Licensed Psychologists

Brian R. Lopez, Ph.D., BCBA- Chief Executive Officer and Licensed Psychologist

Bio coming soon!





Emmie Hebert, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hebert has always been very interested in autism diagnosis and treatment as her younger brother is diagnosed with ASD.  While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she had an internship at an ABA Autism clinic as an undergraduate student and loved it!  “I sought further education to not only learn what ABA could do for those with autism, but for everyone!” says Dr. Hebert.  She then continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi.  Her specialties within Applied Behavior Analysis include Contextual Behavioral Science and Clinical Behavior Analysis.  Dr. Hebert boasts, “Working with individuals with learning differences allows me to see the world through different lenses and experiences. I have had to think about things in novel and unexpected ways to better serve my clients. They have helped me to not only grow as a clinician, but as a person. I love working at JAC because of the collaborative atmosphere and caring co-workers.”

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Mary Elizabeth Klotz, Ph.D. – Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Klotz studied Child Development at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology and completed her internship in child clinical psychology at University of New Mexico Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry. Before pursuing her PhD in Child Clinical Psychology, Mary was a teacher at the Community Therapeutic Day School in Boston, MA and she worked with children who had behavioral differences and learning disabilities. Dr. Klotz has over 15 years of experience providing evidenced-based treatment and comprehensive assessment across both clinical and school settings. She now specializes in early childhood evaluations, providing comprehensive developmental and psychological assessments for children ages one to six years old (1 to 6). Dr. Klotz joined the JumpStart team in 2014.

Catherine M. Kovatch, Ph.D., BCBA- Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Kovatch joined JumpStart Autism Center (JAC) in February of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University, a Master of Education in School Psychology from Temple University and finally a Doctorate of School Psychology from Temple University. She reflects that, “My first psychology job was at a residential school for children with multiple handicaps. I was assigned to the middle and high school program and many of the students had Autism Spectrum Disorder. That is where I learned how to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learned that I was good at it and loved it.” Dr. Kovatch sees working at JAC as an incredible opportunity to reach an underserved population and to educate clients and their families about Autism Spectrum Disorder, how to cope as a family, maximize their child’s potential and the services available to them. Her favorite quote is from Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

Services in Colorado

Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 284-7328

Services in New Mexico

Albuquerque , NM
Rio Rancho, NM
(505) 828-3837

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