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, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, and the Autism Learning Partners subsidiary, A is for Apple.
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 including the new ABA center in Downey.
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 Orange County, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.
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.
April Torres is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Executive Director of the Central Valley and Redwood Coast. She began working with children with special needs in 1997 and continues to be passionate about helping children reach their potential. April earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s in Education in 2010. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. April joined the Autism Learning Partners clinical team in 2016 and oversees clinical services in Fresno, Madera, Merced and Stanislaus Counties.
“I feel fortunate to provide support and education to families affected by autism. I believe every child can learn and have fun while doing it! Smiles and laughter from the children I work with are the biggest reward”
Rachael has a Bachelors Degree in psychology from Medialle College and a Masters Degree in applied behavior analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience with working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of settings in family homes, group homes, school and community settings. Rachael has experience implementing verbal behavior programs, daily living skill programs, and challenging behavior programs. Rachael likes to work with a team approach and collaborate with all members of a team, including the family as a whole, school personnel, and other providers.
” My favorite part of my role as Associate Clinical Director at Autism Learning Partners is having the ability to truly help individuals become more independent and successful with day to day life. When having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorders, families are often faced with challenging situations. I love having the ability to help and problem solve with families. Whether it is helping make the weekly trip to the grocery store successful, or teaching a child to ask for what they want, I love having the ability to teach this skill. There is nothing like identifying a problem, creating a plan, and watching the child achieve that goal. In my opinion, I am the luckiest person because I love my career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and have fun every single day! ”
Mary’s background in family therapy combined with her years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis helps her appreciate the child’s role as part of a family system, which she utilizes to promote functional and sustainable change for her clients. Her current interests include social skills treatment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and CLC program development. Mary has advanced training and experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, early childhood behavioral intervention, and social skills group intervention.
“Working in the field of Behavior Analysis and serving families with children with special needs is an amazing privilege. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by caring professionals and inspiring families”
Abby has been working with ALP since 2009 and has been working in direct care with children with ASD since 2007. She earned her BCBA in 2012. Given her region in El Paso, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada Abby has specific knowledge about working with military families and the unique experiences such families encounter.
“I love working with kids with Autism and other disabilities, I think this is important so parents feel like you are the right choice to help their child. Working with children on the spectrum has allowed me to have many celebrations. Watching each child accomplish skills and being a part of the celebration with parents and team members is unbelievably rewarding. I love this job and this company because of the positive impact it has had on rural and remote areas in both Texas and New Mexico.”
Tammy Jackson has worked within the Human Service arena for over 20 years and is a passionate leader with a record of developing innovative, quality programs that enhance services. Ms Jackson worked for the May Institute Inc., supporting adults and children with ASD, Developmental and Intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges for residential supports, early intervention and in home ABA supports, while working on her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. As a Director at The Institute of Professional Practice, Tammy had many notable contributions which included the development of new and innovative programming that successfully combined mental health practices, trauma informed modalities and Applied Behavioral Analysis across both the Adult Services and Foster Care Programs. As the Director for the Community and Residential Services division, she created an environment that fostered, self advocacy skills, person centered supports and planning and human rights education and practices. Her expertise lies in taking a multi-modality approach to treatment- by valuing the core belief – that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that most treatment modalities can support one another to promote the most successful outcomes.. Tammy received her BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her MA in Applied Behavior analysis from Westfield State University and acquired her BCBA in 2009.