Christina finished her undergraduate education in 2004 and her graduate training in 2007 at Western Michigan University, an institution well known for its distinguished contributions to behavioral psychology. She completed her Masters thesis under the esteemed Dr. Richard Malott, world-renowned for his research on autism.
Christina has spent over a decade practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and gained extensive experience in diverse clinical settings. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Behavior Analysis at Oakland University. She presented at the ABAI conference in Paris, France in November 2017.
Her incredible passion for children and families affected by ASD and deep expertise of behavioral science has been embedded in Gateway’s philosophy for providing the highest level of care to its clients.
Ashley received her Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University, where she assisted with research to develop new therapies for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. She completed her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism at Ball State University. Ashley has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, from schools and clinics to teaching tennis and horseback riding.
Frank is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as the director of adolescent services for Gateway Pediatric Therapy. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University and a Masters of Social Work with a focus in school, child and family therapy from Wayne State University. Frank later received additional training in behavior analysis from the University of West Florida.
In his current role at Gateway, Frank oversees a department that specializes in the acquisition of life skills and the reduction of severe and dangerous problem behavior for adolescents. He also provides consultation to Gateway BCBAs who encounter unique challenges when treating client populations over the age of eight. Frank’s specialties include the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill Based Treatment, development and expansion of leisure skills repertoires, adolescent and teen social skills-building, and promoting functional independence in important life skills through parent/family training. Throughout his career, Frank has taken special interest in understanding and treating the behavior of children and teens diagnosed with autism and cognitive or emotional impairments. He has been focused on treating members of the developmentally disabled population in numerous capacities since 2009.
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Southern Illinois University. While attending SIU, Kaitlyn provided intensive parent training, consulted for schools, and volunteered at an autism clinic. She worked as a vocational case manager for young adults with various disabilities to help teach them independent living skills and job readiness. She has additional experience providing behavior consulting to older adults. In graduate school, Kaitlyn conducted research on the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), focusing on interview skills in young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Lauren completed her undergraduate education at Wayne State University, earning degrees in English and Psychology. She then began a career as a Rehabilitation Technician working with patients recovering from and learning to adapt to traumatic brain injuries. After looking further into careers relating to human behavior, Lauren encountered ABA therapy and applied for a position as a Behavior Technician before returning to her alma mater for graduate school. Lauren earned a Masters of Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2016 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst later that same year.
Leah completed her Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University, where she dual-majored in speech pathology & audiology and general psychology. During this time, she found a passion for working with children with developmental disabilities. From there, Leah pursued a Master’s degree in behavioral psychology with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavioral management. Throughout graduate school, Leah was responsible for managing the training of new practicum students, while also gaining experience in working in an ECSE classroom. She received her BCBA certification in 2017.
Lisa grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her mom, dad, and four siblings. Growing up in a big family taught her so much about loving, caring, listening and encouraging other people. Lisa has always had a passion for working with children. She loves their simplicity, honesty, and pure love for others. Lisa chose to attend Calvin College and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, but sought something different after graduation. She began working with children on the autism spectrum as a Recreation Therapist in a residential facility. On her team was a BCBA who taught Lisa about behavior analysis. She discovered a passion for ABA therapy, and started working at a clinic in April 2014. She received her master’s degree in ABA from the University of Cincinnati in 2016, after which she went on to earn her BCBA certification.
As an undergrad at Wayne State University, Paula majored in Psychology Honors with a focus on social-developmental psychology. There, she heard about ABA for the first time while volunteering at a psychology lab on campus. Paula later earned her Masters degree from Western Michigan University, where she served as a teaching assistant, representative, and mentor for other graduate students. As a practitioner, Paula specializes in training technicians and teaching play skills to children aged 3-7. She earned her BCBA certification in 2017. .
Sam attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. To further pursue her passion for the science of behavior, Sam attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, graduating in 2012 with a Masters of Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Throughout graduate school, Sam participated in practicum sites offering experiences with individuals of varying ages with developmental disabilities. She then began a career in Georgia working for a school district as a Behavioral Specialist and Special Education Supervisor for six years. Sam became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014, and has been with Gateway since July 2015. She is Vice President of Clinical Operations at Gateway.
Liz received a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services in 2013 from Albion College and went on to Oakland University where she received a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. She worked with early intervention, teenagers, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in her practicum placements through Oakland University. Liz lives in Clarkston and spends her free time reading, coaching softball, and walking her dog.
Helen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Michigan State University in 2014 with a specialization in learning disabilities. After being in the classroom for a year, she decided to shift her focus to the autism population and worked in a clinic setting for three years as an ABA therapist. Once she began working in the field of ABA, she decided to go back to school to earn her Master of Arts in Special education with an autism spectrum disorders endorsement which she obtained in August of 2017. She continued her program to earn her ABA certificate in May 2018, and earned her BCBA certification later that year. Outside of work, Helen enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves to travel with friends and visit new places. When she’s not off on a weekend trip, she likes to binge watch Bravo reality TV shows.
Shayla is from Metamora, Michigan. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout her professional career. She first found her passion for ABA as a behavior technician in 2015 and has enjoyed every minute. Shayla received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Central Michigan University in 2013. She went on to finish her Masters in Educational Psychology where she graduated in December 2017, and later earned her BCBA certification in 2019.
Nicholette received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in behavioral science in April 2016. Nicholette continued at Western Michigan where she completed her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavior management under Dr. Richard Malott in April 2018. During her experience at Western Michigan she worked in early intervention with children ages 2-5 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Soon after, she earned her BCBA certification in 2018. She loves spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.