Launch Behavioural Health Toronto Clinic Team
Carobeth is a Clinical Psychologist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who has worked with children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, behaviour disorders, and learning disabilities since 2001. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Carobeth has worked in both government funded and private practice settings, and her past consultation experience includes a wide variety of settings, including home and centre based ABA programs, schools, group homes, residential treatment programs, long term care facilities, adult day programs, inpatient mental health settings, and children’s aid societies. She also has experience working with indigenous children and youth in rural and remote communities throughout Ontario.
Carobeth is an active member of the behaviour analysis community, and has served in the following positions:
- Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) Board of Directors member 2004-2010; 2011-2013 term
- Chair of ONTABA’s Professional Regulation Committee (2011-2013) and Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force/Committee (2017-2019)
- ONTABA representative for the MCYS Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee (2016-2018)
- Kerry’s Place Autism Services Board of Directors Member 2018 to 2022 term
- Autism Ontario Board of Directors member 2014-2017 term
- Member of Behaviour Science and Technology Program Advisory Committee at George Brown College
- Member of Applied Disabilities Studies Program Advisory Committee at Brock University.
She received the 2018 Gerry Bloomfield Award from Autism Ontario and the 2017 President’s Award for Service Excellence from ONTABA for her work on the MCYS OAP Advisory Committee.
Currently, Carobeth is the Executive Director of Launch Behavioural Health and Director of Quality Assurance at Dalton Associates.
Dr. Kerry Wells, C. Psych. is a registered psychologist who completed his Ph. D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. Kerry has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual/developmental disabilities, and a variety of other neurodevelopmental disorders since 2001. He has providing services in a variety of settings including schools, government programs and agencies, and residential treatment programs. Currently, Kerry is a consulting psychologist with Dalton and Associates and provides clinical supervision for IBI/ABA programs in the Toronto, Central East, and Central West. Kerry provides psychological and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. He also provides counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and adolescents.
Joan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who completed her MA and Ph.D. from Teachers College Columbia University in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. While completing her MA and Ph.D. and working in CABAS Schools, Joan obtained New York State teaching certifications for regular and special education, as well as the CABAS Associate Behavior Analyst and CABAS Assistant Research Scientist ranks. Joan’s experience includes working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and behaviour disorders since 2000. In addition to providing clinical supervision for ABA programs in the Greater Toronto Area, Joan has taught graduate courses at Brock University and Western University and is supervising graduate students who are pursuing certification in behaviour analysis. Joan served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) from 2016-2020, the co-chair of the Professional Regulation Committee from 2017-2019, and was a member of the Education Task Force from 2018-2020. She represented ONTABA in the Provincial Advisory Team for the Pilot to Improve School-Based Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2017-2018. Currently Joan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Advancement of a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST).
Meaghan is an assistant Clinical Supervisor/Senior Therapist and the Clinic Supervisor at Launch. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the field since 2013. She has experience working with children and youth with ASD, speech and developmental delays as well as challenging or interfering behaviours. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Disability Studies specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. Meaghan has worked closely with Carobeth Zorzos since 2013 and with Joan Broto since 2017.
She has experience delivering and supervising ABA in home-based, centre-based, school-based and childcare settings. Meaghan has experience encouraging and attending regular school meetings for her clients in order to maintain a collaborative and inter-professional approach to treatment. This enables regular progress and goal updates as well as ongoing discussion of behaviour challenges.
Meaghan is also a Psychometrist with Launch Behavioural Health within the GTA and surrounding areas. She provides psychological assessment services under the supervision and in conjunction with a registered Psychologist. She has experience working with indigenous children and youth in rural and remote communities.
Mary Plain is a Master’s level Speech-Language Pathologist registered with both the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Mary has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005 and has expertise working with specialized populations in the following areas: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Motor Speech and Articulation Disorders, Social-Communication Disorders, Late Talkers, and Language Disorders. In addition, she has extensive experience working with children with diagnoses such as Selective Mutism, ADHD, and behaviour and sensory challenges. Mary is also affiliated with the University of Toronto as a preceptor to Master’s level Speech-Language Pathology students and Durham College as a preceptor to Communication Disorder Assistant students. Mary practices within an inter-professional team focused on partnering with the client, family, and community to facilitate achievement of individual goals.
