Kathleen Karimi, MHA, CEO of Business Operations (Department is Admin)

Kathleen Karimi is the Co-founder and CEO of Business Operations at Behavior Change Institute, President of the Working Parents Foundation and Board Member for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Association. Kathleen earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Kathleen discovered her passion for behavioral healthcare early on and has over thirteen years of experience supporting clinical practice through behavioral health administration, client/family advocacy and business development. In addition to fulfilling an executive role at several premier behavioral healthcare organizations, Kathleen has consulted for dozens of provider organizations nationwide in the areas of business administration, quality assurance, public policy, telehealth infrastructure and development.


New Mexico Association for Behavior Analysis
American Association for Telemedicine
Society for Human Resource Management
New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Association
Council for Autism Service Providers
Texas Association for Behavior Analysis

Areas of Interest

Quality Improvement
Risk Management
Business Development
Talent Acquisition & Professional Development
Public Policy
Telehealth Business Infrastructure
Labor Law


MHA, Health Administration, Ohio University (2014)
B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota (2008)


Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant: Autism TeleECHO (2015)
NM Human Service Department Grant (2015)

The BCI Mission and what it means to me

I am inspired by the strength and tenacity of the individuals and families we serve and am humbled by the opportunity to work so closely with a network of such highly dedicated, accomplished professionals. BCI fosters a remarkable culture of individual and team oriented discovery, growth and collaboration, which enables us to maintain a strong focus on continuous innovation and clinical excellence.