EDUCATION

Applied Behavior Analysis
2017-Present

University of California, Los Angeles 
Program Emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis 

Certification program for Board Certification Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Pursuant for a Doctoral Designation (BCBA-D) 

Doctor of Psychology Degree

Clinical Psychology                                                                  

October 2008- June 2013

John F. Kennedy University                      
American Psychological Association accredited program
Program emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity

 

Masters of Arts Degree

Counseling Psychology                                                                      
January 2006-2008

John F. Kennedy University
American Psychological Association accredited program
Program emphasis in combination of experiential learning, theory and fieldwork.
Program targeted towards MFT for licensure

 

Bachelors of Arts Degree

Double majors in Psychology and Sociology                                             
October 2003- December 2005
University of California, Davis

 

Associates of Arts Degree

General Studies with an emphasis in Psychology                                   
September 2001- December 2003
Mission College


CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Behavioral Health Consultant (Contractor)

Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP)

April 2017-Present

San Jose, California

Provide clinical and behavioral consultation for the Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) of clients/patients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Assess and analyze diagnosis, treatment and implementation of services provided to clients under the care of Santa Clara Family Health Plan and Medi-Cal. 


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
March 2015- Present
San Jose, California

Mental Health Clinician
Provide crisis assessment and intervention to inmates within the Department of Corrections (DOC) at Santa Clara Main Jail. Collaborate with psychiatrist, licensed clinicians and mental health professionals for the treatment of severe mentally ill inmates.  Provide behavioral management and interventions, using basic crisis-response techniques and intervention tactics. Initiating emergency detentions and emergency protective placements (5150). Provide acute crisis intervention and management of inmates with severe mental disorders, including serious and persistent mental illnesses (depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders) as well as personality disorders, alcohol and/or drug abuse, developmental disabilities and active psychosis. 

Bay Area Behavioral Group

January 2015-Present

Executive Director

Created and develop individualized treatment programs for infants and children ages 0-5. Awaiting federal funding from the State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Attained private insurance, school and private consultation funding. Created individualize programs for the implementation to address behavioral and developmental symptoms to children and toddlers diagnosed with autism, related disorder or other diagnosis not otherwise yet diagnosed. Developed the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation for clients/patients with Medi-Cal needing diagnostic services utilizing assessments such as Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Vineland Behavioral Assessment and Battelle Developmental Inventory. 

 

Bay Area Behavioral Connection                                                              
January 2012- Present
Chief Executive Officer and Owner
Manage the day-to-day management of the company. Created and developed individualized Adaptive Skills Training, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Behavioral Modification Programs that are funded by the State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), private insurance, school, and private consultation. Created individualized programs for implementation by staff members with clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related Intellectual Disorders. Other duties include: conducting behavioral and developmental assessments such as Vineland Behavior Assessment, developing individualized treatment plans, program curriculum, and manage program outcome of each individual client. Oversee all programs and the overall duties and responsibilities of Licensed Supervisors, Program Directors, Behavioral Consultants and Behavioral Interventionists. Other responsibilities include developing and implementing individualized treatment program for 150 children and families.

Gardner Family Care Corporation                                                                     
March 2012- June 2012
Mental Health Specialist
Provided counseling service to children,adolescence and families within the Cambodian, Asian and Pacific Islander population. Services were conducted in clients’ native languages (Vietnamese and Cambodian) or English as needed. Services were held within various settings to address issues related to academia, social skills, trauma, social and behavior problems and other psychological issues that hinders clients’’ ability to function within day-to-day living. Provided parent training and consultation around mental health and treatment in a culturally sound approach. Services were conducted in Vietnamese and Cambodian.
Supervisor: Denise Tan Agatep, LCSW and Yan Le, LCSW

Silicon Valley Applied Behavioral Analysis Consulting and Services     
May 2008- Present
San Jose, California

