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How It Started...

In 2020, founder and board certified behavior analyst Dr. Mari-Luci Cerda realized she must do her part to address the inequitable access to opportunities available to marginalized, non-dominant students entering the field of behavior science and mental health. With the help and encouragement of her colleagues, The Lighthouse of Equitable Access and Practices (LEAP) Institute was formed!

Today, we are actively working to tackle the primary obstacle facing most students. By addressing financial barriers hindering access to supervision and testing support, LEAP has provided supervision and study group scholarships to over 40 non-dominant supervisees so far! 

We are excited to see the faces of our field reflect the rich diversity of families we serve.

Mari-Luci Cerda PhD, BCBA, LBA


Meet The LEAP Board

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Andrea Moreno-Juarez


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Naureen Surti



Carlos Cerda


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