Rachel Taylor, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Rachel Taylor (formerly Dr. Tarbox) has supported individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders for more than 20 years. Dr. Taylor started her career working in several prestigious institutions including the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After earning her PhD she held numerous executive-level management positions in behavioral health agencies including Co-Director of Research and Development for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Founder and Director of CARD's Specialized Outpatient Services, and Chief Clinical Officer for Intercare Therapy, Inc..
Dr. Taylor was also the founding Department Chair for the ABA Masters and PhD programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles and an Associate Faculty member in Psychology at California State University Los Angeles and Channel Islands. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and her research is also featured in the seminal textbook Applied Behavior Analysis, by Cooper, Heron and Heward.
In addition to her research, clinical and academic positions, Dr. Taylor previously served on the Executive Council for the International Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI). More recently, she was named as an Advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Taylor also serves on Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) as the 2020 Conference Chair.
Her current interests include 1) protecting against a potential divide between science and practice and 2) demonstrating how ABA produces socially significant improvements regardless of age or diagnosis. Dr. Taylor is especially proud of CABAs reputation for providing high-quality ABA services to adolescents and adults across settings (e.g. community-based and residential) and she is currently increasing her focus on helping other organizations to expand the scope of their ABA practice.
Mr. Taylor has nearly 20 years of experience developing and leading strategic initiatives and operational expansion. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he has held several management positions across both the finance and real estate industries. Since moving to California in 2011, Mr. Taylor has focused his efforts on supporting systems that maximize positive employee and client experiences. In his role as President, Mr. Taylor maintains primary responsibility for ensuring fiscal responsibility while maintaining the highest quality service delivery.
Behavioral Assessment & Intervention
Home, School and Community-Based Behavioral Supports
Social Skills Groups
IEP/IPP Implementation Support
We rely on a foundation of evidenced-based practices and are dedicated to providing personalized care towards an improved quality of life for you, your child, and your family.
Clinical Management Team
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Findel has held executive level management positions in large-scale organizations for more than 20 years. Since graduating from the University of Arizona, he has been supporting strategic development initiatives across the hospitality, automotive and insurance industries in a range of positions, including General Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Findel will lead CABAs administrative efforts toward ensuring the continued provision of the highest quality services.
Amos Anderson, MA, BCBA
Mr. Anderson has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for more than a decade. He earned his Master's of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Prior to joining CABA, Mr. Anderson worked at the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA), where he gained a great deal of expertise on issues related to supporting young adults with challenging behaviors. He also served as a Lead Case Specialist at Intercare Therapy, where he further enhanced his clinical skills with a broad range of diagnoses and ages across the home, school and community settings. In his role as CABA's Director of Client Services, Mr. Anderson coordinates communication across the clinical team, caregivers, funding source representatives and additional community partners.
Benjamin Heimann, MS, BCBA
Director, Clinical Operations
Mr. Heimann serves as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Supervisor and Director of Clinical Operations at CABA where he focuses the majority of his time on CABA's intensive behavior service line, Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS). He earned his MS in ABA at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), under the advisement of Dr. Henry Schlinger. At CSULA he completed an original Thesis titled "A comparison of the effects of high-p sequences and fixed-time schedules of reinforcement on the probability of compliance to instructions" accessible through ProQuest/UMI Publishing. Mr. Heimann takes a great deal of pride in relying on a foundation of evidenced-based practices, and maintains a strong interest in disseminating the science of behavior. His current areas of interest include conditioned emotional responding, extensions of experimental functional analysis procedures, and methods for ensuring the highest degree of treatment efficacy.
Joann Totah, MA, BCBA
Director, Systems Development
Ms. Totah has worked with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She received her MA in ABA from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2010. Graduate research included the use of conditioned reinforcers to delay access to functional reinforcers. Ms. Totah had the pleasure to work with or under advisement of Dr. Rachel Taylor in both an academic and clinical setting since 2008. Prior to joining CABA, Ms. Totah has worked in in Northern California and Chicago in a variety of home, clinic, and school settings developing and implementing individualized plans to decrease the gap between clients chronological and functional age. In addition, she has volunteered to work internationally to disseminate the science of ABA to under serviced communities in Indonesia and Palestine, and continues to provide consultation services to refugee families globally. Ms. Totah currently serves as a BCBA Supervisor, as well as, the Site Supervisor for CABA in the Northern California region.
Amanda Nicolson, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Central California
Amanda Nicolson, Ph.D., BCBA-D received her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma City University, her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. Over the past two decades, she has held various positions including, Director of in-home services for ABC School in Sacramento, Consultant for autism service agencies in California, and Lead Behavior Analyst for Washoe County School District in Reno, NV. In 2006 Dr. Nicolson moved to Fresno, CA to accept a Faculty position at Fresno State where she remained for 8 years as an Associate Professor in the Psychology department. She also served as the coordinator for the Master’s program in ABA and founded the Autism Center at Fresno State. She was awarded tenure and two Provost awards in part by making strong community connections while at Fresno State. Dr. Nicolson left the academic setting and over the next six years founded two separate centers that still thrive in Fresno.
Dr. Nicolson has served past and present roles on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis and was a past advisor for the Cambridge Center for Behavior Studies. She has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters as well as co-authoring the recent book, Behavioral Principles in Communicative Disorders: Applications to Assessment and Treatment. Dr. Nicolson has served as a reviewer for several journals as well as the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project. She regularly presents at regional and national conferences and has traveled to Bosnia and the country of Georgia to work on autism projects. Dr. Nicolson has purposively developed collaborative relationships with SLPs, teachers, psychologists, counselors, parent groups, attorneys, and medical doctors. She is a consultant with Fresno Unified School District (California’s 4th largest district) - and serves as a supervisor for a rotation in autism for pediatric residents in the UCSF medical school residency program in Fresno. In addition, she serves as a guest speaking with the BREN clinic (the first Special Education law clinic in central California), and local autism groups in the area.
It is Dr. Nicolson’s mission to improve accessibility to comprehensive and progressive ABA services for individuals and families affected by ASD. She also has a passion for fitness and yoga and is certified at the 500-hour level for yoga instruction, which goes hand in hand with her enthusiasm for the remarkable food and vine culture of the California wine country. Last, but not least, she is the proud mother of two beautiful teenagers.
Michele Wallace, BCBA-D, PhD
Director of Research
Dr. Michele Wallace received her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Experimental Analysis of Behavior from the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Brian Iwata. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D) and a leading expert in the treatment of behavior disorders. Dr. Wallace has an extensive research and clinical background with numerous studies published in peer-reviewed journals. She is also one of the authors of a premier textbook in behavior analysis (Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change) and is the co-author of a new RBT textbook (Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis for Behavior Therapist and other Practitioners). Additionally, Dr. Wallace has been appointed for the editorial board and served as a reviewer for a number of peer-review journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology Review, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and Education and Treatment of Children. Dr. Wallace was the past president for the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Wallace taught at University of West Florida, and after teaching the behavior analysis program under the Psychology department for five years at the University of Nevada, Reno, she has been a fulltime faculty member at Department of Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Wallace’s areas of interest include: Applied Behavior Analysis; Functional Behavioral Assessment and Intervention of Behavior Disorders; and Educator/Staff/Parent Training.
Richard Colombo, PhD, BCBA-D
Senior Behavior Analyst, Ethics Coordinator
Dr. Colombo has served in the field of ABA for 10 years during which time he has worked with various populations with differing degrees of excesses and deficits. He received his doctorate in Psychology (with a specialization in behavior analysis) under the advisement of Dr. Henry Schlinger. Dr. Colombo has conducted research in the areas of self-control, training for behavior analysts, and reinforcer value. In 2016, Dr. Colombo enthusiastically joined CABA’s team and has since served in various capacities. He is a supervisor for CABA’s in-home caregiver training service (Specialized Therapeutic Services), he is a Qualified Behavior Management Professional for CABA’s residential services (Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes), and he serves as CABA’s Ethics Coordinator. Dr. Colombo hopes to maintain and expand CABA’s exemplary standards to new populations and industries.