Brigitte completed her Bachelors in Medical Sciences, specializing in human anatomy and physiology, and holds an Honours degree in Medical Criminalistics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is the Office Administrator at Launch and assists in the day-to-day administrative and bookkeeping duties of the clinic and Launch Division partners.
She enjoys helping others and is a big supporter of mental health and medical science. Brigitte also has a keen interest in psychology and behavioural studies, which drew her to a position at Launch. As a jack-of-all-trades, she loves learning new skills and ensuring everything runs smoothly in the background.
Brigitte and her husband moved to Canada in 2018 and promptly rescued a cat. They love the multitude of new experiences and places to visit, enjoying good food and wine along the way.
Olivia is the Office Administrator at Launch, who coordinates the day to day administrative and booking keeping duties of the clinic and its division partners. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Health Studies. She is passionate about mental health, neuroscience and natural forms of healing. Olivia has experience working in a wellness clinic and was excited to start a new role working with children. She hopes to attend grad school for social work so she can pursue a career aiding children in the foster care system. Olivia loves to spend her time reading, writing and doing yoga!
Vicky coordinates psychological services and mental health programs within Dalton Associates and Launch Behavioural Health. Vicky has experience working with members of interprofessional health care teams and providing administrative support.
Vicky is a recent York University graduate and holds an Honours Science degree, majoring in psychology. Vicky has always been interested and passionate about mental health. She is very perceptive and always gravitates towards helping others. She would like to pursue a career in Social Work while focusing primarily on mental health and wellness Vicky is also a dog lover, a bookworm, and a travel enthusiast!
Leah is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who completed her Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Western University. She has worked in the field since 2013 in both government-funded and private practice settings. Her experience includes delivering and supervising ABA services in home- and centre-based settings, as well as via TeleHealth/distance services.
Leah has worked with children, youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a wide range of adaptive skills and challenging behaviours. She often works closely with caregivers using a mediator-model approach to implement strategies in clients’ natural environments to achieve individualized goals. She has extensive experience in conducting assessments as well as in developing, implementing and evaluating behaviour-change programs.
Leah is passionate about the field of ABA, and is dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative environment when providing evidence-based services and supports.
Milena is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 14 years. Milena holds a Masters Degree in Applied Disability Studies with a concentration in ABA from Brock University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Toronto.
Milena has been working with a diverse client population from early childhood to late adulthood. She has extensive experience supporting people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and adolescents and adults with a dual diagnosis (Developmental Disability [i.e. ASD, Intellectual Disability] and a concurrent mental health diagnosis). She provides supervision for clients receiving Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services as well as children, adolescents, and adults receiving ABA services. Milena has extensive experience conducting skills assessments, including ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, and AFLS. She is experienced in developing and supervising programming to address a variety of skills, including school readiness, receptive and expressive language, self-help, and social skills, among others. She supports adults with a dual diagnosis and severe challenging behaviour by completing Functional Behavioural Assessments, developing Behaviour Intervention Plans, and training staff and other mediators in implementing behaviour plans.
Milena continuously attends workshops and conferences to further her professional development. This includes participation in bi-monthly journal reading groups. In addition, Milena is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Milena was Board Secretary of ONTABA and Conference Co-chair for 2017 and 2018. She is a member of the ONTABA Education Task Force and was a subcommittee member of the ONTABA Scientific Expert Taskforce for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (OSETT-ASD). She is the coauthor of a chapter on the application of ABA principles for supporting individuals with Angelman Syndrome as well as a co-author of a journal article on self-injurious behaviours and pain.
In addition, Milena has led numerous ABA training workshops for ABA staff as well as non-ABA support personnel within adult day programs. She has presented on ABA in school settings, Interprofessional Collaboration, and Behavioural Pharmacology, among other topics. Milena is currently a part-time professor at George Brown College within the Centre for Health Sciences teaching courses in the Behavioural Science Technician Program and the Autism and Behavioural Science Program.
Milena is strongly committed to supporting people with a developmental disability and their families. She is passionate about the field of ABA and is dedicated to promoting its growth and development.
