“I love the opportunity to truly help people — whether a therapist, case manager, supervisor, child or family — and see the progress they make.”

Nicole Horton, M.Ed., BCBA

Regional Director of San Diego

Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Children and Youth from California State University Fullerton and her Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.  In addition, she completed certificates in Organizational Behavioral Management through the Florida Institute of Technology and Special Education Advocacy through the University of San Diego. She has been working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2004. Nicole has provided naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention services in families’ homes, schools, community, and center settings, and has worked with children ranging in age from 10 months old to 21 years of age. Nicole began her career at In STEPPS as a Clinical Case Supervisor and has had the pleasure of expanding In STEPPS’s service coverage area to the San Diego region.  She began this endeavor in 2014 and has especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet, support and provide services to and for our San Diego families and the region-specific school districts and funding sources.  Nicole enjoys overseeing individuals who are in the process of taking the necessary steps to test for and obtain their BCBA.  Nicole is a member of the professional organizations CalABA and JABA and thoroughly enjoys furthering her clinical knowledge by attending a variety of conferences about applied behavior analysis and research based multi-disciplinary services for children and adults with special needs.

Get to know Nicole:

Who inspires you?

Our families who are tireless advocates for their children and family members

What’s your favorite place in the world?

Disneyland, more specifically, the Little Mermaid ride at California Adventure

What’s one movie you could re-watch over and over?

The Sandlot

What’s your most prized possession?

My giraffe music box my mom gave me when I was 8

How do you spend your weekends?

At the dog park with my family, Disneyland, the movies, running errands, cooking and making over old furniture.