Long Island

Our Story

‚ÄčLong Island ABA was started by a husband and wife team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Richard and Misty Jones have been working in the field of ABA since 1998. In that time, they have worked with a wide array of learners and have been successful in treating very challenging behaviors as well as helping older learners acquire language. In 2008, Richard and Misty moved their practice from Santa Monica, CA to Great Neck, NY. In 2014, the Jones' were asked to offer a Fellowship through Queens College's Masters in ABA program in order to help train the next generation of BCBA's. They are both passionate about helping children gain the skills they need to be independent and successful. Richard completed his intensive practicum under the direction of Dr. Leasha Barry PhD BCBA-D LBA, and was supervised by Dr. Barbara Endlich Psy.D BCBA-D. Misty completed her fieldwork under the supervision of Dr. Micheal Marroquin PhD BCBA-D.

Our Staff:

My first experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (IDD/ASD) came some forty years ago when I volunteered at a local special education school in England. I enjoyed working with the children and saw a huge amount of unrealized potential. When I went to Liverpool University I continued my volunteer work and spent some weeks as a camp counselor in the USA in Ohio. I subsequently had the good fortune to work with a professor and clinical psychologist who had years of experience in this field. I then did my Ph.D. on training staff in a developmental setting. There I learned that training caregivers effectively can result in large benefits to individuals with IDD/ASD.

Our Supervisors:

Jaclyn Allgier, MS

Jacky has been with Long Island ABA since 2010. Prior to coming to Long Island ABA, Jacky gained valuable experience working in a hospital for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Jacky has a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College. She currently consults in local schools, trains and supervises a team of ABA therapists, and conducts parent training sessions.

Magdalena Bukala, MS, LBA, BCBA

Magdalena is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed to practice in NYS. Magdalena has a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College, is a published author in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and has presented her research at ABAI, the international ABA convention. Magdalena provides behavioral consultation with local school districts, provides parent training and supervises ABA home programs.

Kathryn Daly, MA, LBA, BCBA

Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed to practice in NYS. Katie has both her undergraduate and masters degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, and her masters degree from Queens College. As an undergraduate, Katie worked in Dr. Ray Romanczyk's lab which focuses on the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. At Long Island ABA, Katie consults in local schools, trains and supervises a team of ABA therapists, and conducts parent training.

Kristen Marino, MEd, BCBA

Kristen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Kristen is passionate about teaching communication skills to children and teens on the Autism Spectrum and has seen firsthand how increasing a child's communication skills can help a child live a more fulfilling and rewarding life. Kristen has been with Long Island ABA since 2014, and she currently oversees home programs, supervises and trains therapists, provides parent training, and consults in local schools.

Our Therapists

Long Island ABA employs approximately 30 Behavior Therapists. All of our therapists are employees of the agency, as we do not employ independent contractors. Our therapists have varied experience and background in the fields of Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Human Development, and Psychology. Each therapist is required to complete an intensive initial training, as well as receive ongoing oversight and training from at least one of our supervisors. Therapists are regularly observed in session, and videotaped for later review and analysis, thus ensuring our interventions are implemented as intended.

Queens College Fellowship

Long Island ABA was proud to partner with Queens College in 2014 to provide a Fellowship Program for Masters in ABA students. Our Fellowship provides QC Masters students with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field as well as receive supervision and research opportunities.