Adrienne Robek, PhD., BCBA-D,
Since 1998, Dr. Robek has conducted research and provided ABA services for people on the autism spectrum. Dr. Robek became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2005. In 2007, she earned a doctorate in behavioral psychology from The City University of New York, Graduate Center. While studying behavioral psychology, she was awarded a prestigious science fellowship. Subsequent to earning her doctorate, she became a New York State-licensed psychologist.
Additionally, Dr. Robek has experience as a clinical coordinator at a therapeutic group home and has also consulted at many schools to train teachers in behavior management techniques. Dr. Robek provides an array of services that range from diagnostics to the development of ABA programs. Dr. Robek is the author of “My Child Has Autism - A Handbook for Parents and Professionals” and also created an ABA curriculum which encompasses more than 170 educational programs, divided into 12 categories. Each category aims to develop a specific set of skills by applying distinct methodologies. Dr. Robek moved to Doha in 2013 to start up the ABA program at the Child Development Center.
Kamila Janik, MSc, BCBA
Clinical Program Lead
Kamila has worked in the field of Autism and developmental disabilities in Ireland since 2009. She has a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Kamila also holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University College Dublin. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Feeding Specialist certified in the Assessment and Treatment Using the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding and A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding. Kamila is also certified in the Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).
Kamila has dedicated her clinical work to creating meaningful changes for children with disabilities and their families. She has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive therapy programs for children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities and language delays. Kamila specializes in the area of Early Intervention (EI) and she also has extensive experience in the provision of educational and behavioral support services for children across a variety of settings including center-based multi-disciplinary teams, in-home therapy programs, inclusive and special schools, and residential facilities. Kamila recognizes that parents are important stakeholders and she has a particular interest in parent coaching. She is also acting as an educational consultant for nurseries and schools in Doha providing behavioral assessments and school consultations.
Oksana Kamenetskaya. M.A. CCC-SLP/TSSLD
Head of Speech-Language Pathology
Oksana is an American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified, New York State-licensed, PROMPT-trainer, Hanen Certified, Oral Placement Therapy trained (OPT), bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist. She holds a New York State Teacher for students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification (TSSL-D). Oksana graduated from St. John’s University with a Magna Cum Laude degree in Speech Language Pathology and Communication.
While providing intervention, Oksana implements and combines innovative and time-proven treatment techniques and learning approaches such as: PROMPT, principles of ABA therapy, Sensory Integration, TEACCH menthod, PECS, and others. Besides extensive expertise in communication and cognitive disorders, Oksana is trained and experienced in treating various feeding/swallowing disorders.
In addition, Oksana closely works with families/caregivers and considers them an integral part of intervention; to ensure carryover and generalization of skills. Furthermore, she has extensive experience working with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Oksana is very passionate about helping children with developmental disorders and their families reach their full potential of living full and happy lives, despite their limitations and special needs.
Namita Panekat, B. O. Th
Head of Occupational Therapy
Namita is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with pediatric and adult clients with different needs. She is a licensed and registered member of the All India Occupational Therapists Association. She also holds practising licences of other countries such as Nigeria, UAE, and Zimbabwe. Namita is certified and trained in Neurodevelpmental Therapy (Bobath Techniques). She has worked in one of the leading government hospitals and also a very well-established special needs center in the UAE. She has experience in acute and sub-acute rehabilitation in hospitals. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing the preterm baby screening program for neonates in the neonatal intensive care units and special care baby units in various hospitals in the UAE. Namita also has experience in community based rehabilitation and has developed innovative intervention techniques in various villages across India and Zimbabwe.
Namita has conducted various parent, teacher and staff training programs in various hospitals, clinics, schools across India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the UAE. She believes in keeping herself abreast of the developments in her field, by attending various international and national CME programs. Namita is a very dedicated and dependable individual who firmly believes in implementing a multi-disciplinary holistic treatment approach when providing services to clients.
Cezz Karoline G. Cruzado, BCBA, MD
Head of Early Intervention Program/ Case Manager - ABA
Cezz is a licensed physician and BCBA from the Philippines. She has completed Florida Institute of Technology’s BCBA Coursework through Continued Education, ABA Online in 2015. Before moving to Doha, Cezz was training in the field of general psychiatry and was chief resident in her senior year. Her psychiatry training included rotations in various mental health services such as family therapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, women’s desk, consultation and liaison, and forensic psychiatry. Because she has always been interested in human behaviour, Cezz decided to join CDC as an ABA therapist when it opened in the year 2013.
Cezz has over three years experience in the clinical setting and is also experienced in providing home-based ABA therapy. She did various assessments for clients and designed their curriculum and behaviour plans. As part of the home services, Cezz worked with clients, trained the clients’ caregivers and family members and worked with the clients’ teachers. Cezz also facilitated play groups for her clients.
Cezz is a Case Manager in the ABA department focusing on home-based therapy. She is proud to be a part of the excellent team of therapists and share the knowledge and experience that she has gained to help CDC to further extend its superb services to the community.