Who We Are

Adrienne Robek, PhD., BCBA-D,

Clinical Director

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.

Desiree Been, BSc.OT, MRCOT, Sensory Integration Certified

Head of Occupational Therapy

Desiree Been is an Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience practicing in a multicultural environment. She earned her BSc in Occupational Therapy in the United States at Florida International University in 1997 and has been practicing Occupational Therapy in the United States, United Kingdom, Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Doha Qatar. She has had experience in the hospital environment, private and government clinics, special education settings and home therapy. This experience includes managing Occupational Therapy teams, developing new Occupational Therapy services, presentations and training provisions, and providing intervention to adults and children with neurological delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyspraxia, orthopedic conditions and other medical conditions.