Upon joining the field of applied behavior analysis in 2013, Elia Lonestar has had the pleasure of helping clients and their families meet their fullest potential by initially providing 1:1 therapy and thereafter, overseeing a child’s treatment plan as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In the first 5 years of her career in ABA, Elia serviced clients in the greater Los Angeles area in the home, school, clinic, and community settings. During her time there, she fostered a team-focused approach when collaborating with families, teachers, and other specialists to ensure effective treatment for every child.

Elia was thrilled to join BCI as a Behavior Analyst Clinician in December 2018, since working closely with diverse and underserved populations is a strong value of hers. As a clinician, Elia is responsible for designing data-driven and assessment-based treatment plans and behavior modification procedures, supervising and mentoring registered behavior technicians (RBTs), providing caregiver training that aligns with family values, and collaborating with stakeholders involved with our client’s treatment. Additionally, Elia has a strong passion for research and strives to apply new, empirically-based research findings to the behavioral strategies and verbal behavior approach she uses on a daily basis. As a telehealth clinician, she hopes to contribute and help expand the body of research supporting telehealth as a service delivery model so families in rural communities can continue accessing high-quality, behavior analytic treatment and care. Elia is inspired everyday by the clients and families that she works with and hopes to continue helping each family achieve their best outcome.


California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA)

Areas of Interest

Client Advocacy
Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI)
Verbal Behavior Approach
Perspective Taking & Executive Functioning
Parent/Caregiver Training and Support
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)


M.Ed., Applied Behavior Analysis – Arizona State University (2016)
B.A., Psychology – Loyola Marymount University (2013)

The BCI Mission and what it means to me

Elia’s personal values in life and clinical practice align closely with BCI’s mission of improving the health and well-being of all communities through quality, compassion, excellence, and integrity. Elia believes that all families, both local and remote, should have access to high-quality, behavior analytic treatment and care. She is honored to be a part of BCI’s mission and team by utilizing modern technologies, like telehealth and online data collection systems, as a tool to extend my outreach in servicing rural communities.