Since 1998, Suzanne has worked with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Her early experiences began as a respite worker, an after-school daycare worker, and a director of a special recreation camp. She received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University and then taught special education for 4 years, in various roles as an inclusion specialist and teacher in both learning resource and special day class.
In the classroom, Suzanne worked directly with a behavioral consultant who inspired her to utilize positive behavioral strategies to effect change in her students’ behaviors and acquisition of knowledge. Through this experience, Suzanne fell in love with Applied Behavior Analysis and decided to pursue a career in behavior therapy in 2008. She received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2012
Her experience working in both school-based and home-based programs allows her to have a distinct perspective on the applications of behavior analysis across diverse populations and settings. Suzanne’s professional experiences include the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of developmental disabilities, as well as infants who are at-risk for developmental delays.
Suzanne’s current role at GBC aba as Director of Clinical Services allows her to help guide other BCBAs to learn how to utilize positive behavioral strategies, and a combination of structured-learning, natural environment teaching (NET) and play-based therapy, to teach skill acquisition and reduce maladaptive behaviors in their clients. Suzanne thoroughly enjoys her role as a mentor and she has been learning more about how to support and guide her staff in their work. As a mentor, she supervies candidates pursuing their BCBA certificate through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Suzanne is a member of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA).