MEd Special Education, BCBA-Track Graduate
“… I appreciate all the additional knowledge, support, and guidance that the faculty has provided me during my coursework.”
- MEd, SPED: BCBA
What other degrees do you hold?
PsyD in Clinical Psychology
Where do you work?
I currently work as a Clinical Psychologist with the Hawai‘i Department of Education in the BKM Complex on Maui. In addition, I have a private practice where I see children, adolescents, and adults.
How did you become interested in this field of special education/exceptionalities?
After working in the Department of Education, I became interested in learning more about Applied Behavior Analysis, its methodology, and its effectiveness with a number of populations.
Why did you choose to pursue the MEd SPED, BCBA-Track program?
I felt that the MEd Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) program would be another beneficial clinical skill to have in order to best serve the children of Maui both in my role in the Department of Education and in private practice.
What has been the best part of the program experience so far?
The best part has been the application of newly-learned material to real-life clients in the intensive practicum courses along with the knowledge and support of my supervisor.
In what ways do you hope to make a difference using the knowledge you have gained?
I hope to provide more comprehensive and effective interventions to children across the island of Maui as well as their parents. In addition, I plan to pass along my new knowledge to other school personnel in order to have a wide-reaching impact.
How are the people and the program in the COE helping you along your way?
It has been some time since I last worked in a public education system, so I appreciate all the additional knowledge, support, and guidance that the faculty has provided me during my coursework.
What are your post-program plans?
I plan to remain with the Department of Education as well as incorporate the knowledge into my current private practice.