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Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Megan Wilcott, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Clinical Manager

Megan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Arizona, and has been working to improve the lives of individuals with autism, their families, and communities since 2004. She is passionate about education and innovation in evidence-based practice, and working to ensure access to appropriate supports for individuals at each transition across the lifespan. Megan completed her undergraduate degree with a concentration in developmental and clinical psychology and sociology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2007. She gained experience working in residential and day programs for adults with a range of disabilities in her home province of Nova Scotia, and providing EIBI services for preschoolers with ASD in New Brunswick. Megan continued her education in behaviour analysis and autism by completing the Autism Intervention Training Program through UNB in 2008, while working toward a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in advanced behavior analysis through Nova Southeastern University.

Megan relocated to Edmonton in late 2008 and worked as a program coordinator and later as a training consultant for a large service provider. She completed her Master of Science degree in 2009, and took a position with the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as a coordinator working with multiple projects, primarily the Pathways in Autism study, as well as Neurodevnet, Genetics, and the Infant Sibling Study. Her time with ARC allowed her experience administering standardized assessments and research protocols, and provided the opportunity to receive training in Toronto from the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). Inspired by their model of innovative and effective lifespan services for individuals with ASD, Megan moved to Phoenix, Arizona to join SARRC in 2013 to complete her practicum in advanced behavior analysis, which she accomplished, attaining Board Certified Behavior Analyst® certification in 2014. She worked with both the Community School and CommunityWorks® programs, where she became passionate about effective programming for creating inclusive communities as well as parent training. Since 2015, Megan has been primarily responsible for training for the CommunityWorks program at centres of excellence in autism services across Canada, contributing to writing the program manual, and ongoing development and oversight of the training and certification processes. Upon returning to Calgary, Megan joined CBI Health Group in 2017 to open the first Monarch House in Alberta.

 

Kelly Kerr, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

Kelly is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who specializes in services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Kelly received her master’s degree in 2017 from Brock University, in St. Catherines Ontario in Applied Disability Studies.  Kelly also has a diploma in Behavioural Science and Technology from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Windsor, Ontario.  Kelly has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) since 2007, initially working in Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) and later moving to consultation services, school, and family support.  Kelly has presented posters on several occasions at Ontario Association for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ONTABA) conferences and The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities – Research in Special Interest Groups (OADD- RSIG) conference regarding job procurement for teens with ASD. Kelly is passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based, individualized ABA services and working toward the best outcomes for her clients and their families.  Kelly is interested utilizing new technologies in ABA, ensuring professional development opportunities for staff and staying current in the field.   Kelly and her family relocated from Ontario to Alberta in 2019 and she is thrilled to join the Monarch House team!

 

Courtney Brohart, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) 

Courtney graduated from the University of Western Ontario, with a Masters in Professional Education in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. She has over 5 years experience working with individuals with developmental delays and disabilities. She has also completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant and Autism Behavioral Science graduate programs, is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®). Courtney has provided behavioral therapy and consultation services for children, adolescents and adults in home, centre, school and community-based settings. Courtney is passionate about delivering evidence-based intervention to address all skill areas, and providing parent training and coaching to address and support the unique needs of each child and family.

 

Constance Lien, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

Constance R. Lien is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) specializing in consultation, therapy, training, and assessment for individuals with autism and related developmental delays. Constance has a Master’s degree in Education from New York University, and has been working with individuals with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental delays since 2012 in the home, school and community settings.  She began supervised private therapy work with young children with autism in Seattle and soon began fascinated by the gains made by her clients through evidence-based practice.  She then decided to pursue further training in Applied Behavior Analysis through Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism) at the Haring Center, University of Washington, where she completed intensive practicum and obtained her BCBA certification in 2015.  Since then, Constance gained further experience through working with school-age children and teenagers with a variety of developmental delays and behavioral disorders.  Constance is passionate about evidence-based intervention and improving communication, daily functioning, and socially significant behaviors for the individuals she works with.  It is her life-time endeavor to continue to grow professionally and use her skills and training to reach out to more individuals and families with special needs.

 

Heather MacPherson, Training Coordinator

Hailing from the East Coast, Heather completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia before completing an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Interventions at Nova Scotia Community College. Upon completion, she moved to the West Coast and began working in Early Intervention for preschool age children with developmental delays, before transitioning to a role with Monarch House as a Behaviour Interventionist, eventually moving into the role of Training Coordinator!  Currently in the process of completing her Registered Behaviour Technician Training, Heather enjoys having the opportunity to put many of the skills she learned in school into practice!

 

Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy

Sara Baker, Occupational Therapist

Sara Baker completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and has been working in developmental services ever since. As an OT, she is experienced in the functional assessment of daily living skills and is passionate about helping families find solutions for managing daily activities that are a fit with their life and goals for the future. Sara is certified in PEERS® social skill facilitation, CommunityWorks Canada® (CWC) vocation, life and social skill programming, and The CO-OP Approach metacognitive teaching strategy for motor planning. She also has experience with Goal Management Training for executive functioning skills, training in SafeTALK for suicide awareness, and the Anat Baniel Method® for neuromovement. Working with individuals of all ages, Sara brings with her an understanding of the lifespan from childhood into older adulthood. Whether her work is focusing on behaviour management, mental health supports, sensory strategies, or general life skills, Sara has seen that education and empowerment of the individual can lead to life changes at any age.

 

Hannah Williams, Physiotherapist

Hannah Williams graduated with honours from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science. During this time, she volunteered with the Steadward centre Free2BMe program providing physical activity opportunities for youth with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities. Hannah went on to complete a Master’s of Science in physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. Hannah was enthusiastic to join the Monarch House Calgary team in December 2018. As a registered physiotherapist, Hannah is experienced in the assessment and treatment of gross motor skills, motor planning, strength, mobility, coordination, and balance. She is passionate about working with children and their families to develop achievable physical goals to promote social engagement and community-based play.

 

Speech Language Pathologist

Amanda Hachey, Speech Language Pathologist

Originally from the East Coast, Amanda has eight years of experience in working with children of all ages and all types of communication challenges.  After completing her honours degree in psychology at Acadia University, she attended Dalhousie University for her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010.  Since then, she has worked in New Brunswick, Quebec, Northwestern Ontario and Alberta.  She has experience in supporting families and children from various backgrounds who have various needs.  Fluent in both English and French, she has acquired training in a variety of programs including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pragmatic Organizational Dynamic Display (PODD) and different Hanen techniques. 

 

Samasthitha Subramanyan, Speech Language Pathologist

Sam was born and raised in India and recently moved from Houston, Texas to Calgary. She holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree focused in Speech-Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (India) and Clinical Competence Certificate holder from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Sam is a multilingual therapist with over 5 years of experience in the field. Sam has provided therapy services in various settings including school districts, outpatient services and home health care, and gained experience with Clinical Fellow mentorship and SLP-Assistant Supervision. Sam’s expertise includes Language Disorders, Articulation and Phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, fluency disorders, Language Development, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Aphasia, Apraxia and Dysarthria.  She believes that each child is unique and finds a custom-tailored approach to teaching communication achieves the best results.  Sam takes a “whole-person” and family-centered approach in therapy which helps her ability to promote development based on each person’s needs and unique profile. In her spare time, she enjoys family time, shopping, cooking and travel.