Our Professionals

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

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 KlarBCBA-D – Supervising Staff

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 – NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

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.

 

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.

Locations accepting new clients: North Delta, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley

Sara Shababi-Shad, M.A., Certified ESDM Therapist, 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. I completed the coursework and training to be an ESDM certified therapist.

Locations accepting new clients: White Rock, South Surrey and Cloverdale

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Sylvia Hunter, M.Ed., BCBA – ON MATERNITY LEAVE

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 – ON MATERNITY LEAVE

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.

Locations accepting new clients: Richmond, Vancouver and Burnaby

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.

Locations accepting new clients: South Delta, North Delta and Surrey

Alaina Rigby-Jones, B.A., BCaBA – NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

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.

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Lynn Service, B.A. – NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

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.

 

Sara Peralta, B.C.R., BCaBA

Program Supervisor

I began working with children in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2007. I have worked with children with exceptionalities ranging from 20 months to 19 years old, and have experience in both home and centre-based programs. I have a Bachelors of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary and have completed the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program at Douglas College. I have received my Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification. Working in this field has always been exciting and rewarding as I get to see children reach their goals and help families along the way.

Locations accepting new clients: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Wan-Yi Chiu, M.Sc., M.A., BCBA 

Program Supervisor

As a certified occupational therapist in Taiwan, I have worked with children with Autism, developmental delay, and neurological disorders since 2012. While I was pursuing a master’s degree in Early Intervention from Chung Gang University, I started to work in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis as a behaviour interventionist in Taiwan. To further develop my knowledge, I spent 2 years working in New York and completed a Master’s program in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018. I have since become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). During my time in New York, I worked in a self-contained classroom at a private preschool and an inclusion classroom at a public elementary school, providing services utilizing a Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS®). As a program supervisor at ABA Learning Centre, it is my goal to provide support for children’s learning and families’ well-being.

Locations accepting new clients: Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster

Tyfany McDaid, M.Sc. – NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Program Supervisor

I have a Master of Science degree in Autistic Spectrum Disorders from Queen’s University Belfast and have been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism since 2012, supporting individuals as young as 24 months to 65 years old. I have also taught children and teens with learning disabilities, behaviour disorders and autism in regular, inclusive and special education classrooms. I first began working with individuals with autism and other developmental and behaviour needs when teaching English as a second language in South Korea. I have supported individuals and their families through a variety of home, school, and community settings and provided training for carers and families. I have also provided support for adults with Autism, learning disabilities and behaviours which challenge in supported and residential living. I highly value the use of play and person centred lessons to help individuals grow, learn and achieve at their fullest potential while also having fun.

Hannah George, M.Ed., BCBA 

Program Supervisor

I have recently completed my Masters Degree from the University of Washington and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2018. I began working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2013 and have supported children aged 2-8 diagnosed with ASD in home, school and community settings. I value working collaboratively with families and other professionals and am passionate about helping children and their families achieve their goals. I believe that everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life

Locations accepting new clients: New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and North Surrey

Tanja Zurkovic B.A., MPed 

Program Supervisor/Student Program Supervisor

I have been working in special education and mental health field since 2002 supporting children and young adults with variety of developmental disabilities in both community and school setting.   Last 10 years I have spent working in learning support for Vancouver and West Vancouver School Districts providing curriculum adaptations and modifications as well as executive and social skills training for elementary and high school students. I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from Simon Fraser University and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western University

Locations accepting new clients: West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver and Burnaby

 

Grace Mok, B.A., BCaBA

Program Supervisor/Student Program Supervisor

I have worked with children with special needs since 2013. Working in this field quickly became my passion, as I get to see students achieve their goals and help them reach their fullest potential. I have a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Simon Fraser University. I have also received my post-baccalaureate diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism) from Capilano University. Currently, I am enrolled in the Master’s of Arts program in special education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Arizona State University.

Locations accepting new clients: Vancouver and Burnaby

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Student Program Supervisor

Locations accepting new clients: Vancouver and Burnaby