Social Skills Assessment Intervention and Learning Clinic: (SSAIL Clinic)

Social Skills Assessment Intervention and Learning Clinic: (SSAIL Clinic)

Our mission is to offer individuals from the Los Angeles area the opportunity to participate in client-centered research. We aim to provide clinical services that are the state-of-the-science to our community. We provide services to school-aged children, adolescents, and adults with and without diagnoses. We aim to teach relevant skills to improve our client’s overall quality of life. Our clinical research is focused on improving current behavior analytic interventions and disseminating that knowledge to enhance best-practice.

It is our mission to provide high-quality training to graduate and undergraduate students. Students will learn skills necessary to their development as a behavior analyst. Students may have the opportunity to accrue hours that meet the university-based practicum experience standards for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).


Our Services:

Matador’s Connecting

The Matador’s Connecting program serves CSUN students with Social Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and individuals with related needs to support student success at the university. We provide direct services, consultation, and training. Students interested in the Matador’s Connecting program will meet with our team to identify specific skills they would like to improve that will help them meet their goals while at CSUN. These goals may be academic, social, or behavioral. Following the goals assessment, students will meet with our team weekly or bi-weekly throughout the semester to work on these goals. We provide all services at the California State University-Northridge’s SSAIL Clinic.

Social Skills

Individuals receive individualized interventions designed to focus on client’s goals. These goals may include the development of age-appropriate communication, play, social, self-help, school readiness, and vocational skills. Individuals, family members, caregivers, teachers, or both also learn how to continue teaching at home or school. Services are provided at the California State University-Northridge’s SSAIL Clinic.

Assessment and Treatment of Destructive Behavior

We serve individuals who engage in destructive behavior (e.g., aggression, property destruction, mild to moderate self-injury). Typically, these behaviors are disruptive to learning, pose health risks to self or others, and cause familial stress or hardships. We will conduct an individualized assessment to learn what influences the occurrence of destructive behaviors, and develop a tailored intervention to teach replacement behaviors. Services are provided at the California State University-Northridge’s SSAIL Clinic.

Clinical Director: Dr. Stephanie Hood

Dr. Stephanie Hood

Stephanie A. Hood, Ph.D., BCBA, is an assistant professor in the department of Psychology and Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at California State University-Northridge. She earned a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Psychology and Special Education at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Dr. Hood was a licensed K-12 learning disability and emotional behavior disorder special education teacher. She earned a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale under the advisement of Dr. Nicole Heal. Under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Luczynski, she received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Hood teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in applied behavior analysis. She has experience with assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in individuals with and without disabilities and early intensive behavioral intervention. She has worked with various service delivery models, such as university-based clinics, inclusive preschools, school consultation with elementary and middle schools including a K-12 school on a local Native American reservation, and telehealth.

Her current research interests are related to determining the extent to which effective teaching procedures produce socially significant behavior change, promote maintenance and generalization, and expand the reach of behavior-analytic services. As a BCBA-D, Dr. Hood supervises undergraduate and graduate students interested in certification from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Her primary line of research is related to the development of efficacious and preferred treatment procedures to increase advanced conversation, social, and job skills.

Cost of Services

Our clinic operates at a reduced fee as trained graduate students conduct assessment and intervention sessions under the supervision of a faculty member who is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). If interested in additional information about fees, the appropriateness of referrals, or both, please address requests for an evaluation to:

Dr. Stephanie Hood, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Department of Psychology
California State University – Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County 91330-8255