Dr. Ani Nikolova holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, California and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Hawaii. Inspired by her passion for helping children and families deal with Autism diagnosis, she began working with children with Autism and other Developmental Disorders as an undergraduate student. She has been implementing empirically validated behavioral treatment, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 1997. Dr. Nikolova combines her training as a psychologist with her behavioral expertise to assist families in setting up evidence-based interventions that can transform the lives of children across settings. Her expertise includes early intensive behavioral therapy, psychodiagnostic evaluation of Autism and childhood disorders, treatment program development for challenging behaviors of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism, parent training and consultation, paraprofessional training, and ABA teaching. In addition to being available for individual consultation, Dr. Nikolova offers training workshops for school personnel outlining evidence based practices in behavior management, as well as parenting workshops focused on tackling challenges faced when parenting toddlers and preschoolers. She has over 20 years of experience in the implementation of variety of treatment modalities, including Pivotal Response Training, Incidental Teaching, Discrete Trial Training, Natural Environment Teaching, and Verbal Behavior. Her therapeutic approach is founded upon a relationship based, individually focused model of treatment with an emphasis on the unique strengths and needs of each child, thus fostering optimal motivation and learning. Dr. Nikolova has conducted and published research in the areas of executive processing and memory. She is fluent in Bulgarian language and has a unique appreciation for cultural diversity.