Devoted graduate student with multidisciplinary experiences working in applied behavior analysis (ABA) practice and research, clinical psychology, early childhood education, adult education, disability self-advocacy, and social work.  Ability to implement and evaluate behavior intervention plans (BIPs) and their efficacy at differing levels of treatment integrity.  Practice with diverse and vulnerable populations including children, people with physical disabilities, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and homeless adults.  Excellent oratory and written communication skills demonstrated in published research, informational guides for disability self-advocates, and presented posters and colloquia.


Aug 2015 - Present

MS in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

Auburn University
Aug 2011 - May 2015

BS in Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Pharmacy - Minors in Psychology and Spanish

Auburn University

University Honors Scholar, Cum Laude

Thesis: A Comparison of Response-Stimulus and Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing Procedures on Conditioning Peers as Reinforcers (Supervisor: Dr. Sacha Pence, BCBA-D)

Professional Experience

Work History
Jan 2014 - Present

Student Clinician

Auburn University Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic

Supervisor: Dr. Sacha Pence, BCBA-D

  • Reliable data collector for functional analyses (FAs), preference assessments, and treatment evaluation sessions for children with skill deficits and problem behaviors
  • Assist graduate students in preparing and conducting clients’ treatment sessions
  • Trained an undergraduate researcher in computer-based data collection
  • Carried out prompting procedures for picture exchange communication system (PECS), self-feeding, and receptive identification trainings for a child with severe and profound disabilities
  • Assisted a BCBA in carrying out prompting procedures during PECS training sessions for an adolescent with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
May 2014 - Aug 2015

Applied Behavior Analysis Research Assistant

Auburn University Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic

Supervisor: Dr. Sacha Pence, BCBA-D

  • Assisting a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in carrying out her dissertation on conditioning peers as reinforcers and using conditioned peers in mand training programs
  • Evaluating treatment fidelity of graduate student therapists in functional communication training (FCT) sessions for a clinical psychology student’s thesis
  • Carried out an undergraduate thesis on response-stimulus and stimulus-stimulus pairing procedures to condition peers as reinforcers for two children with developmental delay
  • Drafted an IRB-approved study evaluating the effects of treatment integrity in terms of restricted access on mand acquisition
  • Prepared a literature review and PowerPoint presentation to the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic researchers on treatment fidelity in mand training procedures
  • Helped conducted multiple literature reviews for graduate research projects
Aug 2014 - May 2015

Honors Homelessness Seminar Research Assistant

Auburn University Honors College

Supervisor: Dr. Carole Zugazaga, MSW

  • Interviewed 13 homeless men and women in Alabama and Georgia for a study on significant life events experienced by homeless adults
  • Interviewed 2 men in Montgomery, AL with the Coalition for the Homeless for the federal 2015 Point-in-Time homeless count
  • Helped draft a survey to collect life experience data from the Alabama and Georgia homeless population
  • Drafted a literature review and presentation for 12 with 2 other honors students on mental illness and homelessness in the United States
Aug 2013 - May 2014

Office of Accessibility Tutor

Auburn University Office of Accessibility

Supervisor: Dr. Laura Smith

  • Tutored for college undergraduates in algebra, biology, chemistry, microeconomics, and trigonometry in 1:1 settings
  • Used teaching methods that complement the specific learning styles of students with learning disabilities and/or AD(H)D
Jun 2013 - Nov 2014

Communications Team Member

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Supervisor: Ms. Ianthe Dempsey

  • Trained in the use of plain language to communicate with people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities
  • Worked with the Autism NOW Center to publish an informational guide for Autistic adults seeking home and community-based services (HCBS)
  • Partnered with the Autism NOW Center and contributed to informational booklets that welcome individuals to the Autistic community
  • Collaborated with 5 writers on the autism spectrum to produce an informational booklet on relationships and sexuality for young adults with ASD
Aug 2012 - May 2013

