meet our team
Joslyn McCoy, Ph.D., LBA, B.C.B.A.-D
Dr. Joslyn McCoy, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Behavior Analyst, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. McCoy is a native of Lafayette and has been in practice in the Acadiana area since 2006.
Dr. McCoy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. McCoy went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Medical/Clinical Psychology from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. During that time, she completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) training program which aims to improve health outcomes for children at-risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. She also provided assessment and therapy services to children undergoing stem cell and solid organ transplant and their siblings. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Primary areas of study were Infant Mental Health (social and emotional development of those ages 0-6 years) and Pediatric Psychology. Dr. McCoy completed course work through University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis and supervised independent fieldwork to meet examination requirements for board certification in Behavior Analysis.
Dr. McCoy has been in private practice since 2012. Prior to that time, Dr. McCoy was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Her practice was within the Department of Pediatrics in Lafayette until its re-structure in 2012. Dr. McCoy volunteers as a member of the Autism Society Acadiana Advisory Board.
Services offered to children and adolescents include evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Developmental Delays, ADHD, Learning Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, and Mood concerns such as depression and anxiety/OCD.
Dr. McCoy’s training in behaviorism and infant mental health allows for a unique perspective on the social, emotional, and behavioral development of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This lends to a comprehensive conceptualization, assessment, and treatment planning and implementation process for young children.
Kimberly Broussard David, Ph.D.
Dr. Kimberly David, a native of Abbeville, LA, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007. She then received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009 and her Doctorate degree in School Psychology from University of Missouri in 2014. Dr. David completed a clinical internship and two years of a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute within Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. David conducts diagnostic evaluations and provides behavioral assessment and therapy for young children. She specializes in parent and child training for children, ages 2 years to 12 years of age, presenting with disruptive behaviors, such as noncompliance, tantrums, mild aggression, sleep difficulties, toileting difficulties, anxiety, depression, and behaviors related to ADHD. Dr. David is also a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist. PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.
Eleanore Heaton, Ph.D.
Dr. Eleanore “Ellie” Heaton is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Heaton is a native of Grand Coteau, Louisiana and a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011. Dr. Heaton then attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she earned her Master’s degree in Applied Educational Psychology (2014) and her Doctoral degree in School Psychology (2016). She completed a pre-doctoral internship with the Tennessee Internship Consortium in a rural school district and a university-based clinic. Dr. Heaton then completed a post-doctoral position with the University of Tennessee in both school and clinical settings. Dr. Heaton moved to Baton Rouge in 2017, where she worked for the West Baton Rouge Parish school system for three years before moving back home to Acadiana and joining the Aspire team. Dr. Heaton specializes in conducting psychological and psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents. Specifically, she offers assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorder using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delays, Behavior Disorders, and Mood Disorders. Dr. Heaton’s experience in both school and clinical settings makes her uniquely equipped to conduct comprehensive assessments and provide useful recommendations for clients, families, and teachers.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Morgan Foreman Bernard, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Mrs. Morgan F. Bernard is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2012, and her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015. She completed her Master’s thesis on the topic of “Responses towards Tantrum Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Morgan completed course work through University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis and supervised independent fieldwork with Dr. McCoy to meet examination requirements for board certification in Behavior Analysis. She has been board certified and licensed in the state of Louisiana to practice behavior analysis since 2016. She has worked in the field of ABA and with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder since 2013.
Morgan aims to provide effective and individualized behavioral treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Treatment focuses on teaching children skills they will need to be successful in multiple environments, like home, school, and the community. She specializes in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention and supervises the treatment of children in the preschool preparatory program at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. She also supervises treatment of school aged children needing additional behavioral or skill support after school hours. She is also available to consult with schools and teachers in order to aid in the creation of the most successful learning environment possible for children with Autism. Morgan also specializes in behavioral feeding therapy. She utilizes behavioral techniques while creating a fun and safe environment for children to explore and come to enjoy new foods.