Therapists and Psychometrists
Laura is a part-time psychometrist and group facilitator with Launch Behavioural Health. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Calgary in School & Applied Child Psychology. During her Master’s, Laura’s research focused on social skill development in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Laura is in the process of registering with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychological Associate and currently works under the supervision of Dr. Kerry Wells. Her clinical interests include the comprehensive psychological assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and various learning, behavioural, and social difficulties (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning, Learning Disorders). Laura is dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. In addition to Launch, Laura works part-time at the Upper Grand District School Board as a Specialized Mental Health Interventionist working specifically with students with ASD and/or Intellectual Disabilities.
Laura lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her partner and labradoodle puppy. Together, they love exploring all parts of Ontario and eating good food.
Marie is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program at York University. Her Master’s thesis examined selective attention and intermodal processing deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Marie’s doctoral research focuses on the impact of stress in families (particularly siblings) with children with complex neuropsychological, medical needs.
Marie has worked in a wide range of clinical settings. Currently, Marie is employed at the Toronto Catholic District School Board as a Psychoeducational Consultant. She is also a Pediatric Developmental Consultant for both Wellbe Family Wellness and Mighty Kids Preschool. She is Co-Vice Chair on the Research and Family Engagement Committee (RFEC) at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
In addition to providing individual therapy (both in person and online), for children, adolescents and their families, Marie has experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, difficulty with emotion regulation, disordered eating, addiction, and trauma. She also has extensive experience delivering therapy in a group format. Marie is a Parent Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT) in the NeuroOutcomes Lab at the Hospital for Sick Children. Additionally, she is a therapist for the Secret Agent Society program – a cognitive behavioural social skills program that is effective in improving the emotional understanding and social skills of children with autism.
Marie has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Play Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Marie is being supervised by Dr. Kerry Wells.
Marie lives with her husband and two young children in the neighbourhood.
Katrina is completing her final year of her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology through Western University, London, Ontario. She is currently a Psychology Intern with Dalton Associates and Launch Behavioural Health. She is practicing therapy and completing psychoeducational assessments under supervision of a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Katrina holds an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor. She also holds a Masters of Art degree in Psychology and Special Education from Western University, London, Ontario. She has worked with diverse populations of children and youth ages 3 – 21 with previous experience working alongside a psychologist at a school board and three community-based clinics in Windsor, Ontario and London, Ontario over the last 4 years.
Katrina uses both a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eclectic approach to psychotherapy which allows her to incorporate a variety of therapies and principles in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the client and their family. Through psychotherapy she works with youth and their families who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, negative thinking, and difficulty with self-regulation.
Senior and Instructor Therapists
Cassidy is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who holds a Master’s of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Brock University. She has been engaged in the field of ABA since 2014 and has experience working with children and teens diagnosed with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has experience delivering and supervising services in school classrooms, hospital-based clinics, and private ABA centers both in person and via TeleHealth. She also has experience developing and facilitating various social groups to target specific skills including friendship, anger, life skills, and anxiety.
Sarah has over 7 years of experience working with children with special education needs in both private and government-funded practices. Sarah has practiced ABA in center-based and home-based settings with children and youth with ASD and provides quality care for clients in a professional and caring manner. She has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University and is concurrently pursuing a Master’s in Developmental Psychology of Education from the University of Toronto as well as her certification in behaviour analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Colleen graduated from Brock University with a Master of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Bilingual Certificate in French from Laurentian University. Colleen is new to the field of ABA but has experience working with children and teens diagnosed with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders since 2016 where she provided swimming lessons to clients at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Megan is working towards her certification in behaviour analysis. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and has recently received a Master of Applied Disability Studies degree with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Brock University. Megan’s previous employment and student placement history includes working with adults with mental illness, dual diagnosis, acquired brain injury and children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Megan is looking forward to continuing her career with Launch.
