Carol J. McPheters, Ph.D., BCBA


Dr. Carol McPheters founded Alta Families with the belief that parents who are confident in their parenting skills are among the best teachers their children will have. Dr. McPheters has extensive experience and expertise using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to assist individuals with special needs. She brings her expertise to families, developing individualized plans to help reach your goals.

Dr. McPheters earned her doctorate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Caldwell University, her master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2009. Dr. McPheters began her career in ABA working with Dr. Ivar Lovaas while she was an undergraduate at UCLA. Dr. Lovaas pioneered the use of behavioral strategies to remediate skill deficits and challenging behavior in individuals with autism.

Dr. McPheters has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) since 2001. In that time, she has served many roles. She began as a direct interventionist providing intensive services, and quickly became the supervisor of cases. She has been responsible for overseeing and mentoring other behavior analysts, and providing consultation on challenging cases. In addition, Dr. McPheters has mentored master’s students in conducting research, and has taught undergraduate students as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology.

Dr. McPheters believes that behavior makes sense, and is skilled at determining why an individual is having difficulties. Understanding the “why” allows her to develop effective solutions.