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Ani Khachoyan, M.Ed., BCBA

Founder, Clinical Director

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Education, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Master’s of Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Specialization, Vanderbilt University
  • Graduate Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis, Vanderbilt University
  • Teaching Credential, Early Childhood Special Education Prek-3rd grade, State of Tennessee
  • Mentored by Dr. Connie Kasari (UCLA)
  • Advised by Dr. Ann Kaiser, Dr. Mark Wolery, and Dr. ML Hemmeter (Vanderbilt)
  • Publication: Hampton LH, Kaiser AP, Nietfeld JP, Khachoyan A. Generalized Effects of Naturalistic Social Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 2]. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020;10.1007/s10803-020-04521-4. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04521-4

​​Ani has over 15 years of experience working with children and individuals with disabilities. 
Ani’s initial experience began while volunteering for the UCLA Early Childhood Partial
Hospitalization Program (ECPHP) as an undergraduate. After working a few days at ECPHP, Ani
knew she wanted to pursue a career working with children with autism and helping them find
their voice.
Ani started Behavior Trend in 2012 as a free resource blog for families and practitioners
and expanded Behavior Trend to offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Special Education
(SPED), and other Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for children and families. Her specialties are
in early childhood education, alternative and augmentative devices (AAC), Enhanced Milieu
Teaching (EMT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), advanced curriculum programming, and
parent training. Ani enjoys guiding the new generation of behavior analysts and preschool
teachers and being a forever learner. On her free time, she enjoys traveling and discovering
new places with her husband and hosting gatherings.