Luis Araujo, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Clinical Services Director
Luis Araujo, BCBA, is the Clinical Services Director and founder of Good Kids Pediatric. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University – Bakersfield, a Master’s degree in Psychology, with emphasis as a Licensed Psychotherapist (LMFT), completed Applied Behavior Analysis certification and completed certification as BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Mr. Araujo’s background and experience consists of: working with children diagnosed with a wide range of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Emotional Disturbances, at risk youth, counseling low-income families, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, drug and alcohol counseling and therapy, educating parents of children with special needs, conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments, evaluating children with Autism, and developing and supervising effective ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism.
Throughout his research, Mr. Araujo has examined and researched the impact of the stigma associated with mental illness and treatment. His findings were alarming and confirmed Mr. Araujo’s desire to shed light on the stigma of mental illness and treatment, within minority cultures, highlighting intergenerational differences. Thus, after working with different minority groups for several years, including children with developmental disabilities and disorders, Mr. Araujo’s interest in the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) peaked, specifically with regard to access to behavioral therapy services in underserved communities and countries. Mr. Araujo grew up in the rural agricultural Central Valley of California and had a strong desire to help the underprivileged migrant population. This desire led Mr. Araujo to establish Good Kids Pediatric, in order to offer ABA services to children and families in the Central Valley, and surrounding areas. Mr. Araujo has joined forces with other healthcare professionals to deliver the highest standard of quality healthcare treatment for children of all socio-economic statuses.
Mr. Araujo looks beyond the label and tries to empower his clients to do the same. According to Mr. Araujo, “The label helps me better understand the diagnosis, but not the person behind the diagnosis. No one chooses to have a mental illness; each client and family need to be treated with solemnity, respect, and equality.