BEGINNING A CAREER IN
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Getting started in Applied Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis is a science-based field focused on improving the lives of those we serve. I’d like to think we are also in it to improve the lives of our colleagues and supervisees. The field continues to grow dramatically as more people experience both the challenge and satisfaction of bringing about meaningful life changes for individuals.
While the field is currently most recognized for the work being done with the Autism community we have large impacts outside of developmental disabilities. I specifically have practiced in developmental disabilities so my perspective is offered through that lens.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
These techniques can be effectively used across various settings including structured situations such as a classroom as well as in “everyday” situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood grocery store.
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Dr. Heather Griffin, EdD, BCBA
Dr. Heather Griffin is a clinical director of ABA services and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. She began in the field of ABA back in 2001 and has since earned a Masters of Science degree from The Florida State University Applied Behavior Analysis program. Heather became a BCBA in 2005 and more recently earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in December 2014. She has served in leadership positions within the First Coast Association for Behavior Analysis and is an active advocate for the delivery of high quality ABA services in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. In her free time she enjoys traveling and exploring the country with her husband and two young sons.