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Meet the ASSERT Team

Tom Higbee

Thomas S. Higbee, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Director

Dr. Thomas S. Higbee is a Professor of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University and Director of the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) program, an early intensive behavioral intervention program for children with autism that he founded in 2003. He is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Utah. His research focuses on the development of effective educational and behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities as well as the development of effective training strategies for teaching parents and professionals to implement effective interventions. He is a former associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and a current associate editor for the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Higbee is committed to the dissemination of effective behavioral interventions and has helped to create intensive behavior analytic preschool and school programs for children with autism and related disorders in Brazil, Russia, Portugal, and throughout his home state of Utah. He is the past president of the Utah Association for Behavior Analysis (UtABA) and currently serves as a member of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Psychologist Licensing Board of the state of Utah.

Lyndsay Nix

Lyndsay D. Nix, MS, BCBA, LBA

Program Coordinator

Lyndsay is the program coordinator for the ASSERT Autism Program, where she has worked since 2007. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Special Education & Rehabilitation at Utah State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Utah, as well as a licensed professional educator for individuals with disabilities from birth to post-high. Lyndsay graduated from Utah State University with a Master of Science Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She also graduated as Valedictorian with a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education: Early Childhood & Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Lyndsay has trained hundreds of undergraduate students to implement a variety of evidence-based practices with children with ASD. She has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. As part of ASSERT’s international outreach mission, Lyndsay has also provided training to several practitioners from Brazil, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

Thesis: An evaluation of a stimulus preference assessment of iPad applications for young children with autism

Kassidy Reinert

Kassidy S. Reinert, MS, BCBA, LBA

Clinical Coordinator, Weber School District Consultant, Case Manager

Kassidy Reinert received her MS in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University. She earned a BA in Psychology with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development & Family Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She works at ASSERT as the clinical coordinator, a case manager, and school district consultant. Her research interests include activity schedules, technology in teaching, and parent training.

Thesis: An evaluation of an iPad based activity schedule

Kylee Lewis

Kylee Lewis, MS, BCBA, LBA

Case Manager

Kylee Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah State University in 2012, and her master’s degree in special education with the BCBA emphasis in January 2017. In May 2017, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Utah. She works with the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) preschool as a case manager. She oversees the social skills group at ASSERT.

Thesis: An evaluation of fading procedures on the effects of children using activity schedules to play on the playground appropriately

Lorraine Becerra

Lorraine A. Becerra, MA, BCBA, LBA

Nebo School District & Granite School District Consultant

Lorraine Becerra received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MA in Behavioral Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Northridge. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and doctoral student who works with Dr. Thomas S. Higbee at the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) preschool. Her previous experiences include working with children and adults diagnosed with autism in community based non-profit clinical settings, school districts, and in-home services. Her current research interests include effective staff training, and increasing social and safety skills in individuals with a disability. Lorraine is the current student representative of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and and the Utah Association for Behavior Analysis (UtABA). She is also an active student member of other professional associations including the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), and the National Latino Psychological Association (NLPA).

Annie Galizio

Annie Galizio, BS

Case Manager

Annie Galizio received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Behavior Analysis at Utah State University under Dr. Amy Odum in the Psychology Department. Her research interests include reinforced behavioral variability, delay discounting, and behavioral pharmacology in humans and nonhuman animals. In addition, she provides clinical services at the Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training (ASSERT) preschool and is researching reinforced behavioral variability and choice in children with autism in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Higbee. She is preparing to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Stephanie Mattson

Stephanie L. Mattson, MS, BCBA

Case Manager

Stephanie Mattson received her BS in Special Education and her M.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Utah State University. Stephanie is currently pursuing her doctorate in Disability Disciplines with an emphasis in ABA and is working at the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) preschool. Her previous experience includes providing early intervention services to children with autism and teaching middle school students with mild/moderate disabilities. Her current research interests include efficient, contextually-appropriate interventions that facilitate independence for children with disabilities, staff training, and assessment and treatment of problem behavior.

Juliana Aguilar

Juliana Aguilar, MS, BCBA

Case Manager

Juliana Aguilar received her BA in Psychology and Sociology and her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from the from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Disability Disciplines with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis under Dr. Thomas S. Higbee at the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) preschool. Her previous experiences includes working with children ages 2-12 diagnosed with autism in a clinical and home setting. Her current research interests include early-intensive behavioral interventions, ethics and cultural in behavior analysis, parent training, and staff training.