About Us

At Pathways EI we are a team of passionate clinicians with the goal of providing high quality early intervention that engages the whole family.

We value: 

Evidence based practice that is at the forefront of the science of learning
Teamwork and collaboration within our Pathways EI team and with other health professionals
Advocating for our learners by teaching the skills they need to advocate meaningfully for themselves

Hayley Coles

Clinical Director

Hayley is the Clinical Director and a Program Supervisor at Pathways Early Intervention. She studied a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism at the Sage Colleges (New York) and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Hayley has been supporting children and their families, using the principles of ABA, for over 10 years and has a vast range of experience working with children between the ages of 18 months and 16 years. She has provided both in-centre and in-home services and has also consulted with many schools, preschools and other professionals. Hayley is passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based intervention, and has a special interest in teaching communication and language, and increasing personal independence skills.

Hayley was recently excited to contribute to the course development for the Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis course sequence at Monash University in Victoria. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her pup Rosie, and reading a good book!


Hannah Kilpatrick

Program Supervisor

Hannah is a Program Supervisor at Pathways Early Intervention. Hannah has a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Newcastle and in 2019 graduated from Monash University with a Masters in Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has since become accredited as a Certified Behaviour Analyst (CBA). 

Hannah has worked with children of various ages and diagnoses across a range of settings. She is passionate about delivering high quality one on one sessions, consulting with schools, and supporting all children and adolescents in accessing the community with success. In her down time, Hannah loves to spend time with family, friends and her pets Finn and Annie.


Chiara Black

Program Supervisor

Chiara is a Program Supervisor at Pathways Early Intervention. Chiara comes to us from Scotland and has been living in Australia for the past 6 years. She has Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Queens University Belfast and is a Certified Behaviour Analyst. 

Chiara is passionate about working with each child, family, and team to support long term improvements in quality of life and championing each individual child. In her down time, Chiara loves all things outdoors and her favourite sport is Ultimate Frisbee, which she has competed in at the Australian National level several times. 

Jennifer Aalto

Behaviour Technician and Training Mentor

Jen is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She has a Bachelor in Psychological Science (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. Jen has experience working with university students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, where she helps them navigate university life and enhance their independence. She has also worked as a volunteer, researching the role of father-child rough and tumble play and its role on child development. Jen has developed a special interest in ASD and early intervention where she is passionate about providing a fun learning environment that celebrates the success of children and their families and helps young people grow and prosper. Jen is also our dedicated training mentor, providing ongoing professional development and support to our team of Behaviour Technicians. In her downtime, Jen likes staying active at the gym or hiking, spending time with her cat and partner, or enjoying a quiet time reading, drawing portraits, or writing.

Gemma Robertson

Behaviour Technician

Gemma is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Distinction which she completed in 2022 at the University of Newcastle. Gemma has always had a passion to work with children, however it was not until after completing her university studies that she found ABA. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential, and enjoys seeing their confidence grow as their communication and social skills develop. In her spare time, Gemma loves being with her family, friends, and dog, going to the beach and dancing. She also enjoys supporting her favourite sports team, the Newcastle Knights.

Elizabeth Pickford

Behaviour Technician

Elizabeth is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University. Elizabeth has experience working with children with various diagnoses and diverse learning needs as a primary education teacher. She is passionate about supporting children to achieve their goals, develop new skills, and navigate daily life in a way that is meaningful to them and their families. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys hiking and kayaking. 

Emery Wilson

Behaviour Technician

Emery is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle. She has always loved working with children and she has experience with teaching kids how to swim. She loves watching children improve their daily life skills. In her spare time, Emery loves going to the beach and gym and also loves to travel when she takes some time off.

Keely Fearnley

Behaviour Technician

Keely is a Behaviour Technician at Pathways Early Intervention. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University. Keely has a passion for understanding the integral role of human behaviour in our everyday lives, specifically in children. She enjoys working with children from an early age, equipping them with skills beneficial throughout various stages of their life. Keely loves spending time with friends, travelling and spending time at the beach.

Courtney Dawson


Courtney joined the Pathways team in 2022. She is the friendly voice you’ll hear on the phone and loves to assist families with enquiries, administration and scheduling. Courtney comes from a Practice Management background but has found her calling in her role at Pathways, helping families access high quality support for their child. 

When Courtney isn’t working she enjoys watching her children play, gardening and cooking.