Our Executive Team
Jen Sabin, M.A., BCBA
Executive Director, Founder
Under the direct tutelage of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, Jennifer Sabin began working with children on the autism spectrum, while completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon completion of her degree, at a local behavioral agency, Jennifer continued her commitment and dedication to children with autism and pervasive disorders by providing supervision and workshop services on an international level. Ultimately, Jennifer directed the establishment of a successful behavioral center located in Sydney, Australia, which is currently serving individuals on the autism spectrum. In 1997 Jennifer received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University, and subsequently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004. Jennifer Sabin’s expertise and vision of providing quality intervention services for individuals on the autism spectrum led to the opening of Working With Autism, Inc. (WWA) in 1997. Since WWA’s inception, Jennifer functions as the Executive Director, monitoring and overseeing all clinical and administrative services.
Hilya Delband, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Director, Clinical Development and Marketing
Dr. Delband has been part of the WWA family since 2004, initially as a Case Supervisor and subsequently as the Clinical Director. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D), who has been dedicated to working with children and adolescents with ASD since 1999. Dr. Delband has developed a manual for families whose child is diagnosed with autism, providing an overview of the diagnosis, empirically supported interventions, and guidance for navigating the special education process. She conducts guest lectures at Pepperdine University and informational workshops for families throughout Los Angeles County. Dr. Delband’s extensive training encompasses psycho-educational and neuro-psychological assessment of children, as well as individual and group therapy for individuals across the lifespan, using behavioral and cognitive-behavioral methodologies.
Dr. Delband oversees the clinical aspect of all services provided by WWA, working collaboratively with her team, families, and other professionals to ensure quality programming with measurable results. Her clinical expertise includes promoting socio-emotional development in children and adolescents with ASD by focusing on strengthening self-awareness, coping skills and theory of mind (perspective taking). She strives to ensure that WWA clients receive highly individualized interventions that are in-line with the latest research developments in the field of Autism.
John-Paul Prakash, M.A., BCBA, MFT-I
Director of BCBA Services
John-Paul joined the WWA family in 2006 holding a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, in addition to a Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marital Family Therapy. He initially became interested in early intervention for children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders while working as an elementary school counselor. He decided to join WWA in order to gain experience and education in behavioral treatment as an in-home and school based Behavioral Instructor.
John-Paul enjoyed and excelled in providing direct behavioral services and treatments for children, adolescent, and adults. He learned that anyone could succeed with the correct support systems and teaching methodologies. John-Paul held a robust desire to provide his clients with the most effective evidenced based treatments, and therefore obtained his BCBA in 2010, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011.
As the current BCBA Services Director, John-Paul is extremely committed in assisting all WWA clinical staff in developing individualized treatment plans using Applied Behavior Analysis to teach skills of social significance. In addition, John Paul’s MFT background enhances his ability to genuinely understand parent concerns in order to provide encouragement and support necessary for each family. John-Paul’s creative approach, comprehensive experience, positive enthusiasm, and great respect for this field are evident in the professional and personal touch he provides in all aspects of treatment for his clients.
Our Administrative Team
Director, Human Resources and Administration
Paul has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience including senior management roles in the Entertainment Industry with expertise in recruitment, employee relations, policy development, performance management, compliance and benefits administration. He has served as the Director of Human Resources with the Department of Defense in the United Kingdom and Germany. Paul has conducted seminars on a significant array of HR issues, including Workplace Security, Creating a Compelling Place to Work, HR Innovation, Liability Reduction and Management and Supervisory Accountability. Paul joined the WWA management team as the Director of Human Resources and Administration in 2008. His solid track record in a myriad of industries makes him a great asset in contributing to the growth and development of WWA.