Liana Karapetyan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who has over 18 years of experience working with children with various abilities ranging from autism, ID, Down syndrome, CP, and various developmental and neurological disorders. Liana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge. While completing her undergraduate coursework, Liana conducted research on child abuse with atypical children under the guidance of the vice president of Child Care Resource Center, Ellen Cervantes. In 2011, Liana received her M.A. in Teaching, Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from The National University of San Diego. She has extensive experience working both at home and in school settings. Liana has experience with behavior management, parent education, staff training, conducting FBA’s, adaptive skills training, incidental teaching, verbal behavior, DTT, PRT, PECS, Essentials for Living, VB-MAPP, and Vineland Assessments. Liana is a member of the California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (CalABA), and Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAi). She began working in the field in 2007 and delivering ABA programming to children ranging in age from 3 to 22 years. Liana has completed the BACB 8 Hour Supervisor Training, BACB Experience & Supervision Standards, and meets 2015 Standards for Supervision Requirement to supervise ABA interns and RBTs. Her areas of interests are parent training, working in school settings, and verbal behavior.
George earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of California. While completing his undergraduate coursework, George received the National Institute of Health-Minority Access to Research Careers Fellowship Grant # GM08395 in which he conducted research with Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia patients in a neuropsychological Research Lab under Dr. Jill Razani. He has presented his research at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference, Denver 2007 “The Differences in Functional Abilities of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia” and the International Neuropsychological Society 36th Conference, Hawaii 2008, “Performance of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients on Individual Subscales of the Direct Assessment of Functional Status.” He submitted his Undergraduate Honors Thesis “Performance of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients on Individual Subscales of the Direct Assessment of Functional Status” in May of 2008. In the summer of 2007, George was awarded the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professorate Summer Fellowship program- Research Grant and worked in the Early Detection Lab at University of Connecticut, under Dr. Deborah Fein. He presented his work at the International Neuropsychological Society 36th Conference, Hawaii 2008 “Ethnic Differences in Performance on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT).” At this stage, George developed a passion for working with children with Autism. He began working in the field in 2008 and delivering ABA programming to children ranging in age from 1.6 to 18 years. His work includes conducting FBA’s, Parent Education, Adaptive Skills training, and using incidental teaching, discrete trials and managing a range of interfering behaviors including tantrums and aggression. George has completed the BACB 8 Hour Supervisor Training, BACB Experience & Supervision Standards, and meets 2015 Standards for Supervision Requirement to supervise RBTs as of 01/01/2015.
After graduating from the University of California, at Davis in 2005 with a B.S. in Psychology, Nicolette began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) working with children with a wide range of disabilities. She has extensive experience working both at home and in school settings. In 2011, Nicolette received her M.A. in ABA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the same year. She has had the responsibility of training new hire and school staff and has extensive experience with conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA). Her areas of interest include working in school settings and verbal behavior. She recently completed the Pre-Master’s Program in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in hopes to combine both SLP and ABA to address various speech and language deficits in children.
Eric Kane joined the FCDS team in 2010, he has more than 25 years of experience working with disabled children and adults. Eric has received a Master’s degree in education from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in the field of Psychology from Purdue University, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Romina K. Ilunga is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who has over 10 years of experience working with children with various abilities ranging from autism, ID, substance abuse related disorders, Down’s Syndrome, CP, and PMG. She has also worked with adolescents and adults in similar populations for 8 years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the California State University of Northridge, and continued her education at TCS-LA, where she earned a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. She conducted a thesis titled The Effects of Written Feedback on Treatment Integrity and Problem Behaviors.
Previous work experiences include: Precision Teaching to help children build fluency within their academic repertoires, parent training, behavior therapist training, creating training modules, using systematic desensitization to reduce phobias, providing behavioral services in LAUSD schools, working directly with early learners to develop and expand their verbal repertoire using both natural environment, interspersed trials and discrete trials teaching. She worked with adolescents and adults developing sexual education, vocational and functional living skills as well as working with individuals on developing complex replacement behaviors for habitual and obsessive behaviors. Romina K. Ilunga has conducted various assessments tools such as FBA, VBMAPP, Vineland, AFLS, ABLES, EEI Denver model, and PDDBI. Romina K. Ilunga enjoys traveling around the world and discussing the science of ABA with anyone who would listen.
Ofelia holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University (2014) and has over 9 years’ experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She began her career working with typically developing children in a classroom setting but quickly moved on to pursue her passion of working with children and adults with disabilities. She has been providing in-home ABA services with Foothill Child Development Services, Inc. since December, 2008. Ofelia has worked with individuals with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Down Syndrome, and Intellectual disability ranging in ages 3-23 years. Her interests include using her bilingual skills to conduct parent education in Spanish, thereby making ABA strategies more accessible to Spanish speaking families. Ofelia is in the process of earning her hours towards certification.
Anet has been with Foothill Child Development Services since 2012. She initially started her career with Foothill Child Development Services as Behavior Therapist and transitioned into an Adaptive Skills Training (AST) Supervisor position in 2014. Ever since her transition, she has been conducting Adaptive Skills Training (AST) assessments. She has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities from 3-21 years old. Anet has experience in working both at home and in school settings. She has a Master’s of Arts degree in Education and has completed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses in 2015. She is getting ready to take a board exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Her areas of interest include working with kids with autism using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) methods. Her favorite part of being in this line of business is that it allows her to use her creativity, enthusiasm and eagerness to help kids with different disabilities.