About Heather Griffin



Mentor Behavior Analyst

I have practiced in the field of behavior analysis for over 20 years. Most recently, I have studied acceptance and commitment training – a training system meant to overcome unhelpful thoughts and actions. I have specific expertise in working with individuals with developmental and/or language delays and their families/educational settings.

I earned a Masters of Science degree from The Florida State University Applied Behavior Analysis program and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005 and more recently earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in December 2014. My dissertation was titled The Importance of Collaboration Between Parents and School in Special Education: Perceptions From the Field. I continue to focus heavily on parent participation in the care and advocacy of their children. In addition, I assign high priority on mentoring and providing high quality experiences to up-and-coming behavior analysts.

Heather 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 Heather enjoys reading for pleasure. The library is a frequent stop for audio and actual books. She delights in traveling to explore natural beauty across the country with her husband and two sons. Heather’s favorite travels include long weekends in Georgia state parks, days driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and long vacations to National Parks in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. Next on the list are and Yosemite and Sequoia.


BEYOND BEHAVIOR provides compassionate behavior analysis with an emphasis in acceptance and commitment training for individuals with persistent social-emotional deficits. After an initial individualized analysis of family/individual needs an individualized program to specifically train lacking skills is developed. The program consists of weekly or bi-weekly telehealth support sessions with individuals as well as their families. These support sessions consist of a) practicing skills with coaching and feedback (with the individual and caregiver) and b) assigning practice outside support sessions (caregiver only). Caregiver only sessions also include further instruction on specific elements necessary to aide a loved one through the completion of the program. Ongoing analysis of progress is followed by refinement of program expectations and individualized support.


BEYOND COURSEWORK provides seasoned mentorship to master the real-life skills required to successfully navigate a career in ABA. Through an honest relationship we create a partnership and establish a safe environment to grow and improve the delivery of quality ABA services.

Small group, one-on-one mentorship opportunities available. Training events coming soon.

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