Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health welcomes Eliana M. Pizarro, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, to the Pediatric Development and Therapy Center, an interdisciplinary clinic that encourages health development and behavior in children through medicine, therapy, and treatment. Pizarro specializes in the development of functional communication and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Pizarro is a licensed behavior analyst who earned her doctorate in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from the University of Florida in Gainesville. While completing her master’s degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, she worked as a clinical specialist on the Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. More recently, she has served as the Center Director for the Florida Autism Center in Daytona, Fla. Pizarro obtained her certification in 2014 and has provided behavior analytic services to children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families in various capacities. Her experience includes the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders in rural schools and in-patient settings and the provision of early intensive behavioral intervention in center-based settings.
The Pediatric Development and Therapy Center is the only medically-based clinic in Louisiana offering both medical and therapy services in one location. The practice is led by developmental pediatrician Steven Felix, MD, and pediatric neuropsychologist, Traci W. Olivier, PsyD.