Vivian David-Nicolas
Vivian David-Nicolas 

PsyD-Clinical Director & Founder

Dr. Vivian David-Nicolas has dedicated her professional career to special needs education and awareness. Having had a sister born with Down’s syndrome when Dr. David-Nicolas was 16 years of age, she is dedicated to the field of Special Education not only professionally but personally.


Dr. David-Nicolas received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California in June 2001. Prior to this, she received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in June 1998 from the same university, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communication, in June 1994, from University of California, San Diego.


Dr. David-Nicolas’s professional experience entails working with a variety of populations and age groups across different diagnostic classifications (e.g. psychiatry, counseling, education, etc). Most of her professional career has been devoted to working with individuals diagnosed with developmental and learning difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), whereby, Dr. David-Nicolas has provided and overseen treatment programs that utilize principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for individuals diagnosed with ASD for over 20 years. In March 2001, she founded Stepping Stones Center for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, in the United States. She then started a separate international organization in Dubai Healthcare City (Dubai, UAE), in December 2006. She also currently manages and oversees all Stepping Stones Center's franchises. 


Dr. David-Nicolas has undergone over 10,000 hours of clinical training and supervision and has been cited in various news broadcasts, editorials and magazine articles, reflecting her expertise while contributing important information about evidence-based best practices in the field. 


Dr. Vivian David-Nicolas is a strong advocate for individuals with learning, emotional and developmental difficulties, as she firmly believes that each individual deserves quality of life, with equal access to social, community, educational and vocational opportunities, regardless of ability.