Our Professionals

Susan M. Vener, Ph.D., S.A.S.
Director/Principal

Sue is the Director and Principal of the New York Child Learning Institute.  She received her doctorate in learning and behavior analysis at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.  She is certified by the State of New York in school administration and supervision.  Her interests include autism intervention, staff training and development, and systems implementation and analysis.

Dr. Alison Wichnick-Gillis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NYS LBA
Behavior Consultant & Research Coordinator

Alison received her doctoral degree in learning processes and behavior analysis psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). She has been providing behavioral intervention to individuals with autism for nearly 15 years. Her research and publications address areas such as scripts and script fading, social interactions, affective behavior, and generalization of behavior change.

Emily L. Llobell, Ed.M. M.A., BCBA, NYS LBA
Behavior Consultant

Emily is a board certified and licensed Behavior Analyst who earned her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She has over 8 years of experience delivering behavioral intervention to individuals with autism. Her professional interests include parent training and the use of incidental teaching strategies.

Katie C. Wilson, B.S.
Behavior Consultant

Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College. She has been providing intervention in both home and school settings since 2010. She continues to take part in research conducted at NYCLI. Her research interests include self-management interventions and social skills training. 

Allison Kanner, B.S.
Behavior Consultant

Allison received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Community Development with a focus in Family Science and Human Services from Towson University in 2010. She also graduated with a minor degree in Deaf Studies. Allison has been providing behavioral intervention to children with autism in the school setting and home setting for almost 6 years. Allison has experience in working with children from as young as 3 years old as well as with young adults in vocational programming.   

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NYCLI was founded in 1994 as a state certified nonpublic preschool for children with autism. In 1995, educational services were extended to school-age children between the ages of five and eleven. In 2002, NYCLI was certified to serve the needs of learners up to age 21. The institute implements a science-based educational approach and is committed to providing the highest standard of education for its students.

Although it is an independent, nonpublic institution, NYCLI's preschool and school are accredited and certified by the New York City Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

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