Supplemental Instruction Leader

Auburn University Academic Support

Supervisor: Ms. Breanna Yarbrough

  • Utilized hands-on activities (cooking experiments, games, visual demonstrations) to teach chemistry concepts to undergraduate students in introductory chemistry courses
  • Coordinated and led biweekly chemistry review sessions for groups of 10-30 students
  • Prepared and conducted 3-4 test review sessions per semester for groups of 100+ students
Jun 2010 - Jul 2014

Junior Camp Counselor

Oak Grove Young Children's School Camp Acorn

Supervisor: Ms. Sue Balcom

  • Aided lead camp counselors in supervising and providing recreational opportunities for groups of 12-16 children from 3-6 years old
  • Facilitated functional communication and independent problem solving between children
  • Enabled a child with developmental delay to replace attention-maintained aggression with pro-social behaviors (using “gentle hands,” hugging, using verbal communication)
  • Taught a primarily nonverbal child to begin vocal communication
  • Enacted the use of a picture schedule to decrease the frequency of tantrum behavior in a child with transition difficulties
Aug 2007 - May 2013

Preschool Classroom Aide

Oak Grove Young Children's School

Supervisor: Ms. Sue Balcom

  • Assisted early childhood educators in creating developmentally appropriate classroom activities for children 18 months-5 years old
  • Helped employ preschool curricula that promotes the acquisition of developmentally appropriate skills and pro-social behaviors
  • Supervised multiple children with developmental disabilities including ASD, developmental delays, general speech impediments, and selective mutism
  • Shadowed a pediatric occupational therapist certified in Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for a week in March of 2013
    • Assisted in organizing and conducting activities promoting fine motor skills for groups of 12-16 children ages 3-4
    • Headed an activity that promoted letter recognition, letter formation, and fine motor skills with wooden blocks, Wikki Stix, and crayon rubbings
  • Hired for seasonal work as a substitute early childhood educator in December of 2012
    • Aided lead preschool teachers in educating and managing 12-16 children from 18 months-5 years old
    • Assisted in classes with typically developing children and children with developmental delays or disabilities



Professional Writing Samples

Scholarships & Funding

Applied Behavior Analysis Agency Fellowship (Pending; 2015)
Drummond Company Honors Endowed Scholarship ($2,000; 2014)
National Scholars Presidential Scholarship ($130,558; 2011-2015)
Pattillo Scholarship ($14,000; 2011-2015)
Sam Walton Community Foundation Scholarship ($3,000; 2011)
Levi A. Simon, III Scholarship ($750; 2011)

    Honors & Awards

    COSAM (College of Sciences and Mathematics) Outstanding Freshman (2012)
    Dean’s List (2011)
    International Baccalaureate Diploma (2011)
    National Merit Finalist (2011)

    Languages & Programs



    American Sign Language

    Microsoft Office Suite

    Google Drive

    Instant Data, IOA, & Analyzer


    R Software

    Boardmaker® Plus!



    Mar 2014 - Mar 2016

    Pediatric CPR and First Aid Training

    First Response Safety Training, Inc.
    I am certified in first aid and CPR for adults, children, and infants.
    Jan 2014 - Jan 2017

    IRB #2 Social and Behavioral Emphasis

    Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), University of Miami

    I am certified to conduct research with human subjects in the social sciences at Auburn University.  I am also specifically certified to work with children and other vulnerable populations, such as homeless adults.

    Professional Development

    Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention (2014)
    Darkness to Light | Charleston, SC

    Plain Language, Content Knowledge, and Research (2014)
    Autistic Self Advocacy Network | Washington, D.C.

    American Sign Language I (2013)
    Auburn University Office of Professional & Continuing Education | Auburn, AL

    Professional Affiliations

    ALABA (Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis, Member 2014-Present)

    NSCS (National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Member 2012-Present)

    Phi Eta Sigma (Member 2012-Present)