About Us

Our Mission

Graham Behavior Services provides quality, comprehensive, evidence-based therapy to individuals with any behavior challenges or an autism spectrum disorder, to create effective behavior change in themselves, while empowering their families to help them pursue productive, purposeful, and fulfilling lives.

From undiagnosed behavior challenges to autism, we believe every individual’s needs are different and deserve the utmost care. Our team of qualified professionals practices evidence-based therapy because research shows it produces positive results. We also know that every individual has a unique experience, and other things come into play like personalities, therapy location (we serve individuals in their homes, schools, job placements, etc.), and goals. Our clients are never plugged into a preset formula. Instead, we individualize strategies to create the absolute best outcome for your loved one and for your family.

Diversity and Cultural Competency Policy

Knowing that we are better together, Graham Behavior Services welcomes individuals of all ages, abilities, gender identities, races, ethnicities, religions, spiritual practices, and sexual orientations. It is our policy to act in a way that recognizes, affirms, values, respects the worth of, and protects and preserves the dignity of every individual. Graham Behavior Services adheres to the equal employment opportunity policy and non-discrimination practices.  

Graham Behavior Services recognizes Cultural Humility as the process by which we continually build Cultural Competence. Conners & Capell (2021), define Cultural Humility as “examining culture and recognizing continual learning as practitioners from other cultures and accepting that we don’t know everything and need to learn from the client. It involves the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance where the practitioner is “other” oriented and is learning about cultural identity that is most important to the client. This also encompasses self-reflection and personal critique and is an  ongoing, lifelong process.”

Graham Behavior Services policy is implemented by the practices and actionable steps.

    • Graham Behavior Services seeks employees that are committed to their community, represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, and are capable of interactions in cross-cultural situations. 
    • Translation services will be provided to any recipient, when necessary and requested. The interpreter will assist with translating any intake, treatment plans, evaluation, or other documents shared with family.
    • Graham Behavior Services will also seek professional assistance to handle the needs of any individual with a speech and hearing impairment.  
    • Graham Behavior Services will work closely with our clients and their families to ensure that their cultural values are represented throughout all aspects of service delivery.
    • Graham Behavior Services will provide diversity and cultural competency trainings, offer group discussions, and make resources widely available.

Meet the Team

 

Cara Graham, M.A., BCBA – Owner & Executive Director

Cara Graham, M.A., BCBA is the Director and founder of Graham Behavior Services. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Kean University and completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Cara’s work focuses on providing home and community based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She currently serves as the Chair for the NJABA Business Practices Workgroup.

 Jilian DeTiberiis, M.A., BCBA – Clinical Director

Jilian Planer DeTiberiis earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Rowan University and her masters degree at Caldwell University in Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending Caldwell University, she completed her thesis, “Evaluating Tasks within a High-Probability Request Sequence with Children with Autism.” Upon completion of her degree at Caldwell University, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She also completed a teacher certification program and is a certified teacher in elementary K – 5 and special education. Prior to joining Graham Behavior Services, Jilian worked as a special education teacher in an autism program in a public school and also has experience working in a private school for individuals with autism. She also worked at a private agency as the Clinical and Executive Director. She is enthusiastic and excited to be a part of the Graham Behavior Services team!

Ashley Kemmerer, M.S., BCBA – Clinical Supervisor

Ashley has been working with children with special needs since the age of 12 and she always knew she wanted to work with children but wasn’t sure in what capacity. During her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University she learned about ABA from a professor and decided to complete a co-op at the May Institute. At that point she knew ABA was the path she was looking for. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Northeastern University she continued on with a Master of Science in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and autism from The Sage Colleges. Ashley is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis at Caldwell University. She has been working in the field of ABA for ten years and became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2012. Ashley has spent her time as a practicing BCBA working with children and adolescents with various diagnoses in school, home and residential settings and spent 3 years also providing in home feeding therapy. She is originally from Philadelphia (she moved to NJ for the Ph.D. program) and she is a huge Philly sports fan. When she is not working or doing school work she enjoys spending her time with her husband and her furbabies Sheeba (dog) and Bella (cat).

Jessica Baldwin, M.S., BCBA, LBS – Clinical Supervisor

Jess Baldwin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Business and later earned a Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University in Philadelphia. Jess’s graduate thesis, “The Effects of Behavioral Skills Training on Parent Implementation of Mand Teaching Procedures”, was based on parent coaching, a component of ABA that remains an area of interest for her today. In 2012, Jess became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jess has worked directly with individuals of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings and has six years of clinical leadership experience.

