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.

 

Natalie Juhlin, BCBA, LBA 
Clinical Director 

Natalie Juhlin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia and Maryland. She received a Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at Central Washington University. Natalie has worked in both home settings and clinics to include the Pediatric Feeding Unit at Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore, MD. She has experience working with various age groups providing evidence based techniques to increase independent living skills and quality of life. Natalie joined the Behavior Basics staff in the summer of 2016 and the Behavior Basics Clinical Director. She runs the day-to-day clinical operations, providing oversight of behavior programming, supervision to the Behavior Analysts and their Treatment Teams and mentoring of staff who are pursuing their certification and licensure in behavior analysis. Additionally, she supports the development of parent trainings and company-wide policies and procedures.

Natalie 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 • ABAI Behavior Analysis Military and Veteran’s Issues Special Interest Group •  ABAI Pediatric Feeding Disorders Special Interest Group • The Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis 

Natalie believes in providing a positive and enriching environment for her clients to make learning fun and engaging. She loves being part of the field of ABA and is constantly learning more with each child and family that she works with!

 

Scott McGuire, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst & 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.

 

Elizabeth Schabinger, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst & Director of Research and Technology

Elizabeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. In addition to working with clients, she also works as the Director of Research & Technology. 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. Before becoming a BCBA, Elizabeth worked as  Lead Behavior Technician (RBT) at Behavior Basics.

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

 

Behavior Analysts

Caitlin Lamm, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst & Supervisor in Woodbridge Area

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. Before becoming a BCBA, Caitlin worked as a Lead Behavior Technician.

 

Allyson Matthews, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst

Growing up in a family of educators, Allyson saw the true value they brought to the enrichment of children's lives, so she decided to continue in their footsteps. In 2011, she graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6). She also recently (May 2015) obtained her Master's in Special Education with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2011, Allyson began working as a lead teacher in a self-contained special education classroom Fairfax County Public Schools. She also has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum in-home. Throughout high school and college, she worked with children on with Autism as a classroom aide, in-home and through the Best Buddies program. She continues to work as a teacher, as well as a Behavior Analyst at Behavior Basics. 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, relaxing by the pool, attending and watching University of Maryland football and basketball games and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Chrystal Foster, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst 

Chrystal is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia and Maryland. She obtained her Masters in Clinical Psycholgy from Townson Universty in 2007 and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2010. She has been working in the field of ABA for over 10 years in both home and school settings providing direct services and in a supervisory capacity. She is a consultant at Behavior Basics, providing program development, management and case supervision, as well as supervision to students pursuing their ABA supervision hours.

In her free time she enjoys binge watching television shows and traveling. 

Chrystal is a member of: The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) • The Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis • Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.  

 

Amber Shriver, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst

Amber is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. She has a Bachelors in Psychology with a concerntration in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Special Education. Amber is currently a PhD student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at George Mason University. She is a consultant at Behavior Basics, providing direct services and client support. 

 

Archana Vuppala, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst

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.

 

Liz Zegowitz, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst
Liz Zegowitz is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. Liz began working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders in 2013. She has experience working with children in home, clinic and community settings. Liz is a Virginia native and obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. Before becoming a BCBA, Liz worked as a Lead Behavior Technician (RBT) at Behavior Basics. 

In her free time, Liz loves to read and spend time with friends and family. She is a diehard Virginia Tech sports fan and loves to watch football.

 

Behavior Technicians

Kimberly Flores, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician & Office Manager

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.

 

Rui Heng, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician

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.

 

Natalie Tucker, RBT
Lead Behavior Technician

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 Registered Behavior Technician 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. Natalie is one of the Lead Behavior Technicians at Behavior Basics.  

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

 

Andrea Viscarra, RBT
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 one of the Lead Behavior Technicians at Behavior Basics.  

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

 

Danielle Flores
Behavior Technician 

Danielle Flores is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland. She majored in Psycholgy with a minor in Human Development. She has worked in the field of ABA for two years, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 2-15. She has experience in clinic, school and home settings. Danielle is very excited to embark on a new chapter with Behavior Basics!

In her spare time, she does research on new studies regarding ABA practices. Danielle likes to watch movies and catch up on TV shows. She also enjoys spending time with her family and traveling and going on adventures!

 

Jessica McNayr, RBT
Behavior Technician

Jessica moved to Northern Virginia 4 years ago from Michigan. She loves living in Virginia and all of the wonderful things available to her and her family. Jessica has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 20 years. She has taught grades 1 through 12. She has extensive experience in school-to-work transition and helping individuals with disabilities reach their highest potential. Jessica has a Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University in special education, a Masters degree from Wayne State University in Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Inclusion, and a graduate certificate from George Mason University in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is very excited to join Behavior Basics and continues to work as a teacher, as well as a Behavior Basics Behavior Technician.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

 

Stephanie Pinch
Behavior Technician
Coming soon!

 

Katherine Orth, RBT
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.   

 

Sophia, Strydom, RBT
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.

 

Teresa Thomas
Behavior Technician
Coming soon!

 

Courtney Wolfson, RBT
Behavior Technician

Courtney holds a bachelors degree in Special Education from Penn State and is persuing her masters in Special Education with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. Originally from Philadelphia, she began her career in Northern Virginia in 2011 where she opened a self-contained Autism classroom in a local public school which has now grown to an autism program. Courtney has worked with children ages 5-9 with Autism Spectrum Disorders in schools and home-based settings. She continues to work as a teacher, as well as a Behavior Basics Behavior Technician.

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending sporting events. She likes running and loves competing in races. 

 

Yujue Yang, RBT
Behavior Technician

Yujue joined the Behavior Basics staff as a George Mason Univeristy Intern in the Fall of 2016. She is in her second year in the United States and is originally from China. Yujue is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason. She enjoys spending time with children and is trying to gain as much professional knowledge as possible, so she can return to China and offer care and assistance to children with special needs in China.

Yujue is very happy to join the Behavior Basics team and learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Resident in Counseling Supervisor
LaShawn Fisher, MA, LPC, NCC
In addition to her experience in Human Health & Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Gabrielle also has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Resident-in-Counseling under supervision of LaShawn Fisher. LaShawn is the founder of A Place of Peace Counseling, http://www.aplaceofpeacecares.com. LaShawn has specialized experience working with women, children, adolescents, and families and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in VA, D.C., MD, and a Nationally Certified Counselor certified by the National Board of Counselors. A Place of Peace mission is to meet individuals and families where they are and to provide guidance and support as clients embark on their journey to self-improvement through healing or achieving goals. Gabrielle and LaShawn work closely on Gabrielle's counseling residency experiences, as well as collaborations that merge and meld the fields of counseling and ABA, so that they can more effectively serve their higher functioning and adolescent and adult-aged clients and their families.

 

Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our Job Openings page. Whenever we have openings, we will list specific positions here. If we do not have positions listed, but you are a BCBA, BCaBA or Behavior Technician (or a student pursuing their ABA coursework) and you are interested in joining our team, you may submit your information under "Accepting Applications" and we will contact you as soon as we have an opening.

  • 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 next semester, please send your resume to careers@behaviorbasicsllc.com.