O.R.L.'s Professional ABA Clinical Staff

Not pictured: Dr. Bill Helsel, Andrea Little, Meaghan Kemp, Dr. Shahla Ala’i, Dr. Erin Watkins


Michael Fabrizio, M.A., LBA, CCEP, CHPC

Owner, Clinical Services Supervisor, Privacy Officer

Bio:  Michael Fabrizio is a Licensed Behavior Analyst who is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP®) and Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®).  Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University. He is a former doctoral candidate in the University of Washington’s Department of Special Education where he specialized in behavior analysis, instructional design, autism, and technical communication.

He has worked with children with disabilities throughout his nearly thirty-year career, serving as a Senior Educational Specialist for the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, an autism Program Specialist for the Spectrum Center for Educational and Behavioral Development in Berkeley, California, Head Teacher for Morningside Academy, a private school for children with learning differences, and later as the Lead Trainer in Morningside’s Public School Improvement Project.

Michael resides in Seattle, Washington where he serves as a partner and Clinical Services Supervisor within the Organization for Research and Learning (ORL) a behavior analytic private practice that works with learners with autism. He was also an adjunct professor of behavior analysis for ten years in the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, an adjunct professor for five years in the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s degree program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the past president of the Standard Celeration Society, a special interest group within the Association for Behavior Analysis.

Michael has presented more than 100 data-based papers related to his clinical work with children with autism and other disabilities at a range of state, regional, and national professional conferences including the Autism Society of America, the West Coast Special Education Conference, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for the Severely Handicapped, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and the International Precision Teaching Conference. Michael has published his work in such professional journals as the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, the Behavior Analysis Digest, the European Journal of Behavior Analysis, the Behavior Analyst Today, and the Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Michael is a member of the American Association of Professional Coders, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the American Health Information Management Association.

Michael also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the King County Dependency CASA program


Kelly Ferris, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Owner, Clinical Services Supervisor

Bio:  Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years of experience working with children with autism. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington in 2003. Her clinical expertise includes early intervention for toddlers, instructional design, functional communication intervention with speech generating devices, elementary academic instruction, and positive behavior support for children and their families. She has worked with children with autism and their families as a Program Manager at Northwest Behavioral Associates, Program Director for Rising Star Academy at Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, and a Consultant with Fabrizio/Moors Consulting.

Kelly currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she is co-owner and a Clinical Services Supervisor for the Organization for Research and Learning (ORL.).   She is Conference Chair for Washington’s Association for Behavior Analysis, Past Vice-President, and a current Board Member of the Standard Celeration Society, a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Kelly has presented numerous data-based papers related to her clinical work with children with autism and other related disabilities at a range of state, regional, national and international conferences, including California’s Association for Behavior Analysis, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the International Precision Teaching Conference. Kelly has published her applied work with children with autism in the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration and the Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Kelly is a sustaining member of the Standard Celeration Society, a full-member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Association for Professional Behavior Analysis (APBA), and Washington’s Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA).

 

­Erin Watkins, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA

Clinical Service Supervisor, Compliance Officer

Bio:  Dr. Watkins received her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010, her M.A. from Western Michigan University in 2014, and her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 2017. Erin has conducted research and done conceptual work in several areas, including applied behavior analysis, animal welfare, research methods, and scent detection. Erin has worked with individuals with ASD throughout her career and in a variety of roles, including as a tutor and as an assistant professor of ABA overseeing graduate student learning and research.

Dr. Watkins has presented her work at professional conferences such as the Association for Behavior Analysis annual conventions and she has published her work in peer-reviewed professional journals such as Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, The Psychological Record, Behavioural Processes, and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

 

Image of Dr. Bill Helsel, one of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals at Organization for Research and LearningBill Helsel, Ed.D, BCBA-D, LBA

Case Advisor

Bio: ­ William J. Helsel, Ed.D., BCBA is currently employed as Clinical Services Supervisor at the Organization for Research and Learning (ORL).  Prior to accepting this position, he was Director of Morningside Teachers’ Academy and Director of Admissions and Enrollment with Morningside Academy, Seattle, WA. For the previous 15 years, he was employed as a Behavior Technology Consultant and Psychologist for the PLEA Agency (Pittsburgh, PA), a partial hospital school program and in-home service provider.  During his tenure at PLEA, he also developed and directed the AGILE (Academic Generative Instruction for Learner Enhancement) Learning Program and served as Clinical Director.

Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh (1981) and his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University (1985).  Following post-doctoral training at the Biological Sciences Research Center, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine (1985-1986), Dr. Helsel became the inpatient unit Senior Clinician and Clinical Administrator at the John Merck Multiple Disabilities Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1986-1989).  He joined the psychology staff of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center as Director of the Intensive Treatment System in fall 1989, and in 1993, Dr. Helsel was invited to direct the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Development with the Facility Director, Dr. J. Iverson Riddle.  During his final year at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, he was Director of Psychology Services.  He resigned this position in 1996 to become Clinical Director of a small private provider of behavior supports (in Pennsylvania) that primarily served persons with developmental disabilities and behavior/psychiatric disorders.  In Spring 1997, he was recruited to Allegheny University of Health Sciences to serve as Clinical/Community Specialist, Psychologist, and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuropsychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  During this time he was also a Behavior Supports Consultant and Psychologist at Allegheny East Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA).  In 1998 he became Director of Psychology and Research at Black Mountain Center, North Carolina, where he oversaw two separate clinical programs; one for individuals with developmental disabilities and a second for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type Dementia.

In addition to his clinical experience, he has taught in university and community college settings.  In 2001, he completed a 4-week graduate (12 credit) course on the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction at Morningside Academy Summer School Institute in Seattle, WA.  Upon invitation, he returned to Morningside Academy (2003, 2009, and 2012) to assist staff and students at the Summer School Institute.  Dr. Helsel has published in the areas of behavior assessment, treatment, and organizational management. He has served as President of the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA), and was co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis (PennABA), where he later served as President. He is also a Past President of the Standard Celeration Society.  His clinical research interests focus on teaching and treating individuals with developmental disabilities and/or severe behavior/psychiatric disorders through effective applied behavior analysis and staff performance-management training.

Brandi Allred, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Services Supervisor

Bio: Brandi Allred is behavior analyst who holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from the University of Washington. She lives with her husband and their two children in Shoreline.

Brandi has worked with children with autism in home and school setting in the Seattle area since 2004. She met Michael Fabrizio and Kelly Ferris her sophomore year of her undergraduate education as she began her work as an ABA Therapy Assistant. She continued to work with Kelly and Michael at Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, where she was the Assistant Teacher of FEAT’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention program, Rising Star Academy (RSA), for two years. At RSA, Brandi’s interests included facilitating social groups and developing dramatic play activities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She left her position with RSA after having her son in 2010.

Currently, Brandi works with clients of ORL in the role of Clinical Services Supervisor. Her experience is working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavior disorders. Brandi’s areas of interest are programming related to self­-advocacy, resilience, pragmatic (social) language, and executive functioning skills. She also enjoys training Therapy Assistants and working closely with families in parent coaching arrangements.

 

Ali McManus, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio: Ali has worked with children of all ages and abilities since 2000. Since 2006, Ali has employed the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in her work with children and young adults with autism and related disorders. Ali holds a Masters’ Degree in Non- Profit Management and Leadership, and a Master’s of Education in Instructional Design and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ali served as the director for FEAT of WA’s Transitions for Teens Program, Summer intervention Program, and Experience Learning Project between 2009 and 2013. Ali has shared her work at the Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference and at the International Precision Teaching Conference. Her areas of specialty include improving self- advocacy and self- determination, working with teens and young adults, and community- based instruction. Ali enjoys coordinating care with families, providers, and schools and supporting families through parent coaching.


Image of Andrea Little, one of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals at Organization for Research and LearningAndrea Little, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio:­ Andrea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began working with ORL (then, Fabrizio/Moors Consulting) when she was in high school. She began as a therapy assistant, providing behavior analytic intervention for children with autism. She later earned her master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas. Her training centered around early intervention for children with autism, and parent training. She also gain experience by working in multiple schools and clinic settings, but she ultimately decided to return to Seattle to continue working with ORL. Her areas of interest include behavior-­analytic intervention for children with autism, early intervention, and parent/staff training. Andrea is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Standard Celeration Society. She has presented her research at the International Precision Teaching Conferences and the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conferences.

