Yaz Aboul, Animate Behavior co-founder, has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over ten years. Originally starting his career in Organizational Performance Management, he quickly found his passion in providing interventions to at risk youths and those with severe and challenging behavior.
Yaz earned a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University with a specialization and certification in Performance Management. He then received an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University while studying under his mentor, Dr. Jon Bailey.
Yaz has gained a wide breadth of experience in ABA through his work across a variety of settings. He has served as a consultant and valued partner to public and secondary schools, special education programs, as well as clinics, psychiatric institutions, and group home programs. Yaz has served as a therapist and BCBA in numerous in home ABA programs in both California and Florida.
Throughout his career, Yaz has had the opportunity to work with populations ranging from toddlers to adults. He has provided high-quality clinical interventions to people with varying functional levels and emotional and developmental disabilities. Yaz specializes in reduction of severe and challenging behavior with an emphasis on teaching functional replacement behaviors to his clients. Additionally, he specializes in parent training, verbal behavior, ethics, and safety. In 2011 Yaz partook in a successful two year task force dedicated to the reduction of restraint and seclusion in public school settings. He served on multiple IAT teams in school settings, advised on Response To Intervention (RTI) behavior programs, and designed and designed and implemented Performance Management systems for businesses, schools, and psychiatric facilities.
With over a decade of experience in ABA and rising to regional director level positions, Yaz saw the clear and ever-present need for high clinical quality and better use of technology within the field of ABA. It was this motivation and shared vision that led him and fellow BCBA co-founder Alex Lorenzo to bring Animate Behavior to life.
Above all, Yaz is committed to improving people’s lives through behavior change.
Yaz currently resides in Oakland, California where he enjoys cycling and exploring the greater bay area.