Yan Sandler

Yan Sandler

Behavior Intervention Development

I am excited to start my new role as a School Psychologist Intern/Behavior Intervention Developer at CWC Mar Vista. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I obtained my B.A. in cultural anthropology with a minor in applied psychology. I completed my graduate work at Azusa Pacific University, where I received my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. I am currently working toward obtaining an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Azusa Pacific University.

I have been working with children with exceptional needs for seven years in various capacities. During undergrad, I acquired training in state-of-the-art autism intervention at the internationally recognized Koegel Autism Center, where I received certification in Pivotal Response Treatment. I have also been a part of a research team led by a nationally-certified school psychologist that focused on the social and emotional development of students. Upon graduation, I worked as a behavior therapist for several local behavioral agencies and school districts. Most notably, I worked as a positive behavior support specialist at the UCLA Lab School, which inspired me to pursue a career in school psychology.

As far as my role at CWC Mar Vista, I see myself as an advocate for students and their families. I collaborate with teachers, students, and families in developing plans that offer educational supports and services necessary for students to be successful in school. As part of this work, I conduct comprehensive behavioral assessments, psychoeducational evaluations, intervention planning, and counseling as well as serve as a behavioral consultant for the school.

I am committed to helping students grow socially, emotionally, and academically and take great pride in working with students and their families to make meaningful and long-lasting improvements in their lives. I am thrilled to continue being a part of the special education team for my fourth year at CWC Mar Vista. When not in the thick of all things psychology, I enjoy meditating, hiking, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.