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Taylor Mueller, B.S.

Taylor Mueller received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in General Business and Spanish from Western Michigan University (WMU). Taylor is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis in the Interdisciplinary Preparation in Autism program under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Frieder in the Learning About Behavior (LAB) lab.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Taylor gained experience working with children with problem behaviors and developmental disabilities in the Van Buren Intermediate School District Practicum. She had the opportunity to work with the classroom consult team in general and special education classrooms with various age groups, helping to collect data, and creating and implementing interventions. She also served as a job coach on the Providing Realistic Opportunities to Mentor On-site Training for Employment Skills (PROMOTES) Employment Project team teaching young adults vocational and job-related social skills to help them gain meaningful employment.

During Taylor’s first year as a master’s student, she continued serving on the PROMOTES Employment Project and classroom consult teams. In her positions as a job coach and classroom consultant, she has assisted with the ABLLS-R and AFLS assessments, creating programs for Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and coaching DTT, and creating and implementing interventions for children diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Taylor also served as a peer mentor in the Summer Transition Program through WMU’s Autism Services Center. As a peer mentor, she supported students in their academic studies, employment, independent living, and time management. Her current interests include learning more about communication and language and self-management strategies.

In addition to her professional roles, Taylor has been involved in organizations such as the Behavior Analysis Graduate Student Organization (BAGSO), the Student Autism Alliance of Michigan (SAAM), and the Michigan Autism Conference (MAC). Through BAGSO, she has served as the event coordinator which involved organizing guest speaker events and socials between fellow graduate programs and faculty. Through SAAM she has served as co-president and helped coordinate collaborative efforts with community organizations to support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. As a part of the planning committee on MAC, she was the Volunteer Coordinator where she recruited individuals from WMU and other universities and organizations to help facilitate activities and attendees. This year she is excited to serve on the planning committee in the role of Hospitality Coordinator.

Contact Taylor: natalie.t.weststrate@wmich.edu

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Ryan Glasgow, B.S.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis and a minor in Philosophy from Western Michigan University. During this time, Ryan helped as a research assistant in areas including Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Ryan served as a teaching assistant for Abnormal Child Psychology and was part of the Van Buren Intermediate School District practicum under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Frieder. 

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a Behavior Technician working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in an autism center and an in-home setting. During this time, Ryan gained experience using Discrete Trial Training, Mand training, Naturalistic Teaching and support with daily living skills.  

Ryan entered the program in the summer of 2018 and has since then gathered experience working as a school consultant in a variety of settings. Some of Ryan’s duties in this role include consulting in special education classrooms working with teachers and staff to use behavior analytic principles to increase general classroom management, implement toilet training procedures and the use of universal strategies. Ryan is gaining experience in designing and conducting a Trial-Based Functional Analysis and has helped with the Summer Transition Program to assist students with developmental disabilities in transitioning form high school to college. 

Ryan is part of the Interdisciplinary Preparation in Autism program which aims to facilitate a relationship between the fields of Special Education and Behavior Analysis. He is also part of Best Buddies organization which focuses on building friendships with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing social mentorship and promoting inclusion. Outside of school, Ryan’s hobbies include lifting weights, working on cars, listening to music and reading.  

Contact Ryan: ryan.t.glasgow@wmich.edu

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Adrienne Bohlen, B.A.

Adrienne Bohlen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). Adrienne is currently pursuing her first year of a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Frieder.

During her undergraduate studies, Adrienne focused mostly on research with the older adult population; specifically, the executive function for those with Type II Diabetes. Adrienne was a research assistant in the psychology department throughout her time at UCCS. She had the opportunity to work under clinical psychology graduate students recruiting participants, administering cognitive and psychological assessments, and collecting data. Adrienne also got the opportunity to defend a thesis through the collaboration of the Undergraduate Research Academy and the Psychology Honors Program.

Upon graduation, Adrienne worked as a Mental Health Technician at a local mental health hospital. She later went on to work as a Registered Behavior Technician at a local autism center. Through the autism center, Adrienne gained experience working in an in-center and in-home setting. She gained skills in Discrete Trial Training, Functional Communication Training, Natural Environment Teaching, and other research-based skills. Adrienne worked with children 2 through 21 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Adrienne is currently a first-year master’s student in the Learning about Behavior (L.A.B.) lab. For her practicum, she will be working as a classroom consultant in a collaboration between WMU and the Van Buren Intermediate School District (VBISD). In the VBISD Adrienne will be working with children who have problem behaviors and developmental disabilities. Adrienne will also be taking part in the Michigan Autism Conference (MAC) as an ambassador. In this position, she will be working one-on-one with guest speakers throughout the conference.

Contact Adrienne: adrienne.j.bohlen@wmich.edu

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Chelsea Mazies, B.s.

Chelsea Mazies received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Berry College. Chelsea is currently pursuing her first year of a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University (WMU). She is under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Frieder in the Learning About Behavior (LAB) lab.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Chelsea gained experience working with children with developmental disabilities, most specifically Autism, at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. During her undergraduate practicum training here, she had the opportunity to work in the Language and Learning Clinic where she collected data, assisted BACB’s in assessing and treating mild to moderate behavioral issues that impacted learning, and implemented intervention plans and protocols to develop children’s’ social and conversational skills. Additionally, during her junior and senior year of her undergraduate, Chelsea served as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ray Joslyn in a local Title 1 middle school. She assisted Dr. Joslyn in data collection and implementation of class-wide group contingencies, specifically the Good Behavior Game, in various alternative classrooms to decrease the frequency of vocal disruption during academic instruction.

This year in the (LAB), Chelsea is completing a practicum in the the Van Buren Intermediate School District (VBISD). Here she serves as a behavioral consultant on the classroom consultation team, which provides tier one interventions to early childhood special education (ECSE) classrooms throughout the district. Additionally, Chelsea will serve as an ambassador for the Michigan Autism Conference (MAC) in October, where she will act as a liaison between guest speakers and the MAC committee throughout the conference.

Contact Adrienne: chelsea.a.mazies@wmich.edu

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ky’aria moses, B.S.

Ky’Aria Moses received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis from Georgia Southern University, Savannah. During this time, she assisted in research regarding the effective learning of college students and served as a Supplemental Instructor for the Intro and Advanced Research and Analysis courses in the psychology department. During her final year as an undergrad, she completed the ABA sequence and learned how various behavioral principles and procedures could be applied in different context, settings, and to different individuals. Her current interest includes using evidenced-based practice in academic settings to promote effect learning in underserved, minority and low-income students.

Contact Ky’Aria: kyaria.r.moses@wmich.edu

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