Monica Mejia

As an undergraduate in Psychobiology and Biological Sciences, Monica completed a research project in Neurobiology studying the effects of protective neuronal pathways during low oxygen stress, and a research project in Neuropsychology studying the cognitive functioning of bilingual children during neuropsychological tests. Monica then continued her graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she completed a Doctoral program in Neuroscience and Integrative Biology, studying the genetic role on neurodevelopment in genes that are relevant to a variety of neurological disorders and diseases. She also played a major role on a research project studying the effects of newly discovered neurotoxins in the nervous system, and how these can be used as powerful therapeutic agents for a variety of neurological disorders and conditions.

In early 2006, Monica also joined the ABA field, working as a 1-to-1 Behavioral Technician and Social Skills group facilitator with children across varying areas of the Autism spectrum, ADHD, PDD-NOS, and other special needs in the South Florida region.

Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 2013, Monica relocated to Austin, Texas and joined the ABA field full time. She worked as an ABA provider in school, home, community and clinic settings with children aged 2 to 12 years old, while also studying and meeting the requirements to obtain her BCBA certification.

Monica joined BCI in September of 2015 as a senior clinician, providing ABA services for children on the autism spectrum across rural areas of the United States via telehealth.

Affiliations

Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)

Areas of Interest

Self-injurious behavior
Social skills training
Severe challenging behavior and crisis management
Functional communication methods and techniques
Behavioral and molecular neurodevelopment
Research and teaching

Education

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst requirement courses-Florida Institute of Technology
M.Sc. and Ph.D. – Integrative Biology specialized in Neuroscience. Florida Atlantic University
B.S. – Psychobiology and Biological Sciences majors/French minor

Time at Behavior Change Institute

Since September 2015

The BCI Mission and what it means to me

It is wonderful to work for a company that emphasizes the importance of excellence and high-quality care. By encouraging a collaborative platform between clinicians and multidisciplinary teams, and by offering incredible clinical resources, BCI allows their BCBAs to grow professionally while delivering the most effective and caring services to our families.

It is an honor to be a part of the rapidly growing telehealth community. In today’s age of telecommunication, being able to reach out to those in remote communities gives us a wonderful chance to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs. As a passionate BCBA myself, I am grateful to be a part of BCI as it provides much needed behavioral services for those in need in local and hard to reach areas.

It is truly a privilege to be a member of the BCI family and I look forward to growing alongside it as we help children and their families reach their full potential with compassion, integrity and excellent care.