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KIMBERLY PECK, M.A., BCba

     Kimberly is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Learning About Behavior lab. Kimberly received her Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. While at AASU, Kimberly worked as a behavior consultant for Savannah Chatham County Public Schools’ Jumpstart program, a preschool intervention program for children diagnosed with ASD. She worked directly with staff and students to implement principles of behavior analysis throughout all programming.  Kimberly conducted a variety of assessments and implemented an array of interventions, including language-based programs.

     After spending some time in the field as a behavior technician, Kimberly was accepted to the Master’s program at WMU. During her Master’s program, Kimberly worked in the Office of Enrollment Services as a graduate assistant for the Early Alert Project Action Team. This research project aimed to improve Early Alert warning systems on campus, and ultimately increase undergraduate retention. Kimberly also completed a practicum at the Envision Center in the Early Intervention program. In addition to these clinical experiences, Kimberly worked as an Instructor of Record for PSY 3300 – Advanced Research Methods. Finally, Kimberly’s thesis examined instructional strategies in college classrooms. It was titled, “Guided Notes: A Literature Review and an Examination of Their Effects on Post-Lecture Quiz Performance in a College Course”.

     Currently, Kimberly serves as a supervising BCBA for the Summit Pointe Behavior Treatment Committee (BTC) Practicum. In this role, she conducts functional behavior assessments, writes treatment plans, conducted staff/parent trainings, and oversees overall progress monitoring for individuals with mental disabilities across the lifespan. She also supervises students working towards their BCBA credential. Kimberly is currently working on her dissertation, examining the effects of a Fitbit® treatment package on increasing daily physical activities and overall quality of life for adults with disabilities.

Contact Kimberly: Kimberly.m.peck@wmich.edu

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Kayla Jenssen, m.a., BCBA

     Kayla received the Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (WMU) and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). During her graduate studies, Kayla has served in a variety of professional roles. Kayla currently serves as the Practicum Coordinator for the PROMOTES Employment Project., where she leads a team of undergraduate and graduate-level job coaches in teaching vocational and job-related social skills for young adults diagnosed with ASD. Kayla has also supported transition-related services as a Graduate Assistant for the WMU-based Summer Transition Program. In this position, Kayla has assisted with the College Experience Course and social skills workshops, run study sessions, created a system for measuring classroom and employment performance, and supervised job coaches and students in their on-campus employment settings. Kayla has also worked as a Behavior Specialist at the Summit Pointe Autism Center where she created trainings and provided supervision for behavior aides, assisted with VB-MAPP assessments, and developed programs and behavior intervention plans for children diagnosed with ASD. Kayla also supported the Intensive Child and Youth team by developing a social skills curriculum and assessing pre-requisite skills for classroom settings.

     In addition to these professional roles, Kayla has been widely active on both a local and statewide level. For four years, Kayla has served on the planning committee for the Michigan Autism Conference as the volunteer coordinator, on-site hospitality manager, and a member of the executive committee. Kayla has also served as a WMU representative for the ABAI Student Committee. Kayla is also involved in a variety of activities both in the community and on-campus as the President of the Student Autism Alliance of Michigan (SAAM) and the Graduate Instructor for PSY 2517: ABA in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 

Contact Kayla: kayla.j.jenssen@wmich.edu

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Avner fraidlin, M.Ed., bcba

     Avner received a Bachelor in Education with a focus in Special Education from The Kibbutsim College of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. During his studies Avner gained experience as a Kindergarten teacher for children with special needs as well as typically developing children. Avner received his Master degree in Special Education with a focus in Autism from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Upon graduating Avner was trained and certified as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Avner is currently a PhD student in the Learning About Behavior lab at WMU under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Frieder.

     During his studies, Avner held a position of a teacher assistant at the Behavior Analysis Program at David Yelin College of Education in Jerusalem, Israel. In this setting Avner helped preparing teaching materials and participated in teaching two courses: “Behavior Interventions for Sever Behavior Problems” and “Planning, Implementing and Supervising Behavior Interventions”. During the academic year of 2015, together with the head of the program Dr. Shiri Ayvazo Avner co-led an experimental design research aiming to compare the effectiveness of two behavioral pedagogies on active student response of children with emotional- behavioral disorder. In this position Avner’s responsibilities included designing research conditions and intervention, designing observation data sheets, training observers, collecting and graphing data, withdraw research conclusion and writing the research manual script (which was approved for publication).

     Avner’s current research interests include the different variations of FA conducted with children with special needs and treating severe behavior problems for these children as well as typically developing children. In addition, Avner is interested in the various applications of SAFMEDS with both typically developing students and students with special needs

Contact Avner: avner.fraidlin@wmich.edu

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Alyssa Jewett, M.A., BCBA

     Alyssa is a second-year doctoral student in the Learning About Behavior lab. Alyssa received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University from Dr. Richard Malott’s Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) in 2013, and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ohio University in Athens, OH in 2011. During her time in BATS, she gained experience implemented early intervention for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities in a school-based practicum setting. In addition, she taught two undergraduate courses and supervised undergraduate students in their implementation of behavior analytic projects.

     Upon her graduation from the MA program in 2013, Alyssa worked as a clinician at Trumpet Behavioral Health in San Jose, CA, where she developed and implemented a variety of behavioral assessments and interventions for children diagnosed with autism. After two years in California, Alyssa transferred to Trumpet’s office located in Centennial, CO, where she served at the Senior Clinician, overseeing the operations of the center. After spending four years in the field, Alyssa re-joined Western Michigan University at a doctoral student. During her first year, Alyssa was the teaching assistant for PSY 1400 – Introduction to Behavior Analysis. In addition to this teaching experience, Alyssa completed a project that examined academic interventions for college students enrolled in the same class.

     Currently, Alyssa works in a myriad of positions. She is the instructor of record for PSY 3000 – Statistics/Research Methods for the 2018-2019 academic year, has several on-going research projects related to training and supervising aspiring behavior analysts, serves at the co-coordinator for continuing education for the Michigan Autism Conference and is supporting with the implementation of two, one-week camps with the Autism Services Center at WMU, which hosts a summer-transition program for high school students.

Contact Alyssa: alyssa.r.jewett@wmich.edu

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