Angela Craven, MS, BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst
Ms. Craven is a BCBA supervisor for the Northern California region. She has 14 years experience working with individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Prior to moving to California she practiced in St. Louis, MO where she was co-founder and director of an ABA based day program for adults. This program was the first of its kind in the state and provided therapy, community and center-based education, and employment options for individuals who required specialized supports due to challenging behavior. She has also worked as a consultant and administrator as well as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in ABA at the undergraduate and graduate level. She received her MS degree from St. Cloud State University.
Pasha Bahsoun, MA, BCBA
Director of Social Skills, BCBA Supervisor
Mr. Bahsoun earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA and a MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he researched and implemented various approaches to educating children diagnosed with autism, including through social skills training and the use of educational media. His passion in the domain of behavior analysis is creating an evidence-based and effective social skills curriculum and by providing quality caregiver training. He has worked in the realm of education in some form for all his life, including as a camp counselor, martial arts instructor, trumpet section leader and behavior therapist. He has been working with the developmentally disabled population for nearly ten years.
Hien Mao, MA, BCBA
BCBA Supervisor, Day Program Coordinator
Ms. Mao is a BCBA Supervisor who has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology of Los Angeles. During her graduate program, she obtained additional practicum experience working with children and adults with autism at the Julia Ann Singer Center Therapeutic School at Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. Ms. Mao later completed her ABA certificate program through National University. She has supervised and consulted for both home and school-based programs. Her extensive experiences includes developing behavioral management support programs, parent education trainings, individualized education plan (IEP) and functional behavioral assessments (FBA) for individuals with autism other pervasive disabilities in homes, schools, residential facilities, group homes, special day centers, and communities. She has liaison with various state funded regional centers, school districts, and insurance agencies and collaborated with teachers, parents, and other health care professionals to promote ABA principles.
Brittney Michaels, MS, BCBA
BCBA Supervisor, Training Coordinator
Ms. Michaels serves as the most recent BCBA on CABA’s Southern California clinical team. She received her undergraduate degree at University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Special Education & Rehabilitation. Ms. Michaels graduated with a Master’s of Science in Teaching and New York State dual Certification Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Fordham in New York and completed the BACB approved course sequence at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Ms. Michaels’ experience has primarily focused on providing direct care services, as well as, supervision in home, clinical and school settings. She is especially passionate about the work she does training behavior interventions, and providing support to caregivers, while furthering their education within the scope of ABA and behavioral management.
Johanna Hyun, MA, BCBA
Ms. Hyun has worked with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She pursued a classical music career prior to her interests in behavior analysis and psychology. She received her B.A. with a minor in English Literature and M.A. from UCLA in 2007, and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles in 2009. Her current interests in graduate research include enhancing the accuracy of data collection of direct care staff using behavior skills training and contingency adduction. As a doctoral student in Behavior Analysis, Ms. Hyun is under the advisement of Dr. Eric Carlson at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining CABA, Ms. Hyun has worked for various agencies in Northern CA.
Mili Cima, MEd., BCBA
Ms. Cima is a BCBA supervisor who has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays for five years. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a third major in Psychology from New York University. She went on to complete her graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she had the opportunity to participate in research examining pragmatic language development for children with ASD. Ms. Cima has experience providing direct-care services as well as supervision to direct-care staff in the home, center, and school settings. Her interests lie in language development for individuals with ASD, particularly bilingual language development.
