Reena is the owner and director of the Spark Center for Autism. Reena was first introduced to the field of behavior analysis during her undergraduate program at Central Michigan University, where she was a teaching and research assistant for the behavior analysis rat and pigeon lab. The principles of behavior had a huge impact on Reena, but she wanted to work with people so she pursued graduate studies in applied behavior analysis from Florida State University. Reena worked as a graduate assistant where she conducted direct therapy with children with autism spectrum disorders and various other developmental disabilities, in home and school settings, along with additional opportunities to conduct research and organizational behavior management implementation. After graduating and becoming a board certified behavior analyst in 2013, Reena began working with an in-home ABA company based in Dallas, Texas. Reena was responsible for a managing a full caseload of clients and their treatment plans, assessments, and supervision. Within six months, Reena became the regional director for the company. In this position, she was responsible for overseeing the case management, supervision, and clinical direction for the entire branch. In 2014, Reena relocated back to the metro-Detroit area with the intention of making Michigan a better state for children with Autism. Her areas of professional interest include emotional/behavioral disorders, verbal behavior, and the dissemination of the field, and she enjoys providing graduate training to individuals pursuing certification.
Laura is a BCBA and Assistant Clinical Director at the Spark Center for Autism. Laura has a Master’s degree in Special Education from Oakland University, and earned her BCBA certification in March 2016. Previously, Laura worked as a secondary education teacher, focusing on math remediation for at-risk populations. After volunteering for the Spark Center, Laura became their first employee and decided to seek certification. Laura now enjoys implementing verbal behavior-based treatment packages that create meaningful change in her clients and their family’s daily lives. Her professional interests include addressing selective feeding, and creating opportunities for ABA to be delivered in small group settings and less restrictive environments. Laura helped develop the Spark Center’s STAR transition program, which was created to target the barriers associated with moving into a less restrictive setting, such as school, and increase opportunities for peer interactions.
Krista began working with children with autism when she worked as an early intervention specialist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She soon realized that she wanted to pursue a career in the field, and began coursework at Wayne State University, where she received her Master’s in Education with a focus on Educational Psychology. She completed her practicum experience through the Children’s Hospital and certified as a BCBA since 2015. Prior to joining the Spark Center team, Krista worked as an in-home ABA provider. In addition to working with children with autism, Krista also has experience with traumatic brain injury, and working with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Dan is a BCBA and clinical supervisor at the Spark Center for Autism. He has a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University, and earned his certification as a behavior analyst in February 2019. As an undergraduate, his interest in behavior started from coursework in applied behavior analysis, neurophysiology and psychopharmacology. Dan then held a position teaching intrapersonal communication and academic skills at Turning Point Youth Center as service worker and an assistant group leader for clients aged 11 – 19 in a residential behavioral program. There he was introduced to applied uses of rule-governed behavior using token systems and backup reinforcers, level-systems and group contingencies. Dan started at Spark in 2015 as a technician and has training in functional communication training and problem behavior reduction. Dan has an interest in neurodevelopment and improving interdisciplinary collaboration between treatment professionals.
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