Delanie LOmbardo, B.A.

 Delanie  received  a  Bachelor’s  of  Arts  degree  in  Psychology  with  an  emphasis  in  Behavior  Analysis  from  California  State  University,  Sacramento.  During  her  undergraduate  studies,  Delanie  gained  experience  both  in  the  classroom,  as  well  as  working  directly  with  students  in  the  field.  She  gained  experience  working  one-to-one  with  individuals  to  teach  new  skills  and  behaviors.  Delanie  gained  experience  implementing  discrete  trial  training  (DTT),  naturalistic  teaching,  and  social  skills  training.  To  complement  her  professional  experience,  Delanie  volunteered  in  a  school  setting  to  help  support  teachers  and  staff.  She  volunteered  in  an  elementary  and  high  school  special  education  classroom.  She  helped  to  implement  the  positive  intervention  support  plan  and  collect  treatment  integrity  data.  From  this  position,  Delanie  gained  skills  working  with  a  multidisciplinary  team  of  professionals.      

 Delanie  is  currently  a  second-year  master’s  student  under  the  advisement  of  Dr.  Jessica  Frieder  in  the  learning  about  behavior  lab.  During  her  graduate  studies,  she  has  been  working  as  a  classroom  consultant  within  the  Van  Buren  Intermediate  School  District.  Some  of  her  responsibilities  include  the  implementation  of  behavior  plans,  conducting  various  assessments  and  being  involved  with  classroom  management  strategies  as  well  as  staff  training.  Delanie  is  also  involved  with  constructing  and  implementing  DTT  procedures.  With  this  experience,  Delanie  has  had  the  pleasure  of  training  staff  on  the  creation  and  dissemination  of  DTT.  She  has  also  assisted  classrooms  by  creating  graphs  to  display  behavioral  and  academic  data.  Further,  Delanie  has  had  the  opportunity  to  provide  supervision  for  several  undergraduate  practicum  students  as  they  gain  experience  working  in  the  schools.  

 Delanie’s  current  research  interest  include  training  teachers  and  staff  on  behavioral  analytic  procedures  in  the  classroom.  She  is  interested  in  using  the  science  to  effectively  teach  both  children  with  and  without  disabilities  to  increase  their  academic  performance.  Delanie  is  interested  in  training  teachers  to  identify  the  function  of  behavior  because  this  will  help  aid  in  the  effectiveness  and  efficiency  of  classroom  instruction.  Her  career  goals  are  to  help  individuals  succeed  in  a  classroom  setting,  and  help  students  build  a  strong  foundation  of  skills  they  will  use  for  future  success.   

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Luke received his undergraduate education at Central Michigan University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in statistics. During his undergraduate career, Luke took several courses in behavior analysis. Luke also worked at the Central Autism Assessment and Treatment Center, gaining hands on experience practicing ABA in an early intervention setting. Luke spent 2 years at the center working as a clinician and then transitioned to a lead clinician role.

 Luke is a first year master’s student in the Learning About Behavior (LAB) Lab. He is currently working as a behavior specialist on the Intensive Child and Youth team at Summit Pointe, serving children with severe problem behaviors. His responsibilities with this team include assessment and treatment of problem behaviors, data collection and analysis, staff training, coordinating with other providers, and monitoring behaviors across environments. Luke has also had the opportunity to assist several doctoral students in his lab on various research projects.

Luke’s current research interests include the use of video models as training tools for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, use of technology in different aspects of training and treatment, treatment of problem behaviors, communication and social skills training, and early intervention strategies in children diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

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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. 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 in general and special education classrooms with various age groups, helping to collect data and create and implement interventions.

As a first-year master’s student, Taylor is on the PROMOTES Employment Project team working as a job coach with young adults to help them transition into the workforce. Through her work at PROMOTES, she has been involved in onsite job coaching, discrimination training, creating and delivering Behavioral Skills Training for individual and group settings, and time management strategies. Taylor is also providing supervision for new job coaches.

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Ryan Glasgow, B.S.

Ryan is a first-year master’s student in the LAB lab. Ryan was introduced to behavior analysis while pursuing an undergraduate degree at WMU. While there, he gained some experience working in schools through a practicum with Dr. Jessica Frieder’s lab.  Upon graduating from WMU with an undergraduate degree in 2017, Ryan took a position as a behavior technician for Braintrust Behavioral Health. He received additional hands-on experience with ABA and working with children which amplified Ryan’s desire to work in the field. This desire led Ryan to apply, and successfully secure a place in Dr. Frieder’s lab in WMU’s behavior analysis graduate program. Ryan is currently gaining experience and expertise with the goal to become a BCBA consultant for schools.  

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Rachel Popp, B.S.

Rachel received the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (WMU). Rachel is now a first year student in the Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis program at WMU as a member of the Extended University Program studying under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Frieder. During her undergraduate studies, Rachel gained a variety of applied experiences in both center-based and classroom settings. She began her first practicum experience at the Kalamazoo Autism Center (KAC) implementing Discrete Trial Training with children in the intensive early intervention clinic. Rachel expanded her fieldwork activities by joining the Van Buren Intermediate School District (VBISD) behavioral consultation team. During her time with the VBISD, she helped conduct functional behavior assessments and implemented behavior intervention plans to support students in an early childhood developmental delay preschool classroom. Rachel also assisted with the development of the PROMOTES Employment Project, a program for young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. For three years, Rachel has served as a job coach for PROMOTES by utilizing Behavioral Skills Training (BST) and delivering explicit instruction on employment-related skills for students in a community transition center. She also currently leads the PROMOTES job-related social skills group. Through collaborating with community partners, special education teachers, employers, and caregivers, Rachel has worked to support PROMOTES participants in gaining the necessary skills to obtain and maintain successful employment.

In addition to her fieldwork, Rachel has been an active volunteer for the Michigan Autism Conference (MAC), Student Autism Alliance of Michigan (SAAM), and other community service events.

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