Registered Behavior Technician: Jennifer Hernandez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology. From the moment she chose her major she knew she wanted to use it to make a change. She believes that change in the world lays in the hands of our children. Her nurturing personality made Working with children come very natural to her and is something she is very passionate about. Her plans are to go back to school for her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She says Working for Rise With ABA “felt like a calling” to her. She loves how natural and fun learning can be for the children. She is greatful to have the opportunity to come across our children’s life and excited to grow with the RISE team.

Registered Behavior Technician: Cortney Hernandez is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has lived in Houston Texas almost all of her life. She is currently studying at the University of Houston pursing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health. Once she graduates, she plans on going after her masters in Cognitive Neuroscience with a focus in Behavior and then on to her Doctorates for Clinical Psychology. Her goal in life is to become a therapist and continue to work with children. She looks forward to extending her relationship with the ABA team.  

Behavior Therapist: Abigail Barefield (Abby) was born and raised in Houston Texas and graduated with her BA in Psychology at HBU. She has plans to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology with hopes to one day become a Clinical Psychologist working as a psychologist in psychiatric hospitals. Abby has enjoyed working at Rise because of the joy that she gets from watching the children grow and incorporate new skills into their daily lives! She has played piano for 19 years and hopes to one day incorporate live music therapy into her practices. Abigail would like to gain as much experience in the psychology field and see all of what life has to offer, and cannot wait to continue to see much more growth in all of the kiddos.

Behavior Therapist: Heidi Jaquez was born and raised in Wharton, Texas. She graduated Magma Cum Laude with a BS in Kinesiology Wellness-Management and minor in Psychology from Houston Baptist University (HBU); where she also played on the Women’s softball team. She is currently obtaining her master’sdegree in Clinical and Mental Counseling. She plans on getting her PhD in Clinical psychology and hopes to provide treatment for mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. One day she aspires to become a psychiatrist. Heidi would love to gain as much experience in the psychology field as much as possible and learn from her peers. Heidi is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the RISE team! When working with children every day is different. It allows the therapist to acquire new and learn new skills to help the children progress and see results. She is excited to build a relationship with all the children and watch them grow. Heidi is thrilled to be a part of such as amazing team at RISE.

Behavior Therapist: Haley Harvey was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and graduating in the Spring of 2021. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. After graduation, Haley plans to pursue her Graduate degree in social work in hopes to work as a crisis intervention counselor. She has always had a passion for helping others, especially children. Haley is beyond excited to be a part of the RISE team and loves being able to make a difference in children’s lives. 

Behavior Therapist: Khristian Urosa grew up in Venezuela and moved to Houston in 2007, where he then graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in kinesiology. He has plans to pursue a master degree in nursing, as his passion has always been helping individuals who are in need. Khristian loves how the very nature of ABA work encourages creativity and free thinking, and how it also incorporates lots of fun activities like arts and crafts, sports, and many other disciplines. Since joining the ABA field, he has discovered his love for helping children in particular, and find joy in seeing them grow and make progress.

Behavior Therapist: Amanda Keith is a born and raised Houstonian with a passion for psychology and piano. She recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a major in psychology and minor in human services. Amanda is currently continuing psychological research with SHSU, researching a blend of cognitive, behavioral, forensic, and legal psychology. Her goal is to become a neuropsychologist and work in academia. She has always enjoyed helping others find their potential. From teaching piano, she learned that kids inspire patience and love. Building relationships with kids has given her the compassion and motivation to make a difference in their lives with therapy. She is so excited to put that into practice with the RISE team!

Registered Behavior Technician: Amelia Brown