The Staff at CVAP

The CVAP clinical staff consists of Regional Directors, Clinical Directors, and Clinical Supervisors that are all seasoned BCBAs, Clinical Supervisors all with masters degrees from proven universities and fully trained and experienced Clinical Assistants and Behavior Interventionists.  These are men and women who believe in their life work.  They have embraced the science of Applied Behavior Analysis as the intervention method by which individuals with developmental disabilities will have the highest probability of successful outcome.


They are CVAP.
They are the professionals that are committed to the goals and programs they develop and implement.  
They are the professionals that train parents as the key collaborative piece in successful Applied Behavior Analysis intervention.
They are the change agents that define HOPE, rethink SUCCESS and are responsible for individuals reaching new HEIGHTS !


CVAP’s founder and Executive Director, Mila Amerine Dickens, MS, BCBA, has been privileged to work side by side with CVAP staff members since 1990.  For this, she is grateful.


“Together as a committed clinical team, I believe CVAP has made a significant difference in the lives of many individuals and families.  It is a blessing to serve with each one of these professionals and share their passion for the work we do each day.  I believe that our coming together in one organization over the years is a gift from God for which I am truly thankful.”


Mila holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 1993, Mila accepted an invitation from the late Dr. Ivar Lovaas to participate in the UCLA Multi-Site Young Autism Project, an international effort towards replication of his 1987 landmark study. Dr. Lovaas served as a mentor to Mila until his passing in 2010. Beginning in 1993, she collaborated with the late Dr. Howard Cohen, Director of Clinical Services, Valley Mountain Regional Center, leading to the publication of Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment: Replication of the UCLA Model in a Community Setting. Cohen, H, Amerine-Dickens, M, and Smith, T. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. (2006)


Mila was a co-founder of the Special Education Region 6 and Valley Mountain Regional Center “Autism Connection”, a model collaboration between Valley Mountain Regional Center, Region 6 SELPAs/school districts, parents, and providers. She also participated as a co-author of this group’s regional Policies and Procedures for Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment Program for better understanding of intensive behavioral therapy.


Mrs. Amerine Dickens has been appointed to numerous California statewide committees, which aim to define legal and clinical guidelines for clients and their families. She continues a long-term and committed effort to collaborate with educators, regional center personnel, physicians, and the community.



Mila Amerine Dickens, MS, BCBA
CVAP Founder/Executive Director

CVAP’s Clinical Leadership
Many CVAP staff members have been with us for over 15 years. They have provided sound clinical intervention and supervision with expertise developed within CVAP. Each are gifted and passionate about serving each child, teen or adult to fully develop that  individual’s potential.

What is a BCBA?

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) conducts descriptive and systematic (e.g., analogue) behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions. The BCBA is able to effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases. The BCBA teaches others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis. All BCBAs are certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board,

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