Bay Area Behavioral Connection
4423 Fortran Court, Suite #136
San Jose, CA 95134
It is our mission to provide quality services to children, adults and families facing developmental and neurological challenges. BABC was developed in 2009 and completed in 2011. BABC's comprehensive programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each individual child and family. BABC's CEO, Dr.Jesse Lam, developed and created all of BABC's programs after many years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and neurological disorders. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lam has created all of BABC's programs based on the theoretical background from the works of B.F. Skinner, John B. Watson, Joseph Wolpe, Edward Thorndike, and Ivan Pavlov, in conjunction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Psychoanalytic understanding of child development from Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson. Dr. Lam created each of BABC’s program with the understanding that behavior is complex and requires an understanding of all dynamic backgrounds to make and maintain change.
Dr. Lam's first interest and curiosity in human behavior developed at the age of 12. Dr. Lam knew she wanted to be a Psychologist, which is made evident through her extensive professional experiences and academic career. This interest in human behavior continued to develop and in 2003, she had the opportunity to intern at Agnews Developmental Center. Before Agnews closed its doors in 2009, it was one of California's oldest and largest treatment facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities. This experience was a huge inspiration for Dr. Lam, while she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She then continued her education, receiving her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. Presently, Dr. Lam is enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) Applied Behavior Analysis program to pursue a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, persuant of a doctoral designation.
As partial fulfillment of her doctoral degree, Dr. Lam's dissertation research explored the experience of Asian American mothers raising children with Autistic Disorder. The cultural and traditional beliefs regarding mental disorders were examined along with the personal, social, and cultural experience of raising children with Autistic Disorder. This study found common themes shared among Asian American mothers in their understanding, perspective, parenting styles, distressing factors, cultural beliefs, and values of Autistic Disorder. The results reflect the unique cultural experiences that Asian American mothers have in raising children with Autistic Disorder due to cultural factors and influences.