At Mindful Steps, we provide ABA services that enhance individuals’ lives by helping them achieve their full academic and social potential.

Meet Our Team

Our professional and caring staff of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians are dedicated to those we serve. We aim to improve the quality of life for our clients and their caregivers, and our passion for this essential work is evident in everything we do.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Caity Russ, M.Ed., BCBA, COBA

Registered Behavior Technician

Bailey Patouhas, MSW, RBT

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Caity Russ, M.Ed., BCBA, COBA

Caity Russ is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her master’s degree in special education with a concentration in behavior intervention. During her supervision experience to become a BCBA, she was first an intervention specialist for students with autism and other behavioral challenges, and then gained experience as a Registered Behavior Technician. She has experience in school, home and center-based settings and has worked with students across age ranges, disability categories and severity of behaviors. Her most meaningful experience is being a friend and caregiver to three individuals that are family to her. 

Caity is passionate about parent and caregiver training. She believes that parent training should include prioritizing their wishes for their child, helping them find time for self-care and empowering them to make behavior changes. She values each member of the team to help service a learner. Caity specializes in severe problem behavior, parent training, early intervention and adolescent behavior.

Caity loves to keep up on progressive research in Applied Behavior Analysis and share it with others. She uses and modifies many of Dr. Greg Hanley’s interventions to help clients achieve a happy, relaxed and engaged state. The best part of her job is teaching skills that help her clients better access their environments and in many cases, improve quality of life for clients and their caregivers.

Each night after work, Caity looks forward to cooking and learning new recipes. She also loves to read and binge watch suspenseful thrillers in her free time. In the future, she hopes to have the opportunity to travel.

Registered Behavior Technician

Bailey Patouhas, MSW, RBT

Bailey is currently a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for Mindful Steps. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from Kent State University. Upon completing her undergraduate degree she attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Master of Social Work with a certificate in children, youth, and families. She has worked as an RBT in the in-home setting since 2018. Bailey is currently completing coursework and supervision to obtain her BCBA. Bailey has a special interest in: parent training, early intervention, Functional Communication Training (FCT), and social skills training.

Bailey loves working in the ABA field because she gets to help children reach new goals through evidence-based treatments implemented in their natural environment. When not working she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, weightlifting, camping, baking, and playing with her pup, Hannah!

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

We aim to improve the lives of individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and other behavioral challenges through compassionate behavioral therapy and a commitment to teaching socially significant behaviors using evidence-based and family-centered interventions.

Our Vision

We strive to continue to learn progressive, holistic interventions to best service our learners and their families through meaningful and individualized treatment.

5100 DARROW RD, HUDSON, OH 44236

p: 234-802-2067

cruss@mindfulstepscbi.com