Her Role: BCBA
Her Story: Beginning over twenty years ago in 1995, while she was a student at Purdue University, Jennifer was introduced to ABA therapy when her friend’s child was diagnosed with ASD. The child’s parents had to hire a behavior consultant from a different state to provide initial training on ABA. From the first moment, Jennifer knew what her career path would be. Jennifer succeeded in obtaining a position at one of Dr. Lovaas’ Young Autism Project replication sites. After completing intensive training at the site, she returned in 1997 as the first early intensive behavior intervention consultant living in Indiana for families needing services in the Midwest. When the BCBA certification became a requirement so that families would get reimbursed for services, she obtained her BCaBA and later completed her master’s degree in ABA and earned the BCBA certification. The Arc of Indiana recognized her contributions with the 2016 Cathleen Clark Professional Service Award for her outstanding effort and accomplishments with parents, teachers, other professionals and most importantly, in the lives of young children whom she has served.
Her Heart: My heart is to continue the groundbreaking work that Dr. Lovaas provided for our field through his outcome studies. My passion lies in providing rapid progress for life changing skill development so children with ASD have a chance to catch up to their typically developing peers. I want to share the practitioner knowledge I learned at the Young Autism Project with other young professionals in the field by providing insightful supervision and publishing helpful research papers.