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Meet the ASSERT Team

Tom Higbee

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

Executive Director and Founder

Dr. Thomas S. Higbee is a Professor and Interim Department Head of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University and Executive 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 Director

Lyndsay is the program director 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 Director, Weber School District Consultant, Case Manager

Kassidy is the clinical director for the ASSERT Autism Program, where she has worked for 10 years. She case manages students at ASSERT and provides clinical supervision to junior case managers. She also trains instructors, professionals, and international colleagues from Russia and Brazil. Kassidy is the consultant for with Weber School District, where she provides training to special education teachers and paraprofessionals to implement behavior analytic services. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Utah, and provides BCBA supervision. Kassidy received her Master of Science Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development & Family Sciences from the University of Wyoming. 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

Stephanie Mattson

Stephanie L. Mattson, MS, BCBA, LBA

Case Manager, Granite School District & Nebo School District Consultant

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.

Beverly Nichols

Beverly Nichols, MS, BCBA

Case Manager

Beverly Nichols received her BA in Sociology from California State University, Channel Islands and her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from California State University, Northridge. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Disability Disciplines with an emphasis in ABA under Dr. Thomas S. Higbee while working at the Autism Support Services: Education, Research Training (ASSERT) preschool. Beverly’s previous experience includes working with children ages 3-14 in clinical, home and school settings. Her current research interests include facilitating independence for individuals with disabilities as well as parent and staff training.