Team Meeting

SEARCH’s clinical team consists of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), special education teachers, and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). SEARCH’s instructional model provides for a 1:1 student to teacher ratio, which allows for individualized instruction, curriculum, and ongoing skill assessment for each learner. Each member of our team receives ongoing training and supervision to ensure each learner is making meaningful and lasting changes.

Our team of professionals works under the guidance of our Executive Director and senior staff and is committed to the families we service, the field of behavior analysis, and ongoing skill development.

Our Leadership

Carrie Kahana

Carrie Kahana, MA, BCBA, LBA (NY)Founding Executive Director

Carrie holds a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is a dually certified special and elementary education teacher. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2007. Prior to founding SEARCH in 2005, Carrie was instrumental in the creation of one of New Jersey’s premier public school programs for children with autism. SEARCH was born from a desire to provide high quality, comprehensive behavior-analytic services to families with children with autism. Carrie’s goal is to provide learners with the services they require, but also to provide parents with guidance on how to navigate autism and the processes involved in appropriate educational programming.

Carrie collaborates with the SEARCH team and is closely involved in programming and planning to facilitate the best possible outcomes for each learner and their family. Carrie’s clinical and research interests include providing autism education to those in the local community, increasing the acceptance and understanding of autism by peers, and the science of organizational behavior management and its role in developing procedures to help ensure best practice and superior services delivery.

Jessie Northgrave

Jessie Dello Russo, MA, BCBA, LBA (CT)Director

Jessie holds a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University, where she also worked at the University’s Center for Autism and ABA as a staff trainer. She completed her Master’s thesis on “The Effect of Reinforcer Choice on Skill Acquisition in Children with Autism” under Dr. Jason Vladescu and has been published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. Jessie has presented her research at state, national, and international conferences including: the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research interests include staff training, choice, and safety skills.

Nicole Journe

Nicole Journe, M.Ed., BCBADirector

Nicole holds a Master of Education degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2015. Prior to becoming a team member at SEARCH, Nicole worked in several of New Jersey and New York’s state approved private educational programs for learners with autism. Nicole has presented her research at both the university level as well as at local, national, and international conferences including The New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Nicole’s clinical and research interests include incidental teaching, error correction, differential reinforcement, and the treatment of challenging behavior.

Heather Fiorentino

Heather Fiorentino, M.Ed, BCBATeam Leader

Heather Fiorentino holds a Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership with a Certificate of Graduate Study in Special Education and is a certified teacher in Elementary K-5 and Special Education. She possesses a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Heather’s classroom experience includes work in inclusion settings, general education settings, and behavior analytic programs for learners with autism. Heather’s clinical and research interests include verbal behavior; inclusive education for learners with autism; and increasing parental and community education and awareness.

Caitlin Hoskins

Caitlin Hoskins, M.Ed, BCBATeam Leader

Caitlin Hoskins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and Master of Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been a member of the SEARCH team since 2017. Caitlin has worked with learners with autism in home, school, and community settings and is passionate about providing training and support to both staff and parents. Caitlin’s clinical and research interests include functional communication training, the assessment and treatment of stereotypic behavior, and social skill development.

Nicole M. Lee

Nicole M. Lee, MA, BCBATeam Leader

Nicole graduated from Lafayette College receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics. Following her undergraduate program, she went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. She completed her thesis project under Dr. Jason Vladescu studying the “Effects of Behavioral Skills Training on the Stimulus Control of Safety Responding”. Prior to joining the SEARCH team, Nicole served as a graduate assistant at the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University and as a teacher at one of NJ’s premier private schools for learners with autism. Nikki's clinical and research interests include verbal behavior, functional communication training, assessment evaluations, and safety skills training.

Ben Rhodes

Benjamin D. Rhodes, MA, BCBATeam Leader

Ben received his Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ben has worked in both home and clinic settings and possesses vast expertise in behavior reduction programming and staff training. He has presented his own research on autism interventions research at state, national, and international conferences including: the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, The Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Ben's clinical and research interests include the reduction of interfering behavior, Functional Behavior Assessment, antecedent interventions, and teaching self-help skills to learners with autism.