Cristina Dunn, M.Ed., BCBA
Ms. Dunn is a BCBA supervisor who has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays for over five years. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She went on to complete her graduate studies in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Dunn has experience providing direct-care services as well as supervision to direct-care staff and caregivers in the home, center, and school settings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Jesslyn N Farros, PhD, BCBA-D
Mrs. Farros has had the privilege of working in the field of behavior analysis for the last 10 years. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in the area of Behavioral Momentum Theory (BMT) under the direction of Dr. Matthew Bell at Santa Clara University. Mrs. Farros soon realized her passion for the science and with a long-standing motivation to improve others’ lives, she was led to pursue a Master's of Science in ABA at CSULA under the mentorship of Dr. Henry Schlinger. During her master's program, Mrs. Farros began working as a Lead Skills Trainer with children diagnosed with autism. Additionally, she completed her thesis, “The Effects of Response Effort on Self-Control: A Comparison of Hypothetical and Real Rewards”, and is currently working on a third replication. Since graduation, Mrs. Farros has continued to work with families affected by an autism diagnosis; developing, implementing, and supervising ABA programs in various environments. Currently, Mrs. Farros is earning her Doctoral degree in ABA through Endicott College under the advisement of Dr. Michael Dorsey. She is interested in developing and implementing evidence-based programs across environments, which is demonstrated by her current research project (Endicott College) of investigating what components make online learning effective.
David Legaspi, MS, BCBA
Mr. Legaspi has worked in the field of behavior analysis for about 7 years. He has worked with and/or conducted research with a variety of subjects ranging from mice to man over the years studying subject matter including basic avoidance procedures, and several applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of Nevada, and a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis & Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He enjoys discussing the existence and how we interact with the story we may tell ourselves. Currently, he is interested in how that story influences our health-related decision making.
Fatima Reyes, MBA, RBT
Director of Residential Services
Ms. Reyes has been in the Social Services field for over 15 years. Her focus has primarily been coordinating services as well as providing direct support to individuals with development disabilities based on individual needs. Ms. Reyes earned her Master’s of Business Administration at Woodbury University and attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for her undergraduate. Ms. Reyes worked for North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) for seven years as a Service Coordinator. She has also collaborated with several other Regional Centers in the Los Angeles area and in the Bay area. While in the Bay area Ms. Reyes worked at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland as the Client Services Coordinator for the art based day program which focuses on providing a professional environment for artistic development no matter what the disability. Ms. Reyes' primary focus at CABA is developing the Individualized Day and Enhanced Behavioral Support Homes (EBSH) Service Lines.
Kristina Reyes, MEd.
Manager, Client Services
Ms. Reyes has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly a decade. She earned her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in ABA from Arizona State University. Ms. Reyes has had the opportunity to work with individuals with differing diagnoses and ages across the home, school and community settings. Ms. Reyes' passion is in the domain of early intervention and parent training. In her role as Manager of Operations at CABA, Ms. Reyes helps facilitate effective communication amongst CABA team members.
Mr. Chang joined CABA in November 2016 new to the ABA world and by his words, thankful every day for the social gratification he feels from the outstanding services CABA provides to families throughout California. Prior to CABA, Mr. Chang worked in the commercial lending industry for 13 years for several firms in various departments which include operations, credit, legal and loan administration. Although Mr. Chang is not involved in the clinical aspects of CABA, his background and expertise help run the back office efficiently so that the only focus of CABA’s clinicians are the clients and their families.
Ms. Banuelos graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor's of Arts in Public Relations and minor in Spanish Language Journalism. Over the past nine years she has worked in the entertainment industry; including working for La Que Buena 94.3/105.5 FM as a Promotions Coordinator. She later transitioned from the promotions department to programming and became an on-air personality for La Raza 97.9fm. She has also freelanced for a Marketing and Publicity film agency where she focused on organizing premieres and festivals. She recently decided to change careers from Entertainment to Behavioral Services, as a Scheduler Coordinator at A Change In Trajectory. She is extremely excited to use her event planning and coordinating expertise as a Scheduler at CABA to ensure that our clients' and their families' staffing needs are met.