Dr. Luisa F. Cañon G., Psy. D., BCBA-DClinical Director and Co-Founder

    Dr. Cañon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who obtained her masters in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) under the mentorship of Dr. Linda Hayes; and her doctoral degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles; where she evaluated the effects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in a group format on Latino families with children with developmental disabilities. Before she completed her doctorate, she worked as a therapist and clinical supervisor for behavioral agencies providing in-home behavioral services.  Later, she worked as a consultant for North Los Angeles County Regional Center and served as the liaison to the other regional centers in California. In 2010, she co-founded the Institute for Effective Behavioral Interventions (IEBI), a behavioral agency that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Canon is the Clinical Director of IEBI and the coordinator of the BCBA- Approved Continuing Education (ACE). Other clinical and professional experience includes teaching ACT and a several Behavior Analysis courses to Ph.D. and Master’s students in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

    Her areas of interest include research in clinical behavior analysis, complex human behavior, and the application of behavior analysis and relational frame theory derived technologies (ACT), with individuals experiencing an array of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, challenges in interpersonal relationships, pain and weight management, substance abuse, the difficulties experienced by parents associated with the challenges of raising children with special needs; and other challenges that arise with the inevitable pain that life brings.

    Dr. Canon is currently conducting research at IEBI, evaluating the effects of a brief ACT workshop on the effectiveness and well-being of clinical supervisors in the Applied Behavior Analysis field. Her ongoing goal is to contribute to the field through training, research, and dissemination of contextual behavioral science. She is currently a board member of the Southern California Chapter of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences (ACBS), and an active participant in the ongoing ACT peer consultation group currently held in Los Angeles.

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