Valerie Van Tussi

  • Denton US-TX

Research Grants Received

An Investigation of Lag Schedules of Reinforcement and Vocal Variability in Children Diagnosed with Autism

Sponsor: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Amount: $2,000 Date: Spring 2012-Summer 2012

Habit Reversal Training to Treat Tics in a Young Boy Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome

Sponsor: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Amount: $2,000 Date: Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Leadership Positions

Campus Ambassador                                                                                                          Summer 2010-Fall 2011

Duties: Collaborate with admissions department to provide resources to perspective and current students, and serve as a campus tour guide

Team Leader, Jumpstart AmeriCorps (300+ hours)                                                    Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Duties: Oversee all team meetings and Jumpstart session twice a week, work collaboratively with other team members, delegate tasks to team members, and create a portfolio of team members and accomplishments

Leadership Council for Behavioral Science Research Group                                   Spring 2009 Duties: Notify members of upcoming meetings, important readings, and organize an environmental community service project

Registration Director, Executive Board for Presidential Campaign                          Fall 2008 Duties: Oversee early voter registration process for Eau Claire, WI 

Community Service

Denton Stream Clean 2012                                                                                                   October 2012

Cleaned environment in city of Denton

Blugold Beginnings 5th Grade Tour                                                                                     April 2012 Led a group of fifth grade students around the campus.  Gave a campus tour and provided examples of importance of a higher education

Global Youth Service Day in the Eau Claire Community                                                April 2010 Cleaned offices at Children Services Society of Wisconsin

Jumpstart AmeriCorps Member (600+ hours)                                                                  Fall 2008-Spring 2010Literacy based program using dialogic reading techniques to help prepare pre-school children for kindergarten

Martin Luther King Service Day in the Eau ClaireCommunity                                      January 2010 Cleaned kitchen and played with children at the Boys & Girls club of Eau Claire, WI

Hall Raiser in Residence Hall                                                                                                 September 2009 Helped freshmen move into the residence halls before classes began in fall Worked several activities such as tie-dying and a pizza booth for the freshmen festival 

Courses Applicable to Field

Undergraduate Courses

·General Psychology

·Psychology as a Discipline 

·Statistical Methods in Psychology

·Introduction to Behavior Analysis and Therapy

·Methods of Research in Psychology

·Human Development

·Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

·Campus Autism Program I & II

·Experimental Analysis of Behavior

·Psychopharmacology

·History and Systems of Psychology

Graduate Courses (*=in progress)

·Introduction to Behavior Analysis

·Observation and Measurements

·Techniques*

·Experimental Analysis of Behavior*

·Autism I

·Practicum I (research involvement)

·Autism II*

·Practicum II (research involvement)*

Student Academic Apprentice/Teaching Assisstant

Introduction on Behavior Modification (Psych 380)                                                   Fall 2011 & Spring 2012

Duties: Aid professor in grading weekly quizzes, tutor students on an individual basis, assist   professor

in designing reading assignments for studentsProfessor: Kevin P. Klatt, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Experimental Analysis of Behavior (Psych 412)                                                        Spring 2011Duties: Attend weekly class, aid professor in grading weekly essay assignments, tutor students on an individual basis, assist professor in grading class discussion participation  Professor: Daniel Holt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Introduction to Behavior Analysis and Therapy (Psych 281)                                  Fall 2009Duties: Administer and grade student quizzes weekly, assist professor in grading reading assignments and exams, tutor students on individual basis, and update gradesProfessor: Daniel Holt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Guest Lecturer Introduction to Behavior Modification (Psych 380)                                                        January 2011Topic: Graphing in Microsoft Excel Workshop; 1 hour

Special Skills

Familiar with Assessment for Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) 

Familiar with Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)

Familiar with Early Echoic Skills Assessment (EESA) 

Familiar with Behavioral Language Assessment Form (BLAF) 

Familiar with Making a Difference curriculum 

Familiar with Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) Assessment 

Experience with Direct Instruction methods such as Reading Mastery and 100 Easy Lessons 

Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, FrontPage, and Access 

Proficient in Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

Proficient in Qualtrics Survey Engine

Specialized Video Editor 

Professional Development

UNT Behavior Webpage Editor                                                                                  Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Duties: Redesign the webpage for the Department of Behavior Analysis using Drupal editing   software, retrieve accurate information for webpage, maintain webpage with current data and information, and consult with professional advisor to assess progress

Professional Advisor: Dr. Jonathon Pinkston, Ph.D.

UNT Behavior Analysis Accreditation Assistant                                                 Fall 2012

Duties: Compile a detailed list of students with a Behavior Analysis Masters degree from UNT from 2007-2012 using Microsoft Excel, complete paperwork for the reaccreditation process, correspond with departmental professors

Professional Advisor: Dr. Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Editor in Chief of the Students of Psychology Newsletter                                 Spring 2011-Fall 2012 Duties: Co-lead the department newsletter with peer undergraduate student, schedule meetings, correspond with professors and students, edit articles, design template, and correspond with faculty member to disseminate the newsletter

Professional Advisor: Dr. Lori Bica, Ph.D. (Chair of Psychology Department)

Psychology Department Student Representative for the Dean’s Advisory Board   Fall 2010-Spring 2012Duties: Student representing the psychology department, correspond between psychology students, faculty, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, attend monthly meetings consisting of students from all departments, and discuss ways in which the department needs improvement and collaborate to reach a solution

Professional Advisor: Dr. Marty Wood (Dean of College of Arts and Sciences)

Undergraduate Research Meetings                                                                          Fall 2010-Spring 2012

Duties: Attend weekly research meetings, collaborate with undergraduate students about research methods and data, and discuss current literature and future research proposals with undergraduate students and future research proposals

Professional Advisor: Dr. Kevin Klatt, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Students of Psychology Newsletter                                                                         Spring 2010

Duties: Write articles in monthly issue of the Students of Psychology Newsletter, edit articles written by other students, design templates, corresponded to faculty member to disseminate the newsletter Professional Advisor: Dr. Lori Bica, Ph.D. (Chair of the Psychology Department)

Research

CURRENT RESEARCH

Cihon, T. M., Reetz, S., VanTussi, V. L., Gesick, J. & Shrontz, R. (Data collection). The effects of precision teaching to teach tact relations on the acquisition and application of intraverbal relations. 

