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,
    Ph.D.
    Director of Clinical Services

    Laurie Montes, Ph.D. 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.

  • Sara E. Thompson,
    M.A., BCBA
    BCBA Supervisor
    BACB# 1-14-9666

    Sara Thompson joined the Hayden family in 2017 holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, in addition to a Masters in Human Behavior with an emphasis on child development. She initially became interested in working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities when she began specializing in Early Intervention as behavior specialist with children with Autism.


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.

Alandis Burson

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.

Alicia Garcellano

Alyssa Gullian

Carrina Appling, A.A., BCAT

Deanna Duarte, M.A.

Debra Sudjan, M.S.

Grace Stirling, M.A., AMFT

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.

Guy Hatchell, B.A.

Jerrise Perreault, A.A., RBT

Jessica Lumley, B.A.

Kelly Price, B.A.

Nicolas Visnjevic, B.A.

Ricardo Cornejo, M.A.

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.

Tracey Van Etten, M.S., AMFT

Tracey has been with Hayden Consultation Services, Inc. since August 2016. She has been working in ABA as a Behaviorist for the past four years and her current position with HCSI is Regional Director for Kern County. This past spring, Tracey finished her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and is working towards her licensure to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Tracey joined HCSI with many years of real-life experience working with someone with Developmental Disabilities, as her teenage son has autism and intellectual disabilities. Working towards obtaining appropriate services for her son is what fueled her passion to return to school and obtain the necessary skills to help families who may have experienced the many struggles she has. Now that she is finished with school, she loves being able to spend time with her family, read for pleasure, and travel.

Yeimy Salazar-Martinez