Sarena Bernard

Case Manager, Autism Center

Child Mind Institute



  • Emma Calkins, Staff Associate

    (646) 863-5485

  • Sarena Bernard is a case manager in the Autism Center. Ms. Bernard collaborates with families to advocate for them and facilitate service coordination in order to meet the needs of the patient. In her work, she promotes access to quality services and community support for families.

    Previously Ms. Bernard worked as a pediatric coordinator in a hospital setting. In this role, she worked closely with a medical and clinical team to coordinate comprehensive services for children with complex medical conditions including children who also have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

    Prior to joining the Autism Center of the Child Mind Institute, Ms. Bernard also worked as a teacher and parent trainer within an Early Childhood School/Early Intervention Program specializing in children with autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Bernard has experience conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and creating evidence-based, data-driven behavior intervention plans (BIPs) that extend beyond the classroom setting. She also has experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist in a school and home setting providing 1:1 instructional therapy for children on the spectrum. Ms. Bernard’s expertise includes implementing communication systems for students in an educational and home setting, as well as parent training.

    Ms. Bernard is a second-year Master of Education degree candidate, studying Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction. She is dedicated to studying and training to provide exceptional ABA therapy to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Upon completion of her graduate program and additional training Ms. Bernard looks forward to becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

    Ms. Bernard is passionate about helping families with children on the spectrum receive exceptional therapy and case management services. She is committed to raising autism awareness so that every child has access to effective treatment and can achieve their full potential.


    • Pediatric Coordinator/Care Manager, Cohens Children’s Medical Center General Pediatrics – Northwell Health
    • Behavior Specialist, Sick Kids Need Involved People- SKIP of New York
    • Teacher, Parent Trainer, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)- Early Childhood School/Early Intervention Program
    • ABA Behavioral Therapist, A&J Behavioral Health


    • BA, Speech-Language-Pathology, Disability Studies Minor, Hofstra University


    • New York State Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength (CANS-NY)
    • Behavioral Health Core Curriculum, Northwell Health
    • New York State Education Department- State Certification Teaching Assistant Level III
    • Speech Pathology Clinical Training, Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center -Hofstra University