Dr. Ellie Kazemi


Dr. Ellie Kazemi is the Chief Science Officer of Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), an accrediting organization focused on improving the quality of behavioral health services. She is responsible for envisioning and developing BHCOE’s scientific products, including accreditation, and demonstrating evidence of their validity. She is also responsible for communicating BHCOE’s scientific efforts with all stakeholders, including scientists, patients and/or their parents/guardians, providers, and payors. She is also a professor at CSUN, where she founded the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program and has been teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in research methodology, organizational behavior management, and behavior therapy for over 15 years. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award. Her applied research interests involve 1) measuring outcomes of interventions, 2) identifying efficient, effective strategies for practical training and supervision of staff, which includes leveraging advanced computer technology and Artificial Intelligence (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality), and 3) creating an organizational culture that promotes high productivity as well as maintenance of personnel. She has worked on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective training and measurement of intervention outcomes.