Congratulations to the 2014 Inductees to the Psi Chi International Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held on October 25. Speakers included former Vanguard Psychology students.
Congratulations to Ricky Colombo (2010) who has recently passed the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam and is now officially a BCBA! He works as a Supervisor for Autism Behavior Consultants in Long Beach. Ricky is also starting on a PhD in Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Psychology!
Congratulations to our psychology students who are contributing to Vanguard Student Life! Involved in the Student Government Association are Spencer Green (SGA President), Renn Lazzerin (Vice President of Communication & Marketing), and Lucas Brawner (Executive Vice President). Involved in Diversity are Danny Ledezma (Diversity Lead Intern & International Student Engagement), Charity Culp (Diversity Lead Intern & Black Student Union Club President), Mele Tuuholoaki (Asian Pacific Island Club President), Kim Saucedo (Public Relations & Publicity Intern), Emma O’Brien (Awareness Coordinator), and Michael Avila (Bridge Mentor).
Congratulations to Cohort 12U for completing the School for Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) Psychology Program this past August!
Roxanne Jordan Warren (2005) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) working as a Clinical Supervisor at Autism Spectrum Therapies in Pleasanton, California. Roxanne earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2008 and received her BCBA in February 2014. “I love the field!” Autism Spectrum Therapies provides (1) assessments that evaluate thinking, learning, and behavior, (2) autism intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), (3) occupational therapy (OT) and speech and language therapy, and (4) social skills programs that can help children establish friendships and build confidence.
Ciprian Boitor (2006) is completing a post-doctoral residency with Kaiser Permanente after earning his PhD in Clinical Psychology (2013) from Fuller School of Psychology! In his post-doc, Ciprian is providing family therapy and case management for adolescents and parents in the Chemical Dependency Program. Among his many responsibilities at Kaiser Permanente, Ciprian also teaches chemical dependency recovery classes.
Kayleen Howard (2005) has been a Behavioral Therapist at Cornerstone Therapies in Huntington Beach, California for seven years. The Cornerstone Autism Program (CAP) is an early intervention program for children under 3 years of age who may or may not have a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program is founded on the principles of the science called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Children receive intervention delivered by a behavior therapist utilizing a 1 to 1 ratio and incorporating research-based behavior strategies and methodologies. Supervisors monitor the child’s progress towards goals and observe individual behavior sessions to ensure quality programming and to determine any modifications or adaptations that are warranted. Services are provided in multiple settings depending on the unique needs of the child and family. Programming may be performed in the child’s home, community environments, preschool, and clinic.
Lauren East (2012) is pursuing an M.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. Lauren has been working with clients with trauma histories, and she reports loving growing as a counselor. Lauren is starting an internship in the summer 2014 at the Northern Colorado AIDS Project where she will work one-on-one with clients newly diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.
Congratulations to Patrick Malaret (2013), who has finished his teaching credential and has just been hired to teach 7th grade math at American Canyon Middle School in Napa Valley. He will also be teaching an elective class and is thinking of teaching behavior modification so that students can learn the basics of positive reinforcement and token systems. Eventually Patrick will be pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology. (6/23/14)
Madison Bennett (2015) has been hired as a Behavior Interventionist by Nyansa Learning Corporation of Orange County, CA! Nyansa Learning Corporation is a dynamic group of experienced educators who provide in-home behavior intervention services for children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families. The Nyansa team is comprised of behavior analysts from various backgrounds including, psychology, counseling, and education. (5/13/14)