Katherine Petrusa, M.S. Ed, BCBA
Katherine Petrusa, M.S. Ed, BCBA Director of Clinical Support

Katherine received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University. After becoming a certified teacher in Illinois, Katherine completed the Illinois Experiential Practicum for Autism and worked as an Autism Specialist in public school districts in northwestern Illinois.

While teaching, she became aware of how important different types of interventions, applied in an individualized manner, would be to her students’ success and began pursuing further education and training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Katherine has received training in various therapeutic models and methodologies including Early Start Denver Model, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Relational Frame Theory.

As a certified teacher and ABA practitioner, she has taught and supported children with many disorders including but not limited to Autism, Genetic Abnormalities (neurodevelopmental disorders), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD), Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Katherine is a confident professional who collaborates with both school district personnel and families in supporting children with disabilities across all settings. As a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) she attends national conferences annually and in 2018 presented at the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis Conference and the Second GAND Gathering & Scientific Conference.

In March of 2019, Katherine relocated to Florida to join the JumpStart Interventions team and has since been serving families in South Florida from North Miami to West Palm Beach as Director of Clinical Support. In this role Katherine provides supervision and guidance to student analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians, provides training for parents, caregivers, and JumpStart Interventions staff, offers curricular insight and adaptations to families who have chosen alternative in-home education plans, and leads collaborative communication and planning with the many other practitioners (OT, PT, SLP, Itinerants, Physicians) company-wide.

Jordan Martinez, MA, BCBA
Jordan Martinez, MA, BCBABoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Jordan earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. During her undergraduate years, she also received a minor in Educational Studies and specialized in Positive Psychology while volunteering for organizations such as Young Athletes, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies. It was during this time volunteering that Jordan’s passion for the neurodiversity movement began to blossom. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jordan moved back to South Florida and began working as a Registered Behavior Technician for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over the years, she gained experience providing therapy in various settings such as home, school, centers, and community-based locations. Jordan has supported students with various needs including cognitive deficits, developmental delays, severe aggression, self-injurious behaviors, attention deficits, use of alternative communication, and other behavioral needs related to ASD and diagnoses within the neurodiversity spectrum. Jordan also has experience working with children with comorbid diagnosis’ and genetic disorders. She has collaborated with a diverse range of families and practitioners and is passionate about designing and implementing the most effective interventions to support client progress across providers.

Jordan pursued a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As an integral part of the Jumpstart Interventions family, she is driven by her love for helping children connect with their families, friends, and communities and takes pride in providing the best quality care throughout the entire process.

Andrea Correa, M.S.
Andrea Correa, M.S.Student Analyst
Registered Behavior Technician

Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University. During her undergraduate studies, Andrea volunteered for the Academy of Community Inclusion program assisting young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in college activities and educate them on independent living skills. Andrea also worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for JumpStart Interventions while completing her undergraduate degree. Upon graduating, Andrea became a certified teacher in Florida and held various roles throughout the school district including teaching in an intensive classroom setting and becoming an Exceptional Student Education Specialist. Andrea has experience working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Andrea also has experience guiding families through the complex processes of the special education system and connecting families with community resources.

While working in the school system, Andrea saw the importance of individualized interventions and the need for services that included the child’s family. This is when Andrea decided to further her education in the field of developmental disabilities. Andrea earned a Masters of Science degree in Developmental Disabilities and Advocacy from Nova Southeastern University and re-joined the JumpStart Interventions team as a Registered Behavior Technician and Student Analyst. Andrea is currently taking graduate level courses at Florida Institute of Technology to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Andrea is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and is passionate about supporting clients connect with their peers, family and community in a way that is meaningful, significant, and compassionate.

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