Our Founder

Denise Pollard, MA, BCBA

Denise Pollard is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Founder/President and CEO of CLASS. Denise has been studying, researching, and applying the science of behavior analysis for over 20 years. While completing her undergraduate work, she was directly involved in applying the work that renown UCLA professor Dr. Ivar Lovaas published cementing the significant findings that ABA (specifically Discrete Trail Training) has in its application with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Subsequently, Denise received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of the Pacific in 2000. At that time, University of the Pacific was one of only a very few graduate programs in the nation that offered a concentration in ABA. Her ability to connect with both children and families impacted with autism prompted her to form her own company in 2003. Since opening its doors, Denise has grown her company to employ hundreds of therapists and Clinical Directors and is considered to be among the leaders in the industry, as well as having national leadership recognition in autism insurance reform (SB946). Denise is a passionate autism advocate and sponsors and underwrites a wide variety of autism non-profit organizations in an effort to give back to the community and help find a cure for autism. Furthermore, as a way to give back to the children, families, and the community who helped her achieve her success, she purchased a building in San Mateo County and opened a state-certified non-public school, The Bay Area Achievement School (BAAS), serving children grades K-6th diagnosed with ASD.

Denise stays very active in both national and international chapters of the Autism Society of America; The Association for Behavior Analysis; The Association for Professional Behavior Analysts; Autism Speaks; and has been a collaborative member for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Known for her expertise, Denise has been a featured expert on the Emmy award winning public affairs show Beyond the Headlines multiple times.