About Us

Since opening its doors in 2010, Behavior Basics has focused on providing high quality individualized services to each and every one of our clients. Founded in North Carolina, Behavior Basics was excited to open its doors in the Northern Virginia and the DC area in 2014 and our first clinic location in June 2015. Our consultants and staff limit their caseloads so that they can provide each client with the personalized services they need. Our staff is continually learning and expanding their skills by attending multiple conferences and continuing education opportunities each year.
 

Practice Location:
Behavior Basics LLC
6180 Grovedale Court Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22310

Phone: (866)380-3419
Fax: (866)380-9125

When calling to request new services, please use extension 1. Please do not use any other extensions or phone numbers to request new services as this will delay getting your information to the correct person.

 

Our Team

Leadership Team

Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres, BCBA, LBA
Owner & Executive Director

Gabrielle supervises all operations, administrative and financial aspects of Behavior Basics. In collaboration with out Clinical Director she oversees all of our programs. She also works closely with the Director of Training & Staff Development and other Directors to develop and provide training and coaching to both Behavior Basics staff and other professionals on the implementation of programs using the principles of applied behavior analysis. She holds a master's degree in Human Health & Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University's Teacher's College and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Virginia and a Resident in Counseling in Virginia.

For almost 15 years Gabrielle has worked across the US and Curacao in homes, clinics, schools and in the community applying the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis to help individuals achieve positive behavior change. Gabrielle has experience working with a wide range of clients, from those seeking to make minor changes to their lives, to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, to adolescents and adults diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse disorders. Gabrielle also have experience training parents, staff and other professionals, as well as providing supervision to students pursuing their Board Certification through Behavior Basics as Supervised Independent Fieldwork and George Mason University’s ABA Practicum and Intensive Practicum. 

Gabrielle is a member of: The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)ABAI Health, Sports & Fitness Special Interest Group (Current Chairperson) • ABAI Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest GroupThe Virginia Association of Behavior Analysts

Gabrielle is also on the Board of Directors for the DC Triathlon Club, an RRCA certified Running Coach, and has coached athletes for Team in Training. She is originally from Curacao, an island in the Caribbean, and is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish.

 

Caitlin Lamm, BCBA, LBA
Assistant Clinical Director

Caitlin is Board Certified Behavior Analyst working in the clinic and in the Woodbridge Area. She joined Behavior Basics team as a George Mason University intern in the Fall of 2015. She completed her Masters in Special Education with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and has experience working with children and adolescents and applying Applied Behavior Analysis in a multiple settings. Caitlin started at Behavior Basics as a Behavior Technician and now serves as one of our Assistant Clinical Directors.

 

Elizabeth Schabinger, BCBA, LBA
Assistant Clinical Director

Elizabeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. Elizabeth began working with children with special needs as a respite worker in 2010 and began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a behavior technician in 2013. Elizabeth obtained her Masters in Special Education with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University in 2016. She has an interest in pursuing the research in the field of ABA and is leading the development of practice-based research at Behavior Basics. Elizabeth has been with Behavior Basics since the Summer of 2015. Elizabeth started at Behavior Basics as a Behavior Technician and now serves as one of our Assistant Clinical Directors.

In her spare time, Elizabeth loves baking, hiking, and exploring the Washington DC area.

 

Kimberly Flores, RBT
Office Manager & Lead Behavior Technician

Kimberly works in the clinic as a Lead Behavior Technician. She also works as our Office Manager assiting the Leadership Team in the day-to-day administrative operations. She has been providing ABA therapy to young children on the Autism Spectrum since 2014. Before joining Behavior Basics, Kimberly worked as a behavior technician at another clinic and was also a respite worker in the home. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington, and plans to pursue ABA coursework in the near future. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

In her free time, Kimberly loves being with family, watching game shows, and (especially) going to concerts.

 

Andrea Viscarra, RBT
Clinic Manager & Lead Behavior Technician
Andrea joined the Behavior Basics staff in the fall of 2015 as a George Mason Practicum student. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor in Psychology and a speciality in Applied Behavior Analysis. Andrea is a Registered Behavior Technician and has six years of experience working with young children. She is fluent in English and Spanish and supports our Spanish language parent trainings.  She is our Clinic Manager and one of the Senior Lead Behavior Technicians at Behavior Basics supporting our social skills groups, parent and staff training projects.

