Meet Our Team
Maryam Abedi, Ph.D, LMFT, B.C.B.A-D.
Dr. Maryam Abedi is the Founder and Executive Director of ABEDI, Inc. She has over 30 years of experience in the management of services for people with complex behavior challenges as well as providing behavior consultation and training. She spends much of her time consulting with families of individuals with developmental disabilities, schools, residential facilities, and adult foster family agencies. In addition, Dr. Abedi has conducted various seminars and workshops on the topics of non-aversive behavior management strategies and staff development, both locally and nationally.
Dr. Abedi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the co-author of The Periodic Service Review, a book on the total quality assurance system for human services and education.
For a complete list of Dr. Abedi’s presentations and publications, click here.
Julia Shaull, L.C.S.W., B.C.B.A.
Senior Clinical Consultant
Julia is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is the co-author of The Periodic Service Review: A total quality assurance system for human services and education, as well as competency based staff training programs.
Julia has been working to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities throughout her career. Her experiences include clinical, administrative, leadership, staff training, parent education and organizational behavior management. Julia has worked in schools, homes and communities with pre-school to adult clients and their support teams. She developed a day training service for adults, from an idea to a service for hundreds of people in a multi-county area. She is certified in Pivotal Response Training through the Koegel Autism Center.
Katie Bruellet, MA, B.C.B.A.
Director of Behavior Services
Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has over 9 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities who display significant challenging behaviors. Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU Fullerton and her Master’s in Teaching from National University. She joined ABEDI in 2011 and is currently working as the Director of Behavior Services overseeing ABA services.
Laura Butler, MS, B.C.B.A.
Clinical Supervisor – West Region
Laura is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years experience working with individuals and families with Autism. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cortland College in upstate NY and a Master’s degree in ABA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Laura has worked in a variety of settings including home, school, and clinic based programs. She has experience in designing and implementing social skills programs, toilet training, severe behavior management, parent consultation, and day programs/group homes. Her current interest includes teaching functional communication and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behaviors including physical and verbal aggression, self injury, and property destruction. Additionally, she is interested in research in the area of analyzing the utility of functional assessments and behaviors maintained by multiple functions. Laura is currently overseeing ABA services in West Orange County. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, participating in triathlons, and taking her dog to the beach.
Kristy Branham, M.S.Ed., B.C.B.A.
Kristy has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006 and has over 18 years of experience working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Kristy received a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed the Advanced Training Program in Applied Behavior Analysis through Northeastern University. Prior to Joining ABEDI in 2014 Kristy spent 14 years in education, both teaching and providing training, supervision, and consultation to educators and staff in the public schools in Massachusetts.
Lizeth Corral, MA, B.C.B.A.
Lizeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Lizeth has extensive experience teaching social skills to adolescents with Autism within clinic settings and has conducted parent education classes to help parents create social opportunities for their children while coaching them to be more social. Lizeth joined ABEDI in 2012 and has worked as behavior interventionist and later as consulting supervisor overseeing both AST and ABA services in the North Los Angeles area. Lizeth’s interest lies in research involving family dynamics/ecological factors and their impact on children’s development and growth.
Rachel Hofman, MA, B.C.B.A.
Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Master’s degree in Behavior Clinical Psychology from California State University- Northridge. Rachel joined ABEDI in 2009. She initially worked as a Behavior Interventionist and later as a Consulting Supervisor implementing ABA services in our North Los Angeles area. Rachel has also worked with toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children, teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities, mainly those with Autism.
Staffing & Recruitment Specialist
Michelle is ABEDI’s Staffing and Recruitment Specialist. She has nearly 10 years of experience working within the field of ABA supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. She attended the University of California, Irvine, where she majored in Criminology, Law and Society but decided to pursue her career within ABA. This decision was inspired by her father at the time who suggested for Michelle to use her talents and skills to help others. Michelle has an active role in provision of ABA services as she uses her skills to recruit qualified staff and to collaborate with all supervisors to develop the most suitable support team for ABEDI clients. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and devoting her time to multiple volunteer projects.
Manager of Administrative Services
Rhonda Rivas comes to ABEDI, Inc. with over 20 years of medical office administrative experience. As our point person for Human Resources, she provides support for all our staff.
With her extensive knowledge of health insurance and insurance billing, our families have found Rhonda to be very helpful and supportive in navigating the insurance maze.
Rhonda will be happy to help you with determining eligibility and benefits with your specific insurance plan. She is ready to assist you to secure services for a family member or yourself with ABEDI, Inc.