Meet the Team

Liana Karapetyan, Clinical Director
M.A., BCBA

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 Dancel, Clinical Supervisor/AST Coordinator
M.Ed., BCBA

George received his Master’s in Education (Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis) from Arizona State University and 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 26 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.

Ofelia Sandoval, Clinical Supervisor
M.Ed., BCBA

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 Baghdasarian, Clinical Supervisor
M.A., BCBA

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.

Iveta Davtyan, Clinical Supervisor
M.A., BCBA

Iveta Davtyan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She started her career in mental health and education in 1998 to offer psychological support to children and their parents as a clinical supervisor in Green House Yerevan, a center of early intervention and treatment, with headquarters in Paris. Iveta also offered therapeutic services to orphan kids in the Austrian SOS Kinderdorf Village. In World Vision International, Iveta coordinated the implementation of US government funded projects on enhancing the quality of education for children with special needs. Iveta has offered behavior therapeutic services to children with special needs both at school and home settings. She oversees the behavior intervention cycle; assessing, implementing the intervention plan, training and supervising the stuff, consulting and training parents. Iveta received Armenian State Scholarship and Fellowship for excellence in studies 1994-2002, received her MA in Psychology and MA in Teaching from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences. To further her studies Iveta undertook Post-master’s professional development course in Applied Behavior Analysis offered by Florida Institute of Technology.

Yuliza Mejia Tobar, Clinical Supervisor, M.A., BCBA
Yukie Kurumiya, Clinical Supervisor, M.A., BCBA
Shogik Martirosyan, Clinical Supervisor, M.A., BCBA
Ani Lalayan, Clinical Supervisor, M.A., BCBA