Valerie Zimmerman

Education

Education
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014

Masters of Science

University of North Texas

Graduation Date: August 2014

Area of Study: Behavior Analysis (GPA: 4.0)

Sep 2008 - May 2012

Bachelors of Arts- Behavior Analysis

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Cumulative GPA: 3.59

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

Academic Honors

Guy Michael Bedient Scholarship (research award): Spring 2014
James L. Kopp Memorial Scholarship (research award):
 Spring 2014
Guy Michael Bedient Scholarship (research award): Summer 2013
Donald L. Whaley Memorial Scholarship (academic merit): Fall 2012-Spring 2013
Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Spring 2012
John R. Foss Scholarship (academic and research merit): Spring 2012
Students of Participating Honors Society (academic and leadership merit): Spring 2010
Psi Chi (Psychology Majors with GPA of 3.5 and higher): Fall 2009-Present
Academic Distinction (GPA of 3.2 and higher): Fall 2008-Summer 2014
Dean’s List (GPA of 3.7 and higher): Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011-Summer 2014

Work History

Work History
Nov 2013 - Present

Associate Intervention Coordinator

Kristin Farmer Autism Center

Provide behavior analytic therapy for children ages 22 months to 9 years old, diagnosed with autism in a clinical setting; write and implement behavior programs related to skill acquisition, challenging behavior protocols, and teaching procedures; design data collection system; graph daily; assess daily progress; train a staff of about 15 to implement procedures and collect treatment integrity data on program implementation

Jul 2012 - Oct 2013

Junior ABA Coach

Easter Seals of North Texas

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

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Intern Behavior Therapist

Tiger Center

Provide behavioral treatment therapies to clients with severe aggression, property destruction and/or self injurious behavior; Collaborate with the Tiger Center’s employees regarding treatment options and research; collect data using a computer program [DataPro]; attend weekly research meetings to analyze and discuss data; attend weekly journal meetings to discuss current literature

Jun 2011 - May 2012

Team Lead Intern

Applied Behavioral Intervention Services, LLC

Supervise a team of students that provide in-home behavior therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, collaborate with senior therapist to assess and begin intensive treatment of new clientele, lead for two intensive clients and one post-intensive client, graph weekly progress to assess treatment effectiveness, collaborate with senior therapist using the Assessment for Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised and the curriculum from Making a Difference 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

Oct 2011 - Jun 2011

Line Therapist Intern

Applied Behavior Intervention Services, LLC

Participate as a member of a team of students providing in-home behavioral therapy for children diagnosed with autism, and use behavioral principles to implement therapy to children diagnosed with autism

Jan 2011 - May 2011

Student Director

Campus Autism Program (UW-EC)

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

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Team Lead Intern

Campus Autism Program (UW-EC)

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 colleagues

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Line Therapist Intern

Campus Autism Program (UW-EC)

Participate as a member of a team of students applying behavioral principles to teach skills to children diagnosed with autism, consult with clinic director and team lead regarding program implementation, participate in weekly meetings regarding client progress, graph daily client data, and assess own teaching strategies through the use of a video camera

Workshops and Trainings

Crisis Prevention Institute Training [Kristin Farmer Autism Center]                           May 2014
Non-violent crisis intervention training. Web-based component and group classroom component including worksheets, role-play and quiz to obtain certification.                                                              

Assessing and Teaching Functional Skills to Children with Autism in                       May 2012
Home, School, and Community Settings [ABAI 2012 Conference]                                    

In-depth workshop describing the assessment and teaching of functional skills in children with autism.  Functional skills addressed in terms of how they differ from basic conceptual skills on several levels including when, where, and why functional skills are demonstrated as well as the immediate benefit to the child. Workshop presented information on assessment assessment of the specific skill groupings.  The results of the assessment of functional skills is used for understanding which skills are required to enable independence within any given skill area.

Establishing Foundations of Conversation [WisABA 2011 Conference]                      August 2011

In-depth workshop focusing on effective ways to develop conversational skills in children diagnosed with autism. Conversation was analyzed from the perspective of B.F. Skinner. The workshop included methodologies for creating motiving operations for attention and establishing attention as a reinforcer. 

Direct Instruction [Eau Claire, WI]                                                                                        August 2011
SRA Reading Mastery: Introductory training on Reading Mastery and Language for Learning to teach teach children of all reading levels to read. Two-day workshop included demonstrations on how to present material using a teacher's guide and hand signaling system, as well as an overview of different levels the children must complete to reach competency in reading. Time allowed for group and individual practice with corrective feedback. 

Linguistic Structure [WisABA 2010 Conference]                                                              August 2010
An overview of behavior analytic methods that have been shown to increase vocal production in children with autism, based on B.F> Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior. Discussion of the Carbone Clinic regarding procedure and data collection included in presentation. 

Token Economies [WisABA 2010 Conference]                                                                  August 2010
In-depth workshop discussing the development of token economies to increase positive behavior specifically in children with autism. 

Implementing Functional Behavior Assessment [WisABA 2010 Conference]             August 2010

Workshop designed to provide practitioners with hands-on strategies and resources to implement functional assessment for children with autism.  Workshop included opportunity to perform a functional assessment as a basis for behavioral intervention.

Direct Instruction [Eau Claire, WI]                                                                                              June 2010
SRA Reading Mastery: Introductory training on Reading Mastery to teach literacy skills to children. Two-day workshop included demonstrations on how to present material using teacher's guide and hand signaling system, as well as an overview of the different levels the children must complete to reach competency in reading. Time allowed for group and individual practice with corrective feedback. 

                  

 

 

 

 

Professional Development

UNT Behavior Analysis Accreditation                                                          Fall 2012
Accreditation Assistance for the Department of Behavior Analysis
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 

Editor in Chief of the Students of Psychology Newsletter                        Spring 2011-Fall 2012
Co-lead the Department Newsletter
Schedule meetings, correspond with professors and students, edit articles, design template, and correspond with faculty member to disseminate the newsletter

 

Dean’s Advisory Board                                                                                   Fall 2010-Spring 2012
Student Representative for 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

Undergraduate Research Meetings                                                             Fall 2010-Spring 2012
Active Student Member
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

Students of Psychology Newsletter                                                               Spring 2010
A Psychology Department Newsletter Written by Students for Students
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

 

Research

RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED

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

CURRENT RESEARCH 

Zimmerman, V. L., Cox, T. & Toussaint, K. (In preparation) The Effects of Providing a Brief Training Package to Daycare Teachers to Teach a Child a Sign for Social Attention

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

Cox, T., VanTussi, V. L., & Toussaint, K. (In conceptual preparation) Teaching typically developing toddlers two-word signs using a matrix training approach

PRESENTED RESEARCH

VanTussi, V. L., & Toussaint, K. (2014). The effects of providing a brief training package to daycare teachers to teach toddlers a sign for social attention. Symposium presenter at the 40th annual ABAI conference in Chicago, IL.

Cox, T., VanTussi, V. L., & Toussaint, K. (2014). The effects of providing a brief training package to daycare teachers to teach toddlers a sign for social attention. Poster presentation at the 28th annual TxABA conference in San Antonio, TX.

VanTussi, V. L., Degner, 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 trial 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 trial procedure to facilitate conditional skill discriminations. Poster 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.