Located in Western MA, Tate Behavioral provides home, school and community based services utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. We serve individuals with disabilities and their families. This includes those diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities, cognitive disabilities and emotional disabilities. We specialize in treating clients whose behavioral repertoires limit their community access and independence, and who may engage in significantly unsafe behavior.
“Our purpose is to create lasting, socially significant behavior change.”
Our mission is to ensure lasting, socially significant behavior change through data driven decision making and strong relationships fostered with families and our community. We believe that anyone can learn and that all individuals, regardless of functioning level, have the right to reach their fullest potential through high quality treatment. We are committed to the science of Behavior Analysis as it applies to all individuals, and to contributing to the Behavior Analytic community through research and innovative programming.
Christina Tatreau, MFA, BCBA, LABA
Owner / Clinical Director
Christina Rizzo founded Tate Behavioral in 2013 with the goal of bringing high quality in-home and school-based ABA services to Western MA. After treating individuals of all ages with varying abilities for over 16 years, Christina currently oversees the day-to-day operations of Tate Behavioral while still maintaining a small client caseload. Christina holds a BA from Clark University, an MFA from Bennington College and completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. A former writer, her clinical passions are Applied Verbal Behavior, social skills instruction and schedules of reinforcement. She enjoys running, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Erica Nason, M.A., BCBA, LABA
Director of Vocational Programming
Erica earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Westfield State University. She then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received her License in Applied Behavior Analysis. Since 2010 she has worked with clients with Autism, social/emotional disorders, or other developmental disabilities, that display challenging behavior in the school and home setting. She has worked training families and after school program staff on implementing programs and procedures in applied behavior analysis. Additionally she has participated in and run social skills groups within schools and after school programs. Her passion includes bridging the gap between school-aged children and adults to ensure clients are able to reach their full adult independent potential. She is currently working on developing Vocational Skills and Adult Life Skills programming for Tate Behavioral.
Beyond Erica’s passion for ABA, Erica cares deeply about social and environmental justice. She loves music, dance, and comedy.
Director of Integrated Programming
Chris Dillon is the Director of Integrated Programming at Tate Behavioral Inc. and has been with Tate since its inception. Chris got his start in the field of behavioral health job coaching and working in the residential setting before he shifted gears, attended Simmons University’s ABA program and began working with children in 2008. Under the supervision of Christina, he was recognized by the Asperger’s Association of New England in 2012 with an award for promoting learning and understanding in schools.
Abby Wellspeak, M.A., BCBA, LABA
Director of In Home ABA
Abby Wellspeak is the Director of the Tate At Home division of Tate Behavioral. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of ABA, she is our resident expert on all things insurance related, including writing treatment plans and working to secure funding for home programs. She also works in homes training parents and supervising future BCBAs.
Abby has been providing ABA services to families and individuals with disabilities in homes, residential settings, and public and private schools throughout Western Massachusetts since 2008. Abby graduated with a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Westfield State University in 2013 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst since 2014.
One of her passions is working directly with families to help integrate her clients into their community, through doctors appointments, dance classes, and family vacations. Outside of the office, Abby most likely to be found spending time with her son “PJ”, sipping on iced coffee, or conquering any board game challenge.