Our Staff

Sadaf Khawar

Clinical Supervisor
(BCBA, NYS-LBA)

Sadaf Khawar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from University of Houston, a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, along with a coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst since 2015. Currently, Sadaf is pursuing a PhD. in the Clinical Psychology program at the Department of Psychology, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. 

 Sadaf has worked with children with developmental disabilities for the past decade in Texas, Ohio and the Tri-State Area. Her areas of expertise include: 

  • Parent Training & Parent Wellness
  • Staff Training
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Assessments & Treatment Planning
  • Home, Center-Based & School Consultation
  • Supervision
  • Research

Sadaf’s research interests include: Individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, specifically Autism; cognitive development in typically and atypically developing children and adults; and, multiculturalism in clinical settings. Her clinical interests include: Immigrant and minority mental health; family therapy, evidence-based assessment and interventions for pediatric and adult psychopathology; and, mindfulness-based interventions. 


Chana Tilson

Chana Tilson

Program Director
(BCBA, NYS-LBA)

Chana has served as the Program Director of the Hand in Hand Early Childhood Center for the past ten years. She has vast expertise with children and adults with Autism and significant behavioral challenges. To address unmet needs identified by many families, Chana developed and directs the Helping Hands Therapeutic Services Home ABA Program. She is currently working on her dissertation on the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on decreasing parental stress levels and increasing parents abilities to manage their children’s behaviors.


Jesse Mazen

Outreach Coordinator
SpEd Teacher

Jesse Mazen is a New York State Licensed Special Education Teacher. He holds a Bachelors of the Arts degree in Special Education with an Adaptive Curriculum Concentration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He began his career in the field of special education in high school as a teaching assistant for his brother’s special education classroom. Since then, he has continued to work and grow in this field working as a direct support provider and a behavior technician. Aside from Jesse’s personal experience with his brother, who has a diagnosis of autism, he has over 5 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Jesse has dabbled in fields outside of working with individuals with autism. He has an ample amount of experience working in professional selling and web development. His experience in site reconfiguration, personable interactions and his passions for individuals with autism has made him the perfect individual to work as Helping Hands Outreach Coordinator. He strongly believes that through working closely with families and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of effective staff members, will ensure an impactful and comprehensive program for each individual at Helping Hands. Currently, Jesse is pursuing a Master of Education degree in Special Education, concentrating in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He hopes to work as Behavior Analyst for Helping Hands once he becomes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).