The Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis (VtABA) is an affiliate chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. VtABA aims to support professionals, families and the community by promoting an ethical, effective, individualized and research based application of behavior analytic principles. We support the growth and effectiveness of behavior analysts, other professionals and families within the state of Vermont by offering current and meaningful continuing education opportunities that are relevant to behavior analysis. VtABA hosts an annual meeting in the fall for its members to keep them up to date on the chapter's activities over the year. Board Member nominations take place after the annual meeting and elections are held online in late January.
VtABA organizes and provides an annual conference to professionals and the community by bringing nationally recognized leaders in the fields of applied behavior analysis and education to speak on topics ranging from current research to implementation of behavior analytic principles in an applied setting.
VtABA firmly believes that current research is the cornerstone of effective behavior analytic principles and thus supports and promotes behavior analytic research within the state of Vermont. Our goal is to advocate for the implementation of effective behavior analysis services across disciplines to meet the individualized needs of persons within the state of Vermont.
The Team Behind the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis
Cheri has worked for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services since October of 2011 and has experience in school, home, community, and center-based settings. Cheri became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016 and currently holds a position as a Senior Behavior Consultant. In this role, she provides consultation for ABA-based interventions, including the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior as well as skills assessments. She also supervises those seeking the BCBA credential. Cheri has completed a Graduate Certificate program in Organizational Behavior Management and has experience providing guidance to businesses to improve their performance. Other areas of interest for Cheri include behavior-based feeding disorders, behavioral pediatrics, and trauma.
Megan received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northern Vermont University and recently became a BCBA. Megan has been working for Northwestern Counseling & Support Services in the School Based Autism Program since April 2013 where she began as a Behavior Interventionist. She is currently one of the Team Leaders of this program, working to provide services to children with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental disabilities in the public schools of Franklin and Grand Isle counties.
In addition to her primary role at NCSS, Megan has been a Handle With Care Trainer for three years and uses this experience to educate mental health professionals and team members on least restrictive interventions and ethical treatment practices. Her experience as an Interventionist, a Behavior Consultant, and now as a BCBA supervisor have allowed her to gain a wealth of knowledge that she uses to create effective and ethical treatment for clients receiving ABA services.
I was introduced to the field of ABA in 2009 as a Behavior Interventionist at CSAC. Watching the effects that an evidence based approach had on my students and their schools led me to become a BCBA. The combination of social validity, cultural competency, and best practice, fortified my belief that treatment could be applied across settings. The work I do with my clients explores the interchange between identity, community, and autonomy. As a General Board Member, my goal is to contribute to the collective responsibility of disseminating ABA in Vermont.
Damien has worked for Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) in Children Youth and Family Services as a School-Wide Behavior Clinician and has been part of the WCMHS agency since 2017. The Children, Youth & Family Services Programs encompass a wide variety of office and community-based services, as well as school and home-based services for children and their families living with mental illness. Prior to his time with WCMHS, Damien has experience working with at-risk youth, providing classroom therapeutic support; providing case management to adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders; and working as a behavioral health clinical intake specialist for Capital District Physicians Health Plan in NY. Damien has recently received his Master’s in Education: Applied Behavior Analysis at Northern Vermont University – Johnson. Other areas of interest consist of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, traumatic stress in children and adolescents, life space crisis intervention (LSCI), and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).