After years of working in the human services field, providing care to individuals and seeing what worked, and what didn’t, one critical component seemed to be missing- the family! No single individual, whether a 3 year old receiving ABA, or an adult seeking parenting support, could make as much progress, meet important goals, or achieve lasting change, if their services did not take into account the family support system that they are a part of. Sarah and Natalie formed Utah Behavior Services with two primary goals: provide the highest quality behavior services available in Utah, and do it in a way that strengthens the entire family.
Since then, they have recognized another need; families feel conflicted and stressed when they are receiving multiple services, which often contradict each other. This is because all their different providers are working independently, with little or no coordination. Utah Behavior Services knows that there is nothing more effective than an integrated, multidisciplinary team, all working together for one family’s goals and success.
Since developing this model, many highly skilled experts have sought to join such a practice, knowing their own efforts would be more effective when combined with those of their teammates. Utah Behavior Services has become a true culture of caring- a team of professionals who are passionate about what they do, and whose top goal is each client’s maximum benefit and success!
Co-CEO Sarah E. Sanders, M.Ed., BCBA
Sarah received her Master of Education degree from the University of Utah in Special Education and Behavior Analysis. Sarah specializes in developing treatment and teaching programs for achieving skill growth and positive behavior change, within an applied, home-based environment. Sarah supervises individuals seeking their own certification and believes in the efficacy and power of a collaborative team. Sarah is passionate about preserving families and teaching individuals in order to gain independence!
Phone / Fax: 801.255.5131 ext. 101 Email Sarah
Co-CEO Natalie Whatcott, M.S., BCBA, SSW
Natalie has worked in the social services field for over 20 years. Natalie has extensive experience in behavior management, and employs her background in social work and counseling to provide unique, effective parent support and education. Natalie holds a Master of Psychology degree, is a licensed School Counselor, and maintains Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Phone / Fax: 801.255.5131 ext. 102 Email Natalie
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole provides behavior therapy services across the Wasatch Front, and is certified to provide Neurofeedback therapy as well. Nicole maintains certification as a BCBA and is a Behavior Supervisor, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director for Utah Behavior Services.
Kyle Bringhurst, LCSW
S. Lillian Adolphson, BCBA-D
Lillian began volunteering in the field of special education at 14 years of age, and has never left the field. Lillian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Special Education, and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Lillian has extensive work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, beginning in 1994 as an interventionist, and working as a program supervisor since 1999. Lillian has taught courses for the University of Utah in the areas of assessment, research design, and behavior management. Lillian has multiple publications including research articles and book chapters, and has presented at multiple conferences throughout the country. Lillian has supervised ABA programs throughout the country, and worked extensively in the state of California, during which role included conducting functional behavior assessments, writing behavior intervention plans, overseeing the implementation of behavior intervention plans in home and school settings, attending IEPs as an independent expert in applied behavior analysis, and teaching parent education courses for the state of California’s Regional Centers. In her free time, Lillian enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking with her sons, and of course, playing the banjo!
Justine Ballard, BS, BCaBA
Justine received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University with the intention of going on to become a Physical Therapist. However, after working at a Center for children with Autism in Colorado Springs, she fell in love with the field of Behavior Analysis and completed her Board Certification in 2011. Justine has experience both developing and implementing intensive programs for children and adolescents with Autism. She loves seeing children reach that “break through moment” after months and months of hard work then watching their skills take off. Justine is fluent in American Sign Language, and is certified in the PECS method. Outside of work, Justine loves reading, ballet, and spending time with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.
Brynn Bell, M.S., C.S.W.
Brynn has been working with adults and children with developmental disabilities for 10 years. She has a passion for mental health therapy and behavior analysis and loves the team approach to helping individuals succeed. Brynn received her Master of Social Work from Brigham Young University with a clinical emphasis. She also has additional training and experience working with youth who have sexual behavior problems. Clinically, Brynn loves to to have a very solution-focused approach, utilize behavior therapy techniques, and incorporate music and fun. Her ideal day would be spent boating, hiking, and playing games with her husband and 3 kids.
Kacee Brown, M. Ed., Program Specialist
Kacee graduated in December 2012 with her Master’s in Special Education with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Kacee is trained as a behavior supervisor and is working toward her national certification. Her background experience is in teaching and while in college she worked at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. She is married to her wonderful husband, Nick, and they have two boxers. They enjoy all the outdoor fun Utah has to offer!