Behavioral Management Consultant
Implemented parent training/education in behavioral services and created individualized behavioral intervention plans and programs. Duties also included: implementing treatment plans to ensure consistency across the treatment for the direct service of clients and duties of Behavioral Therapists. Conducted assessments and interviews with clients and families to assess presenting concerns and offering information and support to reach individualized goals. Treatment themesinclude: Autism Spectrum Disorders, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pica disorder, trichotillomania, agoraphobia and a wide range of maladaptive behavioral concerns. Implement intensive behavioral modification, social learning theory, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and play therapy. In addition, other interventions also included: intensive behavior medication, functional behavior assessment (FBA) and applied behavior analysis (ABA) through modified discrete trial, social skills training, incidental teaching and/or pivotal response training, inclusion support services and other related services according with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Individual Program Plan (IPP) and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Supervisor: Alma Bayani, Psy.D., Program Director

Starlight Adolescent Center                                                                        
August 2007- June 2008
San Jose, California

Youth Counselor Coordinator
Worked with California’s top 1% of severely emotionally disturbed (SED) adolescent in a level 14 locked treatment facility. Psychological and mental disorders range from schizophrenia, psychotic features, paranoia, personality disorder traits, intermittent explosive disorder, delusional disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, and a full range of destructive behavioral issues. Apart of a treatment team responsible for the direct care to meet psychological and physical needs of adolescents through direct and indirect physical and verbal interaction. Promoted and assisted adolescents with self-help skills, while providing day-to-day supervision including daily living, personal care, planned group and individual activities, and school. Acted on behalf of the Unit Manager in his/her absence, covered unfilled Youth Counselor’s shift, oriented and mentored newly hired Youth Counselors and served as Code Captain in absence of the Crisis Specialist. Trained to respond and act in immediate crisis intervention from self-injurious behavior, suicidal gestures and attempts.
Supervisor: Edgar Narvo, Unit Manager

 

DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County                                                       
September 2011- June 2015
San Jose, California
Provide therapeutic services within the behavioral health department working with various programs and demographic, addressing issues relating to mental health for individual, couples and family counseling. Provide court-mandated treatment referred from Santa Clara County Criminal Court for individuals on probation to address anger management issues. Other duties include: working specifically with ethnically diverse populations, conducting psychological assessments, immigration evaluations and provide direct treatment of a wide range of mental health illnesses. Client populationinclude those diagnosed with bipolar, adjustment, anxiety,and depressive and personality disorders. Engaged in regular risk assessments for suicidal and homicidal risk and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and major depressive disorders with psychotic features.

A part of multidisciplinary support team in the Integrated Services Mentally Ill Parolee program contracted with the Santa Clara County of the Mental Health Department. Provide psychological evaluations and direct treatment of parolees referred from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) under AB 109 and Prop 36. Primary duties includes; conducting initial psychosocial assessment for parolees prior to receiving access to other medical services. Psychological treatment is also provided through a time-limited approach.
Supervisors: John Sullivan, Psy.D., Debbie Collins, R.N.
                          

PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
Gardner Family Care Corp.                                                             
September 2010- June 2011
San Jose, California
Conducted individual and family psychological rehabilitation services for children ages 3-18 years diagnosed with adjustment disorders, learning disorders, and disruptive behavioral disorders. Utilized centered orientation and cognitive-behavioral models, as well as parent-child interaction, parent training, and play and art therapy techniques. Collaborated with family members and an integrated treatment team. Completed assessments including initial interview,Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and facilitated psychoeducational groups for children aged 2-6 and 5-18 coping with familial distresses, emotional disturbances and disruptive behavioral diagnoses. Worked with a wide range of underserved demographics providing services that included: advocacy/case management, rehabilitation, child therapy, community intervention, consultation/liaison, crisis intervention, family therapy, and individual therapy. Collaborated with a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals and staff to organize treatment planning.
Supervisors: Manual Yaniz, Ph.D. and Denise Tan Agatep, LCSW

