Aysa Shaffer

Aysa Shaffer

Senior Director - Clinical Programs, California Psychcare

“Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. THIS IS HOW THEY WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Working in the field of ABA has given me a huge sense of purpose and after almost a decade it has taught me how valuable it is to use this purpose as a guide to make the lives of others just a little bit easier. This is the motivation that allows me to wake up every day happy and eager to get my day started and work towards innovating ways to best serve my community.

My journey in healthcare started in Russia where I received a master’s degree in psychology and education, before moving to the United States in 2004.

Fortunately, I was introduced to California Psychcare in 2009 where I began my journey as a behavioral therapist and gained experience through several opportunities within the organization, including teammate roles as direct staff, a program coordinator, and a clinical director.

In 2012, I expanded my professional development as a behavior analyst in a school setting, as well as serving as a BCBA advisor to the Russian Autism Charitable Foundation, disseminating applied behavioral analysis across Russia and Eastern Europe.

I returned to California Psychcare in summer of 2018, as the senior director of clinical programs, to follow my passion working with and assessing children and adults with special needs.

I’m married to my best friend and I’m a proud parent of a 10-year-old son, Miles. I love to travel and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Given the importance of working with children and their families, I’ve learned to approach challenges with dedication and persistence. These ideals are an integral part of how I live my life – with commitment, fierce determination, and above else, passion for helping others.