Our Team 

 
Kimberly Kirsch, M.Ed., BCBA
Director/Behaviour Analyst 
  • M.Ed., in Special Education (Concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities), UBC
  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst 

Kimberly has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 20 years. She has worked with more than one hundred children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) between the ages of 2 – 21. Her clinical interests include early/play-based intervention, practical functional assessment, selective mutism/anxiety and supporting individuals with ASD through their life span including transitions to adulthood. Kimberly is also interested in coaching parents and caregivers so that they are equipped to teach and advocate for their own children. 

 

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Thea Brain, M.A., BCBA
Director/Behaviour Analyst
 
  • Ph.D. student in Special Education, UBC 
  • M.A., in Special Education (Concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities), UBC
  • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst  

Thea has been working in the field of ABA for over 15 years. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include evidence-based practices in schools, peer-mediated interventions, social skills, autism and intellectual disability. Her research on peer-mediated interventions was published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thea provides consultations to a number of private schools in the Greater Vancouver Area. She loves working with multi-disciplinary teams to support meaningful inclusion for children and youth with diverse needs and enjoys supporting school teams with staff training and professional development. Thea also provides consultation to private families. 

For a list of Thea's publications and talks visit the Publications and Talks page of our website. 

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Sara Sayam, BCaBA, B.A.
Junior Consultant/Senior Behaviour Interventionist 
  • M.Ed., student in Special Education (Concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities) UBC 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis - Autism, CapU

Sara is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) and provides services as a Junior Consultant/Senior Behaviour Interventionist. Sara completed an intensive practicum with EAP as part of her undergraduate program and was excited to join the team permanently as she continues to work towards certification. Currently, Sara is a Master's student at the University of British Columbia. Sara enjoys working 1:1 with children to support development of functional skills and reductions in problem behaviour. She is also interested in school-based interventions and works as a Junior Consultant at a private school in Greater Vancouver. 

Sung Mok Song (Aron), B.A.
Senior Behaviour Interventionist 
  • M.PEd., student in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Western University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Douglas College

Aron has been working with individuals diagnosed with ASD or other developmental disabilities for over 4 years in school, community, and clinic settings. He has significant experience working with adults between the ages of 18 to 40. He has been gaining continued experience at EAP working with children between the ages of 4-16 as he works towards professional certification. Aron is interested in providing culturally appropriate services to families who may have less access to evidence based interventions.

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Charissa Trang, B.A.
Senior Behaviour Interventionist 
  • M.PEd., student in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Western University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis - Autism, CapU

Charissa has over 10 years of experience working as an early childhood educator for children with various disabilities at an inclusive center. She has worked with individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3 to 22 years old in home, virtual, and school settings. She is currently working towards professional certification while completing her Master's at Western University. Charissa joined the EAP team as a senior behaviour interventionist in January 2022. She is excited to continue developing her skills and has a particular interest in supporting early learning using naturalistic developmental behavioural interventions

Bahar Moussavi, B.Sc.
Senior Behaviour Interventionist 
  • M.Ed., student in Special Education (Concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities) UBC 
  • Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology and Epidemiology, UBC

Bahar is Iranian-Canadian and is currently providing services as a Senior Behaviour Interventionist. Bahar is fluent in Farsi, and English, and can understand conversational Arabic. She has 4 years of experience working as a Behaviour Interventionist and 6 years of experience teaching neurodivergent students. Bahar is passionate about inclusive education in STE(A)M and working with families in a culturally-informed and collaborative manner. Bahar is currently completing her Masters at UBC in the Special Education department and has been involved in various research projects. She enjoys working 1:! with families, as well as in schools with school-based teams.