Amanda Nicolson, Ph.D, BCBA-D is the founder and CEO of Swan Consulting Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma City University, her M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She held several clinical director positions for agencies in California and Nevada and was the lead BCBA for Reno public schools. In 2006 Dr. Nicolson (formerly Adams) accepted a faculty position at Fresno State where she was for 8 years. During this time, she founded the autism center at Fresno State and also served as the coordinator for the Master’s program in ABA. In 2013, she left academia to pursue clinical work full time.
Dr. Nicolson is currently on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis. She has been on review panels for several journals and served as a reviewer for the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project. She has published peer-reviewed articles, magazine columns, and book chapters and, regularly presents at regional and national conferences. She has traveled to Bosnia and the country of Georgia to work on autism projects in those countries. In 2017 she opened Swan Consulting Inc. to create a new environment for comprehensive, contemporary ABA services for children and families affected by ASD.
Swan Consulting is the only company based in the Fresno/Clovis area that is owned and operated by a doctorate level Behavior Analyst. Dr. Nicolson’s experience has opened the door to relationships that encourage the highest level of quality and rigor. She is a rotation supervisor for UCSF Pediatric Residency program with Community Medical Center, consults with area school districts and collaborates with colleagues from Fresno State and across the state. The Swan mission is to discover new and better ways to provide more to families and individuals affected by ASD in the Fresno/Clovis area.
Founder and President
Amanda Nicolson, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Director of Clinical Programs
Angeline Molina Fernandez
Angeline Molina-Fernandez is one of the founding members of Swan Consulting Inc. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in ABA, and a Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Fresno State. She has worked with people with disability in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Counseling for over ten years.
She has worked in a variety of settings including early intervention, focused behavior service, higher education, and Fresno County. Her experience includes providing counseling services for adults with disabilities, social skills consulting for pre-teens and teenagers, and coordinating a mentoring program for for students with disabilities in higher education. She co-authored a poster for the National Autism Conference, and co-authored and co-presented in a symposium for the California Association for Behavior Analysis.
As our Director of Clinical Program, Angeline ensures that the quality of services that our Clinical Team provides is of the best quality. She is married and has a wonderful son. She loves working for Swan and seeing the passion, care, and commitment of the staff, as well as the wonderful growth that each client makes everyday.