Faculty

Smita Awasthi, MA, PhD Candidate, BCBA
Smita Awasthi is a Masters in Psychology 1983 and a PG Dip in Counseling from NCERT, India. She completed her ABA Education from Univ of North Texas, USA to become the first BCBA from India & the region in 2005. She is currently a PhD Student at Queen's University, Belfast. In a career spanning 28 years; she started on a UNICEF project in 1984, working on a rehab project for children with special needs in villages in India. She was involved with counseling and taught psychology at Mithibai College Mumbai. Since 2004 she has been involved with Staff training in ABA with many organizations. Smita is the Founder Trustee & Past President of the pan India NGO ABA-India. She is involved with Training, Mentoring, Consultation & Behavior Management specializing in autism spectrum disorder. She has been awarded by Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis USA, (ABA International) in 2009 with the International Development Grant & by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh in 2005 as a "Special Awardee" for her Autism awareness work in the state while she lived abroad.

Affiliations:

  • Founder Chairperson & Clinical Director Behavior Momentum India
  • Founder Trustee, Past President, ABA India
  • Full Member ABA International, U.S.A
  • Faculty contact for BACB approved course sequences in India.


Sridhar Aravamudhan, PGDM, BCBA
Sridhar Aravamudhan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who started his career in Applied Behavior Analysis 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. 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 Sep'2013, Sridhar became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst after successfully completing academic course requirements with Ball State University, Muncie, IN, United States. 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 his prior experience of 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 also has experience in teaching management subjects to MBA students in Amity University, Bangalore.


Clodagh Murray, PhD, BCBA-D
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.


Rachel Mason, MSc, BCBA
Mrs. Rachel Mason completed her MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at the Department of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has been a board certified behaviour analyst since 2012.
Rachel has worked in the field of ABA for almost 10 years, working in a range of different areas including early intensive behavioural intervention programmes, in homes and preschools, to vocational living skills programmes for those ready to transition beyond secondary education. She has worked with a variety of different people with varying diagnosis including Autism, Intellectual Disability, Acquired Brain Injury, Language Delay, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Epilepsy and more. The majority of Rachel’s clients have had severe challenging behaviour requiring comprehensive functional behaviour interventions. More recently Rachel worked as a moderator for the online Masters program in ABA Queens University Belfast.


Reut Peleg, MA, BCBA
Reut Peleg received h​er​ MA in General Psychology in 2007 from the University Walden. Since 1999, Reut Peleg has worked with children and adolescents with special educational needs in the UK, Israel (where she was the supervisor of inclusion in ALUT - the National Society of Israeli Autism), and in Portugal (where she is the co-founder of an ABA center, created in 2008).
H​​er​ ​practical experience includes working with individuals of various age groups diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, Academic Failure, behavioral and emotional difficulties.
She has coordinated intensive and specific behavioral intervention programs in various clinical and educational settings, training professionals in the application of behavioral strategies and various education programs.
Currently, Reut Peleg has been coordinator and speaker of the first certification program approved by the BACB in Portugal, in addition to her clinical and general responsibilities as director of the ABA Center.