Heather Griffin earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in December 2014. Her dissertation was titled The Importance of Collaboration Between Parents and School in Special Education: Perceptions From the Field. She continues to focus heavily on parent participation in the care and advocacy of their children. In addition, Heather assigns high priority on mentoring and providing high quality experiences to up-and-coming behavior analysts.

Heather has a Masters of Science degree from The Florida State University Applied Behavior Analysis program under the study of Jon Bailey and Al Murphy. After graduating and receiving her BCBA in 2005 she took a position in a literal and figurative desert in Phoenix Arizona. In 2005 the Four Corners knew only a handful of behavior analysts. Despite phenomenal (non behavior analytic) mentors beginning a career in a behavior analysis desert was a challenge.

Now Heather has had more than 15 years experience in the field and has practiced across a variety of settings including public and private schools, family and group homes, day programs, and other community settings. She has trained many up-and-coming behavior analysts, some of which didn’t even know they wanted to become behavior analysts at the time.

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. She currently oversees the delivery of high quality ABA services and leads a diverse team of BCBAs, BCaBAs, and RBTs in Jacksonville Florida.

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 young 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 Yellowstone and Yosemite.