playing and writing music, and spending way too much time on all things related to basketball.
Sue Yockelson, PhD, RBT-15-06641
Dr. Yockelson is an Assistant Professor at Brandman University in California (a Chapman University affiliate). She earned her doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1999 and remained on faculty in the College of Education until her move to California in 2007. Currently, Dr. Yockelson develops curriculum, supervises and teaches in the Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education programs.
Dr. Sue also consults throughout the United States and Canada on the importance of early identification and referral into Early Intervention and Early Childhood special education systems, as well as on family centered practices. Her professional interests include early identification and referral of young children with special needs, social and emotional development of young children, inclusion into early childhood systems, and personnel preparation. Recent scholarly work include publications in Young Exceptional Children (2013); Journal of Intellectual Disability - Diagnosis and Treatment (2015); and Presentations at the National DEC, NAEYC and HeadStart conferences.
Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA)
Jacki Berlo, BCaBA(0-14-5841)
Jacki is a BCaBA, receiving her certification in 2014 after completing coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. She has been working with children since 2009. Her experience includes working with children and young adults ages 1-21 in homes, schools, and the community. She is committed to using naturalistic teaching techniques to improve the lives of children and their families. In her free time she can usually be found at the beach.
Joshua Mello, BCaBA(0-15-6448)
Josh's experience working with special needs children started in middle school as a camp counselor for children with speech and hearing impairments. After Graduating with a degree in human development from UC San Diego in 2007, Josh began his work in the field of ABA. During his tenure as an ABA therapist, he has spent a plethora of hours with individuals on the autism spectrum, ranging from infants to adults. He has extensive experience working with adolescents on the spectrum and their transition through puberty. Josh is competent implementing ABA and handling difficult and aggressive behaviors at homes, schools, and out in the community. When Josh is not playing board games or pretending to be a superhero with one of his clients, he is spending time with his wife and two young kids or on the water searching for a trophy fish.
Qualified Autism Services Practitioners
Meghan Amado, RBT-15-09304, QASP(8096)
Meghan Amado is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner (QASP) with over five years of experience working with children with autism and other related disabilities. Meghan received her education in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University, and is currently enrolled in Cal State San Marcos to pursue the BCaBA. Meghan started with ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing in October of 2015. She enjoys working together with children and their families to improve their quality of life. In her free time you can find Meghan at the dog beach with her puppy, Maverick.
Joshua Hudson, IMF-92498, RBT-15-24519, QASP(8229)
Josh Hudson received his education in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chico State. He has worked in the field for 3 years. In his free time he enjoys working on his own personal website and exercising.
Danika Miranda, RBT-16-22526, QASP(8252)
Danika is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT-16-22526) and Qualified Autism Service Practitioner (#8252) with over two years of experience providing ABA services. Since Danika started working at ABA Group, she has begun to acquire supervision hours towards her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) certification. She is receiving her education in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2017. Danika is a bilingual therapist dedicated to improving the lives of the families that she works with.
Suyeily "Sue" Welch, RBT-15-06641, QASP(8224)
Sue is a military expert, having served 9 years in the Navy providing training to sailors on family and deployment related issues. She is fluent in Spanish and comes to us with over 7 years of experience working directly with a wide range of children, both in English and Spanish. She got her start as a Child & Youth Program provider for the Navy, and moved on to serve as a rehabilitation aide for OT, ST and PT, where she learned a wide range of sensory integration tools and techniques aimed to improve daily function in children on the autism spectrum. Working at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing allows Sue to continue to build on her clinical skills and expand on her passion for helping others.
Kristain Thompson, RBT-16-14868, QASP(8134)
Kristain Thompson is a case manager here at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing, and has been working in the field for over 6 years. Now a QASP, Kristain was first introduced to ABA when her brother began receiving services at a young age. Since then, her journey in her ABA career has flourished. Kristain has over 5 years of experience in DTT, PECS, writing social stories, community-based therapy, and school-based therapy. She has worked with a wide range of clients, ages 18 months to 17 years old, and has recently expanded her knowledge in various therapeutic models including ESDM, PRT and JASPER.
Timica Radden, RBT-15-08664, QASP(8150)
Timica is a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing, who manages cases and also works directly with children. She found her inspiration to practice applied behavior analysis from working with family members diagnosed with ASD. Currently, she is working toward becoming a BCBA. In her spare time, Timica enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Registered Behavior Technicians
Adam Dewater, RBT-16-19744
Adam Dewater comes to ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing with a deep and committed passion for working with and helping children and adolescents with extra needs. He is dedicated to those he works with and is resolute in his drive toward obtaining his QASP, as part of his path towards eventually becoming a BCBA so that he can reach even more families and individuals in need. Adam uses his high energy and experiences to relate to his patients and motivate them, using his knowledge of JASPER, ESDM, and PRT to provide effective ABA treatment. One of the ABA Group's hardest workers, on the rare occasion when not at work, he can be found at home in his hammock reading or taking a nap with his dog by his side.
Katie Scroggins, RBT-16-20685
Katie has a background in speech pathology and implements ESDM, PRT, and JASPER models of ABA therapy. She was originally inspired by tutoring students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder while in high school, and to help support her nephew with Autism. Katie currently leads one of our North County Preschool Social Skills Groups. She works with individuals of all ages, and loves to incorporate art projects and crafts into sessions and groups. Katie is also an avid reader and painter.
