CUrriculum Vitae

Dr Jesse Lam








Applied Behavior Analysis
University of California, Los Angeles 

​Los Angeles, California
Program eligible for Board Certified Behavior Analysis Certification 

​Doctor of Psychology Degree

Clinical Psychology                                                                                  
October 2008-June 2013
John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, California                               
American Psychological Association-approved program
Program emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity

Master of Arts Degree 
Counseling Psychology                                                                                  
January 2006-2008
John F. Kennedy University

Campbell, California
American Psychological Association-approved program
Program emphasis is in combination of experiential learning, theory and fieldwork.
Program targeted MFT track towards licensure

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Double majors in Psychology and Sociology                                                 
October 2003-December 2005
University of California

Davis, California 

Associate of Arts Degree
General Studies with an emphasis in Psychology                                          
September 2001-December 2003
Mission College

Santa Clara, California                   


Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County                                             
September 2011-June 2015
San Jose, California
Provided therapeutic services within the behavioral health department to treat individuals, couples and family counseling. Provided court-mandated treatment to clients referred from Santa Clara County Criminal Court for individuals on probation. Other duties included: working specifically with ethnically diverse populations, conducted psychological assessments, immigration evaluations and provided direct treatment of a wide range of mental health disorders. Client population included those diagnosed with psychotic disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders and developmental disorders. Conducted regular evaluations for suicidal and homicidal risks and positive symptoms related to psychotic disorders.

A secondary position entailed working within a clinic setting with a multidisciplinary support team of nurses, medical doctors and clinicians to provide to psychological services to mentally ill parolees, referred by Santa Clara County Mental Health Department. Provided psychological evaluations and direct treatment of parolees referred from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) under AB 109 and Prop 36. Primary duties included; conducting initial psychosocial assessment for parolees prior to receiving access to other medical services. Psychological treatment was provided through a time-limited approach. 
Supervisors: John Sullivan, Psy.D., Debbie Collins, R.N.

                                          CURRENT CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

San Jose State University


Adjunct Faculty
Developed a course for San Jose State's University's Health Sciences and Recreation Department in Specialized Intervention in Recreation Therapy: Behavior Intervention (RECL 140B). Developed a course which incorporates behavioral health treatment in conjunction to  recreational therapy. Collaborating the the concepts of recreational therapy, which is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address and assess the needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological well-being utilizing behavioral intervention. 

John F. Kennedy University
College of Psychology
Adjunct Faculty - Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board to develop the Masters of Art’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Analysis. Collaborating with JFK University's Dean, along with other board members in the development of the Applied Behavior Analysis program for accreditation through the development of creating comprehensive courses while enhancing its’ structure and integrity of the program. JFK’s program to follow the Board Certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) Verified Course Sequence (VCS)’s for both the 4thand upcoming 5thEdition Task List.

Santa Clara Family Health Plan 
March 2017-2018
Behavioral Health Consultant/Contractor
San Jose, California
Provide consultation services for the Behavioral Health Treatment of clients/patients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders. Assess and analyze the treatment and implementation of services provided to clients under the care of Santa Clara Family Health Plan and Medi-Cal for difficult to rare clinical cases.

Bay Area Behavioral Group
January 2016-Present
Executive Director
Created and developed individualized treatment programs for infants and children ages 0-3. Developed an Early Intervention program that promotes children’s growth and development and that supports families to identify significant delays in one or more areas of development, or when the infant/toddler has an established risk conditions, significant developmental disability, or when the infant/toddler has two or more biomedical risk factors.Created individualize programs to treat behavioral and developmental symptoms to children and toddlers without diagnosis and those diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Developed the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation program for clients/patients with Medi-Cal needing diagnostic services. Trained diagnostic team to assess, evaluate and diagnose within a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. 

