Leann Hardwick, Ed.D., BCBA

Program Director

Leann received her Doctorate in educational leadership, Master’s degree in special education, her special education credential and B.S. in child development and language from California State University, Long Beach.

Leann found the field of applied behavior analysis while volunteering in her brother’s special education classrooms and quickly pursued a career as a behavior interventionist as a teenager for six years. And now as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Leann’s area of interest for research involve positive student outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through teacher training, empowering families in their child’s therapy and education, improving clients’ quality of life through evidence-based practices. Over the past thirteen years, Leann taught in ABA specific classrooms for all ages, was the coordinator of an ABA clinic in a school setting, conducted over 200 hours of staff training in ASD and applied behavior analysis (ABA), supported adult transition programs, was involved in formal parent education programs and ran social skills camps for students with ASD and their neighborhood peers. Leann is trained in many evidence-based practices such as functional communication training, teaching interactions, the UCLA PEERs program, Discrete Trial Teaching, Pivotal Response Training, and positive behavioral supports.

When Leann is not involved with everyday programming of client interventions, she spends her evenings teaching in the Educational Psychology program at California State University, Long Beach.  She also enjoys competing in fitness competitions, swimming and spending time with her family and dogs.