Megan Morien, M.A., BCBA
Megan Morien is a Chicago-based Behavior Analyst with more than 15 years of experience working with children in the field. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family and Human Development from Arizona State University before completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2008, Megan accepted a position as a junior ABA therapist at an elementary school with an emphasis on inclusion. Soon, she rose to become an administrator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the school.
In her role as an administrator, she helped families bridge the gap with their children as they transitioned from preschool to the public school education setting. She also oversaw the implementation of curriculum, programming, and other modifications to ensure the success of all students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). In addition to training teachers, paraprofessionals, and the related service team on these strategies, she also had the opportunity to supervise 25 BCBA candidates, all of whom successfully earned their BCBA certification.
Megan has extensive experience leading parent training sessions to promote consistency and carryover of skills for behavior intervention plans. Her commitment to parent education results in incredible gains for children in the home, school, and therapeutic settings.
Megan has also been asked to address audiences on a range of Applied Behavior Analytic topics, such as how to implement Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.
Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team as a Lead Behavior Analyst, Megan gained experience working in various schools in the Chicago area, as well as providing in-home ABA programming in Arizona and Minnesota. She also served as a language instructor for two years in Gifu, Japan.
Evan Campa, M.Ed., BCBA
Evan Campa is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and teacher certification there.
After graduating from the U of I, Evan completed two years of service in the United States Peace Corps. Stationed in rural South Africa while in the Peace Corps, Evan trained hundreds of teachers across the country in using the new national curriculum. While in South Africa, Evan had the opportunity to teach learners with special needs, such as Autism, and became dedicated to learning how to better teach and interact with these individuals.
Upon returning to the U.S., Evan attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University studying Early Childhood Special Education. She gained an M.Ed. and BCBA while at Vanderbilt, which ranks as the nation’s number one graduate school in Special Education. Evan attended graduate school on an Autism Scholarship which provided full tuition coverage and a stipend for the entire two years.
Evan earned her Master’s and BCBA in 2006, and has worked with individuals with ASD since 2000. After completing graduate studies, Evan taught in a Communication and Behavior Intervention Program (CBIP) classroom for kindergarten – 3rd grade students with Autism in a Metro Nashville Public School.
After teaching, Evan returned to Vanderbilt in an assistant faculty position. Over the course of 7 years at Vanderbilt, Evan was fortunate to work with some of the top leaders in the world of Autism research. She led a variety of roles including, such as, conducting workshops for professionals and parents across the state, leading treatment teams, and partaking in seminal research projects.
On one such research study, Evan served as the Team Lead providing ABA to children as young as 1.5 years. This study was funded by the NIH and included the University of Washington, University of California at Davis, and Harvard.
Samantha Sohngen, M.Ed., BCBA
Samantha Sohngen is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is a leading behavior analyst at Chicago ABA Therapy who has been working with children with disabilities since 2009. Samantha grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Indiana University.
She went on to pursue her graduate studies at Vanderbilt University where she earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a focus in special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). While at Vanderbilt, Samantha gained extensive clinical experience working as a research assistant on a multi-site research study testing the efficacy of a class-wide intervention package targeting students at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders. She also had the opportunity to work with children with ASD, emotional/behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities in clinic-based, school, and in-home settings during her time at Vanderbilt.
After graduating from Vanderbilt, Samantha moved to Chicago and taught special education at a therapeutic day school for students with ASD and behavioral disorders. After receiving her BCBA certification in 2014, Samantha worked at a private clinic serving clients ages 1-12 with ASD before joining the team at Chicago ABA Therapy.
Fun Fact: Samantha loves to cook and hopes to have her own food blog one day!
Madie Szaller, M.A., BCBA
Madie Szaller is a Chicago Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in pediatric services with extensive experience in both special education and applied behavior analysis.
Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team as a Behavior Analyst, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton with her Bachelor’s degrees in Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts Education and English with a minor in Spanish.
Following her undergraduate studies, Madie had the opportunity to pursue a position with Teach for America. During this time, she was nominated for the Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also chosen to be one of eight founding members of a pilot program that worked to further the positive impact of the corps.
After completing her year with Teach for America, Madie went on to earn her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching: Special Education from National-Louis University in Chicago before completing her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University.
Throughout her years of experience, she has helped children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays make incredible gains in a variety of therapeutic settings, including in-home and classroom-based services.
Rachel Arena, M.S., BCBA
Rachel Arena is a Chicago-based behavior analyst. Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team, she gained a wide range of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental delays. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Illinois State University Honors Program and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Delays) from Auburn University.
Lauren Young, M.S., BCBA
Lauren Young is a Chicago-based Behavior Analysist at Chicago ABA Therapy. Before joining the team, she worked as a special education teacher for six years, gained great experience working with a wide range of learners.
Lauren grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as her certification as a Behavior Analyst.
Lauren has worked extensively with children with autism and other emotional and learning delays and disabilities. She has considerable experience in both special education and in-home and in-clinic ABA services.