Madeline Flores, RBT-16-13347
Madeline Flores "Maddie" received her education in human services and is currently working toward becoming a Marriage & Family Therapist. Maddie loves working with various populations including individuals with disabilities, trauma, and mental health issues. She has also done training for ESDM, PRT, and JASPER therapy.
Nettie Jansing, RBT-16-17394
Nettie Jansing is a Registered Behavior Technician who has worked in the field with children and adolescents of various ages and in different settings. She received her education in Human Services from Cal State University, Fullerton. She is a bilingual Spanish speaker. Nettie is committed and passionate when it comes to working with children. Working at the ABA Group allows Nettie to gain more experience and provide caring and professional services to help children and their families to make their lives less stressful.
Nicole Palmer, RBT-15-10508
Nicole Palmer is a Registered Behavior Technician who received her education in Instruction and Learning with an emphasis in Autism through the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She has worked with children ages 2 through 16, in home, school and community settings. Her passion for her work with children is fueled by the joy she gets from seeing each of her clients making progress. She feels fortunate to call her passion a career and loves working alongside parents and families. She is currently attending Florida Institute of Technology and completing her BCBA coursework. Outside of her work with clients, Nicole enjoys going to the beach, traveling, baking, and doing DIY projects.
Robin Stevenson, RBT-1510576
Robin has 12 years of experience working with children and adults with Autism, Developmental Disabilities and physical handicaps. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant and has been a Registered Behavior Technician with the ABA Group. Her inspiration to work with this community is a family member with Autism. Robin's leisure time is dedicated to her family and her dogs. She looks forward to a long career with The ABA Group.
Marcela Mejia, RBT-17-28423
Marcela is a Registered Behavior Technician at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing, and is currently working towards getting her BCaBA. She has been working in behaviorism since 2008 and it is her passion. Since age 15, she has been teaching art classes to groups of children and adults, and likes to draw from that experience, reaching goals with art through ABA. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, playing volleyball, horses and nature.
Chris Owen, RBT-15-06322
Chris joined ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing as a Registered Behavior Technician. After moving from New York City and receiving his education in Sociology from SDSU, he began providing ABA therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. Working in the field since 2015, Chris's experiences have solidified his passion for both teaching and education. He aspires to continue positively impacting the lives of others through his work. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing with his friends.
Kristin Young, IMF-75674, RBT-17-28388
For as long as she can remember, Kristin has had a strong desire to help others. She became enthralled with the study of behavior, cognition, and the complexities of the human nervous system, and decided to one day become a licensed psychotherapist. She received her education in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, and has been working as an MFT Intern with a variety of client populations ever since. At ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing, she works with both children and adolescents as a Registered Behavior Technician, and currently facilitates a weekly support/education group for parents of individuals with ASD and other behavior challenges. In her spare time, Kristin can be found at the beach, hiking, camping, cooking, at the movies, or curled up with a good book.
Sarah Miner, IMF-95884, RBT-16-27358
Sarah studied Marriage and Family therapy at CSU Chico and is currently working as an MFT Intern. Her interest in working for ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing stems from her passion to work not only with children but also the entire family system. She believes it is important to work with a multi-disciplinary team in order to be able to implement the most appropriate services and therapeutic approaches to those facing cognitive and behavioral challenges. Sarah finds fulfillment in being able to foster independence and life-long learning skills whether they be behavioral, social, emotional, etc. within individuals. In her free time she enjoys surfing and learning the art of hoop dance.
Kate Wilson, RBT-17-29081
Kate received her education in rehabilitation science from SDSU, and school psychology, with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis, from the University of Cincinnati. She considered a career in occupational therapy, but found herself more captivated by the behavioral aspects of working with children on the autism spectrum. She currently works here at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing as a Registered Behavior Technician, and aspires to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and perhaps teach college courses in ABA. She also works for SD Comic Con Deaf and Disabled Services, and designs costumes for sci-fi conventions. In her spare time, she can be found at said conventions, the movies, or various theme parks.
Alyssa Greene, RBT-17-31921
Alyssa has been working with kids for 12 years. She started working in ABA therapy about 2 years ago and absolutely loves it. Miss Greene enjoys being able to make a difference in children's lives and seeing the progress they make over time, thus reassuring how effective ABA therapy can be. Getting to know the kids and building rapport, being able to help them reach their goals and expand their abilities is her passion, and her love for being a Registered Behavior Technician grows stronger every day.
Alejandra Chavez, RBT-17-30925
Alejandra is a bilingual Registered Behavior Technician at ABA Behavior Therapies & Testing. She has eight years of experience working directly with children who are on the Autism spectrum and those with other special needs. Alejandra is currently working toward becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is passionate about helping others learn and have fun. In her spare time, she can be found spending quality time with her family.
Billing Account Specialist
Brooke handles patient billing within the company, and is currently working on obtaining her education in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. She has many years of experience in child care and has a passion for helping children. When she isn't working on patient billing and administrative work, she is often found playing with the kiddos around the office. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, or exploring cities for the best food places and coffee shops.