Meet the Founder

Portia C. James, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Genius LLC was founded in 2016 by Board Certified Behavior Analyst Portia James. Portia began her journey working with children and adults with special needs in early 2006. Over the years, she has provided countless hours of consultation, including but not limited to: 


Business analysis and consultation

Organizational Behavior Management

Functional Behavior Assessment

ABA program design and supervision

Staff support and mentorship

Training development and implementation for clinical staff, school districts, and families

One-on-one ABA therapy across home, community, and school settings

Adult Residential Program Design & Consultation 

Parent Education

Supervision for BCBA and RBT Candidates


Portia has been a dedicated service provider to hundreds of clients across the San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties for more than a decade. She is recognized by her clients, peers, and partners as a sharp and courageous "think-beyond" Behavior Analyst with a practical and passionate approach to teaching, and an unequivocal compassion for people. Portia has built meaningful relationships across multiple dimensions of an ever-growing field using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.





  1. Applied Behavior Analysis: The process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.

  2. Organizational Behavior Management: The study and measurement of the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on human behavior within organizations.

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