About CSD
The Center for Social Dynamics (CSD) is a multi-cultural organization providing ABA autism treatment to diverse populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have a strong commitment to:  
  • Rapid responding to evolving child and parent needs
  • Cultural sensitivity to family values and generational dynamics
  •  A Multi-disciplinary approach to evidence-based methods
  • Creative play in a Natural Learning Environment and structured Intensive Teaching

Our Mission is to enable children and individuals to reach their full potential by providing intervention that will develop new skills and concepts to maximize their ability to learn from natural environments and to empower families by providing supportive coaching and behavior management. Our Vision is to deliver the best and most innovative solutions possible for children and their families affected by autism or other disabilities and foster a strong culture of community participation and inclusion.

Meet the Founder

Pete Pallarés, is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Social Dynamics. Active in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 15 years, Pete has devoted much of his time working in research, diagnosis and the treatment of autism across different cultures. As CEO, Pete is in charge of directing a team of highly qualified professionals develop and implement individualized treatment programs for children and families diagnosed with autism utilizing the principals of applied behavior analysis and the cultural context within their geographical location. Pete has provided intervention programs for a wide range of patients, from high-functioning children to very challenging individuals. His specialization includes unpacking and analyzing cultural the dynamics within a setting, an environment, or an individual. Pete is an annual presenter and his work in cultural competence has been internationally recognized. A native from Barcelona, Spain, he spends time in his native Spain, the Bay Area and Latino-America helping families affected with autism. Pete is currently an active member and presenter for the California Association for Behavioral Analysis (CALABA) and has also been an associate to important autism research studies conducted by the Department of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente.

Pete Pallares

Pete Pallarés, CEO & Founder

Meet our amazing team of healthcare providers.

Brad Kerstetter

CFO

Biography Brad Kerstetter brings extensive financial expertise from his prior experiences including his role as a controller at one of the largest autism non-profits in California.  Brad also has contributed to corporations in the software, service delivery, and advertising spaces.  He owns a popular toy store in the East Bay and holds a BS in…

Jonathan S Doctor, MBA, MPH

Interim President

Biography Jonathan Doctor is a Managing Partner at DeNovo Health Partners. His entrepreneurial pedigree includes the founding of several healthcare ventures including PracticeXpert and Care Delivery Solutions and has managed numerous other healthcare-delivery enterprises in the non-profit and for profit sectors.  He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH from Yale University…

Yuri Pantoja
Yuri Pantoja

Director of Operations

Biography Yuri Pantoja has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology. Her professional expertise has been greatly influenced by her practical and research experience. Specifically, she has provided direct services for over four years to children and adults with developmental needs and she has worked on cutting-edge research projects for over five years…

Andrew Shahan

Training Coordinator

Andrew Shahan has spent the last 27 years working with and learning from children with autism and their families in healthcare organizations, early intervention programs, public schools, university-based programs and community agencies and has a background in early childhood special education and mental health. Andrew served on California’s first Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism in 2006, and has worked closely with leading autism researchers and practitioners to bridge the research-practice gap in the autism treatment field. Andrew believes deeply that the voices of individuals with autism and families must guide and shape treatment efforts.

Kristin Bria
Kristin Bria

Regional Director- North Bay

Biography Kristin comes to CSD with over 25 years of experience. Kristin was trained in Sensory Integration; Pivotal Response Training with Dr. Lynn Koegel; Integrated Play Groups with Dr. Pamela Wolfberg; Options/Sonrise Program, Greenspan Floortime Approach; Discrete Trial Training; and natural environment teaching. In addition, Kristin has worked as a Teaching Assistant, Full Inclusion Assistant,…

Dr. Tracy Ong
Dr. Tracy Ong

Clinical Director-North Bay

Biography Dr. Tracy Ong is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst. She studied psychology at University of Southern California, and then completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of San Diego and Northern Arizona University respectively. She has been involved in psychological and…

Gurpreet Kaur
Gurpreet Kaur

Regional Director- Easy Bay/ Alameda

Biography Gurpreet joined the CSD team in August 2013. She received her Bachelor’s in Human Development from University of Nevada, Reno in 2010. After her graduation, she began working as a Psycho-social Rehabilitation Worker, providing direct services to girls placed in the Foster Care system. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University…

We are hiring

BECOME AN ABA THERAPIST Learn principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how it is used to measure and teach skills such as language, play, and socialization. Work one-on-one with patients to promote learning and to decrease and manage behaviors that interfere with learning.

ABA THERAPIST TRAINING

  • Fingerprints

  • One Week In Classroom

  • Two Weeks Overlap Training

  • Field Evaluation

  • Ongoing Support and Training

  • Mentorship by Experts in the Field

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Pursuing or have graduated with a degree in psychology, education, early childhood development, special education or related field

  • Strong verbal communication skills (speaking and listening)

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Pass firnger print eval by sheriffs dept

  • Reliable transportation & proof of auto insurance

  • Must pass tuberculosis test

  • Passion for working with children

Make a difference in a child’s life by using our family-centered approach to caring for children with autism spectrum disorders. CSD provides evidenced-based mental health services by observing a child in their home and other natural settings. Join our team and contribute to a program that provides a healthy and rewarding life to children with autism.

  • Work with a team of individuals who work together to provide the best care to children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. 

  • Provide specialized training and instructional materials. 

  • Implement individualized goals and plans. 

Make a difference in a child’s life by using our family-centered approach to caring for children with autism spectrum disorders by designing and supervising the provision of evidence-based mental health services and programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and/or similar developmental disabilities in response to physician recommendations in home, school, and/or other natural settings. Join our team and contribute to a program that provides a healthy and rewarding life to children with autism.

  • Work with a team to coordinate and provide staff development support. 

  • Supervise a team of Behavior Specialists. 

  • Provide specialized training and instructional materials for care givers.

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