Lisa is a recent graduate of the Behavioural Science Technician postgraduate program at George Brown College. Through this program, she had the opportunity to learn about the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and its applications to various populations. Prior to this, Lisa completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Western University. During her last two years of undergraduate studies, Lisa was an active volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Society London and Middlesex where she supported clients by facilitating social interaction during social recreational programs. Through this experience, Lisa recognized the importance of practicing values such as patience and commitment when fostering therapeutic relationships with clients. Lisa’s previous work with children includes volunteering at Camp Trillium where she engaged with children in all camp activities to immerse them in a fun camp experience. Lisa is interested in pursuing a Masters in Occupational Therapy in conjunction to learning ABA strategies and interventions.
Saikha recently graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is planning to further her studies in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Saikha is new to the field of ABA therapy, however, she has a breadth of experience working with children. Her previous experience includes working with children in daycares and in before-and-after school settings, teaching music to children and adults in school, private, and in-home environments, as well as volunteering with vulnerable populations such as palliative care patients and children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and illnesses.
Samantha graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology. During her studies Samantha was involved with SWAM Ottawa, a non-profit student initiative providing one-on-one swimming instruction to youth with special needs where she fostered a commitment to ensure positive and integrative experiences for all children. In previous employment, she collaboratively worked on the development and implementation of inclusive programming for children requiring additional supports in day camps as well as school settings. Samantha is currently pursuing certification in behaviour analysis and is looking forward to her career with Launch.
Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Ryerson University and a post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from Mohawk College. She has previous experience working in the field providing services to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in school boards and in another ABA center. Since 2010, she has been coaching children with neurodevelopment disabilities in gymnastics and dance. Nicole is working towards her certification in behaviour analysis.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and psychology and is planning to pursue a Master of Applied Disabilities Studies. She became involved in the field in the summer of 2013 after volunteering as a Student Educational Assistant with the Toronto Catholic District School Board Special Needs Summer Program. Following this experience, Lindsay began conducting respite work where she has had countless opportunities to collaborate with clients and caregivers in varying capacitates to date. Lindsay is excited to further explore the field and learn more about early intervention.
Wajeeha graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Human Biology. This program allowed her to learn about Applied Behaviour Analysis and behaviour modification in diverse populations. During her studies, Wajeeha was involved in supporting patients during their hospital stay to prevent further progression of mental health issues. Although Wajeeha is new to the field of ABA therapy, she has previous experience working with children in after school programs and play based settings. Wajeeha is passionate about mental health and is hoping to pursue her masters in clinical psychology. She also loves to read and bake!
Luxshiga is a new graduate of George Brown’s Accelerated Behavioural Technician Program in Applied Behavioural Science. Luxshiga has her HBsc from the University of Toronto double majoring in Human Biology and Psychology. While at UofT, she was an active member and president of MEDLIFE a non-profit organization where she travelled to Peru to deliver medical care to individuals living in regions with no medical care available. Luxshiga is also a former volunteer at Princess Margaret Cancer Center in the Ambulatory clinics for UHN.. Her passion for the field of ABA arose from working with children with developmental disabilities through her trip abroad. Having the experience working in the health care field, Luxshiga hopes to pursue a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She hopes to continue to work with children throughout her career, and change the lives of all children with development disabilities through the use of ABA strategies.
Sonia is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. Her degree program taught the foundations of behavioural science and psychological theory. Throughout her studies Sonia was an active volunteer at the Guelph General Hospital and a campus mental health advocate. She continues to pursue her passion for mental health advocacy through her volunteer position with the Canadian charity Jack.org. Sonia is new to the field of ABA, but has extensive experience working with children through private tutoring and in the classroom science workshops. She is working towards continuing her education to become a clinical psychologist. In her free time, Sonia loves to read and listen to music.
Rosemary is a graduate of George Brown’s Behavioural Science Technician postgraduate program and continues to work towards her certification in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Prior to becoming involved in the field of behavioural science, Rosemary worked as an Adaptive and Inclusive program staff for the City of Toronto. In this role, she adapted children’s recreation programming to ensure it accessible and inclusive for children with disabilities. She has volunteered in the therapeutic playroom at Holland Bloorview Hospital, providing therapeutic recreation activities for children receiving inpatient treatment. Rosemary is passionate about connecting with clients through the development of a therapeutic relationship. She is looking forward to continuing her career as part of the Launch team!