John F. Kennedy University Community Counseling Center                
October 2009- June 2010
Sunnyvale, California
Trained in a broad range of therapeutic theories and techniques to provide a variety of treatment approaches designed to meet the needs of each individual. Provided clinical therapeutic interventions for families, adolescents, children, couples, and individuals to facilitate personal and interpersonal functioning and growth with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, developmental, and organizational concerns. Worked with a wide range of presenting issues from parent education, life transitions, marital and relational conflict, grief,anxiety and depression. Mentored incoming MFT trainees with concerns relating to working with clients, providing counseling service, and treatment planning.
Supervisors: Sara Woods, Ph.D. and Michele Caban, MFT

Center for Independent Living (CIL)                                                           
October 2008-June 2009
Berkeley, California
Worked with individuals with various mental, developmental and physical disabilities to learn in-depth, gain awareness and attain knowledge in policy and social change. Worked with advocates, mental health professionals, and professional liaisons to support disabled individuals in their efforts toward independence. Participated in consumer outreach program and conducted over 600 telephone intakes for information referral to individuals in need of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Attained knowledge in governmental and private organizations, resources in the community, laws,regulations and policies that govern the various state funded organizations and agencies.
Supervisor: Will Osuna, M.A., Program Director

John F. Kennedy University Community Counseling Center               
January 2008- September 2008
Sunnyvale, California
Clinically trained to counsel and provide therapeutic interventions to families, adolescents, children, couples, and individuals to facilitate personal and interpersonal functioning and growth with a focus on various presenting concerns and themes. Conducted telephone intake of potential clients in need of counseling services. Provided referrals to other agencies for individuals who are acutely suicidal, potentially violent, suffering from severe psychiatric illness, or actively abusing drugs or alcohol. Made referrals to public and private social service organizations, community agencies and assisted clients in understanding and utilizing these resources.
Supervisors: Peiying Peng, LMFT and Michelle Mervin, LMFT

Stevens Creek Elementary                                  
January-2007- June 2008
Cupertino, California 
Provided counseling service under a licensed supervisor within an academic setting for the Cupertino School District. Collaborated with faculty members and parents to implement one hour weekly sessions with individual clients ranging between five through 11 years of age. Skilled in establishing rapport with clients and applying techniques to address psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of each client’s presenting concerns. Utilized play therapy, sand tray, art therapy, talk therapy, cognitive, behavioral, and narrative interventions. Treatment themes included a wide range of issues from conduct disorder, self-esteem, social and personal issues, adjustment disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder to autism spectrum disorder as observed in school and in home settings.
Supervisors: Peiying Peng, M.A. MFT; Michelle Caban, M.A. MFT; Principal Vivian Franklin


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, VOLUNTEER and TRAINING
Early Start of California
September-November 2017
Early Start Foundation: Early Intervention
Foundations: Understanding Systems, Processes, and Practices (Formerly referred to as Foundations I)
Foundations: Working Through the IFSP Process (Formerly referred to as Foundations II)
Skill Base: Facilitating Communication Development


Verbal Behavior Institute

September 2017

Registered Behavior Technician Training

40 hours of training for the Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

 

Google Glass Project

July 2017-Present

Overseeing Bay Area Behavioral Connection's clients under Stanford University's research on Google Glass and the treatment of autism.


Autism Speaks                                                                                             
May 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Walk Now for Autism
Organized group events and fundraising for the awareness and research of autism spectrum disorder.

Vien Thao Media
July-August 2015

Guest speaker on the treatment, diagnosis, symptoms, and and prognosis of autism spectrum disorder.

YWCA
Sexual Assault Training

May 2015

Behavior Frontier Training Center
January 2015

15 units, 40 hours of training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism.  Training designed to help professionals confidently and effectively use research-based ABA methods.

Jeena.org
January 2014-2016

Contracted to develop and create a social skills groups for children with disability. Create and develop a performance for Jeena’s annual performance.

Evergreen Valley College                                                                                     
December 2013

Guest Lecturer for Developmental Psychology course.

 

Behavior Frontier Training Center                                                                              

August 2013
15 units/40 hours of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training Program with Autism Specialization.

