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Stavros Kavoulakis

Adjunct Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Stavros Kavoulakis received his direct training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and all of his BCBA supervision hours at the Center for Behavior Analysis and Language Development in Santa Monica, California (also known as the Shabani Institute). He simultaneously completed approved BCBA coursework which was beneficial because he could apply what he learned when working with his clients. During his time training at the Center for Behavior Analysis and Language Development, Stavros gained extensive experience working with individuals who exhibited severe aggression (e.g., punching, biting, kicking, property destruction), self-injury (e.g., head banging, biting self, slapping/punching self), property destruction, and who lacked appropriate functional communication skills. He has worked with clients from all walks of life from ages 4 to 42 years old.

Most of these clients had diagnoses such as autism or intellectual disability. However, his experience was not limited to just individuals who had a developmental disability. His extensive training played a big role in his passing the BCBA certification exam on his first try (BACB# 1-14-16110) and continues to provide him with a solid foundation as he works with others and teaches courses related to behavior analysis. Additionally, he keeps current with what is going on in the field of ABA by attending professional conferences and supplemental training multiple times per year. He is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (Cal-ABA) and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and supports the movement towards BCBA licensure in California. 



  • MA, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • BA, University of California, Irvine