Performance Improvement Laboratory
Applied Behavior Analysis Program (California State University, Sacramento)
Erik Godinez completed his undergraduate degree at California State University, Sacramento. His research interests include performance feedback, systems analysis, verbal behavior, and environmental sustainability. In his free time, he enjoys playing disc golf, listening to music, and watching soccer.
Makenna Mason graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in spring 2019. After she receives her degree, she plans on becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. When she is not working as a Behavior Interventionist with children who have Autism, Makenna enjoys hanging out with friends, and cooking.
Lea Jones graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University Sacramento in 2019. She has previously worked as an RBT with children with autism spectrum disorder and plans on pursuing BCBA certification after graduation. Her research interests include performance feedback, systems analysis and staff training. In her free time, she powerlifts, likes to play video game, and care for all kinds of animals.
Allan Bernard-Pantin graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration in spring 2020. He also spent two years doing undergraduate research in UF's Organizational Behavior Management and Attitudes and Political Cognition labs. Allan's research interests are in applications of non-monetary reinforcements in nonprofit environments, behavior-based safety, and the effects of group hierarchies on intervention potency. After graduating, they plan to earn their BCBA certification and pursue a PhD. In their free time, Allan enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and reading non-fiction.
Sydney Burlison graduated from Sacramento State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Spring of 2022. She has been in the ABA field for three years now providing therapy for adolescents and training incoming technicians. Her research interests include treatment integrity within a clinical setting. After completing graduate school, she plans on become a BCBA and working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, you can find her out in nature exploring the undiscovered.
Sofia Zamora Delgado
Sofia Zamora Delgado graduated Fall of 2021 with her BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology. After starting in the ABA field as a behavior therapist three years ago, she decided to gain a better understanding of the science by completing the CSUS ABA certificate. After finishing the ABA Masters program and receiving a BCBA certification, she would like to provide services related to consulting and teaching. She absolutely adores working with children but is also interested in providing services in the field with a variety of populations. She enjoys volunteering, beaches and barbecues, and receiving compliments about her cooking.
Dr. Joshua Bensemann
Dr. Joshua Bensemann completed his PhD (Psychology) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His doctoral research investigated both traditional and modern theories of learning via positive reinforcement using a combination of mathematical models, experimentation, and computer simulations. He is currently interested in applying methods from machine learning to behavioral psychology in an attempt to detect behavioral patterns.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jocelyn Hernandez recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento with her BA in Psychology. She has been working in the field of ABA for over a year as an RBT. She plans on getting into an ABA Master’s Program and becoming a BCBA. When she isn’t working with children diagnosed with ASD, you can find Jocelyn baking or taking fitness classes at the WELL.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Josephine Franz is a senior at Sacramento State University who will graduate in the Spring of 2023 with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She is aiming to get into an ABA graduate program in order to further her education. Her hobbies include making jewelry, swimming, and reading.
Mia graduated Spring of 2020 with her BA in Psychology. While completing the CSUS ABA certificate, she found her new love of Aba! She hopes to enter a graduate program for ABA to further her knowledge of the field. Her hobbies include hiking, playing soccer, and reality television.