Clinical Director at Mainsail Therapeutics
Yussra earned her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati, as well as holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stuart School of Business in Chicago. She earned her license as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2016 and continues to hold her certification. Yussra has more than 7 years of experience working with children on the spectrum, in multiple settings including clinics, in-home, adult day programs and schools. She was introduced to the field of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) when her son was diagnosed with autism at an early age and received ABA services.
She started her journey in the field as an advocate for her son to receive ABA in his school in California and then moved to become a behavioral therapist working with a diverse population of ages between 18 months to adults. She worked with children and adults with severe behaviors from aggression, SIBs, pica and with behaviors of noncompliance and stereotypy. She has worked with school districts in California on including Positive Behavior Support Systems (PBS), an approach based on principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to improve not only behavior, but also the quality of life for individuals and their families. Yussra relocated to Chicago from San Francisco, California to be closer to family. Her prior roles have focused on a leadership role of supporting mid level supervisors, behavior therapists, supervision, implementing and modeling behavior plans, assessments, and parent training. She has focused on establishing skill acquisition plans that incorporated daily living skills, both receptive and expressive communication, written skills, and social communication skills.
Yussra recognizes the importance of early intervention as well as high quality of services and brings all her gained experience from California with her to Chicago. In her free time, Yussra enjoys playing with her children, going on walks and exploring the beautiful city of Chicago.