Leadership

Emily
Center Director
Novi

Emily graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Psychology in 2014. She then went on to attend Wayne State University in order to obtain her Masters of Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, in which she graduated in 2016.  Emily has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2011, and specifically in the ABA field since 2013. She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Behavioral Consultant before obtaining her BCBA in 2016.  Emily loves to see clients and their families be as successful as they can within every environment, placing high importance on coordination of care between other service providers, schools, and family! She also has a special interest in servicing clients with comorbid diagnoses. When she is not at work she enjoys being with her dogs Oliver and Zeena, or going on vacation to somewhere warm with a beach. Her favorite vacation spot is Holbox, Mexico.

Rachel
Center Director
Detroit

Rachel is the Center Director for our Detroit location. Rachel has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of ABA and over 10 years of experience at UPAC. Rachel also works as an adjunct professor for the BCBA and BCaBA programs at Wayne State University. She is very passionate about training the next generation of BCBAs and BCaBAs. Her ABA interests include teaching language development, toileting and social skills. Rachel enjoys all things baking and loves to train dogs in her free time.

Michelle
Center Director
Clinton Township

Michelle Fuhr is the Clinton Township center Director.  She received her bachelors and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University under the study of Dr. Richard Malott. Michelle has a history of developing curriculum for bachelors and masters level ABA programs, such as Wayne State University and other local universities. She is currently a professor in the graduate and undergraduate ABA programs at Wayne State University. Ensuring staff of all levels have high quality education and training is essential to Michelle’s belief that this will lead to high quality services and therefore enhanced client progress.

Michelle has been in the field of autism since 2005 and her primary interests include teaching early learning skills, teaching communication skills, and reducing problematic behavior. She has worked directly with Dr. Gregory Hanley on learning his Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) methods for behavior assessment and Skills Based Treatment (SBT) methods for behavior reduction which are based on concepts of reinforcement and reduce the need for punishment-based procedures. She has also received formal training in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as well as Functional Analysis implementation. She has presented at local and national conferences such as Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM), Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Women in Behavior Analysis (WIBA).  She is currently seeking her PhD through Capella University in Behavior Analysis to pursue research and contribute to evidence-based practices.

 

Ramzi Hasson
Ph.D, LP, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Director of Assessment Services

Dr. Ramzi Hasson, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology. Clinical interest include autism, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries or diseases. He obtained his PhD from Michigan State University, completed an APA accredited clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Depart of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Division. Dr. Hasson oversees an autism-focused assessment clinic (AAEC Clinic) and runs a pediatric neuropsychology clinic within the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center.

Mandi
Corporate Project Manager

Mandi’s 9-year career with University Pediatricians has been multifaceted. She has worked at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan in may different clinics, ultimately finding her passion working with the incredible staff at UPAC. Autism and ABA therapy were new to her but she hit the ground running and has been learning everything she can the last 2 years. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Business Administration with hopes to bring her operational knowledge and drive to UPAC. Seeing the changes in the kiddos the clinical team work with on a daily basis is amazing but as a mom herself, seeing the parents reaction to the progress their children have made is the reason she loves working at the autism center.