Fun fact: In her free time Lauren likes to explore the city and pet all the dogs she sees. As an avid traveler, she also loves planning surprise roadtrips with her friends!
Michael Lucio, M.A., BCBA
Michael Jacob Lucio is a Chicago-based Behavior Analyst at Chicago ABA therapy and has worked extensively with children with autism and other developmental delays.
Michael grew up in Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. While completing his Bachelor’s degree, Michael had the opportunity to participate in several volunteer trips known as “alternative breaks” all across the United States. He also earned leadership roles through this organization.
After gaining considerable experience in ABA therapy, he went on to get a Master’s from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism.
Fun Fact: In Michael’s free time he likes to take his dog for walks around the city and try new restaurants.
Jennifer is a Chicago-based special education teacher and aspiring Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from St. Louis, Missouri. With extensive experience working with children in a variety of academic settings, she is a leading member of Chicago ABA Therapy and CST Academy, the practice’s therapeutic preschool program for children.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (with a BCBA certification) at Ball State University. Prior to joining the team at Chicago ABA Therapy team, she worked as a special education teacher in both private and public schools in the Chicago area.
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Fun Fact: When Jennifer is not teaching, you can find her running! As an avid runner, her favorite race is the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Kaitlin is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio University, Kaitlin moved to Chicago to pursue her passion of working with children at Chicago ABA Therapy. As an ABA therapist, Kaitlin enjoys the opportunity to provide one-on-one ABA therapy in both the home and classroom setting.
In addition to working on the Chicago ABA Therapy team, Kaitlin serves as an assistant teacher in CST Academy, Chicago ABA Therapy’s therapeutic preschool program, where she also provides one-on-one ABA services.
Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team, Kaitlin worked and volunteered at multiple speech and language clinics as well as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Fun fact: In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys doing hot yoga and running along Lake Shore Drive.
Kila is a Chicago-based ABA therapist who grew up in Indiana. After graduating cum laude from Western Michigan University, Kila moved to Chicago to pursue her passion of working with children.
Kila is an experienced ABA therapist who provides one-on-one ABA therapy services to children at Chicago ABA Therapy, as well as CST Academy, the practice’s thriving therapeutic preschool program. She loves the opportunity to help children achieve their goals and build connections with children and their families during ABA therapy. Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team, Kila worked at a child care center and gained excellent early childhood experience.
Fun fact: Kila was the captain of the Western Michigan University cheerleading team! In her spare time, Kila loves to workout and explore Chicago’s best gluten-free food places.
Mickey is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from West Bloomfield, Michigan. After graduating from Grand Valley State University, Mickey started working as a preschool teacher before joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team. In this role she gained experience working with children between eight weeks and four years old.
At Chicago ABA Therapy, Mickey provides direct ABA therapy to children and assists in CST Academy, the practice’s thriving therapeutic preschool program. Mickey has always been passionate about working with children to achieve their goals and has even worked at summer programs for children with special needs.
Fun Fact: Mickey is proficient in Sign Language and loves to explore the city of Chicago.
Reid is a Chicago ABA therapist from Connecticut. Reid graduated from Dartmouth College and moved to the city to join the Chicago ABA Therapy team. She provides direct ABA therapy to children at the practice, as well as in CST Academy, a top therapeutic preschool-style program. She loves having the opportunity to help children advance their progress by working on their individual goals.
One of Reid’s favorite aspects of working at Chicago ABA Therapy is the opportunity to collaborate with a team of other ABA therapists and BCBAs, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Fun Fact: Reid ran cross country and track at Dartmouth College!
Marin is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to Chicago and joined the team at Chicago ABA Therapy. As an aspiring Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Marin is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of Cincinnati.
Marin enjoys providing one-on-one ABA therapy to children at Chicago ABA Therapy and CST Academy, the practice’s therapeutic preschool-style program. She is dedicated to helping children achieve their goals and reach their full potential through consistent and encouraging support.
Fun Fact: Marin holds a first-degree black belt in Kuk Sul Do, a form of Korean martial arts.
Anna is from River Forest, Illinois and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been working in the field of ABA therapy ever since graduation, gaining years of experience working with children. She recently moved to Chicago to begin a Master’s program to pursue her BCBA certification at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is thrilled to continue her work with Chicago ABA Therapy and continue to learn from the team of therapists at the practice.
Fun Fact: Anna loves to watch live music and can often be found at concerts around the city on the weekends.
Ally is a Chicago-based Special Education teacher and ABA therapist and an aspiring Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA).
Ally earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education and LBS1 (Learning Behavior Specialist). Following graduation, she began teaching a blended special education preschool in the suburbs of Chicago. Ally then moved on to teaching an extensive instructional special education classroom catering to grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Ally has 9 years of experience in the field working with children and young adults ranging from ages 1 to 21 years old.
Fun Fact: She married her high school sweetheart!
Madeline is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from Racine, Wisconsin. While attending Carthage College in Wisconsin, she found her passion for children on the autism spectrum through multiple fieldwork placements in a variety of settings such as schools, clinic, and daycares.
