Michael Duenas, MS, BCBA

Co-Director of Clinical Services
California Psychcare

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Duenas loves all things Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is definitely a person who makes it happen. With effective communication as a strong suit, Michael emphasizes, “Being a good conversationalist doesn’t mean talking a lot. It’s having the ability to get other people to talk to you.” His favorite part of his job is teaching often-isolated people how to develop close friendships and live a more fulfilling life.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from the University of California in 2011. After completing his degree, he worked for a social work agency and a career-development program for adults with developmental disabilities. When he learned about the field of ABA, Michael enrolled in a graduate program and earned his master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in ABA, followed by his BCBA.

Michael grew up loving sports, which are still a big part of his life. One of his favorite things is sharing his love of sports with his two young children, and he says that a large part of time together with his kids is spent playing anything that involves a ball.”