 Jeena.Org                                                                                                      

February- May 2012
Contracted to organize and facilitate social groups for children withdisability within the Southeast Asian community. Organized peer and parent volunteers as needed and oversaw staff’s implementation of each scheduled activities per group. Choreographed a performance for Jeena.org’s annual celebration.

The Learning Institute                                                                                         

October 2010
Department of Alcohol and Drug Services Mental Health Department
Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Key Concepts and Resources
Interactive training offering an overview of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health field about multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the needsin children ages 0-5 population.

 

The Learning Institute                                                                                         

November 2010
Department of Alcohol and Drug Services Mental Health Department
Communicable Disease
Seminar on substance abuse and the vulnerability to HIV,TB and Hepatitis, explain what educational information clients need to know and provide examples of effective interventions.

Autism Speaks                                                                                               

June 2010
Volunteer: Team Tots withAuts
Organized and managed a team of volunteers to walk for Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism marathon. Independently rose over 100% of stated goal to support Autism Speaks to fund research, advocacy, family services and awareness of autism.

California Early Start: Early Start Skill Builder II                                           
February 2010
Early Start CSPD Statewide Institutes. Receivedcertificate of completion for Early Start to provide adequate services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Gerona USA, Northern California Division

Event Coordinator Assistant                                                                            
January 2007-2009
Assisted and coordinated with the association’s President and Vice President to organize programs and events to raise funds and awareness for those less fortunate andunder-privileged children living in the province of Gerona, Philippines.

 

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Drive                                                                
February 2005
The Ultimate Drive
San Jose, California
Volunteered for BMW Ultimate Drive supporting Susan G. Komen for the breast cancer movement and helped raised funds and breast cancer awareness.

Mission College                                                                                           
Oct. 2006- June 2007
Tutor, General Psychology & Developmental Psychology
Tutored andaided English as Second Language students with difficulty understanding basic concepts of the English language and comprehension of class lecture materials, course readings, assignments and exam preparations.

Parkview Elementary School                                                                       
Feb. 2005- June 2005
Group Leader
Volunteered as a group leader for an after school program working with school age children. Coordinated groups for arts and crafts, homework, drama, and physical activities.


Agnews Developmental Center                                                                 
Sept. 2003-Mar. 2004
Nursing Assistant
San Jose, California
Volunteered and worked alongside nurses to assist in solitary and group supervision of mentally ill patients with behavioral and social developmental disabilities through group and 1:1 settings. Implemented and performed recreational activities during various occasions, holidays, and coordinated outdoor leisure interests with individual patients.


DISSERTATION RESEARCH  
Asian American Mothers’ Experience Raising Children with Autistic Disorder
This dissertation examined Asian American mothers’ experience raising children with autistic disorder and how these mothers have made meanings having children with a mental disorder. This dissertation also examined the mothers’ cultural beliefs, perceptions, expectations,understanding and explanation of autistic disorder. The cultural and traditional beliefs regarding mental disorders were examined along with the personal, social, and cultural experience 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 reflected the unique cultural experiences that Asian American mothers have in raising children with Autistic Disorder. Furthermore, this dissertation provided valuable clinical skills, knowledge and understanding working with this population in a more culturally sensitive manner.


SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

Silicon Valley Business Journal

Silicon Vally Business Journal 2017 100 Women of Influence 

May 2017

Honoree as the top 100 woman of influence


The Corporation for National and Community Service
June 2015
The President’s Volunteer Service Award

Steven Benovitz Memorial Intern of the Year Award

June 2015

Autism Speaks                                                                                               

December 2010
Received award and honored as 2010 Top Fundraiser.


Santa Clara County Mental Health Department                                                        
September 2010
Awarded the Mental Health Service Act’s Workforce Education and Training Program stipend to student interns for the academic year 2010-2011.

John F. Kennedy University Psy.D.  Scholarship                        
June 2010 & September 2011
Received scholarship award, specifically for students who are actively involved within the community to support and enhance diversity.
       