In her spare time she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family and friends and loves social dancing and traveling

 

Scott McGuire, BCBA, LBA
Director Of Training and Staff Development

Scott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia.  Scott joined the Behavior Basics team in 2014. In addition to working with clients, he also works as the Director of Training and Staff Development. He has a masters Masters in Education with a concentration in Special Education and Severe Disabilities from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2010, Scott began working with individuals on the autism spectrum and related disorders. He started utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis as a teaching assistant and job coach in a life skills and job training program at a private day school in Richmond, VA. He also has experience as a classroom teacher working with students ranging elementary to post-secondary. His primary is with students on the autism spectrum, but he also has experience with students diagnosed with severe ADHD, emotional disturbances, spastic quadriplegia, Angelman’s, Downs, and Fragile X syndromes, and intellectual disabilities. Scott completed a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. Before becoming a BCBA, Scott worked as  Lead Behavior Technician (RBT) at Behavior Basics.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys hanging out with friends and his dog, Darwin. He also loves to read, listen to podcasts, and is attempting to use ABA to learn how to play the violin.

 

Behavior Analysts

Natalie Tucker, BCBA, LBA
Program Supervisor

Natalie is from Gilbert, Arizona and joined the Behavior Basics team in August 2015 when she decided to move to Virginia and experience life on the east coast! Natalie is a BCBA, LBA and a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant and received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from Arizona State University in 2008. After graduating she moved to Austin, TX where she worked in a school for children with autism. While there, she was able to utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and realized the success it has on individuals with autism. She decided to pursue coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis and received a master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2012. She has had the privilege of working with individuals with autism in both the school and home setting. Her specialties are providing therapy to non-verbal individuals who use augmentative communication devices as a form of communication.

When she is not working, she enjoys hiking and trying to increase my running distance.

 

Archana Vuppala, BCBA, LBA
Program Supervisor

Archana has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Osmania University, India obtained her Applied Behavior Analysis certificate at George Mason University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. She has experience working with adults and children with disabilities, particulary autism spectrum disorders, in schools, clinic, home and vocational settings. She also has experience conducting psychological assessments and with case management, Individual Vocational Plans, intake services and assessments in the vocational setting. She is currently provides services for in-home, clinic and community settings.

Archana enjoys spending her free time painting, cooking, and going with her family on road trips.

 

Behavior Technicians

Rui Heng, RBT
Program Manager

Rui joined the Behavior Basics staff as a George Mason University Intern in the Fall of 2016. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason. Rui has experience as a volunteer in programs that serve children with special needs. A year of intensive graduate training has given her a solid background in Early Childhood Education and she is excited about continuing to implement these skills with clients. Rui is particularly interested in the use of Assistive Technology (especially productivity software programs), as well as expanding her knowledge and experience with Applied Behavior Analysis.

Rui finds it rewarding to watch the children she works with acquire new skills and become more and more independent. She has also learned that in addition to teaching children new skills, she is also learning so much from them. She is grateful for the opportunity to work in this field every day and is excited to start her internship at Behavior Basics.

 

Yujue Yang, RBT
Program Manager

 

Katherine Orth, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician
Katie joined the Behavior Basics team in May of 2017. She is pursuing a Masters in Applied Developmental Psychology with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University. Katie has a bachelors in Psychology and Social Work from Longwood University. She is a Registered Behavior Technician and has experience in case management with children and adolescents with social, emotional, and behavior problems. 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, spending time outdoors and traveling.   

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Sophia, Strydom, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician
Sophia joined the Behavior Basics staff as a George Mason University Intern in the Summer of 2017 where she is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Sophia has a masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She was registered as a psychologist in private practice in South Africa from 2000 to 2016 . She has a background in assessment, diagnosis, and providing therapy to adults, adolescents and children with emotional and behavioral problems. She is eager to expand her knowledge and experience within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Anosha Baig, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician

 

Naima Aitcad
Behavior Technician

Naima joined the Behavior Basics team in Spring 2018 as a George Mason Intensive Practicum student. She graduated Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has been working in the field of ABA for 2 years, and has worked with kids ages 3-16. She will be finishing GMU this summer 2018 with a Masters in Special Education & a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to different states & countries, spending time with families, reading and hanging out with friends.

 

Meredith Morgan
Behavior Technician & Research Coordinator

Meredith is a recent graduate of Bridgewater College with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and neuroscience. During undergrad, she accrued two years of neurodevelopmental, adolescent, and orphaned and vulnerable children research. In her free time, she volunteers with foster care/adoptive non-profit organizations to bring evidence-based practices to the clinical field. Meredith is both grateful and excited to work with Behavior Basics

 

Join Our Team
We're hiring! If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our Job Openings page. We are looking for full and part time Behavior Technicians and part-time BCBAs! We will also consider full-time BCBAs! 

  • Note for those interested in supervision: Behavior Basics accepts new interns/students pursuing their ABA coursework and required BACB Supervision hours every semester for both Supervised Independent Fieldwork and Practicum (regular and Intensive). If you are interested in being considered for supervision, please visit our Jobs page and apply to be a Behavior Technician.