Meet The Team

Ani Khachoyan, M.Ed., BCBA

Founder, Clinical Director

​​Ani Khachoyan has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Ani received her Masters in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework and internships from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She received her Bachelors in Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles while volunteering for the UCLA Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization (ECPHP) Program. Ani started Behavior Trend in 2012 as a resource blog for families and practitioners and expanded Behavior Trend to offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Special Education (SPED), and other Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for families in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Her specialties are in early childhood education, alternative and augmentative devices, and advanced curriculum programming.

Samantha Leahy, M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Manager

​​Samantha Leahy is a licensed early childhood special education teacher and Behavior Analyst. Samantha received her Masters in Education and ABA training and coursework from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. There, she completed her master’s thesis on social interactions between young children during adult-directed and child-directed art activities. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in art history and a minor in biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and worked in museums before deciding to become a full-time special educator. Samantha began her teaching career as a counselor at an overnight camp for people of all ages with a wide range of developmental disabilities. She later worked as a lead classroom teacher before returning to school to pursue her graduate degree. Samantha’s specialties are in early childhood education, teacher training, and implementing ABA interventions in a school setting. She is passionate about teaching functional communication, literacy skills, and (yes!) potty training. In her spare time, Samantha is a rock climber, cartoonist, and raises plants in her indoor garden.

Minerva Carbajal, M.S.

Program Manager

Minerva received my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in 2018 and received her  undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. She initially became interested in the field because of a child development course she took at UCSB. Minerva is passionate about working in people’s homes and making them feel comfortable and confident about their child’s abilities. Minerva said "I find it very rewarding when a parent can have a sense of relief knowing their child will grow up to reach their full potential with a little bit of our help and a lot of their trust in us."


Minerva's strengths are her patience and persistence. On her spare time, Minerva likes to travel. She lived in Italy for 2 months while in college and traveled all over Italy while learning the language. Minerva also enjoys reading books (any kinds) but mostly crime investigation ones (alongside with documentaries!!) 

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Team work leads to success.

At Behavior Trend, we value our employees who make a difference in the world.

When choosing an ABA provider for your child, it is crucial to evaluate the providers team. We are team players working to take your child to the highest level of success.  

Clinical Managers:

 Our Clinical Managers conduct various tasks from initial assessment to overseeing programming to help your child reach their goals. Clinical Managers are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). 

Program Managers:

 Our Program Managers conduct various tasks from assisting with assessments to ensuring integrity of our interventions with your child. Program Managers are Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), hold a Master's Degree, or are credentialed General/Special Education teachers.  

Behavior Technicians:

Our front line staff implement the programs directly with your child. 

They come to your home during regularly scheduled sessions. You may have a variety of Behavior Technicians on your team like Associate Behavior Technicians (ABT), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) to Senior Lead Behavior Technicians (SLBT) 

Administrative Team:

Our admin teams help you with scheduling, funding, billing, and various other administrative needs.   

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Disclaimer: The material provided on this site is for informational and educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. The information presented here does not reflect the opinions or recommendations of any past or present affiliates. The material provided on this website should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition or disorder. The information provided here is not to be used as medical or legal advice. Please refer to your licensed pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals who work with your child’s health and advocacy needs.