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 developmental disabilities in Ireland since 2009. She has a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis 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).
Kamila has dedicated her clinical work to creating meaningful change for children with disabilities and their families. She has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive therapy programs for children presenting with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning disabilities, challenging behavior, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Kamila specializes in child development and has extensive experience in the implementation of intervention programs for toddlers presenting with delays in reaching their typical developmental milestones. She has provided behavior therapeutic services in a variety of settings including residential facilities, schools, and center-based and in-home therapy settings. Kamila has extensive experience in early intervention and delivery of parent and staff training. Kamila moved to Qatar in 2015 to be a part of the exciting team at CDC.
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-trained, 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.
Head of Early Intervention Program/ Case Manager - ABA
Katherina has been working as a behavior therapist for 17 years; an ABA educational specialist for 10 years, a certified behavior analyst for 9 years and as a certified child development specialist for 8 years with a focus on early intervention. Katherina is a Psychology major from the University of Central Florida with a certification as a Child Development Specialist by the Early Steps Program in the state of Florida. She completed the first module and the advanced workshop of the Early Start Denver Model program (ESDM). Most of her work as been based on VB (verbal behavior) by which she increments verbal skills, social behavior, social communication, group instructions and indoor/outdoor leisure skills.
In the last 3 years, Katherina has dedicated herself to traveling to different countries setting up home-based ABA programs and giving presentations at conferences to raise awareness about early signs of autism, early diagnosis and the importance of early intervention. She has participated in various symposiums and pediatric congresses with the purpose of educating communities about the vital role each community member has in helping early diagnosis immediately follow by an intensive early intervention program.
Traveling as an international ABA consultant, she instructs, trains and supervises parents, teachers, care givers and shadows teachers on how to better assist those with special needs. The ultimate goal of her career has been to provide a better quality of life to those with special needs and their loved ones, where having choices is a rule rather than the exception.
Cezz Karoline G. Cruzado, MD
Case Manager - ABA
Cezz is a licensed physician 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 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.