Our Professionals

 

Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, Ed.D., BCBA-D, R. Psych.

Founder & Executive Director

As a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst – Doctoral, I have been providing consultative ABA services to families of children with autism since 1998, but have assisted families facing the challenges of autism, brain injury and other complex developmental disabilities since 1979. I received my Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology and Special Education from UBC in 1990 and completed a two-year post-doctoral study in the Department of Social and Educational Studies. My prior work as a teacher included teaching children in regular and special education classrooms and coordinating services in a large school district for children with learning differences, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders. I have also taught university students about children with autism and developmental disabilities, including courses in assessment and appropriate interventions. As a mentor to the professionals at ABA Learning Centre, I have participated in presenting many workshops and training sessions. Over the last 25 years I have provided workshop training throughout the province in school districts and communities and I have also presented workshops and training about autism internationally in the United States and China.

Dr. Elizabeth Athens Klar,BCBA-D

Clinical Director 

I have a doctorate in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from the University of Florida. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level. I completed pre and post doctoral internships at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where I served individuals with ASD and their families in clinical, home, and school settings. I have been providing behavioral interventions to children with ASD for over 10 years, beginning my work at an autism clinic as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have participated in training teachers, caregivers, and new behavior analysts in providing behaviorally based interventions, and have published articles on evidence based behavioral interventions while also serving as an editor for a peer reviewed journal for applied behavior analysis.

Dr. Richard Stock, BCBA-D

Program Manager

I have a doctorate in Special Education and a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level. I have extensive experience providing behavioral intervention to children with ASD in home, pre-school, and school settings. I also teach university courses in ABA and autism, and have presented at local and international ABA conferences.

 

 

Joanna Nguyen, M.Ed., BCBA

Program Manager

I have been working with children with autism and developmental disabilities since 2004. I recently completed a M.Ed. degree in Special Education with a focus on autism and developmental disabilities from the University of British Columbia. I am also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). I have experience in developing intensive home intervention programs based on Applied Behaviour Analysis for children diagnosed with ASD. I have worked collaboratively with families and various other professionals in the field. It is my ongoing goal to combine my experience and abilities with my compassion and enthusiasm to make a positive contribution to this field.

Lauren Keating, M.Ed., BCBA

Program Manager

I have been supporting children, adolescents and young adults with autism in a variety of home, school and community settings since 2001. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of British Columbia. I have been a part of the ABALC team since 2009, and have worked on home teams and in the GABA program. I enjoy working collaboratively with families and other professionals as a therapeutic team to help achieve family goals.

One of my professional interests is teaching social and emotional skills. I have run social skills groups, ‘friendship clubs’ in schools, and facilitated play-dates in homes. I am a certified PEERS® facilitator, an evidence-based program that teaches teens to make and keep friends. I am so thankful that I have found a career in which I learn new things every day, and get to be a part of meaningful change among the families I am serving!

 

Myro D. Yngreso, M.A., BCBA

Program Manager

I have been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism since 2003, supporting individuals as young as 18 months to 19 years old. I completed a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in child behaviour therapy at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. I joined the ABALC team in 2009 and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2014. I currently support children and their families in centre-based, home-based, and school/community settings; collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. I am a Category A Behaviour Consultant on the Registered Autism Service Provider list of British Columbia. As a mother of two young children, I value and encourage the power of teaching through play and through everyday activities; all the while having fun and purposefully using evidence-based strategies to develop and strengthen various age-appropriate and functionally-relevant skills across a the life-span.

Sara Shababi-Shad, M.A., BCBA

Program Manager

I have a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with a concentration in Behaviour Disorders from the University of British Columbia. I am also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. I have been working with at risk children and youth, and children with autism for over five years. I have worked at ABA Learning Centre since 2012. I have experience developing and providing intensive ABA-based behavioural intervention to children with ASD both in home and centre-based programs. I have worked with GABA Program, and Fawkes Academy DL, along with various home teams.

 

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Sylvia Hunter, M.Ed., BCBA

Program Manager

I have worked supporting children and young people with Autism and Developmental Disabilities since 2006 in home, school and community settings, as well as in residential group homes.  I have also been involved in running social skills groups including PEERS and Children’s Friendship Training.  I have a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology from the University of Ulster in Ireland, as well as a Master of Education degree in Special Education from UBC.  I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.  I value working collaboratively with families and other professionals in order to help families achieve their goals.