Amy Call, M.S., Supervisor
Amy’s interest in applied behavior analysis initially stemmed from working with her own child with developmental challenges. When she saw data driven positive outcomes for her own child, as well as others, she immediately decided to research the field. This research led her to pursue BCBA certification, with a goal of extending the benefits of ABA to other families with children who have similar needs. Amy has volunteered at special education preschool programs at public and private schools. While she has completed coursework at the University of Colorado at Denver to be eligible for the BCBA exam, she is formally completing her fieldwork requirement with Utah Behavior Services. In her free time she likes to take crafting classes or watch home improvement shows. She also enjoys traveling with her her husband and three children.
Dr. A. Kyle Elder, PhD
Doctor A. Kyle Elder received a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, California with an emphasis in Child and Family Therapy. He received a Master’s Degree in Education and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Brigham Young University. He has been working in a community mental health center for the past 18 years and serves on the Children’s Services Coordinator Committee for the Division of Mental Health in the State of Utah. He has taken an active role in the development of the Preferred Practice Guidelines for mental health services for children and adolescents. He has focused his practice on the treatment of attachment disorders in displaced children. He has extensive training in Systems of Care and believes in the importance of establishing family teams. He sees children from infancy to young adulthood and their parents. He has developed skills in the assessment of children and adults including psychological evaluations and psycho-educational evaluations. His most rewarding and challenging experience has been raising 5 children. He is excited to blend his clinical experience with the talented behavioral staff at Utah Behavior Services.
Janice Faerber, M.A.
Janice received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She currently hold an associate clinical mental health counselor licensure (ACMHC) and working towards her board certified behavior analyst certification (BCBA). In graduate school, she began working for an agency that focused on working with children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. She really enjoyed working with children and decided to further her career in the field by continuing her education to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She is currently enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology taking online courses focused on ABA (applied behavior analysis). “I really enjoy working in this field because I find the small steps that the children make towards their goals to be intrinsically rewarding. Knowing that I helped to make a difference!” Janice moved to Utah 2 years ago with her husband because they enjoy outdoor hobbies such as outdoor rock-climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking. She also enjoys Bikram yoga to find her zen.
Rachal Green, LCSW
Rachal received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Weber State University, and her Master’s degree, in the same field, from the University of Utah. Her domain of study in mental health, with an emphasis in substance abuse. Rachal has completed additional training in the area of domestic violence and is currently working towards completing her study and national certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Rachal has been working in the field of mental health therapy for 2 years and in ABA for over a year. “Having the ability to see change for the positive and improved overall functioning in an individual’s life, that’s what brings me joy”. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and believes in a biopsychosocial approach in helping families and individuals feel better and do better. Rachal enjoys seeing her clients develop improved self confidence and greater self esteem, allowing for Improved relationships for couples and with children. Outside of work she typically can be found, with her husband, on the sideline of a soccer game or other sporting event cheering on her two children, as well as camping and UTV rides with friends and family.
Marsha Hardman-Lundell, LCSW, Clinical Director
Marsha is the Clinical Director for the mental health team at Utah Behavior Services. She was employed for 17 years at Primary Children’s Hospital on the Safe and Healthy Families team. She had the privilege of being trained by national experts in the best practice, evidenced based treatment interventions for children, families and individuals. Her specialty is working with trauma. She and her team will be part of Utah’s Initiative for “Trauma Informed Care”. Marsha is certified as a Trainer of Trainers in developing and implementing programs and services for children and families. She has extensive training in couples therapy, personality development, attachment, divorce and custody issues and anger management. Marsha is extremely excited to be part of and contribute to the integrated and comprehensive behavior and mental health interventions at Utah Behavioral Services.
Lisa Smith, MS, BCBA, North Region Behavior Director
Lisa received her Master of Psychology degree with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University. She specializes in the Verbal Behavior Approach based upon B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to teach children to become effective communicators. Lisa has experience providing therapy and consultation in an array of environments, including home, clinic, and school settings.
Amy Sudbury, BCaBA
Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. She has ten years experience providing ABA services, with an emphasis on discrete trial and natural environment methods. She obtained her BCaBA certification in order to gain a more thorough understanding of her field. Amy is passionate about improving the quality of life for her clients in their families, classrooms, and social circles. Outside of work, Amy loves paleontology, cartography, soccer, and spending time with her two children.