PRESENTED RESEARCH

VanTussi, V. L., Denger, B. A., Klatt, K. P., & Norman, K. R. (May 2012). Habit reversal training to treat tics in a young boy diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. Poster presentation at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Student Research day.

Reetz, N. K., Petit, P., Camp, S. E., VanTussi, V. L., Larson, B., & Klatt, K. P. (October 2011). Investigating the use of blocked trail procedure to facilitate conditional discriminations. Poster presentation at the 12th annual Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis in Bloomington, IL. 

Hensel, A. L., Lobermeier, A. J., Matz, L. M., Camp, S. E., VanTussi, V. L., & Klatt, K. P. (May 2011)      

Generalization of matching-to-sample skills across novel materials in children with autism. Poster presentation at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Student Research Day.

Wiskow, K. M., VanTussi, V. L., Klatt, K. P., & Norman, K. R. (May 2011). Habit reversal training to treat tics in a young boy diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. Poster presentation at the 37th annual Association of Behavior Analysis-International conference in Denver, CO.

Reetz, N. K., Petit, P., Camp, S. E., VanTussi, V. L., Larson, B. H., & Klatt, K. P. (May 2011). Investigating the use of blocked trail procedure to facilitate conditional skill discriminations. Post presentation at the 37th annual Association of Behavior Analysis-International conference in Denver, CO. 

Prosser, E. E., VanTussi, V. L., & Peden, B. P. (May 2010). Women’s preventative health: Where are you getting your information? Dual poster presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Students in Missoula, MT.

VanTussi, V. L., Prosser, E. E., & Peden, B. P. (November 2009). OMG! R u txting in class? PowerPoint     presentation at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2012 - Present

Jr. ABA Coach

Easter Seals of North Texas

Duties: Provide therapy for children with developmental delays in a school-based setting, implement ABA designed programs, discuss client progress with senior coach and case managers, graph daily client progress, and collect qualitative and quantitative data on client’s school day and progress, use direct-instruction as an approach to teach reading, use shaping to change behavior [part-time employee]

Supervisors: Shira Ackerman, Ph.D., BCBA and Sara Weinkauf, M.S., BCBA 

May 2011 - Jun 2012

Team Lead Intern

Applied Behavior Intervention Services, LCC

Duties: Lead a team of students that provide in-home behavior therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, collaborate with senior therapist to begin new client in intensive program, simultaneously lead for two intensive children and one post-intensive child, graph weekly progress to assess treatment effectiveness, collaborate with senior therapist using the Assessment for Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised and Maurice  Curriculum to implement new programs for therapy sessions, introduce new targets for current programs, communicate with family and teachers to ensure consistency across staff, family, and school system, train new staff members, conduct evaluations for peers  [full time employee] 

Internship Supervisor: Renee Norman, M.A., BCBA

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Student Director

Campus Autism Program

Duties: Coordinate clinical operations, train new team leads to work with children at the Campus Autism Program, evaluate the progress of therapists and children, implement experimental designs to display clinical progress, and ensure pre-session preparations are complete prior to children arriving

Internship Supervisor: Kevin Klatt, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Jul 2010 - May 2011

Line Therapist Intern

Applied Behavior Intervention Services, LCC

Duties: Participate as a member of a team of students providing in-home behavioral therapy for children diagnosed with autism (part-time intern), and use behavioral principles to implement therapy to children diagnosed with autism Internship Supervisor: Renee Norman, M.A., BCBA

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Team Lead Intern

Campus Autism Program

Duties: Train new students as line therapists, provide leadership to students providing behavioral therapy or children diagnosed with autism in a clinical setting, use specialized assessments to guide appropriate treatment, direct daily team meetings, produce graphs to assess client progress, and provide critical and constructive feedback to colleaguesInternship Supervisor: Kevin Klatt, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010

Line Therapist

Integrated Development Services

Duties: Provide therapy to children diagnosed with autism, collect data, attend monthly team meetings, consult with team lead and case manager (part-time employee) Supervisor: Leia Burzynski

Education

Education
Sep 2008 - May 2012

Bachelor of Arts

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Cumulative GPA: 3.59

Psychology- Behavior Analysis (Major GPA: 3.72)Cultural Diversity (Minor GPA: 3.73)

Certifications

Certifications
May 2012 - Present

Assessing and Teaching Functional Skills to Children with Autism in Home, School, and Community Settings

James W. Partington, Ph.D. & Michael M. Mueller, Ph.D.
Aug 2011 - Present

Establishing Foundations of Conversation

Tammy Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Aug 2011 - Present

Direct Instruction

Laura Allen
Aug 2010 - Present

Linguistic Structure

Vince Carbone, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Aug 2010 - Present

Token Economies

Christine Wilkins, CAPSW and Kim Wunschel, BS
Aug 2010 - Present

Implementing Functional Behavior Assessment

Lisa Barsness, MS
Jun 2010 - Present

Direction Instruction

Amy A. McGovern, LDJ Associates

References

References

Kevin Klatt

Campus Autism Program internship supervisor; Undergraduate professor; Undergraduate academic advisor and mentor