Our Staff

Licensed Psychologists, Nationally Certified School Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technician, and Speech and Language Pathologists.

CLINICAL STAFF

Alfred J Amado | PhD | NCSP | Licensed Psychologist | President

I received my doctoral degree from Texas A & M University where I specialized in child-clinical & school psychology. I have over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive psychological services in the school, community, medical, forensic, and university settings. My treatment orientation follows a cognitive/behavioral and solution-focused approach taking into account the multicultural and systemic uniqueness of each client’s situation. Most important is getting to know my clients’ unique circumstances in order to create a treatment plan individualized for their needs. I specialize in providing effective and individualized psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have been accepted by Montgomery County, Frederick County, and Prince Georges County Family Court Divisions as an expert in the field of child and family psychology. All my services are provided in Spanish or English.

I received separate postdoctoral fellowships from Johns Hopkins University, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the University of Miami. In addition, I served one year as an APA Congressional Fellow on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, where I provided expert consultation on policy related to child abuse prevention, juvenile justice, student support services, and the impact of immigration enforcement on families, children, and communities. Prior to working in Congress, I served 2 years as an assistant professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Maryland. I have numerous national publications, completed many presentations, and earned multiple awards for my work in the field. In 2008 I created Behavioral & Educational Solutions, PC to establish a holistic place where families and individuals can go to receive solution focused treatment from a cadre of disciplines. I received the Nelson Butters Award from the National Academy neuropsychology for research contribution to clinic neuropsychology.

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Mawule Sevon | MA | NCSP | BCBA

I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I received my Master of Arts in the area of School Psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. I am also currently attending Florida Institute of Technology in pursuit of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Cultural diversity within education is of great interest to me. I was awarded the opportunity to study abroad and complete educational research at universities in China. Similarly, I explored the cultural impacts on educational attainment. Furthermore, I have conducted research on culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children regarding the importance of cultural competent in school psychology. I have also presented research on the CLD student population at local conferences.

Building cultural pride among children is my passion; as such, my clinical experience has focused on working with families from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses and regional communities for over 10 years. At BESDC, I focus on developing and implementing culturally sensitive plans for clients in the home or school setting. I have had the privilege of learning from children with a variety of abilities such as, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Delays, Intellectual Disabilities and Down Syndrome. Overall, I am eager to help children reach their highest potential and I take a holistic approach to treating each child.

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Erin Adamitis | PsyD | Licensed Psychologist

I am a licensed clinical child psychologist who completed my doctoral training at Roosevelt University in Chicago and earned an additional certificate in child and family therapy. I further completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. At NCH, I worked in the Child Development Center and trained in various clinics including: Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Bowel Management Clinic, Interdisciplinary Feeding Clinic​, Down Syndrome Clinic, and in a residential setting for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities. I’ve also worked at the National Institutes of Health in the Pediatric and Developmental Neuroscience branch, assessing children with various intellectual, developmental, genetic, and other medically-induced disabilities.

For the past 10+ years, my clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of children with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities, and specifically autism. I have conducted developmental, neuropsychological, diagnostic, and academic evaluations. My treatment is generally behavioral in orientation and incorporates techniques from such empirically-supported therapies including Applied Behavioral Analysis, Pivotal Response Training, TEACCH, and PECS. My clients are generally children aged 0-16 with an emphasis on the 0-3 group, and their problem lists include autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, global developmental delay, learning disabilities, selective mutism, mood disorders, disruptive behaviors, feeding and toileting issues, and sleep problems. Additionally, my treatment experience has included creating and running in-home ABA programs, working on skill development, and providing parent training to strengthen familial relationships.

Additionally, I have conducted and presented clinical research at the national level. I also teach undergraduate psychology courses both online and in-person. The opportunity to participate in all of these activities across a variety of settings (and across the country in both urban and rural locations) has left me with an understanding of the uniqueness of each patient, and first-hand experience now raising my own young children has allowed me to appreciate the barriers that many families may face in utilizing treatment.

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Andrea Howard | PhD | Psychology Associate

I am a Registered Psychology Associate, completing my hours to become a Licensed Psychologist. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in December 2016 with my PhD in School Psychology. I am also working on obtaining certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have over five years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, community centers, hospitals, and early childhood settings.

 

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Angelina Nortey | PhD | Licensed Psychologist

I earned my doctorate from the University of Florida. I am passionate about facilitating growth and healing among children, families and communities. I specialize in working with children and adolescents who exhibit behavioral, emotional and academic difficulties. My experiences have been shaped by working in the school, clinic and juvenile detention settings. I have provided therapy and assessed youth diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Eliana Puerta-Plaza | BS | Director of Finance

I am originally from Cartagena De Indias Colombia, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad de Cartagena and a post-bachelors certificate in International Development and Cooperation from Universidad de San Buenaventura Universidad de Pavia. I have worked in the public and private sector. My experience includes performing duties as an executive assistant, consultant, and accountant. I recently had a baby and when I am is not working at BES, I am enjoying being a housewife, taking care of my baby, and practicing my hobbies of cooking and gardening.

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Heissel Solis | Office Manager

I graduated from University of Maryland University College in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. I have 7 years of customer service experience and 5 years of managerial experience. Before joining Behavioral & Educational Solutions I was managing between 35-60 employees within the restaurant industry. I specialize in organizing the office operations to ensure effectiveness and client satisfaction. I am also responsible for the delivery of Human Resources services.

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Diana Garcia | Administrative Assistant

I earned my high school diploma from Bladensburg High School in June 2015. Shortly after I was able to acquire an administrative assistant position at a general construction company where I learned a great level of knowledge and understanding of how to provide clients with the best customer services experience possible. At Behavioral & Educational Solutions P.C. I strive to ensure our clients and staff receive the  proper assistance needed to make their time at BES pleasant and enjoyable.

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