 

Sarah Gentile, M.Ed., BCBA

Program Manager 

Since 2005 I have been working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in school, home, community, and recreational settings. I began in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2011 as a Behavior Interventionist for ABA Learning Centre and as I furthered my education, transitioned to Student Program Supervisor and finally Program Manager. Over the past 5 years I have supported students in Fawkes Academy DL, GABA Program, home teams, and in facilitating social skills groups for young children. I completed the Disability and Applied Behavior Analysis program at Douglas College in 2011. In November 2015, I graduated with a Masters of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of British Columbia. I value working collaboratively with parents and other professionals in order to facilitate learning and development of the individual. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and I am grateful to be in position that allows me to learn and grow both personally and professionally.

Shaheen Bhagudi, M.Ed., BCBA

Program Manager

I have been working with children with cognitive and developmental delays since 2009, and focused my training to children on the Autism Spectrum in 2011. I completed the post-baccalaureate program in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Capilano University in 2013, and recently completed an M.Ed  from the University of Washington in 2016.  I have since become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).  I have worked on private home teams, in the school system, as well as clinic settings. Since day 1 in this field I fell in love with the unique perspective the children I have worked with have on life.  There is nothing more exciting to me than being able to connect with a student and using that connection to deliver quality training and services to both the child and their family.

 

Felicia Harter, M.S., BCBA

Program Manager

I began working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in 2011 as a behaviour interventionist. As I worked with more and more families, and was exposed to the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis, I quickly became passionate about the field, and knew that I wanted to pursue a career in it. In May 2016, I graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis from St. Cloud State University. In August of the same year, I became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Since my first entry into the field, I have worked both in clinic-based settings, in schools, and on private home teams. There is nothing more rewarding to me than helping individuals overcome the unique obstacles that they face, and it is my goal to work collaboratively with families and other professionals to help individuals progress towards achieving their goals.


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Kristen Kringhaug, B.A., BCaBA

Program Supervisor 

I have been working in the field of ABA/VB since 2004. I have had experience working as a BI, a Lead BI, a Student Program Supervisor and now as a Program Supervisor in individual home programs, school and classroom settings, group therapy programs and social skills groups. I have had the pleasure of working with a wide array of ages and skill levels. I have worked collaboratively with SLPs, OTs, teaching staff, and other professionals from the autism community. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I did my BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology. I plan to pursue a Masters degree in Special Education with specialization in autism and applied behaviour analysis in the future. There is nothing more rewarding then being part of a child’s progress and that is why I do the work I do.

Alaina Rigby-Jones, B.A., BCaBA

Program Supervisor

I have been working with children with special needs since 2004 and have been with ABA Learning Centre since 2005. I have worked with children from ages 2 to 18 in both group settings and one-to-one. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Learning Disabilities from Simon Fraser University. I have also completed the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis Program at Douglas College. I have provided services as a BI, lead BI, Student Program Supervisor and now Program Supervisor at ABA Learning Centre. Currently, I am certified as an independent school teacher and working on the academic programs of students at Fawkes Academy DL, Richmond.

Dennis Tal, B.A.

Program Supervisor

I have been working with children and young adults with Autism ranging from 22 months old to 25 years of age for 18 years. In the past 8 years I have been primarily focusing my efforts as a Behaviour Consultant on students over the age of six.  I have extensive experience managing a family’s home ABA Program and working collaboratively consulting with school professionals and with helping a family implement IEP goals, behaviour plans of intervention, functional behavioural assessments and positive behavioural support plans.  I am also a PEERS certified trainer. I have worked collaboratively with SLP’s, OT’s, and social workers since 1998. I come with a family centred approach that prioritizes family goals paired with the learners developmental needs.  It is the rewards of seeing these children develop which drives me to continue supporting families in this field.

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Lynn Service, B.A.

Program Supervisor 

I have worked with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities since 2005. I have experience working with children aged 2 to 18 in both group and one-on-one settings. My B.A. is in Psychology from the University of Victoria where I studied both child development and ABA. I have also completed the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program at Douglas College.

 

Petra Krobath, M.Ed

Student Program Supervisor 

I have worked with children and youth in a variety of contexts since 2009. In 2014, I began working as a behaviour interventionist, with children and youth who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. I recognized my passion for the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis early on in my career, and in May 2017 I graduated with a Master’s of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Arizona State University. I have developed my skills in a number of settings, including students’ homes, centre-based programs, and schools.