We’re glad you found us. As a full-service provider that specializes in autism treatment and other development disabilities, we have the experience, knowledge, and compassion needed to help your whole family unit.
Autism Learning Partners (formerly Pacific Child & Family Associates) began offering services to children with autism and other development disabilities, and their families, in 1988. The company was an early proponent of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and quickly adopted this clinical methodology as the cornerstone of its services to children and families. Autism Learning Partners now offers treatment services in many states across the US, collaborating with doctors, therapists, families, schools, and specialists for complete, effective care.
The mission of Autism Learning Partners is to provide the highest level of clinical expertise to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for the individuals and families we serve.
Autism Learning Partners strives to give hope, support and paths of progress for children and their families living with Autism and related disorders. We believe that a tailored, comprehensive care plan managed by our exceptional clinical talent, partnered with love and commitment from the family, allows each child to achieve their maximum potential.
We employ proven, scientific therapies customized to each family and child. We’re happy to talk to you through which services are best for your situation.
With offices across many states, there’s likely an autism therapies location near you. If we’re unable to serve your area, we can help you find care from another provider.
The leaders of our clinical teams are diverse in experience and backgrounds but share one thing in common: Unyielding passion for helping families with autism live more fulfilling lives. We are united in mission and eager to help.
Chief Executive Officer | Gina T. Chang Ph.D BCBA-D
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 20 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).
Chief of Clinical Operations | Melanie Foshee MA, CCC-SLP
Melanie has over 20 years’ operational management and leadership experience in the pediatric therapy and behavioral health industry. She originally started her journey in the field as an in-home behavior technician and went on to work as an ABA program manager, then later becoming a pediatric speech language pathologist specializing in Autism. Melanie draws on her first-hand knowledge of being a therapist in the trenches to drive operational decision making and excellence that best supports clinical teams and families. She co-founded Children’s Learning Connection in 2000, establishing one of the first interdisciplinary ABA programs in Orange County. She has overseen ALP offices across multiple states, and supported teams bringing best in class services to families in need across the country.
VP of Clinical Services | Jennifer Villicana MA, BCBA
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 Northern CA, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, and the Autism Learning Partners subsidiary, A is for Apple.
Vice President of Clinical Services | Marta Marquez MS, BCBA
Marta has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 20 years and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010. She is passionate about leading teams and establishing a strong culture amongst the leadership teams. Marta has worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism in schools, homes and in community settings. Marta focuses on operational management and leading the agency in developing and implementing new clinical and operational initiatives, as well as driving standardization and collaboration with departmental leaders. “Changing and impacting the lives of those individuals diagnosed with autism and their families is an absolutely rewarding experience. I am fortunate to be able to support families throughout their journey.” Marta has led and supported Directors, Supervisors and Direct Service Staff in the Southern Los Angeles regions including the Downey Center for Autism.
Vice President of Clinical Services | Mary Webb MA, BCBA
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”
Vice President of Clinical Development and Outcomes | Kristine Rodriguez MA, BCBA
Kristine leads the training, research, clinical development, and client outcomes initiatives at Autism Learning Partners (ALP). She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with 15 years of experience in autism services, holds a master’s degree in exceptional student education from the University of West Florida, and is a doctoral student in the ABA program at Endicott College. She regularly presents organizational initiatives at regional and national conferences, focusing on such topics as values-guided practice management, innovations in service delivery, and scaling clinical quality. Recent peer-reviewed publications include a model to transition 1:1 ABA-based autism services to telehealth and a cultural responsiveness curriculum for behavior analysts; she recently co-authored a book chapter highlighting applications of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) toward a compassion-focused model for social justice. Kristine serves as an industry collaborator and thought leader in defining, measuring, and championing high quality client outcomes; she has served on a working group through the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) to identify an autism treatment standards set, is a charter member of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) quality measurement provider panel, and co-chairs the client outcomes special interest group through Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). She is passionate about improving access to evidence-based, compassion-focused practices for underserved populations, as well as mentoring clinicians in the design of programs that drive enriched quality of life for clients and their families.
Vice President of New Market Development | Rahil Roussos MA, BCBA
Rahil received her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pepperdine, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Rahil has close to 20 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Rahil’s passion is improving the quality of life for families and ensuring that programs result in long term success. In her free time, Rahil enjoys spending time in the South Bay community with her husband and three boys.“Helping reach more families in need of our services and becoming a part of their community is something I am grateful in being a part of. Rahil drives growth through supporting new De Novo launches as well as supporting the integration of new acquisitions into ongoing operations.
Executive Director | Kate Aucoin MA, BCBA
Kate has worked with individuals and families with autism for more than 10 years and has been with ALP since 2012. For the last year, she acted as the social skills program director as well as the lead BCBA for in-home services. She specializes in communication skills on a client level and program treatment integrity on a staffing level.
“At ALP, we are so lucky to be able to do the work that we do. It’s a privilege for a family to let you into their lives and onto their team. I’m excited to have the opportunity to take on this role and continue building an amazing group of ABA professionals to support our families.”
