Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, Ed.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
RASP Certified (Supervising Staff)
Dr. Elizabeth Athens has a doctorate in Psychology and minor in Special Education from the University of Florida, a doctoral specialization certificate in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, and is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). She completed pre-and post-doctoral internships at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and a clinical psychology residency with the BC School and Applied Psychology Consortium. Elizabeth has worked with diverse children and youth and their caregivers in a variety of settings, including pediatric, community mental health, public schools, and private clinics. She provides assessment, parenting support, and consultation for children, youth, and young adults experiencing developmental, learning, emotional, and behavior problems.
Myro D. Yngreso, M.A., BCBA,
Clinical Director/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 three 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 the life-span.
Locations accepting new clients: Surrey, South Surrey and North Delta
Sasha Jennings, Early Childhood Education Diploma, (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Langara College. I have been working with students with Autism and other developmental needs since 2011 and have had over 10 years of experience with ABA Learning Centre and Fawkes Academy. I am currently the Program Coordinator for our Fawkes Richmond Campus and I have had the opportunity to work with students of various ages and have worked in a variety of centre base and home settings.
Chloe He, BA, BComm
Program Coordinator – In Clinic
Hi! I have over five years experience in the field and have been working at Fawkes Academy since 2019 as a Behaviour Interventionist. I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Commerce and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Since then I have developed a passion for research and hands-on-practices in applied Psychology. Currently, I am attending Western University to pursue a Masters of Professional Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. My goals are to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and to better serve those lovely children with an improved expertise.
Sara Shababi-Shad, M.A., Certified ESDM Therapist, BCBA,
RASP Certified (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
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
Kristen Kringhaug, M.Ed., BcaBA, BCBA (pending),
I have been working in the field of ABA/VB since 2004. I have had experience working as a BI, a Lead BI, a Program Supervisor and now as a Program Manager 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 and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Special Education with specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. I completed my BCBA coursework through Arizona State University. 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
Sarah Gentile, M.Ed., BCBA,
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.
Locations accepting new clients: Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, East Vancouver
Shaheen Bhagudi, M.Ed., BCBA,
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: New Westminster, Burnaby and East Vancouver
Elizabeth A. Schwabe, M.A., BCBA,
As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with an M.A. degree from Florida Institute of Technology (specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis), I have been supporting children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families since 2007. I work with clients in various settings including centres, homes and schools, while collaborating with other support teams. My experience as a mother of three inspired me to continue working with children and teens. I love what I do!
Locations accepting new clients: Tsawwassen
Wan-Yi Chiu, M.Sc., M.A., BCBA,
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: West Vancouver, North Vancouver, East Vancouver and North Burnaby
Hannah George, M.Ed., BCBA,
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
Grace Mok, B.A., BCBA, (NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS)
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.
Tanja Zurkovic B.A., MPed, BCBA (NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS)
Program Manager/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
Alaina Rigby-Jones, B.A., BCaBA
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.
Locations accepting new clients: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Burnaby
Lynn Service, B.A. (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
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.
Tyfany McDaid, M.Sc.,
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.
Locations accepting new clients in September 2021: North Delta, Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley
Nisha N, BCaBA (Picture coming soon) (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)
I started working at ABA LC as a behavioural interventionist in 2017. Since then, I have moved into the role of Program Supervisor working in both clinical-based educational settings and on private home teams. My early experiences in the field revealed my passion for working with individuals facing unique obstacles. I enjoy problem solving and being creative by finding new and exciting ways to teach individuals so that they have a positive and successful experience. I aim to have a diversified background of experiences that will allow me to be an agile and adaptable behavioral consultant. I hope to be an agent that helps to enable individuals to develop the necessary skills to acquire a higher quality of life and have control over their lives.
Locations accepting new clients: Vancouver and Burnaby
Raman Kainth, B.A.
Student Program Supervisor
I have been working with at risk children and youth for over five years. I always knew I wanted to work with children and youth, however it was not until I began to work with the GABA Program in 2018 when I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. I have experience working as a Behaviour Interventionist and a Lead Behaviour Interventionist before transitioning to my current role as Student Program Supervisor. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia where I mainly focused on child development. I am currently attending Western University in order to obtain a Master’s in Applied Behaviour Analysis. I value education and am passionate about helping children achieve their goals. Working in this field continues to be exciting and rewarding.
Locations accepting new clients: Burnaby
Fiona Yau, B.A.
Student Program Supervisor
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minors in Learning and Developmental Disabilities and Counselling from Simon Fraser University. I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Western University. I started to work in the field of ABA in 2013. I have provided behaviour intervention to children aged 2-12 with different learning profiles in their home, school, and clinical settings. I also worked as an Education Assistant in a private elementary school for one year and a preschool teacher for two years. As a piano teacher, I am passionate about incorporating musical elements into intervention programs. My goal is to enhance students’ motivation to learn and teach them functional skills to become independent.
Locations accepting new clients: Burnaby
Kevin Lee, B.A.
Student Program Supervisor
I started working in the field of Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2018 and have since developed a strong passion for the field. I began my career working as a behaviour interventionist and now work with children and teens in home and centre-based programs. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and am currently pursuing a Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Western University. I hope to help all of my clients achieve their goals and lead a life of fulfillment.
Accepting new clients
Melody Hung, B.A.
Student Program Supervisor
I have been working with individuals with special needs since 2013. I first started by volunteering with ABA Learning Centre’s summer camp program and fell in love with this profession. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and will finish my BCaBA course work with Florida Institute of Technology in April 2022. I have worked as a behavioural interventionist and lead behavioural interventionist in home settings. I have also worked as an Education Assistant at an elementary school for three years. Being able to help and see children learn, grow and obtain a better quality of life has always motivated me.
Accepting new clients
Vanessa Hercun, B.A., M.A.C.P. Candidate
I am completing my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University, where I did a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Counselling. My clinical experience is greatly credited towards my time at Child Youth Mental Health (CYMH) in Chilliwack where I worked with children and adolescents, who either experienced a variety of concerns or issues, or were struggling with various diagnosis. In terms of counselling styles, I utilize a variety of constructs that I feel are appropriate at the time in therapy. I am most familiar with Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based practices. I look forward to meeting and working with the students and creating a space where they feel safe to express themselves or continue to develop their personal goals.
Accepting new clients on Zoom