Krystine Cardenas, M.S.

Ms. Krystine Cardenas is our our  Director of Autism Services. In this capacity she oversees all services provided to clients in our Florida Autism Treatment Centers in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her primary responsibilities include providing direct behavior analysis services to clients, training and supervising clinical and paraprofessional staff, ensuring our valued customers are satisfied with the services we provide and generally keeping the centers running optimally. Krystine also provides behavior analysis services and consultations to families in South America and the Caribbean.

Krystine graduated from Sage Graduate Schools in Troy, New York with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism. She has worked with a many children with autism and developmental disabilities in numerous capacities for several years. Krystine has experience in verbal behavior programming, skill acquisition, precision teaching, direct instruction and behavior reduction. She has successfully trained teachers and families to use behavior analytic principles to foster functional communication and other skills to help facilitate specific program goals. Krystine is also a member of the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis.

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Verbal behavior and language acquisition
  • Social skills training
  • Direct Instruction
  • Behavior analysis and social issues

EDUCATION

  • B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University
  • M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage Graduate Schools

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Reading
  • Movies
  • Playing violin

Lauren Cacciatore, BCaBA

Lauren Cacciatore has been working at the Fort Lauderdale location of our Florida Autism Treatment center since 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. She began her career in ABA as an Autism therapist and achieved her BCaBA in 2017.  She went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education at the University of South Florida. Her primary responsibilities include providing direct behavior analysis services and coordinating and conducting training for new therapists. 

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Verbal behavior and Language Acquisition 
  • Social Skills training

EDUCATION

  • M.A. in Exceptional Student Education from the  University of South Florida
  • BCaBA coursework certification from Florida Institute of Technology
  • B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida
  • Minor in Psychology from the University of Central Florida

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Traveling

Liliet Arado

Liliet Arado has been working at the Ft. Lauderdale location of our Florida Autism Treatment Center since 2011 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. While providing direct treatment as an autism therapist, she observed the positive impact that changes in behavior can have on the quality of life of children with autism and their families. This inspired her to pursue a career in behavior analysis. In 2013, Liliet obtained her Master of Science degree in Counseling, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. A year later, she acquired her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has since been working as a Clinical Supervisor for BAI. Liliet trains staff and families in multiple locations including center, school, and home-based settings. She oversees verbal behavior, language acquisition and behavior reduction programs. Liliet also consults internationally providing behavior analysis and consulting services to families overseas in the Caribbean and in South America.

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Verbal behavior and language acquisition
  • Staff and family training
  • Assessment and treatment of problem behaviors

EDUCATION

  • M.S. in Counseling, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University
  • B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Family and friends
  • Fishing and free-diving
  • Food and travel

Mary Knowles, M.S.

Mary has been working for BAI for over four and one half years. She began her career as an autism therapist and achieved her BCaBA after completing her Bachelor degree in psychology at Florida International University. Mary's positive experiences with her colleagues and the individuals she served at BAI cemented her decision to specialize in ABA and pursue further training. She went on to attend Sage Graduate Schools where she studied under Dr. Dana Reniecke and obtained her Master of Science degree in applied behavior analysis and autism.

Mary is currently a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) Clinical Supervisor and the Training Coordinator for the Kendall center. In 2013 she sat on a panel for parent training at the Association for Behavior Analysis International's annual conference in Minneapolis, MN.

CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Verbal behavior and language acquisition
  • Assessment and treatment of problem behaviors
  • Parent and staff training

EDUCATION

  • M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Sage Graduate Schools
  • B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Watching sports of all types
  • Crossfit
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Cooking