All courses are taught by California State University, Northridge faculty from the nationally recognized Department of Psychology.


CSUN tenure-track faculty

Debra Berry Malmberg, Ph.D., B.C.B.A-D

Office Location: ST 307
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Dr. Malmberg is an associate professor in the psychology department at CSUN. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Davidson College and her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Malmberg teaches the Special Topics course in Behavior Analysis in the CSUN MS-ABA program in addition to advanced undergraduate course-work in applied behavior analysis, learning and behavior, and developmental psychology. Dr. Malmberg is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), and her training includes experience working at the New England Center for Children and the Claremont Autism Center. She has worked extensively with children with autism and related disorders, developing and supervising intervention programming, designing parent education programs, and consulting with school districts and international centers. Dr. Malmberg is the director of the CSUN Autism Center, a research and treatment center for children with autism spectrum disorders and also serves on the Task Force of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders for North LA County.

Tara A. Fahmie, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.

Academic Director

Office Location: ST 321
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Dr. Fahmie is an associate professor of psychology in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (MS-ABA) at California State University, Northridge. She received her Masters degree from the University of Kansas under the advisement of Dr. Gregory Hanley and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Fahmie teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in applied behavior analysis and has an active research lab involving masters students in the ABA program. She has extensive experience in the functional assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in individuals with and without disabilities. She has worked in various settings (day programs, schools, group homes) creating behavior intervention plans, implementing behavioral treatments, training direct care staff and families of clients, supervising program implementation, and monitoring individualized goals for behavior reduction and skill acquisition. In particular, Dr. Fahmie has been a supervisor at the Edna A. Hill Child Development center, a behavior analyst at the ARC of Alachua (one of the largest centers in the nation for individuals with Prader Willi syndrome), and a site coordinator at Sidney Lanier School for students with special needs. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Dr. Fahmie supervises undergraduate and graduate students interested in acquiring certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Her research interests include the prevention, assessment, and treatment of severe problem behavior as well as the design and implementation of skill acquisition programs.

Stephanie A. Hood, PhD; BCBA-D

Office Location: ST 326
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Stephanie A. Hood, PhD, BCBA, is an assistant professor in the Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at California State University-Northridge. She previously was an assistant professor at Briar Cliff University. She earned a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Psychology and Special Education at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. She earned a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale under the advisement of Dr. Nicole Heal. Under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Luczynski, she received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Hood teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in applied behavior analysis. She has experience with assessment and treatment of behavior disorders with individuals with and without disabilities and early intensive behavioral intervention. She has work with various service delivery models, such as, university based clinics, inclusive preschools, school consultation with elementary and middle schools including a K-12 school on a local Native American reservation, and telehealth. Working across settings and clinical populations, Dr. Hood conducted various behavioral assessments, created and implemented behavior intervention plans, monitored client progress, and conducted staff training. Her current research interests are related to determining the extent to which efficacious teaching procedures produce socially important behavior change, promote maintenance and generalization, and expand the reach of behavior-analytic services. As a BCBA-D, Dr. Hood supervises undergraduate and graduate students interested BCaBA or BCBA certification from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Her primary line of research is related to the development of efficacious and preferred treatment procedures to increase advanced conversation, social, and job skills.

Gary S. Katz, Ph.D.

Office Location: ST 326
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Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 after completing his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Maryland Medical School in the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. A California licensed psychologist, Dr. Katz teaches the Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavior course in the CSUN MS-ABA program and teaches advanced graduate courses in child psychological assessment, child psychopathology, family therapy, as well as an undergraduate core class in statistics and a seminar in clinical psychology. His research interests include psychophysiological aspects of emotion and attention disorders. In addition to his academic work at CSUN, Dr. Katz maintains a private practice in Ventura County working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning differences.

Ellie Kazemi, Ph.D., B.C.B.A-D.

Office Location: ST 306
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Dr. Kazemi received her Ph.D. from UCLA and is a professor of clinical psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She teaches undergraduate and graduate course-work on applied behavior analysis, learning and behavior, ethics in behavior analysis, and behavioral measurement and research methodology. For the past 14 years, Dr. Kazemi has worked with individuals with disabilities and/or their parents in various settings. Her experience includes working at Area Board 10, the UCLA Behavior Genetics Clinic, the Lili Claire Family Resource Center, and Los Angeles Unified Schools. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has worked extensively with children and adolescents who present with various behavioral and emotional problems and developmental disabilities, such as genetic disorders associated with mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. She serves as a consultant with community behavioral agencies focusing on supervision of staff, outcome-based programming, staff training, and professional ethics. She has developed and piloted a competency-based supervision folder and delivers invited workshops to promote high-quality, structured supervision for MS-ABA interns. Dr. Kazemi has an active research lab and she publishes and presents her research with her students. Her research interests include supervision, knowledge and needs of ABA staff, parental disciplinary tactics, effective methods to teach scientific thinking and applied behavior analysis to staff and/or students, and co-occurrence of emotional and/or behavioral problems in adolescents with disabilities. Some of her contributions include developing the ABA approved undergraduate and graduate course-work at CSUN, fostering community based service-learning opportunities for students (e.g., Social Validity Project), and obtaining BACB® approval to offer CE units for the workshops sponsored by Southern California Consortium for Behavior Analysts (SCCBA), which she co-founded in 2008.

Part-time faculty

Peter Adzhyan, Psy.D., L.E.P., B.C.B.A-D

Off-site practica supervisor

Dr. Adzhyan has a master's degree in school psychology and a doctorate in educational psychology. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Educational Psychologist. Dr. Adzhyan is a full-time school psychologist for Los Angeles Unified School District and has nine years of experience working with children and adolescents in various educational settings. As a BCBA, Dr. Adzhyan works with school psychologists, teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and students conducting Functional Assessments, trainings, developing and implementing behavioral intervention plans for students with autism, ADHD, Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and other behavioral disorders. Dr. Adzhyan also works with children and adolescents with severe problem behaviors such as self-injury and aggression within and outside of public school settings. Dr. Adzhyan teaches the Functional Assessment and Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Support course in the CSUN MS-ABA Program, and as part-time faculty at CSUN and Alliant International University, Dr. Adzhyan has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on assessment, single-subject designs, program development and learning theories. His research interests include use of Standard Celeration Charts (SCC) within Response to Intervention model to improve academic fluency, use of Precision Teaching with children with Autism, EBD and other behavior disorders and developing and implementing programs that are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with adolescents with severe problem behaviors.