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Telehealth ABA World Project

The Telehealth ABA World Project aims to empower parents and professionals who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in countries around the world. We aim to improve the quality of life for families in communities that don’t have access to behavioral services.

Therapists at University of Houston-Clear Lake provide services via the internet by establishing two-way interactive video connections with families and professionals who reside in other countries. Interpreters are available to assist with some sessions. All our services are free.

Our Services

Caregiver Training

We provide assessment and treatment services for families of children who engage in serious behavior disorders, such as aggression and self-injury. The following are eligibility requirements:

  • Child has a developmental disability, such as autism
  • Child is 18 months - 7 years of age
  • Child engages in serious problem behavior on a daily basis (determined by an initial assessment)
  • Family has access to an internet-enabled device (laptop, computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • Family has access to high-speed internet in their home or in a community setting (minimum download/upload speed 400kbps/400kbp)

Educational Presentations

We promote understanding of autism and appropriate treatment approaches through a series of educational presentations and question-and-answer sessions for caregivers and professionals. Presentations cover behavioral strategies for promoting new skills and reducing problem behavior in individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Our Team

Program Manager 

Loukia Tsami, M.A., BCBA, LBA, works as a research associate at the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Her research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior as well as parent training via telehealth. She is passionate about her children and her job.

Faculty Advisor 

Dorothea Lerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, is a professor of psychology and behavior analysis at UHCL, where she serves as chair of the M.A. program in behavior analysis and director of the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Research Assistants

Claire Wolken is a student at UHCL studying psychology and special education. She plans to complete her training to become a BCBA. She is also part of the Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities seminar program in the Houston Medical Center.

Kamara Barnett is a second-year school psychology graduate student at University of Houston-Clear Lake. She will be completing her internship next year in Humble ISD. Kamara organizes a social group for adults with disabilities twice a month.

Naomi Alphonso is a second-year graduate student in the behavior analysis master’s program at UHCL. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Houston. She is currently a clinical research specialist at the Texas Children’s Hospital Autism Center. Naomi has worked previously as a therapist in CADD’s Applied Behavior Analysis Skills Intervention Program (ABA-SkIP) and the Verbal Behavior Clinic (VBC), and has experience providing in-home early intervention services.

Technical Support Consultant

Andrew Benson is a third-year school psychology graduate student at UHCL's psychology graduate student. He is completing his internship at Clear Creek ISD.


  • Sarah Al-Saleh, M.A., Arabic
  • Dieu Truong, M.A., Cantonese and Vietnamese
  • Grace Shay, M.Ed, Mandarin Chinese
  • Prisca Deliperi, M.A., BCBA, French
  • Andrew Bennett, B.A., French 

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