CLINICAL TEAM

EFI PYLADAKI, M.S, BCBA, LMFT

Clinical Director

Efi Pyladaki, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her BA degree in Psychology from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family emphasis from California State University of Los Angeles. Efi started to work with children and families diagnosed with ASD as an undergraduate student at UCLA. She attended behavioral modification classes taught by Dr. Ivar Lovaas and right after graduation, she worked as behavioral therapist at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention. Efi has over fifteen years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities. She has extensive experience in parent education and parent training, developing behavior intervention and behavior management treatment programs, at clinic based settings, school and home settings as well as out in the community. Efi takes pride in her work and strives to design highly individualized treatment plans for all her clients. She is grateful to be able to work with families and children and be part of their developmental journey. Outside of her work, Efi volunteers at local animal rescue organizations and loves to go on adventures with her son and their 4 dogs.

TANNER LOEWENBERG, M.S, BCBA

Case Supervisor

Tanner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that discovered the field of autism and children with special needs while working at a summer camp while in college. Summer camp opened Tanner to a world that he had never been exposed to before. Children with special needs were fully integrated into the camp with a paraprofessional to assist. With a major interest in the expanding field of special education, Tanner decided to get his Masters in Education with an emphasis on Autism and Aspergers studies. The Autism and Aspergers Masters Degree was received from the University of Kansas and is the only one in the world. Tanner’s years of experience in the school and home setting has given him great knowledge in expanding the universe of children with special needs and also how to teach neurotypical children how to create friendships with children with special needs. Tanner has extensive knowledge in Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Floortime Therapy, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), classroom integration, Positive Behavior Suppers (PBS) and Community Based Intervention (CBI). When Tanner has some downtime, he also enjoys watching movies, painting with oil paint and reading.

JESSICA PAPPS, M.S, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Jessica Papps is a BCBA with a Master’s degree in Special Education. She begun her journey to ABA working as an aide in a Special Education classroom where she received in depth training. She took her love of the classroom further by becoming a Special Education teacher while pursuing her master’s degree. During her time teaching she became more aware of how integral the field of behavioral science was to education and socialization. She decided to take a leap from the classroom into the field of ABA, working as a school and home therapist. Seeing the progress she could make with clients encouraged her to pursue her Certification in Behavior Analysis. Jessica believes in a whole child approach to behavior therapy that focuses on individual strengths and encourages family participation. Her areas of training include school consultation, curriculum/environment modification, behavioral assessment, picture exchange communication (PECS), augmentative communication devices, socialization skills, adaptive skills and discrete trial teaching (DTT). When she is not helping families Jessica loves to be outdoors and listening to live music!

DELONA HUANG, M.A.

Program Supervisor 

Delona Huang began her work with children through CAST over six years ago. She initially joined CAST in 2013 as the Office Manager, and developed an interest in helping children with developmental disabilities, as she experienced how Applied Behavior Analysis has helped and made a positive impact in the lives of so many children and their families. This ultimately encouraged Delona to join the clinical team and continue her studies to learn more on how she is able to best serve the clients and families. Delona obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has finished the BCBA coursework and is currently in the process of completing the certification requirements from Florida Institute Technology, in order to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is also accruing her clinical hours towards her MFT Licensure. Outside of CAST, Delona enjoys staying active with her husband by doing yoga, hiking, tennis and volunteers in the international students ministry in her church.

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