Ed.D., BCBA, LMHCA, LBA
Andrea completed her M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from California State University, Stanislaus and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005. Her master’s thesis research focused on second-order conditional discriminations. While working on her master’s degree, she was a program manager in a grant-funded program that used ABA strategies to provide social skills programming to preschool students who were at-risk for school failure and attended public and private preschool programs in Central California. She also completed Marriage and Family Therapist trainee hours in a community-based clinic where she provided individual, couples, and group therapy. Upon receiving her master’s degree, she began working in the public school system as an Autism Specialist/Behavior Analyst for students in preschool through high school. In this capacity, she has been a member of early childhood assessment teams, completed school-based Functional Analysis Assessments, and designed and supervised school-based programs that provided ABA interventions for students on the autism spectrum. She has also provided numerous trainings for school district administrators, teachers, and staff on the principles of behavior analysis and behavior analytic interventions. As a BCBA working in both the public and private sector, Andrea has worked with clients aged 18 months through late adulthood. Her clinical interests include verbal behavior, complex conditional discriminations, and functional analysis. In 2016, Andrea completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in P-12 education. Her dissertation focused on the work of BCBAs in special education in the public school system in California.
In addition to her clinical work, Andrea has been a part-time lecturer since 2005 in the Psychology Department at California State University, Stanislaus where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate coursework in experimental and applied behavior analysis. She has presented her research as well as other practitioner issues numerous times at the conference of the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has also participated in a panel discussion on utilizing critical conversation to develop compassionate educational practices at the annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, which aligned with her research interest in equity issues in special education. Andrea began her work with APPLE Consulting in June of 2016.