Laura Dolan M.Ed, BCBA – Clinical Supervisor

I earned my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 2008. Shortly after graduating, I began working at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC), a school program for individuals diagnosed with Autism.  At the DDDC, I  received intensive training in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis. I enjoyed my work so much that I decided to pursue my masters in Special Education and obtained my Behavior Analyst Certification. While completing the coursework for my BCBA I continued my work at the DDDC, working in a highly structured ABA classroom which enabled me to integrate theory with practice. I completed both courses through Rutgers University. When I am not working I enjoy spending quality time with my family and running on the boardwalk.

Lianna Zemla, M.A., BCBA – Clinical Supervisor

Lianna Zemla is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2005. She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and her masters degree in teaching from The College of New Jersey. Lianna is a certified teacher in elementary education k-6 and special education. She completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and her clinical experience at Princeton Child Development Institute.

Megan Miller, M.A., BCBA, EMT – Clinical Supervisor

Megan Miller is a Clinical Supervisor at Graham Behavior Services. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with individuals with disabilities since 2003. She worked as a paraprofessional during the summers while getting her undergraduate special education degree at The College of New Jersey. The first twelve years of her career, she loved working as a special education teacher in Hawaii and New Jersey. At Kean University, she specialized in high incidence disabilities – emotional disturbance while getting her Master of Arts degree. She received her post graduate certification in ABA from Penn State University. Any time she is not working with clients and parents or producing GBS’ podcast is spent with her husband and three little guys.

Ali Tango – Operations Coordinator

Ali graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University as a double major in English Literature and Writing Arts. She then pivoted into education, working as an ABA therapist in a public school setting. While working hands on was a great introduction to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, Ali knew her strengths were in her Communications degree. She accepted a job at a private agency as a Clinical Care Coordinator. Ali now works as the Operations Coordinator for GBS, helping to keep the behind-the-scenes operations running smoothly and seamlessly. She is excited to learn and grow with the Graham Behavior Services team! When she’s not working, Ali enjoys reading, gardening, and hanging at the dog park with her rescue dog Pickles.

Adriana Giraldo, M.Ed, BCBA – Supervising BCBA

Adriana earned both her undergraduate degree from Kean University and her masters degree from Rutgers University in Special Education. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, Adriana worked in a public school ABA program for 5 years with elementary and middle-school aged children with autism. Then, while attending Rutgers, Adriana began working in a clinical setting with 2- to 12-year-old children with autism. Since earning the BCBA credential, Adriana works full-time at Graham providing in-home services. She is inspired by her learners and their families every day! When not working, Adriana loves to spend her time cooking, gardening, and crafting.

Christina Abadir, M.A., BCBA – Supervising BCBA

Christina Abadir is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and received her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. She has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder for 8 years using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Christina gained clinical experience in a public school setting as well as providing services in home-based ABA programs with GBS. She is also dual certified special education teacher and continues to teach in a public school setting.

Tina Song – Supervising BCBA

Tina Song graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. She has 9 years of experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in school, home, and group home settings. Tina’s research interests include programming for generalization, teaching social skills, and the functional analysis of problem behavior. When she is not working, Tina enjoys spending time outside in nature!

Candace Tomassetti – Behavior Therapist

Candace graduated from Kean University with her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and Deafness. After graduation, she worked full time at a day program serving adults with autism and developmental disabilities. This position completely changed her career path – she knew she wanted to be more involved in the autism population. Candace is currently finishing up her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder, also at Kean University. Over the course of her earning her masters degree she has worked with individuals of all ages and settings including schools, clinics, homes, and the community. She has a very strong interest in social skills and communication because they are crucial skills for our learners to live more positive and independent lives. She completed her masters research on increasing social skills in school aged children with autism. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

Catina Garrido – Behavior Therapist

Catina went to Raritan Valley Community College for an Associate  Degree in Social Science and then transferred to Kean University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Education. Being interested in Psychology, Catina was unsure what direction in the Psychology field to go until working at a group home company where she fell in love with ABA. Catina has been working in the field of ABA for 5 years in different settings with both children and adults. Currently, Catina is working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology with specialization in ABA and will be graduating in December 2021. When Catina is not working she enjoys spending time with family.

Kandace Somers – Behavior Therapist

Kandace Somers originally started out as a Fine Arts major in college, but knew she always wanted to work with kids. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology a minor in Education and Art History and a certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. She is currently completing her Masters thesis at Caldwell University and will continue to the Doctorate program there. Kandace completed her clinical experience at Caldwell’s Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis providing services to children. She has been working with children who are multiply disabled and on the autism spectrum in a private special needs school since 2014, as well as providing in home ABA therapy. Kandace loves learning as well as attending and presenting at conferences. Her research interests include hygiene and self care, more specifically oral hygiene and how to use applied behavior analysis with mental health and addiction. Kandace loves all of the learners she works with; each one has taught her so much!