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, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally
Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Heaton specializes in conducting
psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents. Specifically, she
offers diagnostic assessments of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning
Disorders, Intellectual Disability, and Mood Disorders.
Michelle Thomas, MS, LPC, CCC-SLP
Michelle Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP). She is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Michelle also graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has been practicing in Lafayette for four years as a licensed counselor with a focus on children and adolescents. Michelle approaches counseling from a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused perspective in order to help clients better understand and deal with issues that may arise from depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders and other life stressors. Previously, she worked in Shreveport as a substance abuse counselor and on a psychiatric assessment team for inpatient mental health. As a speech pathologist, Michelle has worked with children and adolescents with language, articulation and fluency disorders. Her primary focus is language and literacy. Michelle is also a certified provider for Interactive Metronome and uses the tool to improve attention, working memory, processing speed, and overall executive functioning. She also offers cognitive intervention services to improve planning, organization, studying habits, and other skills related to academic performance. Currently, Michelle is in the process of training to become certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy to promote healthy relationships between the parent and child. Michelle believes in the importance of intervention, support, and healthy relationships during childhood because of the impact of early development on social and emotional functioning later in life.
Taylor Darbonne, MCD, CCC-SLP
Taylor Darbonne is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP). She graduated from Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from LSU Health and Science Center in Shreveport. Previously, she worked as a Registered Line Technician with children on the autism spectrum. As a speech pathologist, Taylor has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with language, articulation, fluency, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Her special interests include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language, feeding, and early intervention. Taylor believes that every individual deserves a means of communication. She believes in the importance of intervention, parent-child interaction, and social interaction during early development. Taylor aims to create individualized, fun, and positive interventions to allow individuals to maximize their strengths.
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.
Nicolette Welty, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Nicolette Welty is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. She began working as a Registered Behavior Technician at an independent clinic in 2014. Her experience there inspired her to pursue a career in behavioral health, with a focus on working with children diagnosed with autism. In 2019, Nicolette obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus of Applied Behavioral Analysis at McNeese State University. Nicolette specializes in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention and supervises the treatment of children diagnosed with autism and Aspire Behavioral Health Center.
Tory Diehl, LBA, B.C.B.A.
Kirsten Olander, LBA, B.C.B.A.
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.
SOAR Academy Instructor
Ms. Jacqueline January, M. Ed. is the Instructor in the SOAR Academy at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. Ms. Jacqueline holds a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and earned her Masters of Education with a concentration in Special Education. Her student teaching was completed at Ossun Elementary in Lafayette, LA. Ms. Jacqueline has been working with Dr. McCoy since 2015 as a Registered Behavior Technician prior to the inception of SOAR Academy. She uses her experience as a Registered Behavior Technician and her Special Education background to facilitate learning in a group setting.
Ms. Nicole Hall, MHA 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 both locations. She oversees the business side of the operations in order to ensure the steady workflow and uninterrupted service.
Brittanie Broussard, M.Ed. is the Receptionist at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. Brittanie graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015 with a Bachelors in General Studies and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. Brittanie greets and welcomes clients and parents providing them with a positive impression of the organization.
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.
Dorian Boudreaux, MBA is the Scheduling Coordinator at Aspire Behavioral Health Center. Dorian is responsible for the scheduling and coordination of appointments for all new and existing patients. Dorian is also responsible for providing quality customer service to patients and parents at check-in and check-out and assisting you with any questions you may have.
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