Management Team

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Smita Awasthi, MA, BCBA
Founder Chairperson & Clinical Director

Smita Awasthi completed her Masters (Psych) as a University topper in 1983 and a PG Dip in Counseling from NCERT, India. She completed her ABA Education from Univ of North Texas, USA (2004) to became the first Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from India. She continues to maintain her certification by completing CEU's.

 

Presently, she is pursuing a PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland as an external student. Smita Awasthi is the Founder Trustee & Past President of the pan India NGO ABA-India, a non-profit organization formed in 2009, advancing the science of ABA in India. She has pioneered the ABA movement in India and is involved with Advocacy, Training, Mentoring & Application of ABA Principles in the field of Education, Developmental Disabilities & Autism in India & the region. With a career spanning 28 years; she started her career on a UNICEF project in 1984, working on a rehab project for children with special needs in villages in India. Later she was involved with counseling, teaching psychology students at Mithibai College Mumbai. Between 2000 – 2008 she was involved with ABA training for the staff of Dubai Autism Center, Action for Autism Delhi, MPVSS Ujjain, ASWB Kolkata, Autism Awareness & Action Lucknow and many other NGO's across India. Since 2004 she has conducted workshops for parents of children with autism and professionals across India ( Bhilwara, Korba, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Madurai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati etc ) and abroad (Dubai, Muscat, Belfast, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bangladesh).The Social Welfare Department of Chhattisgarh invited her for a 5 day workshop in 2007. She was invited in 2009 by MISHACON (Speech & Language Professionals Conference) for a presentation on Verbal Behavior. She continues to mentor ABA professionals and some of her mentees are now certified behavior analysts. Since she started working with children with Autism in 1994 she has spent more than 50,000 hours in the field working hands-on with children between the ages of 1.8 months to 20 years.

Smita shifted to India in 2010 & started Behavior Momentum India as a 1:1 intervention center. She is directly involved with training and programming for children with autism to teach them various skills like language development, play, adaptive skills, academics and runs the first behavior clinic in India.

Smita has done workshops from the best in the field like Dr. Carbone, Dr. Pat Mc Greevy, Dr. Sundberg (VB-MAPP), Dr. Partington, Dr. Andy Bondy, Michelle Winner, Dr. Karen Wagner etc to teach parents and professionals working with Autism. She continues to enhance her knowledge by attending research papers by senior professionals at ABA International conferences.

Smita is a Full Member of the ABA International, U.S.A. She has presented papers and posters at conferences organized by ABA International between 2005 – till date. She was a panelist at the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts in 2012 and was a keynote speaker at the QUART conference (2012) at Belfast.In 2010 she was awarded by Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis USA, (ABA International) with the International Development Grant & in 2005 by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh as a "Special Awardee" for her Autism awareness work in the state while she lived abroad.

 

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Manoj Sharma, B.Tech
Director Finance & Operations

Manoj Sharma, is a technocrat and a graduate in Metallurgy Engineering.
He has 32 years of experience in the field of Engineering, Marketing and International Trade. Having worked with national & international clients, he started his own small scale manufacturing enterprise In 1991. Manoj has wide knowledge of international trade and marketing as he works in close partnerships with firms in Switzerland and Canada. He has travelled widely across the globe and worked closely in European, US and Japanese markets.

 

Team Members

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Julianne Bell, MS, BCBA
Center Director BMI-ASMC

Julianne Bell has an Masters (MSc) in Behaviour Analysis and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (2009) with 11 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Delay. In Ireland, while completing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Queens University Belfast,she worked as a home based behavioural trainer for 3 years with children with ASD.

 

After completing her degree she became a Behaviour Consultant with the Centre For Early Autism Treatment (CEAT). In the 6 years she worked with CEAT she worked with children with a wide range of functioning levels across the autism spectrum. Her responsibilities included setting up intensive behaviour based programmes in children’s homes, school consultation, training parents and tutors in behavioural principles and strategies, and creating new programs to serve the growing needs of the developmentally delayed population. Later, as a Senior Consultant, her duties included developing CEAT’s internship programme and providing mentorship to other Consultants on assessments and curriculum development.

In addition Julianne spent 1 year in America working under Dr Bill Ahern at the New England Centre for Children in Boston, a residential school renowned for pioneering working in Autism research and education. There she worked with adolescences with Autism and severe challenging behaviour. She has made paper and workshop presentations at conferences held by the Irish Psychological Society of Ireland – Behaviour Analysis Division in 2010, BMI at Bangalore in 2012 and Association of Behavior Analysis India in 2011 & 2012. She is full member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International & ABA India. Julianne moved to India in 2010 in order to assist BMI in achieving its mission of bring a high standard of ethical, and research based, behavioural intervention to children with developmental delay.She is currently Center Director at Amrit Somani Memorial Center, BMI’s affiliate Center in Kolkata.

 

Research Team

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Dr. Clodagh Murray, BCBA-D
Research Coordinator

Clodagh graduated with her PhD in ABA from the National University of Ireland Galway in March 2013. Her research investigated behavioural variability in children and adolescents with ASD. She identified factors associated with low variability in this population, along with remediation strategies using lag schedules of reinforcement.

 

Clodagh has extensive applied experience, having worked in early intervention services for children with ASD for 5 years. She has since gained experience in delivering behavioural interventions to children and adults with acquired brain injury and a variety of developmental disabilities. More recently, she started the first ABA programme in a mainstream school in Ireland in October 2012. She led a team of behaviour analysts who worked on literacy and numeracy skills as well as in-school behaviour and attendance for teenagers in mainstream school who were at risk of early school leaving. She continues to provide support to this programme.

Throughout her studies, Clodagh gained lecturing experience at NUIG and at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), coordinating several modules at both Universities. She taught at TCD full-time for one semester, providing cover while the course director was on leave. Her research interests include increasing variability in individuals with ASD, teaching play and social skills and designing behavioural interventions for children and adolescents from marginalised communities.

 

Sridhar

Sridhar Aravamudhan, PGDM, BCBA
Research Associate & Center In Charge, BMI-Jaynagar

Sridhar( Arava) Mudhan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, in-charge of Behavior Momentum Center in Jaynagar, Bangalore and a faculty for the Board Approved ABA Course sequence run by BMI . Sridhar started his career with Applied Behavior Analysis as trainee in 2011 with Behavior Momentum India.

 

As a senior trainer, Sridhar went on to specialize with pre-adolescent children with autism training teaching them to acquire language , communication , play, leisure and academic skills using proven Behavior Analytic procedures such as errorless teaching, shaping, chaining, antecedent management procedures etc. Sridhar also worked extensively in understanding challenging Behaviors and helping parents implement Behavior Management Procedures based on the evidence based methods guided by the Boards ethical standards.

In Sept 2013, Sridhar became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst after successfully completing academic course requirements with Ball State University, Muncie, IN, United States and supervised practical work experience of over 2000 hours with Behavior Momentum India. Since then, as a consultant he has been training paraprofessionals to teach children with autism a wide range of skills based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, In the prior 20 years, Sridhar has been head of Business Development and Operations with several leading global corporations such as Pepsico , British Petroleum and Tech Mahindra. He has also taught Management subjects to MBA students in Amity University, Bangalore. Sridhar is the President of ABA India and has presented papers at ABA India Conferences, and the 2014 ABA International Conference at Chicago. He also represented BMI at the booth at ABAI Chicago.