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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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.
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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.
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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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