Behavior Instructors receive at least 60 hours of initial training, which includes training on specific ABA teaching strategies, as well as overlap client training with our supervisors and seasoned staff. Behavior Instructors must pass a competency exam before they are assigned to work directly with our clients. Some Behavior Instructors have the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). In order to earn this certification, applicants must complete 40 hours of approved coursework and pass an exam given by the BACB. The RBT certification is maintained by receiving ongoing supervision by a BACB qualified supervisor.
Program Supervisors have direct service experience, as well as training on program development, functional assessments, behavior management, and advanced training within PECS and PRT protocols. Program Supervisors have completed some graduate coursework and many have certifications in behavior analysis such as RBT, BCaBA, or BCBA certifications.
Kimberly Schmittou Prida, M.S.W., BCBA
Kimberly serves as co-founder and Executive Director at ABA Education Foundation and Bridges Educational Corporation. 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 Behavioral 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
Erin serves as co-founder and Executive Director at ABA Education Foundation and Bridges Educational Corporation. Erin began her training in psychology at the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) where she graduated magna cum laude with her B.A with distinction in Honors Psychology Program. She received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from San Diego State University and University of Hawaii, Manoa, respectively. She has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities since 1996. Erin began working directly with children with autism and developmental disabilities at the San Diego Center for Children School for Autism. Before venturing on her own, Erin served as Director of Early Intervention at a non-public agency serving children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders, where she supervised over 50 employees and over 100 clients. Subsequently, she 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 Executive Director of ABA Education Foundation and Bridges Education Corporation, Erin has provided training, consultation, and supervision to internal employees and administrators, teachers, staff, and related service providers in over 15 school districts throughout San Diego County. She has received basic and advanced training in implementation of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and holds her Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Level 1 Certification. Erin has held adjunct faculty teaching positions at University of Hawaii Manoa, San Diego State University, National University, Alliant University, and Mesa College, where she has instructed hundreds of students in psychology and behavior courses. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). Erin’s proudest achievement is being the mother of her two children, Maddie and Drew.
Candace serves as the Administrative Supervisor with ABA Education Foundation. She received her B.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. She completed her BCaBA coursework through Florida Tech. She handles all of the administrative functions in the office as well as manages our client and staff schedules. Not only does she have administrative and customer service experience but she also has previous experience working as an ABA Behavior Instructor in the home and school settings.