Urartu University of Practical Psychology and Sociology Continues Admission in Different Faculties

Dr. Suzanne Smith is a nationally recognized lecturer in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities.

As Chief Clinical Officer for Autism Integrative Therapies in Glendale, California, she leads a team of professionals in providing the highest level of clinical expertise to create significant and sustainable improvement for individuals on the ASD spectrum and their families.

Dr. Suzanne Smith has been a regular contributor locally and internationally to professionals and parents who are involved in the care of children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD. She has published her concepts for delivering culturally sensitive ABA therapies for multicultural communities.  She developed and implemented an improved model of service delivery for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities. In addition, she founded a parenting center dedicated to peer-led support groups for new mothers, and mothers of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She developed and co-led a peer facilitator training course based on ABA principles, workshops, child care, parenting education and self-fulfillment. She supervised service delivery for adolescents with autism, ages 13-17, by providing support and assistance with life transitions and academic planning. She implemented individualized educational goals and objectives to enhance student responsibility, accountability and independence.

Dr. Smith is a lecturer on ABA courses at the Mental Health Community Development Institute in Glendale, CA. She is the Founding Chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis with Dr. Sedrak Sedrakian at Urartu University. She has taught numerous graduate courses in ABA for students and has contributed to over 100 professional presentations.  Dr. Smith has served as a consultant to over 30 learning groups and development centers across many countries. She holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Human and Community Development from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). She has also completed the Graduate Courses in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of West Florida, USA.

Her research interest is exploring the applications of behavioral principles to everyday situations in multicultural societies and exploring the obstacles for providing culturally sensitive ABA therapies.

Currently, Dr. Smith and Dr. Sedrakian in collaboration are conducting research for addressing cultural barriers for effectively implementing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to create a culturally sensitive service delivery model for the special needs population in Armenia and in many developing countries.

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