Autism Family Center
Meet The Leadership
Leighna Fischer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the Assistant Clinical Director of Behavior Analysis of the Chicago Region for Autism Spectrum Therapies . Leighna graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working as a BCBA for over 7 years and has been working in the field of behavior analysis for more than ten years.
At Autism Spectrum Therapies, Leighna effectively leads a team of Clincal Supervisors (BCBAs) and Behavior Counselors and manages, oversees, and supports all ABA programming and interventions, including early intervention, social skills training, perspective taking, the development of functional communication, and other behavioral and developmental interventions.
Leighna Fischer, BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director
Katie Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and the Lead Family Therapist at Autism Family Center. Katie received her masters in Community Counseling from Marymount University. Her specialties include trauma, issues in attachment, family reunification, and - of course - autism.
At Autism Family Center, Katie leads the Clinical Counseling Team who provide play therapy and talk therapy to individuals on the spectrum who struggle with mood regulation, anxiety, stress, and any additional needed emotional support. They also provide support counseling to siblings and parents.
Katie has an incredible passion and enthusiasm for the counseling field. Her main priority is being able to support someone during their greatest time of uncertainty and distress. Katie is a voracious reader of novels, slowly checking off her travel "to-go list," and usually has a cup of dark roast coffee in her hand.
Kathryn Jackson, LCPC
Sydney Cohen joined the AFC Team in 2013 as community intern. Right away, she jumped in to grow awareness for Autism Family Center as a resource in the community. Sydney came back as a care coordinator over summer break and upon graduation was promoted to Director of Care Coordination.
Sydney received a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University. She focused her studies and research on the effects autism has on families and the resources and state regulations that affect families with autism.
colleen coleman, bcba
Colleen Coleman graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Speech Language Hearing Science and a minor in Psychology and Child Development Family Services. She received her Masters in Art from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis with a Certificate in Autism. Colleen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 5 years of experience working in home, school and clinical setting with experience in functional communication skills, social skills training and behavioral and developmental skills. Colleen is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis Ph.D program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Jessica zwolfer, BCBA
Jessica graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Applied Psychology concentration. Jessica knew she wanted to pursue a career helping children reach their fullest potential. She began working with individuals with autism and developed a passion for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Jessica has experience working with a vast demographic of children and adolescents, with autism and related developmental disabilities. Her experience ranges from working in a clinic setting, in-home, and therapeutic school setting providing ABA therapy. Jessica continued to pursue her passion for ABA and received a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in April 2016. Jessica previously held a position as a BCBA at Helping Hand School of Autism.