Jennifer Moore Welliver, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Jennifer Welliver is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2013 from Spring Hill College. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Psychology in 2015 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During graduate school, Jennifer began working as a Registered Behavior Technician implementing Applied Behavior Analysis. Working as a Registered Behavior Technician with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder sparked a passion to continue education in this field. From there, Jennifer began her board certification coursework and supervised fieldwork, under the supervision of Dr. Joslyn McCoy, at the University of North Texas. Jennifer became board certified and licensed in the state of Louisiana in 2017. As a Behavior Analyst, Jennifer implements behavioral interventions personalized to each child. These personalized treatment interventions strive to teach necessary skills and tools needed throughout the child’s life, including school and home.
Alix Angelle Melancon, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Mrs. Alix A. Melancon is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Louisiana and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2014. She continued her education and earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Washington, distance program, where she also completed the course work in Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending the University of Washington, Alix completed the intensive practicum program under the supervision of Dr. Joslyn McCoy as well as the university’s BCBA. She has been board certified and licensed in the state of Louisiana to practice behavior analysis since 2017. Alix has been working with children since 2012 as an enrichment teacher and in the field of ABA since 2014 in both home and clinical settings. As a behavior analyst, Alix strives to create effective and efficient individualized behavioral treatment programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Treatment programs are designed to promote child independence as well as to develop essential skills necessary to be successful across all environments of the child’s life. Alix trains and supervises the treatment of the children in the preschool preparatory program at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. She is also available to collaborate with parents and teachers for children who need extra support in the school and home setting. All behavioral techniques used in programs are designed to be positive, safe, and fun for the children to create an effective and enjoyable learning environment.
Emily Menard, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Emily Menard is a Lafayette born and raised LBA and BCBA. She earned her bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology from LSU in 2012 and went on to earn her master's degree in Applied Psychology from UL in 2015. While at UL, Emily was a member of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group where she had the opportunity to learn about behavior analysis and travel to and present research at national behavior analysis conferences. As a part of her graduate assistantship at UL, she held reminiscence therapy groups for older adults at local assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Upon graduation, Emily found herself working with individuals on the opposite end of the lifespan and realized a passion for nurturing and teaching children with ASD. She began coursework for board certification through the University of North Texas and supervised fieldwork under Dr. McCoy and has been board certified and licensed in the state of Louisiana since 2018.
Emily aims to provide each child with the language, social, and adaptive skills they need to be successful in all areas of life both in the short-term and long-term while celebrating and cultivating the unique strengths and interests of each child. Each child's treatment program is designed specifically for them, is implemented in a positive, fun, and safe environment, and is continually assessed and modified for maximum effectiveness.
Whitney Bihm, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Whitney Bihm is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015. She worked as a Registered Line Technician with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Joslyn McCoy, Ph.D., LBA, BCBA-D which inspired her to continue her education in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in Muncie, IN in 2017, where she also completed the board certification coursework. Whitney obtained board certification in behavior analysis and licensure in the state of Louisiana in 2018. Whitney is committed to providing high quality behavior analysis services to children and their families in order to help them reach their fullest potential.
Lauren Sonnier, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Mrs. Lauren Sonnier, from the small town of Ville Platte, LA, is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her journey began at Louisiana State University where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015 and then pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Ball State University. She completed her course work through Ball State under the supervision of Joslyn McCoy, Ph.D., LBA, BCBA-D in 2016. Lauren has also trained fellow Aspire employees on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With greater than seven years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities, she is dedicated to helping individuals meet their highest potential and foster meaningful change. Lauren believes that every child is unique and deserves the appropriate services necessary to help reach his or her highest potential and support his or her natural strengths.
Tory Diehl, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Tory earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. After graduation, she joined the team at Aspire Behavioral Health Center, working directly with clients as a registered line technician. That experience inspired Tory to further her expertise, and in 2019, she earned a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University. The coursework completed in her master’s program also enabled her to obtain board certification in behavior analysis and licensure in Louisiana in 2020. She has worked very closely with other Aspire BCBAs and continually collaborates on treatments and behavioral plans. She also served as a peer leader at Aspire, which helped guide and shape new employees on the primary focus and techniques of applied behavioral analysis.
