Meet The Team

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is finding the right staff fit for our clients. At CBC, our staff is strategically selected and further developed with our clients’ needs and expectations in mind. We are confident that our team will continuously inspire and support behavior change through evidence-based practices. In addition to their high-level qualifications, the members of our CBC team are personable, caring, and committed to serving clients, with the clients’ best interest at heart.

Ihab Shahawi, M.A., M.B.AA

Executive Director, CBC Board Member

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Mr. Ihab Shahawi, CBC’s Executive Director, has been a student, practitioner, and leader in the field of autism spectrum disorders since 1983. He earned his BA and MA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, USA), followed later by an MBA, also from UCLA. Having studied and worked with the likes of Dr. Ivar Lovaas and Dr. Gary LaVigna, luminaries and pioneers in the ABA field, Mr. Ihab knew his life passion early on in his career.

In 1996, he founded The SAILS Group in the U.S., an organization specialized in the treatment of behaviorally challenged children and adolescents with autism and other intellectual and developmental disorders. Mr. Ihab’s professional vision is to be a leader in providing the finest quality and unparalleled therapeutic services to clients, and to do so more efficiently and economically than our competitors. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Dr.Jessica Rios-Habib

Psychologist/Clinical Director

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Dr. Jessica RiosHabib, a licensed psychologist in DHCC since 2010, serves as CBC’s Clinical Director. As a clinician, Dr. Jessica’s core values have consistently demonstrated her commitment to ethics, research based practice, and serving in the best interest of the client. Dr. Jessica believes in leadership that similarly carries these values, maximizing growth, development, and well-being for clients as well as for our CBC team.

Her role at CBC reflects our company’s vision to collaboratively work together as clinicians, teachers, parents, and students in order to improve and achieve new successes every day. Dr. Jessica earned her BS in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and her Masters and PhD from the University of Miami, Florida (USA) in Mental Health Counseling and Psychology. Dr. Jessica is a wife and mother of two boys, and enjoys reading, sports, and family beach days.

Paola Romero, M.Ed., BCBA

ABA Director

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Mrs. Paola Romero is an American Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and serves as the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Director at CBC. She attained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Special Education at George Mason University (USA), and has been practicing ABA with home- and school-based children and adolescents since 2011. Her experience in teaching social, daily living, communication, and academic skills, as well as addressing maladaptive behavior impeding learning has been skilfully specialized in the areas of autism and intellectual disabilities. Mrs Paola’s passion in educating and collaborating with others on ABA has driven her to expand her services internationally, beginning with volunteer trips to Ghana and now the UAE.

Outside of her professional hours, Mrs. Paola considers herself a “foodie” who enjoys reading and traveling when she can.