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Autism Help: Our Staff

ABA Education Foundation staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Kimberly Schmittou Prida
M.S.W., BCBA

Erin Dyer Zwahlen
Ph.D., BCBA-D


ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISOR
Candace Garmer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Kimberly Schmittou Prida, M.S.W., BCBA
kprida@bridgesaba.com
Kimberly serves as Executive Director at ABA Education Foundation. She began working with children with developmental disabilities in 1995. Kim received her B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University. She was trained in Applied Behavior Analysis at the UCLA Clinic for the Behavior Treatment of Children. She was a supervisor and a workshop consultant for the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention (LIFE), where she designed and monitored educational and behavior programs across the United States and Canada. Kim has taught undergraduate fieldwork ABA courses at UCLA and has presented at conferences sponsored by Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) of British Columbia and the American Autism Society. During her graduate study, Kim provided support counseling for patients diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders in an acute care hospital. She has received basic and advanced training in implementation of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has been adjunct faculty at National University. Kim holds her Pivotal Response Treatment Level 1 Certification and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.



Erin Dyer Zwahlen, Ph.D., BCBA-D
ezwahlen@bridgesaba.com
Erin serves as Executive Director at ABA Education Foundation. Erin began her training in psychology at the University of Southern California where she graduated magna sum laude with her B.A. She received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from San Diego State University and University of Hawaii, respectively. She has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities since 1996. Erin began working directly with children with autism at the San Diego Center for Children School for Autism. She served as Director of Early Intervention at a non-public agency serving children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders for two years. She also served as director of EDR Consulting, providing clinical consulting and educational services to consumers of San Diego Regional Center and San Diego County school districts. As Director of Educational Services at ABA Education Foundation, Erin has provided training, consultation, and supervision for administrators, teachers, staff, and related service providers in 15 school districts throughout San Diego County. She has received basic and advanced training in implementation of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Erin has held adjunct faculty positions at San Diego State University, National University, and Alliant University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral Level (BCBA-D) and holds her Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Level 1 Certification.



ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISOR

Candace Garmer

cgarmer@bridgesaba.com
Candace is the Administrative Coordinator with ABA Education Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at San Diego State University. She has had over 4 years of experience as an administrator working in a variety of business settings. Candace has also had previous experience working with children with autism as a Behavior Instructor in home and school settings. Candace is trained in applied behavior analysis methodologies, discrete trial teaching, and picture exchange communication. Candace is in the process of completing her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst BCaBA.



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