Background: Before I began my doctoral work, I was a self-contained special education teacher in Fort Worth, Texas. Although I enjoyed working as a classroom teacher, my interest shifted to the use of evidence-based intervention in post-secondary settings, which is why I decided to pursue my doctoral work.
Current Interests: Using the science of applied behavior analysis, my research seeks to identify interventions to treat challenging behavior among individuals with developmental disabilities in applied settings. My research can be categorized into two distinct, but interconnected lines. The first is the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior among individuals with developmental disabilities, with a focus on adolescents and adults. My second line of research involves the identification and development of professional development practices for natural change agents (e.g., teachers, direct care staff, paraprofessionals, etc.) who serve individuals with developmental disabilities.
Dissertation Chair:Mandy Rispoli
Sample Presentation/Publication: A systematic quality review of high-tech AAC interventions as an evidence-based practice
Presentation Topic: The use of AAC in inclusive classrooms for children and adolescents with ASD
1. Dissemination of research findings in applied settings
2. Use of meaningful social validity measures