Meet Our Team

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Julie Polanco, MEd, BCBA

Founder & Clinical Director

Career

Current) Smart Start, Founder & Clinical Director
Previous) The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute, Hempstead, NY, Teacher's Assistant

Trainings & Certifications
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Applied Behavior Analysis Specialist (ABAS-1)
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Introductory Workshop
PEAK Level 1 Certification Training

PEAK Level 2 Certification Training

ADOS Clinical Workshop

PFA-SBT Level 1

Meaningful Speech Course

Education
Pennsylvania State University, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed.

Pennsylvania State University, Psychology, B.A.

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Hyeyoon Jang, BCaBA

Supervisor

Career
Current) Smart Start, Supervisor
Previous) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist
Previous) ABA Bears, Behavior Therapist

Trainings & Certifications

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), Behavior Analyst Certification Board

PEAK Level 1 Certification Training, Emergent Learning Academy

PEAK Level 2 Certification Training, Emergent Learning Academy

PECS Level 1 Training

Education

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Coursework

SungShin Women's University, Music Therapy, On Leave

BaekSeok Art University, Applied Music

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Nigorakhon Yakubova, PhD, BCBA

Supervisor

Career

Current) Smart Start, Supervisor

Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Trainings & Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Introductory Workshop

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Advanced Workshop, In Progress

PEAK Level 1

PECS Level 1

PFA-SBT Level 1

Education

Yonsei University, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Coursework

Inha University, Multicultural Education, PhD

National University of Uzbekistan, Linguistics, Master

Fergana State University, Philology, Bachelor

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Soo Lee

​Case Manager

Trainings & Certifications

PEAK Level 1

 

Career
Current) Smart Start, Case Manager

Previous) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Behavior Therapist

Education

Capella University, Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis), Master, In Progress

University of California Irvine, Criminology Law & Society, Bachelor
Irvine Valley College, Teacher Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Associates

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Jihye Chae, BCBA

Behavior Therapist

Trainings & Certifications
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
PFA-SBT Level 1
PEAK Level 1

ABA Korea Academy VB-MAPP Module

Career
Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Education

Baekseok University, Applied Behavior Analysis, Master's Candidate
Hanyang University, Chemical Engineering, Master's
University of Seoul, Chemical Engineering, Bachelor's

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Sunghyun Choi

Behavior Therapist

Trainings & Certifications
Level 2 Psychological Counselor (Korea Psychological Counseling Association)
Level 2 Special Education Associate Teacher
ABA Korea Academy VB-MAPP Module

Career
Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist
Previous) Bucheon Haerim School Teacher's Assistant 
Previous) Edu Vision, Case Manager

Education
Baekseok University Applied Behavior Analysis, Master, In Progress

Baekseok University Special Education, Bachelor

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Career
Current) Smart Start, Behavior Therapist

Previous) Disability Caregivers Counseling
Previous) Education Support for Persons with Disabilities, Activities Support Staff

Education

Konyang Cyber University, Behavior Analysis and Intervention (QASP-S), In Progress

​KyungIn Women's University, Social Welfare, Bachelor

Mingi Kim

Behavior Therapist