Tory is passionate about planning, developing, and monitoring individualized treatment plans to help children and families reach their goals. She strives to provide individualized treatments because every child is unique in their learning patterns. She delivers high-quality services to children with autism using effective and evidence-based assessments and interventions. She also offers support to individuals and their families by coordinating and collaborating on their wants and needs.
Kirsten Olander, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Mrs. Kirsten Olander, from the small town of New Iberia, LA, is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 and then pursued a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from McNeese State University. She completed her course work through an intensive practicum at McNeese State University under the supervision of multiple LBA’s through the McNeese Autism Program in 2018. She also completed her Master’s thesis on the topic of “Comparing the Effectiveness of Massed- Trial Training (MTT) Versus Interspersed- Trial Training (ITT) When Training Target Responses to Adolescents with Autism.” Kirsten then presented her 1st place student thesis poster as a preliminary study in New Orleans at the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association conference. She has worked in the field of ABA and with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities since 2015. She firmly believes that communication is essential, and every child should be able to express themselves in some form or way. Kirsten specializes in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She utilizes this alternative communication system PECS to help teach children with little or no communication abilities to express their needs or wants within their environment. Each child’s treatment program is designed to promote independence to help the child navigate through their natural environment safely.
Victoria B. Terro, LBA, B.C.B.A
Victoria was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana State University in 2016. In 2018, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, while working as a Registered Line Technician. She completed her coursework, participated in an intensive practicum, and graduated from McNeese State University-William J. Dore’, Sr. School of Graduate Studies in 2020. After passing her BCBA exam, she obtained her board certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and in 2021, she became a Licensed Behavior Analyst through the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board. Victoria is passionate about building a positive, healthy relationship with her clients and aims to improve and maintain the quality of life for individuals and their families through individualized treatment planning, coordinated care, and the use of effective, evidence-based treatment.
Linda Reed, LBA, B.C.B.A
Linda Reed is a former graduate from McNeese State University where she obtained a Master's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She was credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in March 2019. Linda has a special interest in early intervention and emerging vocal learners, as well as feeding interventions. She also has a certificate in Organizational Behavior Management and this is another area of interest in the field of ABA. Linda also has a bachelor's degree in visual arts and enjoys painting in her free time. She enjoys both passions of painting and providing ABA services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Registered Line Technicians
We have a highly-motivated team of Registered Line Technicians who are registered by the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board to implement Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy programs under the supervision of our Licensed Behavior Analysts. All Registered Line Technicians hold a Bachelor’s degree at minimum and have successfully passed a criminal background check, received certification in Pediatric First-Aid and CPR, and completed necessary staff training. All Registered Line Technicians are supervised by their respective Licensed Behavior Analyst for 5% of the time spent providing direct client care, which is in accordance with the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board requirements.
Ms. Nicole Hall, MHA, MBA is the Business Manager at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. Ms. Nicole is responsible for the non-clinical aspects of the day to day operations of all locations. She oversees the business side of the operations in order to ensure the steady workflow and uninterrupted service.
Mrs. Chastity Thompson is the Billing Manager at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. She is the point-of-contact for all billing information and payment services. Chastity has over 10 years of billing experience in several medical settings. She is excellent at aiding in all financial and insurance related issues with compassion and patience. Her door is always open and encourages you to stop by or call with any questions or concerns you may have.
Intake Coordinator, Community Liaison
Ms. Dorian Boudreaux, MBA is the Community Liaison. She serves as the link between the company and the clients we serve. Her main responsibilities include scheduling new patients, coordinating services for existing patients and connecting people to appropriate services in the community. Dorian uses her passion for helping others to assist clients in finding an appropriate provider.
Mrs. Blayre Rosinski is the billing assistant at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. She handles all insurance verification and benefit information among other billing tasks. Blayre has over 5 years billing experience in various medical settings. She is the point of contact and ready to assist you with any questions you may have about your benefits for the services we provide.
Courtney Gallagher is the Scheduling Coordinator at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. Courtney is ambitious, detailed-oriented, and thrives on being challenged. Courtney is responsible for scheduling and coordinating all existing ABA clients to ensure consistent services.
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