Dr Jesse Lam

​Dr. Lam's first interest and curiosity in human behavior developed when she was in the seventh grade. This interest continued to develop when she was given the opportunity in 2003 to intern at Agnews Developmental Center. Before Agnews closed its doors in 2009, it was one of California's oldest and largest treatment facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Since then, Dr. Lam has continued to expand in her repertoire in the treatment of  psychological and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

During her doctoral studies, Dr. Lam was particularly interested in Autistic Disorder, which expanded her passion in the study of human behavior. Her dissertation research explored the experience of Asian American mothers raising children with Autistic Disorder. The cultural and traditional beliefs regarding mental disorders were examined along with the personal, social, and cultural experiences of raising children with Autistic Disorder. This study found common themes shared among Asian American mothers in their understanding, perspective, parenting styles, distressing factors, cultural beliefs, and values of Autistic Disorder. The results reflect the unique cultural experiences that Asian American mothers have in raising children with Autistic Disorder due to cultural factors and influences. 

Dr. Lam's passion and expertise is in the study of human behavior and the application of applied behavior analysis. She specializes in the treatment of behaviors associated to an array of psychological diagnoses. In addition, Dr. Lam also specializes in the modification of dysfunctional and maladaptive behaviors using techniques from classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning theory to analyze behaviors deemed maladaptive and dysfunctional. On her spare time, Dr. Lam works on-call at Santa Clara County's Main Jail to service patients through the Department of Corrections. As part of a crisis team, Dr. Lam assess drug induced and severely mental ill patients with acute psychotic symptoms. 

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About me


Dr. Lam is a Clinical Psychologist and specialist in Behavior Analysis in the treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She received her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from John. F. Kennedy University. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis, where she received a Bachelor's Degree with double majors in Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Lam is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis program through the University of California, Los Angeles to pursue a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Lam completed her predoctoral training and postdoctoral fellowship at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. She is the CEO and owner of Bay Area Behavioral Connection (BABC)She is also the Executive Director of Bay Area Behavioral Group (BABG).Dr. Lam developed all of BABC's and BABG's programs to treat children with neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Lam is also trained and experienced to treat an array of psychological disorders, however, her area of expertise is Autism Spectrum Disorder. After many years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders, in 2009, Dr. Lam created and developed all of BABG's and BABC's current programs.