 

Rebecca Phillips, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio:  Rebecca is behavior analyst who holds an M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from the University of Washington.

Rebecca has worked with children with autism in home and school settings in the Seattle area since 2002. She began her work as a classroom assistant at the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington and soon moved on to a position as an ABA Therapy Assistant. She continued to work concurrently with Kelly and Michael at Organization for Research and Learning as a program manager and at Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, where she was the Head Clinician of FEAT’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program, Rising Star Academy (RSA), for two years. Rebecca was a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from 2009-2014 and is working towards re-certification after the birth of her first child and an extended maternity leave.

Currently, Rebecca works with clients of ORL in the role of Consultant. Her experience is working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavior disorders. Rebecca’s areas of interest are early language intervention, functional communication intervention with speech generating devices, self­-advocacy, resilience, and community access. She also enjoys collaboration and mentoring (and being mentored by) other clinicians, developing innovative training strategies and collaboration with related service-providers such as speech and language pathologists.


Annie Parsell, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio: Elizabeth (Annie) Parsell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Art from Gonzaga University and a Master of Education in Special Education from Eastern Washington University. Annie has had the pleasure of working with children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disabilities since 2003, where she began by working as a therapist in home programs in Spokane. While earning her graduate degree, Annie worked as an ABA Lead Therapist for home­-based programs and as an instructional assistant in special education classrooms. From 2006-­2010 Annie worked as a special education teacher for public school districts in Spokane, Washington and Lompoc, California, and holds a California Special Education Teaching Certificate, and also has a California Teachers of English Learners Certificate. Annie relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2010, when she began her work with ORL as a Therapy Assistant, and later as a Program Manager in August of 2012. Annie’s areas of specialty include improving client self­-advocacy skills, Direct Instruction, Alternative/Augmentative Communication Systems, and management of difficult behaviors.


Mike Ruehlen, M.Ed., LABA

Consultant

Bio:­ Mike Ruehlen has been working with young children, teenagers, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities for over 20 years. Mike has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and as a Precision Teacher for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in education, learning, & society, and he received his Master of Education degree with an emphasis on Severe and Low­ incidence Disabilities from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has presented his work on using fluency-based instruction at the 2012 Association Behavior Analysis International Conference in Seattle. Mike is passionate about teaching community integration skills such as: self­-advocacy, navigation, vocational, and independent living skills. When he’s not at work, Mike can often be found with his wife backpacking the north Cascades, baking breads, or tending to their garden and chickens.


Image of Meaghan Kemp, one of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals at Organization for Research and Learning

Meaghan Kemp, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio: Meaghan has been working with children with disabilities since 2008 and began working with O.R.L in 2012. Working with children with disabilities is something Meaghan is very passionate about both professionally and personally. She received her degree in Psychology from Western Washington University and her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona. She has worked with a wide range of learners from toddlers to teenagers. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, cheering on the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders and spending time with family.

 


Marissa Cuperus, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Bio: Marissa has enjoyed her work with children and adolescents with disabilities in various settings since 2005 and has been with the Organization and Research and Learning (ORL) since 2011. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology graduated from the University of Washington  with a Master’s of Education. While working for ORL, Marissa has provided client support in schools, family homes, and community settings. She has experience with early intervention, behavior management, social coaching, and pragmatic language development. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Shahla Ala’i, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Case Advisor

Bio: Dr. Alai received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Shahla and her students collaborate with community partners to serve people who are under resourced and marginalized within current societal structures.

Shahla is a member of an interdisciplinary lab that includes faculty and students from Woman’s and Gender Studies, Applied Anthropology and Behavior Analysis. Shahla teaches courses on technology transfer, ethics, autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, behavior change techniques, and assessment. Shahla has served on several boards and disciplinary committees, most notably the ABAI Practice Board and the ABAI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board. She has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, change agent training, supervision and the relationship between love and science in the treatment of autism.

She co-authored a book on supervision and mentoring and another on love and science in the treatment of autism. Shahla has over four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts. She was awarded an Onassis Foundation Fellowship for her work with families, was the recipient of UNT’s prestigious “’Fessor Graham” teaching award, received the 2019 Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Career Contributions award, and the UNT 2020 Community Engagement award.