                                                    
LANGUAGES

Fluent in expressive and receptive communication in both:

Vietnamese
Khmer

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS AND TESTING
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale
Ages and Stages Questionaire -ASQ-3 & ASQ-SE
Receptive-Expressive Emerent Lanuage Test - REEL-3

Trained in projective, personality, cognitive and aptitude tests. 

Immigration Evaluations

Psychological and developmental screening


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND INVOLVEMENT
American Psychological Association                                                                                                                  

American Psychological Association: Division 12 Clinical Psychology                                                                                    

Santa Clara County Psychological Association                                                                                                                           
Association for Behavior Analysis International    

Board of Psychology - Registered Psychologist #2012388

Board of Behavioral Science - Marriage & Family Therapist Intern # 85673

Behavior Analyst Certification Board - BACB Candidate Number #BACB401565                                                                                                                                                                                        


CURRENT PROJECTS
Early Intervention Program
Developing an Early Intervention program that promotes the child's growth and development and that supports families during the critical early years for children include infants or toddlers, 0-36 months old, when there is a significant delay in one or more areas of development, or when the infant/toddler has an established risk condition or significant developmental disability, or when the infant/toddler has two or more biomedical risk factors. 

Early Start services are individualized and may include periodic monitoring, early interventionist home visits, and speech, occupational, and physical therapy.  The main partners and providers of Early Start Services in Santa Clara County are San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) and Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

Bay Area Behavioral Group
Developing a sister company to Bay Area Behavioral Connection. Program emphasis on early intervention serving children,infants and toddlers ages 0-3 years.
Services Includes:
Speech Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavioral Health Treatment
Parent Training and Consultation

Neurological and developmental screening

REFERENCE TESTIMONIALS
Supervisor 1:
"Jesse is very open to new ideas, concepts, and suggestions.  I know she continues to learn the newest technologies in the field.  She then carries them out in her sessions. She is at ease with each newcase, and has good strategies that facilitate positive changes for her clients’ behaviors and mental states. Jesse shines in her task-approach skills.  She is meticulous, strategic in her approach to her work. She excels in her goal setting and reaching her goals."

Supervisor 2:
"Jesse is committed to excellence. Her work habits are scintillating. She is one of the hardest working people I have come to known.  More than working hard, she always look for ways to improve the current situation, resulting in more efficiency and better outcomes.  This is obvious one of her very strong characters that ensures her success. Additionally, Jesse takes initiative and maintains a leadership role, as she is constantly willing to assist her colleagues and consistently takes on new assignments with great enthusiasm. Of the many individuals I have supervised in my role as program supervisor, I can undoubtedly say that Jesse ranks among the top in all aspects, from work ethic to clinical skills. In addition to her described strengths, Jesse is very resourceful, maintains a positive attitude, and was truly an asset to our organization. She is extraordinary and brilliant and I highly recommend her as she will be a significant contribution to the richness of any agency."


Supervisor 3:
"It is evident that Jesse desires to learn and challenges herself. She handles all of her cases exceptionally well. Her demeanor with her clients is warm and open. She demonstrates great communication and follow-up skills in her communication. At the same time, she demonstrates the highest standard for professional boundaries. Her ability to connect with her clients and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. Jesse’s amalgamations of administrative and clinical skills are admirable. "
 

 

Colleague

"Jesse leads by example; staff, clients and parents find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating. As part of the executive management team, Jesse has worked hard to build authentic relationships with all clients, staff, funding providers and consumers alike. I believe Jesse exhibits many of the qualities that are essential to succeed in all of her endeavors. Jesse distinguishes herself as a conscientious and energetic pioneer in the fields of leadership and management. I have enormous respect for her leadership skills, and have been pleased to work with her. She has instituted many impressive programs for those that the association serves, and it has been an honor to consult with her on some of these projects. I have the greatest admiration for her line of work and professional interests."


Dr Jesse Lam

CUrriculum Vitae