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Faculty

Dita DeSena, M.S.Ed.

Dita has been with QSAC over 14 years. She began her career at QSAC as a therapy assistant at the After School Program. During her tenure at QSAC, Ms. DeSena has held several positions, including Group Leader, Staff Trainer, Behavior Evaluator, Coordinator, and Assistant Director. She became the Director of After School Programs in November 2007. As the Director of After School Programs, Ms. DeSena strives to provide the best possible services to the students enrolled in the ASP, and a positive and supportive work environment for the staff members.

Rachel La Piana, M.S.Ed., BCBA

Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 10 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is a certified special educator with credentials both in New York and California.  Rachel has worked hands on with a wide age range of students from birth through 18 years of age.  She specializes in the Verbal Behavior methodology to teaching children with autism and has presented at a number of conferences, including at the annual conference for International Association for Behavior Analysis.   Rachel is the ABA Training coordinator for QSAC. 

Ronald Lee, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Ronald Lee began his career at QSAC as a part-time assistant in the QSAC Afterschool program in 1994 and has been the Clinical Director of the Day School program since 2002. He has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004 and received his Ph.D. in psychology in the Learning Processes subprogram at the CUNY Graduate School with a specialization in Development Disabilities in 2006. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented empirical research at local and national conferences on topics including response variability, conditioning reinforcers, staff training, and video-modeling. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the graduate and certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Long Island University at C. W. Post and at Queens College having taught courses in Autism Spectrum Disorders, methods in Applied Behavior Analysis, and learning theory.