Madeline joined the Chicago ABA therapy team with years of experience in ABA, to further pursue her passion for working with children on the autism spectrum in both school and home settings. She is enthusiastic about working on a multidisciplinary team to help provide children and their families with the tools to live functionally.
Fun Fact: Madeline loves to cook and is always looking for new recipes to try!
Rebecca is a special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools and aspiring Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she completed a Bachelor of Music at James Madison University followed by a Masters in Special Education (M. Ed.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on severe and multiple disabilities and applied behavior analysis (ABA).
With experience working with a variety of ages, disability types, and creating and implementing instructional programs and Behavior Intervention Plans, she is excited to provide in home ABA therapy for clients during after-school hours.
Fun fact: Rebecca has done mission work in three different continents and looks forward to traveling and serving more
Giuliana is a graduate of Marquette University and decided to return home to her favorite city after graduation. She enjoys working alongside a variety of disciplines to incorporate her client’s speech and occupational therapy goals within her ABA sessions to maintain consistency and further improve their progress. Giuliana loves how Chicago ABA Therapy uses a play based approach so each session is fun and instructional!
Fun Fact: Giuliana loves learning sign language and can sign “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.
Kristina is a Chicago native and a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Chicago ABA Therapy, Kristina provides direct ABA therapy to children and assists in CST Academy, the practice’s thriving therapeutic preschool program. Helping children find their ability to communicate in various shapes and forms is her passion in life.
Fun Fact: Kristina has worked for Autism Speaks, and currently volunteers at a CCD for individuals with disabilities.
Katherine is originally from Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following graduation, she decided to move to the Windy City to pursue her Master’s degree at Loyola University. She is so thankful for the opportunity to work one-on-one with kids at Chicago ABA Therapy.
Fun Fact: Katherine loves to travel! She even taught English in France for a year.
Katee is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from Nashville, TN. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Katee joined the Chicago ABA Therapy Team. Katee now provides one-on-one ABA therapy in both the classroom and in-home settings. She also assists in CST Academy, Chicago ABA Therapy’s therapeutic preschool-style program. As part of the team at Chicago ABA Therapy, Katee has the opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and other ABA therapists.
Fun Fact: In her spare time, Katee enjoys kickboxing for a good workout and exploring Chicago!
Tori is a Chicago-based ABA therapist from Chanhassen, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tori moved to the city to join the Chicago ABA Therapy team. Tori loves working with children and has experience working as a classroom assistant in CST Academy, the practice’s therapeutic preschool program.
Fun Fact: Tori enjoys baking in her spare time and loves trying out new recipes.
Carlee is a Chicago ABA therapist from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Carlee loves working with kids in the therapeutic preschool program, CST Academy, as an assistant teacher. She loves seeing speech, occupational, and ABA therapists all work together to help a child reach a common goal.
Fun Fact: Carlee loves the outdoors. She particularly enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Melissa is a Chicago-based ABA Therapist from New Jersey. She attended Indiana University where she received a duel teaching license in Special Education and Elementary Education. She continued her schooling through Indiana University to earn her Master’s degree in Special Education. Melissa was a special education teacher in the Chicago area for two years before moving to New York, where she was the lead teacher in an ABA-based charter school. She is currently pursuing her certification to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through the Florida Institute of Technology. Melissa is excited to be back in the Chicago area and to continue following her passion of working with children and their families.
Fun Fact: When Melissa isn’t at the gym, you can find her watching the latest movie or working on a jigsaw puzzle!
Christine is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her undergraduate career, she worked with a doctoral team to collect data and further research in child language acquisition and literacy. As an aspiring clinician looking to increase her experience in and knowledge of clinical work, she joined Chicago ABA Therapy. Today, she is thrilled to work directly with children to help them reach their goals and make a difference in their lives. At Chicago ABA Therapy, she provides ABA services both in one-on-one settings and in-class during the practice’s therapeutic preschool program, CST Academy.
Fun Fact: Alongside her passion to make a difference for children, Christine also has a love for student leadership. Throughout her undergraduate career, Christine facilitated six leadership workshops and coordinated four student-led conferences of up to 1,200+ delegates across the Midwest.
After growing up in Elkhorn, WI, Maritza moved to Bob Jones University in South Carolina to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. Her passion to pursue the fields of speech-language pathology and applied behavior analysis grew as she began to work one-on-one with children at Chicago ABA Therapy and CST Academy, the practice’s therapeutic preschool program.
Fun Fact: In her spare time Maritza loves to stay active by doing Zumba and yoga classes.
Ellen is a Chicago-based ABA therapist who grew up in Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University, she moved to Chicago to join the Chicago ABA Therapy Team. Ellen provides one-on-one ABA therapy services to children at Chicago ABA Therapy, as well as CST Academy, the practice’s thriving therapeutic preschool program. She loves the opportunity to help children reach their goals and build relationships with children and their families during ABA therapy.
Fun Fact: Ellen is an avid runner and went to the track state championships all four years of high school. She also enjoys wakeboarding and spending time on the lake with her family and friends!