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Melaura Erickson Tomaino, Ph.D.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Department of School Counseling and School Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5211
Melaura Tomaino, Ph.D., is the BCBA coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University and specializes in serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. She has studied applied behavior analysis extensively and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst—Doctoral. She has implemented and evaluated interventions in this population for the past 13 years and continues to remain an active researcher and practitioner in the field. Tomaino has published multiple articles and vows to continue her research toward finding better and more effective instructional and behavior intervention strategies for the students she serves. Her research interests focus on identifying contextual variables affecting treatment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities and developing interventions that focus on identifying and incorporating any mediating variables in the individual's environment that impede progress and responsiveness to treatment.


  • Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst—Doctoral (1-10-6769), Behavior Analyst Certification Board


School of Education

  • School Counseling and School Psychology


  • Applied Behavior Analysis
    Implementation of principles and interventions based on Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Development Across the Lifespan
  • Interventions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities