Denver: Autism Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment

Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance serves Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas. During the assessment process, each child receives a comprehensive functional assessment that identifies core deficits and problem behaviors that may be interfering with the child’s ability to learn and participate in daily life at home, school and in the community.  Every child’s program is individualized to meet his or her needs, learning style and guided by what is developmentally expected.

Need assistance or have questions? Please feel free to contact us here or reach us directly at 1.303.225.7673

7220 West Jefferson Avenue, Suite 202
Lakewood, CO 80235
Phone: (303) 225.7673
Fax: (866) 283.0595




Rebecca Urbano-Powell, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director


Rebecca Urbano-Powell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  She worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a Junior and Senior Therapist from 2001-2004 in both home and school settings. From 2005-2014, Rebecca worked for Tustin Unified School District as an Autism Program Specialist where she helped to start the ABA program and grow it to over 80 behavior intervention staff and 120+ ABA students.  She has worked with clients ranging in age from 2 ½ to 18 years of age with a range of diagnoses to include Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, and anxiety.  Rebecca has co-authored and led teacher/staff trainings in ABA, behavior management, and inclusive schooling for school district employees.  Her professional interests include problem behavior, functional life skills, community based instruction, and natural environment teaching.   In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, eating, snowboarding, and traveling.


Krista Bickelhaupt, M.S., BCBA, LPC

Senior Consultant and Clinical Manager


Krista received a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis in 2007, from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Krista has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008. Before practicing with a specific focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, Krista worked as an early head start teacher, family advocate, residential youth counselor, and child protection caseworker. These opportunities provided valuable experience working with individuals and families affected by poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, special emotional and behavioral needs, mental illness, abuse and trauma, and developmental disabilities. Since 2009, Krista has been working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing in home behavior consulting and Applied Behavior Analysis services to children and adults affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. Her professional interests include parent training and working to identify ways in which Applied Behavior Analysis can be utilized to enhance family interactions and parent – child relationships. Krista is currently preparing to sit for the National Counselors Exam towards a License in Professional Counseling. Krista enjoys spending time with her family, taking her kids camping and exploring the outdoors.


Leadership Team:


Courtney Erker, B.S., RBT

Junior Consultant


Courtney Erker is working on her Masters in Education with emphasis in ABA and will sit for her BCBA certification in June of 2017. Courtney has experience working with kids and adults with developmental disabilities and dual mental health diagnoses in multiple settings including summer camps, inpatient programs and home/clinic ABA programs. Courtney most recently worked as a case manager with adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities through Imagine! and worked closely with BCBAs  and other service providers to help provide support to adults living independently or with their families. Courtney enjoys rock climbing, reading, running and yoga in her free time.


Jana Neville, M.Ed., BCBA

Senior Consultant


Jana was born and raised in Utah and completed her undergraduate work at Utah State University in the field of Family and Human Development with an emphasis in Deaf Education. This included the things she loves most-working with families and children and those with special needs.  Jana received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015, from Arizona State University.  She became credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Jana has spent time working in Early Head Start classrooms, home visiting in Early Intervention programs, teaching in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Arizona State University, and also working in homes doing ABA therapy and behavior consultation for clients of various ages. In her free time, Jana enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, and spending time with her husband and baby girl.


Briana McKinney, M.S., BCBA, MT-BC

Senior Consultant

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Briana McKinney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Therapy from Cleveland State Univ

ersity in 2011. She received her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University in 2014. She has been working withchildren with special needs since 2011. She has experience working with traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety and mood disorders, seizure disorders, and developmental delays. Her professional interests include early intervention, skill acquisition, and parent training. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and running. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two children, and two dogs.


Alisha Peterson, M.S., RBT

Junior Consultant

alisha-peterson-crop-150x150Alisha Peterson was born and raised in Colorado.  She completed her undergraduate at Metropolitan State College of Denver in Psychology.  Alisha went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in School counseling and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and will begin completing hours toward BCBA certification in January.  Alisha has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years and has worked with children ages 3-13 impacted from trauma, abuse, and complex mental health.  Alisha has worked with varying levels of developmental delays and behaviors.  She has spent the majority of her professional career focusing on effective behavioral interventions for the children and families she served.  In her free time, Alisha loves spending time with her husband, three kids, friends, and family.


Ryann Prawlucki, M.Ed.

Junior Consultant


Ryann Prawlucki graduated from Concordia University in the Spring of 2015 with a Masters of Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is sitting for her BCBA exam in 2017.  Ryann has been teaching in blended preschool classrooms for the past few years.  Through these preschool classrooms, Ryann was able to gain ABA experience and currently preparing to take her Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam in 2016.  In her free time, Ryann enjoys reading, crafting, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and anything else outdoors with her husband and two dogs.


Bryan Tanner, M.A., BCBA

Senior Consultant


Bryan Tanner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2004. He has worked with individuals aged 18 months to 19 years across many developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses, including many forms of autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Bryan has provided ABA consultation, counseling, and trainings within family homes, public schools, private schools, and social skills groups. He began his career working with a social skills group in 2002, then with the Early Start Denver Model at the Aspen Center for Autism (now Firefly) in Denver from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2015. Between those stints he worked as clinician, supervisor, clinical director, and/or owner of small organizations either setting up new practices or growing/shifting the clinical focus of established practices in California and his home state of Louisiana. Bryan’s personal interests include working on his farm and with his animals (alpacas, goats, chickens, cats, a dog, three goldfish and counting…), relaxing at home, and exploring the world together with his wife. 


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Junior Consultant

Gabrielle O’Hare completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012.  She went on to complete her Masters of Education degree, specializing in learning and technology from Western Governor’s University in 2014. Gabrielle has worked as an elementary teacher, a private tutor, and provided ABA therapy both in-home and clinic settings over the past four years. In addition to gaining experience in the ABA field, Gabrielle has continued her education through the University of Colorado Denver, completing the ABA course work in preparation for the Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam which she will be sitting for in 2017. Gabrielle loves getting outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.


Kelly Ho, M.S., BCBA

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Kelly was born in Denver, CO and raised in Mississippi. She completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2013 and received a Master’s of Science degree in BehaviorAnalysis from the University of North Texas in 2016. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since October 2016. She gained experience as an ABA therapist for 3 years prior to becoming a BCBA and has worked with children with autism and speech delays within a clinic and in-home setting. She also has experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities in a residential setting.  In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with her family and friends, traveling the world, and playing board games!


Sakshi Manchanda

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Sakshi was born and brought up in India where she practiced as a speech and language pathologist for a period of two years before moving to the United States.  Sakshi has since
worked in the field of behavior modification along with completing a Masters in Teaching with ABA specialization.  She plans to sit for the BCBA exams in the month of August.  Sakshi recently married and moved to Colorado to live with her husband; she loves spending her free time doing DIY projects, especially poetry.