Program Co-Directors

Melissa N. Hale, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor of Clinical
Associate Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)


(305) 284-2350
Dr. Melissa Hale is an Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychology. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She serves as an Associate Director for UM-NSU CARD and she teaches graduate coursework in the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s program.

Anibal Gutierrez, Jr., Ph.D.

Research Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-6837
Dr. Anibal Gutierrez is an Associate Director at the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and in the...

Program Faculty

Elaine Aguirre



(305) 284-9514

Yanerys Leon, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Co-director, Intensive Behavior Intervention Services Clinic
Director of Applied Research and Behavior Training, UM-NSU CARD


Dr. Yanerys Leon is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of the University of Miami (ABA Master’s Program), co-director of the Intensive Behavior Intervention Services (IBIS) Clinic, and Director of Applied Research and Behavioral Training at UM-NSU CARD. Dr. Leon, a Florida native, began her training in...