Nicole Hill, M.A., BCBA


Nicole Hill, Owner and Clinical Director of Brightwork ABA Therapy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Nicole has been working in the field since 2008.  She has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, a BA in Speech Communication, and is a conversationally fluent Spanish speaker. Nicole has a broad range of experience working with children with various diagnosis from infancy through high school.  She currently specializes in working with young children on the Autism spectrum, with particular focus on early intervention including verbal behavior, feeding issues, toileting (including encopresis and functional constipation), problems of rigidity, play skills, sensory aversions, adaptive life skills, and social skills. She also has experience with health issues and has developed protocols for assisting with doctor and dentist appointments of various types. She provides parent training with a flexible, empathic approach. As a mom herself, Nicole understands the ups and downs of parenting day to day. She provides assessments and behavior plans for schools and families including use of the VB-MAPP and ABLLS, and conducts and provides Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA's) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP’s).   Nicole originally began her work with special needs in 1998 as a swim instructor for children who found learning to swim especially challenging.  With this experience, Nicole founded SwimFit Babies & Kids, a Los Angeles, CA based program. In a former career as an investigative analyst at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 
Nicole gained valuable experience assisting families navigate the complexities of trauma while working closely with local and federal law enforcement across the country.
She is an active member of Applied Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI) as well as California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (CalABA).   She is also a featured expert on the Disney sponsored parenting resource, "Kids in the House" (KidsintheHouse.com).

Nicole was recently invited to present her research on children's swimming challenges at the international conference for ABA (ABAI.org) in Chicago, IL. Ongoing research and development are always a top priority and Nicole attends many conferences and trainings annually.


Some of these recent trainings and conferences include:


  • ABAI, San Diego, 2018
  • Maximizing Stimulus Control: Best Practices for Teaching Receptive Language, Linda LeBlanc PhD., BCBA-D (2017)
  • ACT Bootcamp (4-day, 50hr intensive), Emily Sandoz, PhD., Matthew S. Boone, LCSW, Steven C. Hayes, PhD., Tom Szabo, PhD., BCBA-D, Timothy Gordon, Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD., Max Feirstein, PhD (2017)
  • ACT for Behavior Analysts Workshop, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD., BCBA-D, Tom Szabo, PhD., BCBD-D  (2016)
  • Practical and Effective Strategies for Treating Food Selectivity in Children with Autism, Jonathan Tarbox PhD. BCBA-D (2016)
  • Assessment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Cathleen C. Piazza PhD. (2016)
  • A Behavioral Analysis of Linguistic Structure: Increasing the Length of Utterance in Children with Autism , Vincent J. Carbone Ed. D, BCBA-D (2016)
  • Data collection in ABA: Current trends, research updates, and the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (2015)
  • Overcoming Compulsive Behavior in Autism and Related Disabilities, Travis Thompson (2015)
  • Functional Analysis and Treatment of Severe Destructive Behavior, Wayne Fisher (2015)
  • Understanding and Treating Sleep Problems in Children, Gregory P. Hanley (2015)
  • CalABA, San Diego 2015
  • ABAI, Chicago, 2014 (presenter)


In her spare time, Nicole enjoys swimming, biking, and running on the beach.  She also enjoys dancing and yoga.  One of her favorite pastime at home is listening to vintage Disney records.  She maintains a "cooking garden" to support client's interest in cooking and eating healthy foods.  Nicole is a mom to a 13yo boy and enjoys spending time working with him to support his various interests, which includes hiking, scouting, jazz, classical music, and computers.


With Nicole in the lead, you can expect a playful and friendly approach to therapy.  Of the utmost importance is the positive flow of the overrall experience.  The journey with ABA therapy is a marathon, not a sprint.  While life as well as therapy will have it's ups downs, we seek to lighten the load!  





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