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Meet our new BCBA, Laura Lopach, Ph.D.!

The Child Development Center is pleased to welcome Laura Lopach, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and doctoral-level BCBA! Laura joined the Child Development Center’s (CDC) Autism and Behavioral Services team this June.

Laura explained what inspired her to join CDC

 “I chose to join CDC for its emphasis on team-based problem solving and decision-making, pride in upholding professional ethical guidelines, and positive work culture. I am excited to help CDC continue establishing comprehensive ABA services in order to better serve Missoula’s children and their families.”


She also has plans for how she would like to add value to CDC’s existing menu of services.

“A particular interest of mine is regularly collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to ensure continuity of care. I am also thrilled to continue providing child psychological evaluations to families seeking diagnostic clarification and appropriate treatment recommendations.”

About Laura

Laura Lopach, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Laura earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah in 2016.

She has years of experience providing comprehensive services to children with behavioral, social, and emotional challenges and their families. She has experience providing evidence-based intervention services in home, school, clinic, and residential treatment settings. As a former school psychologist, Laura enjoys collaborating with her clients’ school teams and helping parents navigate special education processes and procedures.

Laura is a published author for the Tough Kid book series. She was deemed research reliable on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) following advanced training at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in 2018. Laura’s professional interests involve child psychological evaluation, and identifying effective, practical interventions to support prosocial behavior. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her pets, gardening, sushi, and pub trivia.