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Greater Phoenix

Our Learning Center and Offices

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      Serving You Close to Home

      Life is busy — we get it. And every child is different. In greater Phoenix, we offer therapy in the place that meets your child’s needs, whether in your home or community, at our Learning Centers, in your child’s school or preschool, or through telehealth.

      Our Services

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      We specialize in assessing and diagnosing autism spectrum. 

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      Learning Center

      Here, children thrive in a supportive play-based atmosphere.

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      Home & Community

      Our Home and Community Services take place in your child’s natural environment.

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      Social Skills Programs

      We help kids boost skills and foster friendships. 

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      We give kids and schools the behavioral support they need to succeed.

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      We can provide remote ABA therapy via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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      Our Team

      Christina Ricciardelli, M.A., BCBA, LBA

      Assistant Clinical Director

      “My passion is working alongside future clinicians as they learn and grow in the field of applied behavior analysis and ultimately achieving their goal of becoming a BCBA.” 

      Christina Ricciardelli is AST’s assistant clinical director in the Phoenix region. She leads a team of BCBAs and behavior technicians serving families in and around Phoenix. Christina studied at Arizona State University for her undergraduate degree, where she first became interested in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and quickly realized how much she liked working with families. Christina then received her master’s degree in ABA from the Florida Institute of Technology. Christina is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has worked with individuals with autism for 13 years. Christina has been with AST for the last seven years, fulfilling the roles of technician, trainer, supervisor, and now assistant clinical director. She enjoys supervising and working with graduate students who are preparing to obtain their BACB certification, and she is actively involved in their supervision. 

      Julianne McKenzie, M.ED., BCBA, LBA

      Clinical Director

      “I love watching individuals grow, obtain new skills, and achieve dreams others thought impossible.” 

      Julianne McKenzie is AST’s clinical director in Arizona. She leads a team of supervisors and behavior interventionists serving families in and around the Phoenix area. During her undergraduate education, Julianne served as an academic advisor and ADA coordinator (Americans with Disabilities Act) and developed a passion for helping individuals with disabilities access resources to support their independence. She received her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Arizona State University. Julianne is a licensed board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has worked with individuals with autism for more than 10 years. She specializes in advanced social programming, including cognition and executive functioning, and has extensive experience working with young adult populations participating in transitional and vocational services. 

      Sabrina Daneshvar, Ph.D., BCBA-D

      Senior Vice President, Clinical Services

      Dr. Sabrina Daneshvar oversees service delivery and clinical operations across several states at LEARN. An active member of the autism community, Dr. Daneshvar has presented at many state and national conferences, authored articles for peer-reviewed journals, and served as a guest grant reviewer for Autism Speaks and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. With a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, she teaches graduate-level courses and is a board certified behavior analyst and licensed psychologist. Recently, Dr. Daneshvar was selected for Chief, a membership network that connects and supports female leaders.

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