Executive Director | Martina Barnhart MS, BCBA,
Martina Barnhart received her master’s degree in special education from National University and is a certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career in ABA over 20 years ago, as an undergrad at UCLA, where she worked with children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities and their family, by delivering behavior intervention services, parent training and developing and providing clinical oversight of ABA programs and staff training. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of clinical service delivery by supporting clinical directors, program supervisors and behavior technicians in their work with families.“Each day is a new beginning filled with possibilities. I am inspired by the courage and dedication I see in our families, staff and most importantly our clients. I feel blessed each day we celebrate a success and feel grateful to be a part it.”
Executive Director | Denise Buenrostro MSW, BCBA
Denise Buenrostro has been working in the field of ABA for the last 10 years. She began working with children at the tender age of 12 babysitting and volunteering in classrooms. Denise attained her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from Cal State Northridge. Her educational journey continued on at the University of Southern California where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. A few years later, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. Denise’s training and expertise includes working with the family as a unit and implementing strengths based approach coupled with ABA techniques. Denise has been a partner since 2013 working as the Clinical Director in the Inland Empire. “My philosophy includes finding the positive in every person and situation and helping others in any way I possibly can. I lead by example and am fueled by my passion for the field. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity and treasure it daily.”
Executive Director | Elizabeth M. Landers, MS, BCBA
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Landers is from Decatur, GA. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. While in her Master’s program she completed several research projects on reducing gross motor stereotypies through the Wii video game system under the supervision of Dr. Laura Fredrick. Prior to moving to California to begin her time with ALP Lizzy ran a research classroom for Emory Autism Center’s Early Emory program (formally the Walden School) under the supervision of Dr. Gail McGee and Dr. Michael Morrier and completed a 1 year practicum in the Verbal Behavior and Severe Behavior Day Units at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Ga. Lizzy began her service with Autism Learning Partners (ALP) as a Clinician and then Director at our affiliate organization, Children’s Learning Connection (a pediatric interdisciplinary program for young children with Autism) in Southern California. In December of 2018 Lizzy relocated back to the metro Atlanta area to launch ABA services in GA – her journey has been full circle. Today, Lizzy is responsible for stewardship of ALP services in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado. In addition to ensuring the delivery of compassionate care to each and every family Lizzy is passionate about servant leadership (the intersection of ACT and OBM) as well as sharing about the science of behavior analysis with the community.
Her interests include spending quality time with her husband, their daughter and pets, and sitting on the porch with a good book.
“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek
Executive Director | Celina Lopez MS, BCBA
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.
Executive Director | Courtney Nolan M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Courtney has worked in education for more than 15 years as a Special Education teacher, a consultant for multiple early childhood programs, and a manager of clinical staff. She has always had a passion for special education and Autism specifically, having worked with clients and families from birth through adulthood in a variety of placements. A large focus of Courtney’s career has centered around parent and caregiver training, providing highly individualized support to caregivers to strengthen client progress. She is also the author of “Inclusion Practices for the Early Childhood Educator” which provides strategies for caregivers working with children with special needs in early childhood settings. She is very excited to help support ALP’s services in Washington and looks forward to working with you. “There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do.” – Temple Grandin
Executive Director | Rachael Schneider MA, BCBA, LBA
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.
Executive Director | Sandhya Suresh MS, BCBA
Sandhya is passionate about providing effective, creative and relevant programming. She has a background in creating programs for children aged 18 mos – 21 years old. Sandhya also has experience in center based programming to teach children readiness skills to be successful in classroom environments. Sandhya started in the ABA field as a direct service provider and has a keen interest in up and coming research related to the behavioral field.” Working in this field doesn’t feel like work. Analyzing behavior is a puzzle and the more creative you try to be, the more effective the solution is. I also have the pleasure to meet the most amazing children and be humbled by their extremely committed and loving families ”
Executive Director | Sarah Torgrimson MA, BCBA, LMFT
Sarah Torgrimson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2004 years in a variety of settings including home, school, and community. Sarah began doing 1:1 intervention while in college at the University of California, Irvine after working at a summer camp and having a child in her group who was diagnosed with Autism. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sarah started working at Children’s Learning Connection doing therapy and fell in love with the philosophy and model. While continuing to work at CLC, Sarah attended Chapman University where she obtained her Masters in Psychology and utilized other types of behavioral therapies for a wider variety of mental health disorders in adults, but in the end, working with children is her passion. She values integrating a family systems approach with ABA during direct therapy sessions, social skills groups, and parent training and believes that by through delicate observation and by listening to the families she can help each child reach their fullest potential. Sarah relocated to San Diego to continue her passion of working with children and families affected by ASD at ALP.
Our Clinical Advisory Board
Autism Learning Partners’ Clinical Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed leaders in the autism therapy industry. The board helps establish and maintain ALP’s industry-leading standards in values-based, customized autism therapy for families.
ALP is proud to partner with school staff members and medical service providers to provide critical clinical support to students and patients. Our valued partnerships help kids get the care they need to live successful, balanced lives.
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