Alex Lorenzo is the co-founder of Animate Behavior, and our Chief Systems Analyst. He has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008. Originally, Alex focused on the business and performance application of the science, known as Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). However, soon into his career he found his calling in working with children and has subsequently seen the magnitude in which ABA has improved the lives of thousands of people.
In 2006, Alex earned his certification in Performance Management and, shortly after, he received his BS in Psychology from Florida State University. At Florida Institute of Technology, Alex had the opportunity to study under Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz and earned his MS in Applied Behavior Analysis. He later went on to teach online courses in ABA at the Institute.
Alex has had the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, with varying ages and abilities. He has worked in public and special education schools, clinics, and at-home programs. From toddlers to teenagers, Alex has experience providing and overseeing impactful autism interventions that have made positive changes in the lives of clients. Through his practice, he has worked with a variety of challenging behaviors and functional abilities.
Alex has a strong interest in Behavioral Systems Analysis. His clinical strengths include teaching academic, social, self-help, vocational, and communication skills using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior Principles. He has served as an expert witness and lead behavior analyst on several landmark cases that have resulted in providing thousands of otherwise un-served people with the autism interventions they need. As part of these efforts, he participated in the March 2012 trial that led to the requirement that Medicaid reimburses families for ABA services. Later that year, in October, he served as an expert witness in a civil suit against the US Department of Education in the US Virgin Islands advocating for free and appropriate education for children diagnosed with autism.
As the organization’s Chief Systems Analyst, Alex has the opportunity to leverage his clinical and business background ensuring the organization is making an impact in the lives of the clients and families we work with. He believes in a collegial company culture, committed to client progress, that is built on a strong, unshakable ethical foundation. Alex sees the value of leveraging each individual staff member’s strength while providing them with the resources they need to be successful. This results in the best possible outcomes for all.
Alex currently resides in Oakland, California. When he is not working, he enjoys the Bay Area’s vibrant music and arts culture and sports of all varieties.
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