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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Elise Alexander Bhagwat, MS, LCPC | Executive Clinical Director

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who completed my Master’s degree at John’s Hopkins University. I have been a practicing Clinical Counselor for 22 years and working in the mental health field for twenty-nine years. My practicum placement was at the Frost School, an alternative middle and high school for student with severe emotional and/or behavioral problems. Following graduation, I worked in private practice, specializing with children and families, the school system with children who had learning disabilities and in vocational rehabilitation settings assisting individuals with adjustment to disabilities and building on their strengths. For the past twelve years I have worked in healthcare management in inpatient psychiatric, day treatment and community mental health settings. My career focus has been: program development, quality/performance improvement, and accreditation and professional development while fostering an environment of transparency and ethical quality care. My role as a director is to mentor and support new professional while fostering strong professional ethics and clinical excellence.  

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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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Mawule Sevon | MA | NCSP | BCBA

I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. I am highly interested.in topics related to cultural diversity, acculturation processes and second language acquisition. I have completed research and led workshops and presentations on topics related to culture and its impact on academic success and development. In addition to topics of culture in schools, I am knowledgeable about naturalistic applied behavior analysis with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, related disorders and challenging behaviors. 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 in treating each child.

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Andrea Howard | PhD | Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Manager

I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016, where I earned my Ph.D. in School Psychology. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016, where I earned my Ph.D. in School Psychology. In my work, I emphasize the importance of well-equipped parents, teachers, and other caregivers in a child’s life to support the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development of children and adolescents. I have over five years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, community centers, hospitals, and early childhood settings. My theoretical framework is heavily influenced by applied behavior analysis and social learning theory, and I specialize in working with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. At BES, I also serve as the Mental Health Consultation Manager, supporting our team of consultants who provide mental health services to children, adults, and families in early childhood settings throughout Montgomery County and Washington, DC.

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Angelina Nortey | PhD | School Psychology and Assessment Services Manager

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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Teressa Rose-Disney, M.A. / School Psychology Intern

I graduated from Hood College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I earned my Master’s in School Psychology from Bowie State University. It is part of my philosophy that an aspect of my role is to assist children in becoming self-advocates. Partnering with the school systems to build a climate that fosters growth and acceptance in our communities. I believe that children should be exposed to all types of diversity and culture, in order to grow into citizens of the world. Part of my goal is to build compassion, understanding and empathy into my role as School Psychologist. Parent inclusion in the process is a critical factor in children success, after all they were the child’s very first teacher. My mission is to help children aspire to their full potential and be ready for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

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Alana Parker, M.A., NCSP | School Psychologist/ ABA Therapist

I am a certified school psychologist in Washington D.C. and Maryland. I earned a Specialist degree at Howard University after I completed an internship in District of Columbia Public School system. At DCPS I assessed students’ cognitive abilities, academic functioning, and social-emotional functioning. Conducting psycho-educational assessment and interpretation, mental health assessments and devising behavior plans spans across many years. I have also had the opportunity to working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist in the home and school settings. I have a special interest in focusing on supporting elementary-aged students who have experienced trauma and/or grief, by integrating a variety of intervention programs with current curriculum. I have assisted many students who have experienced grief and trauma difficulties and find it too often eventually impacts academics functioning as well. Over my internship year, I have conducted workshops for teachers and parents in order to promote awareness regarding trauma/mental health and its impact in the academic setting. In addition, I have recommended evidence-based treatments and interventions for students in urban grade school settings. My professional experiences, specialized training, and love for helping children has fed my passion for assisting with behavior and academic success amongst children.

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Morgan Ottone | B.S. | Lead Behavioral Therapist

I received my Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a concentration in child development in 2012 from Curry College. I have been working in ABA since 2012. My experience has been with children and adolescence with developmental disabilities and delays ranging in age from 2-21. I’ve worked with these children in home and school settings. I also had the opportunity to assist adolescents experiencing emotional disturbance in vocational settings to help them obtain the skills needed and build resumes in hopes for job placement after high school. I take pride in the services that I provide. I feel a sense of joy when a client reaches a goal and I see the immediate positivity outcomes. I am excited to be at BES to be a Lead Therapist and learn the clinical side of ABA therapy. I am working vigorously on the process of becoming a BCBA.

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Daniel Enrique | B.S. | Lead Behavioral Therapist

I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. I have been working in early intervention and applied behavior analysis for the past five years. I have two additional years working with children in various settings. I am currently working towards becoming a BCBA in the near future. Having family members with autism, makes this work very personal to me.  I am motivated by own personal experience to do everything possible to improve the outcomes for our clients. I am very proud being part of, BES as its mission so closely matches my own. I will continue to work to help ensuring that our clients have the opportunities to live up to their fullest potential.

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Cindy Cruz | MSW | LCSW-C

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C), with a Master’s degree in Social work from the University of Maryland Baltimore’s School of Social Work. My clinical focus is on children and families, with expertise in immigrant families and families experiencing environmental risks.

Jennifer Dooling Koschalk | MSW | LCSW-C

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Masters in Social Work at the Catholic University and received additional postgraduate training through the American University Mental Health Center Psychotherapy Externship program. Additionally, I received certification in Perinatal Mood Disorder treatment through Post-Partum Support International.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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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Krystal Murillo | Administrative Assistant

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