Treatment Center Director, Central

Jillian Yelinek is a Case Manager and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where she participated in both a child development and behavior analysis research lab. In these labs, Jillian assisted in functional assessments and behavioral interventions for typically-developing elementary school students exhibiting problem behaviors. While at Pacific, Jillian received the summer undergraduate research fellowship and conducted a study investigating the relationship between preschool children’s emotional behaviors and teacher’s emotion coaching in the classroom. The results of this project were presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies and published in the Journal of Early Child Development and Care in Summer 2017.

After graduation, Jillian’s research interests took her to Miami, FL where she was accepted for an internship as a counselor in the summer treatment program at Florida International University. Here she conducted behavioral interventions for preschool-aged children with ADHD and related behavior problems in the context of a summer camp. Returning to California, Jillian’s passion for ABA and working with children lead her to the California Autism Center and Learning Group where she began as a behavior technician, was promoted to case assistant and now works as a case manager. In August 2019, Jillian received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University and was certified as a Behavior Analyst in December 2019.

Jillian is committed to creating a fun learning environment for her clients and their families and believes the best therapy includes silly pretend play, lots of laughter and maybe a few cookies. A Fresno native, Jillian enjoys engaging in community events, baking, reading and spending time with friends and family.