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

Mental Health Clinician
Provide crisis assessment and acute intervention to inmates within the Department of Corrections (DOC) at Santa Clara Main Jail in acute settings to provide treatment that are efficient, effective, accessible, timely, and of quality equal to or exceeding community standards. Collaborate with psychiatrist, medical professionals, licensed clinicians and mental health professionals for the treatment of severe mentally ill inmates. Initiating emergency detentions and emergency protective placements (5150). Provide one-on-one treatment and behavioral intervention to manage and reduce psychotic symptoms, anxiety, and symptoms of depressions, drug-induced psychosis and other psychological disturbances, in addition to crisis intervention and support services in the event of a crisis or extraction. Treatment emphasis to address adaptive skills residential training, crisis stabilization, acute intervention, with suicide analysis and intervention. 

Bay Area Behavioral Connection                                                                
January 2011-Present

Chief Executive Office and Owner
Oversee the day-to-day operation and management of the company. Created and developed individualized Adaptive Skills Training, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Behavioral Modification and treatment programs that are funded by the State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), private insurance, school and private consultation. Created individualize 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, 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 responsibility includes developing and implementing individualized treatment program for 100+ children and families. 


Designed a Comprehensive Diagnosis Evaluation CDE) program utilizing developmental, neurological and cognitive testing to assess early detection and diagnosis of neurological and developmental disorders. Created a comprehensive program to conduct, evaluate, assess children 0-5 who are at risks to attain early intervention services through Medi-Cal utilizing an array of psychological testing and evaluations utilizing the following battery of tests:

Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3)
Alberta Language and Development Questionnaire (ALDeQ)
Assessment of Hearing
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition, Normative Update (BDI-2 NU)
Childhood Autism Rating Scales- Second Edition(CARS-2)
Evaluating Acquired Skills in Communication (EASIC-3)
Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
Functional Hearing Assessment
Functional Vision Assessment
Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (GFTA-3)
Individualized Family Plan (IFSP)
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition (PDMS-2)
Preschool Language Scales (PLS-5)
Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Test, Third Edition (REEL-3)
Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)
Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2)
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3)
Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence- Second Edition (WASI-II)

                                         PAST CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

Gardner Family Care Corporation                                                          
March 2012-June 2012

Mental Health Specialist
Provided counseling services 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 through culturally sound approaches. 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 2008-2011

Behavioral Management Consultant
San Jose, California
Implemented parent training and psychoeducation in behavioral health services and created individualized behavioral intervention plans and treatment. 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 providing information and support of each client’s treatment. Treatment themes included: Autism Spectrum Disorders, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pica disorder, trichotillomania, agoraphobia and a wide range of maladaptive behavioral concerns. Implement intensive behavioral modification, pivotal response training, 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                                                                        
Aug. 2007-June 2008

Youth Counselor Coordinator
San Jose, California
Worked with California’s top 1% of severely emotionally disturbed (SED) adolescents in a level 14, locked treatment facility. Psychological and mental disorders and symptoms ranged from schizophrenia, active psychosis, 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 Counselors’ shifts, oriented and mentored newly hired Youth Counselors and served as Code Captain in absence of the Crisis Specialist. Trained (Pro-Act) to respond and act in immediate crisis intervention from self-injurious behavior, suicidal gestures and attempts.
Supervisor: Edgar Narvo, Unit Manager

Gardner Family Care Corp.                                                                
September 2010-June 2011
San Jose, California

Doctoral Practicum Trainee
Conducted individual and family psychological rehabilitation services for children ages 3-18 years diagnosed with adjustment disorders, learning disorders, and disruptive behavioral disorders. Utilized client centered orientation and cognitive-behavioral models, as well as parent-child interaction, parent training, and play and art therapy techniques. Routine tasks include billing Medi-Cal, progress notes in PIRP format, Initial Assessment Reports, Treatment Plans, chart audits to ensure viability for Medi-Cal billing. Collaborated with family members within an integrated treatment team. Completed assessments utilizing 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 to organize treatment planning. 
Supervisors: Manual Yaniz, Ph.D. and Denise Tan Agatep, LCSW


John F. Kennedy University Community Counseling Center                    
Oct. 2009-June 2010
Sunnyvale, California

Doctoral Practicum Trainee
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, LMFT

Center for Independent Living (CIL)                                                          
Oct. 2008-June 2009
Berkeley, California

Doctoral Practicum Trainee
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                   
Jan-2008-Sept. 2008
Sunnyvale, California

​Marriage Family Therapy Intern
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, Cupertino, California                                       
Jan-2007-June 2008

​Marriage Family Therapy Intern
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. Utilized and applied 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



Verbal Behavior Institute
Certification for 40-Hour Online Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training Program. 
This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician TM Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the Registered Behavior Technician certification.

