She specializes in early intervention and family-centered therapy and is a multifaceted professional; believing strongly in the power of Errorless Learning while incorporating the educational environment, community participation, and family dynamic in all services provided. As a former teacher, she possesses the skill-set to bridge the gap between school and intervention and is uniquely qualified to offer IEP consultation and advocacy support.
Rachel’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She completed an education degree from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York and became a certified New York and Florida teacher. During her first year teaching in an intensive placement classroom she obtained an Autism Endorsement from St. Petersburg College and was nominated for Teacher of the Year. She went on to earn a Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Rachel is currently a PhD candidate in Psychology and Behavior Analysis with research interests in Peer Mediated-Pivotal Response Training. With more than 10 years of experience Rachel has worked with children with a range of needs including those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Genetic Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD, ADD), Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness), Depression, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.
Rachel is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA). She attends national and international conferences annually and is a supervising analyst for students working to become BCBA’s.