Our Staff

Meet Our Team of Professionals!

  • Jeffery L. Hayden
    Ph.D., BCBA-D
    President
    BACB# 1-04-1834

    Dr. Hayden is a board certified behavior analyst with a doctorate in Special Education, Disability, and Risk, and a long history of providing consultation and support to those challenged with developmental disabilities and/or serious mental illnesses, including those that care about and for them.

  • Lisa J. Hayden
    Psy.D.
    Vice President
    License# PSY17034

    Dr. Hayden is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, as well as a research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Hayden completed both her pre-doctoral internship as well a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Clinical Research Unit at Camarillo State Hospital and Developmental Center.

  • Laurie Montes,
    M.A.
    Director of Clinical Services

    Laurie Montes, M.A. brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the Heartfelt Team. She is currently completing her Doctoral degree and is working under the supervision of Dr. Hayden.

  • Sharon T. Elmensdorp,
    Ph.D, BCBA-D
    BCBA Supervisor

    Dr. Elmensdorp received her Masters in Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Hayden Consultation Services Associates

Besides having the “right” degree and work experience, Hayden Consultation Services selects individuals who have demonstrated dedication to, and compassion for those with special and unique needs; Hayden associates have an average of 12 plus years of experience in the field. All Hayden associates are either in pursuit of, are in progress toward, or have advanced degrees in special education, psychology, or a related field.

Alyssa Gullian

Alexander Morales, B.A.

Alexander Morales, originally from Dallas, Texas, has lived in Santa Barbara for over
ten years. He has always had an interest, and passion for psychology. His desire to
help others led him to attend California State University of Channel Islands, where he
completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014. Alex will be completing
training as a Registered Behavior Therapist during his work with Hayden Consultation
Services. He also intends to further his studies by enrolling in a graduate program in
psychology in the near future. Alexander has previous experience working with and
coaching children in camps and in private martial art classes. Alexander is fluent in both
English and Spanish. He has a passion for working with others using a strong sense of
empathy and logic. He enjoys connecting with others and assessing challenging
situations. He is experienced with the individual needs of children as part of close family
environments. In his free time, Alexander loves reading, writing, meditating, exercising,
and practicing martial arts.

Candyce Braker, B.S.

Candyce Braker earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Letourneau University in Longview, TX in 2011. After returning home to Bakersfield, CA with her husband, she began working in Behavioral Therapy. She began her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology at California State University Bakersfield in 2013 and graduates with honors in June 2016. In addition to five years of experience in Behavioral Therapy, she has experience in psychotherapy and crisis counseling. Her area of interests includes utilizing family systems theory in working with families of special needs children. Candyce loves lame jokes, country music, and caramel iced coffee. In her free time, she enjoys ministry, spending time with family, playing with her dog, and practicing yoga. She joined Hayden Consultation Services in September 2015 as the first associate in the Bakersfield area. Candyce is excited to grow with HCSI by offering services to the families of Kern County.

Carly Wiegman, B.A.

Crystal Hendricks, B.A.

Deanna Duarte, M.A.

Grace Stirling, B.A.

Grace Stirling is born and raised in Santa Barbara, and after discovering a passion for psychology, she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at California State University of Channel Islands.  There she joined the Statistics Research Team, with a focus on research and methodology in clinical psychology.  She went on to publish a manuscript regarding domestic abuse in socioeconomic classes, and traveled with her team around the states to present their research.  She is in her final year of a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. She currently interns for a service agency in Burbank as an MFT trainee. She has a background as a Program Coordinator for non-profit organizations, developing resources and supportive plans for low-income families and academically at-risk youth. She has had publications in the Santa Barbara News Press promoting the research that has been found on the benefits of providing academic support to children.  She is experienced and has been working in ABA as a Behaviorist for the past three years.  In her free time she enjoys equestrian training and riding her horse, Dante.

Jaclyn Carlson, B.A.

Ricardo Cornejo, B.S.

Ricardo joined Hayden Consultation Services, Inc. in January as an undergraduate Intern. He is completing his B.S. in Psychology at California Lutheran University this year, and working toward attending a Psy.D. program in the future. Ricardo has experience supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities. One of his favorite volunteer activities was playing Santa Claus at an event for families receiving Early Start services through Tri Counties Regional Center. Ricardo is bicultural and has a keen sense about how family needs, school needs, and individual needs must be considered in providing exceptional behavior support services. In his role as Intern, he will be focusing primarily on supporting our consultants with data collection and report preparation, as well as studying for his credential as a Registered Behavior Technician under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffery L. Hayden.

Ruby Cheena, M.A.

Ravreet (Ruby) Cheema earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). During her time at CSUN she worked in two community based clinics where she was trained in providing comprehensive diagnostic assessments and evaluations to children, and psychotherapeutic treatment to adults. Additionally, during this time she was an active member of the Language Minority Developmental Research Lab, where she assisted with research that focused on better understanding immigrant-background adolescents’ development and the impact of heritage language loss on parent-adolescent relationships. Through these experiences, Ruby has developed a passion to work towards reducing stigmatization of seeking therapeutic treatment and expanding the understanding of treatment among individuals and their families. She enjoys working within the community, with individuals and their loved ones to improve quality of life. Ruby is currently working towards attending a Psy.D. Program in the near future. She enjoys volunteering, traveling, playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tracey Van Etten, B.A.

Yvette Hernandez, B.S.