At Autism Learning Partners our clinical leadership team is comprised of individuals who partner with families and each other in delivering quality ASD care. The intervention process is enriched through their professional experience and their knowledge of each family they serve.
From the very first meeting, our goal is to listen and learn as much as possible about your family. There is no such thing as once size fits all. Our leadership team works with each individual family and builds a plan based on their specific needs.
At ALP, you are not clients. We feel that we are partners in the care management of your child.
Our clinicians are compassionate individuals who will be there for you and your family from day one.
Your child’s progress is our home run.
Gina T. Chang, PhD, BCBA-D, CA PSY#26473 received her Ph.D in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in developmental disabilities. She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral level with over 14 years of experience working with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her expertise includes early intervention, parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff development. Additionally, Dr. Chang has co-authored a chapter in Ameral, Dawson, Geschwind’s Autism Spectrum Disorders (2011).
In her role, she oversees the clinical service implementation by supporting executive and clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work with families. She also oversees the development of new programs to best meet the needs of clients.
At ALP, our commitment is to the both the child and the family. We believe that we are a team and we work together to provide the best possible services in order to achieve the best possible results.
Celina Lopez has been actively working in the field of ABA and special education for over 12 years. Celina specializes in providing individualized ABA treatments to families and individuals with Autism and other learning disabilities.
“I wake up every day thankful for the opportunity to make a positive and lasting change in someone’s life. I am passionate about providing a better quality of life for my families.”
Celina oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the North Los Angeles region.
Jennifer began working in the field of ABA in 2003 and became very passionate about helping families and children with special needs. I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2006 and joined the PCFA team shortly after graduating. In 2009 I became a BCBA. Since 2006 I have been very fortunate to support and serve hundreds of families across Central and Northern California.
“My passion for this field is fueled by families sharing their appreciation and success stories of their children attaining new goals and achieving heights they didn’t know were possible”
Jennifer oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in Central and Northern California.
Marta has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for 16 years. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010. She predominantly has worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism in schools, home and community settings.
“Changing and impacting the lives of those individuals diagnosed with autism and their families is an absolutely rewarding experience. It is a beautiful experience to be able to support and touch the lives of our children and their families throughout this journey.”
Marta oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the South Los Angeles region.
Melanie has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of pediatric therapies and overseeing services to families of children with Autism. She co-founded Children’s Learning Connection in 2000, establishing one of the first interdisciplinary ABA treatment programs in Orange County, CA. Melanie has worked as a director with Children’s Learning Connection and its affiliates since that time. She is a proud member of both CSHA and ASHA.
“I enjoy being a part of that team that serves families every day, meeting their needs where they are at for that day, and helping move them one step closer to their goal.”
Melanie oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the Orange County Region.
Dr. Rich Mancil is a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007 where he gained clinical experience working with individuals with such complex issues as self-injurious behavior, rumination, and sleep disorders as well as complex communication issues.
“I began my journey working with children on the autism spectrum and their families 17 years ago. I still remember the first child I taught to speak and the joy in her parent faces. That moment in time was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I decided at that moment to spend my life dedicated to helping people with autism.”
Rich oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the New Mexico region.