Google Glass Project

Oversaw the collaboration with Stanford University and Hospital with Bay Area Behavioral Connection clients in research using Google Glass in the treatment of autism.


Personal Charity
Nha Trang and Soc Trang Province, Vietnam
Visited (2018) the city of Nha Trang and the province of Soc Trang, Vietnam and organized volunteers and donation drive for children of Nha Trang’s orphanage. Visited orphanage to train caretakers caring for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and a myriad of medical conditions. Organize annual donations to collect proper footwear for children of Soc Trang Province.

California Early Start Training

Multi-modal personnel development delivery, integrating comprehensive, evidence-based content with e-learning and social interaction technologies to facilitate efficient, widespread delivery of training to personnel working with children and families. Training focuses on planning and implementing professional development in support of early intervention services.

Vien Thao TV and Radio


Guest expert speaker on neurodevelopment disorders, treatment, and information for the Vietnamese community. Co-host with San Andreas Regional Center Coordinator and Phuong Kim Nguyen, Esq. Provided callers with information on symptoms, attaining diagnostic services and treatment. 


Behavior Frontier Training Center
January 2015
15 units, 40 hours of training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism.  Trainingdesigned to help professionals confidently and effectively use research-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods.
January 2014-2015
Contracted to develop and create social skills groups for children with neurological and developmental disabilities. 

Evergreen Valley College                                                                                       
December 2013
Guest lectured a general Developmental Psychology course in an interactive lecture. 

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

February-May 2012
Contracted to organize and facilitate social skills groups for children with neurological and developmental disabilities within the Southeast Asian community. Organized peer and parent volunteers. Choreographed a performance for’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 in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the needs in children ages 0-5 population.

The Learning Institute                                                                                          
November 2010
Department of Alcohol and Drug Services Mental Health Department 
Seminaron Communicable Diseases, substance abuse and treatment of clients with communicable diseases. 

Autism Speaks                                                                                                                 
June 2010
Volunteer: Team Tots with Auts
Organized and managed a team of volunteers to walk for Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism marathon. Independently raised 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. 
Received certificate 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 under-privileged children living in the province of Gerona, Philippines.

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

Agnews Developmental Center                                                                   
Sept. 2003-Mar. 2004
Nursing Volunteer
San Jose, California
Volunteered to assist nurses in solitary and group supervision of mentally ill patients with behavioral and social developmental disabilities. Implemented and performed recreational activities 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.


Silicon Valley Business Journal

Silicon Valley Business Journal 2017

100 Women of Influence Award
An Honoree for the top 100 woman of influence award

The Corporation for National and Community Service
June 2015
The President of the United States’ Volunteer Service Award.

Steven Benovitz Memorial Intern of the Year Award
June 2015
Awarded in recognition as intern of the year during postdoctoral fellowship. 

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


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 
Received scholarship award, specifically for students who are actively involved within the community to support and enhance diversity.



Vietnamese                                                                                                                              Fluent
Khmer (Cambodian)                                                                                                                Fluent


American Psychological Association 2004-Present                                                                          
        Division 3: Experimental Psychology
        Division 7: Developmental Psychology
        Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
        Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology        
        Division 25: Behavior Analysis   
        Division 33: Div. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder.    
Santa Clara County Psychological Association 2015-Present                                                           

Association for Behavior Analysis International 2013-Present
Board of Psychology - Registered Psychologist #2012388
Board of Behavioral Science - Marriage & Family Therapist Intern # 85673
Behavior Analyst Certification Board - BACB Candidate Number #BACB401565
​California Association of Behavior Analysis 2018-Present


Early Intervention Screening

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Functional Behavior Assessment
Trained in projective, personality, cognitive and aptitude tests
Trained to conduct Psychological Immigration Evaluations for court hearings
Psychological, developmental and neurodevelopment evaluations



                                            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. " 



"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."