Current Board of Directors

Jamie Severtson

Jamie Severtson

President

Dr. Jamie M. Severtson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Missouri with nearly 20 years of experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bradley University in 2004, and she graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010 with a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA­) under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Carr. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University, where she developed and coordinates the online Master of Arts of Applied Behavior Analysis program and the University Intensive Collaborative ABA Practicum.  She has been recognized for her clinical, teaching and leadership skills by earning awards for Outstanding Mentor (2016), Teaching Effectiveness (2016), Clinical Excellence (2012), and Outstanding Manger (2009).  Her clinical expertise and interests are in the areas of function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, teaching social and daily living skills, parent, staff, and educator training, school consultation, verbal behavior, and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. Her research has evaluated staff training methods, functional treatments for problem behavior, methods of teaching verbal operants, and teaching pre-vocational and vocational skills. Her future research and clinical interests include expanding behavioral services to rural and under-severed communities through intensive case-coordination and telehealth technology, improving distance learning and telehealth services, increasing opportunities for meaningful professional development, and promoting collaboration across disciplines. She has published articles in Behavior Analysis in Practice, The European Journal of Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She has also served as a Guest Reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jenny Frisbee

Jenny Frisbee

Vice President

Jenny Frisbee is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada Reno. She currently works for Special School District of St. Louis County as an Applied Behavior Analysis Department Interim Director. For more than 15 years, Jenny has been providing behavior analytic services within the educational setting to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral needs. In 2005 she began providing training on crisis intervention as a Crisis Prevention Institute certified instructor. She has also been actively engaged in the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, serving on their board of directors since 2003 as the treasurer, president, and member at large. She is currently the vice president. Jenny has taught behavior analytic coursework as an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri St. Louis and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Her activities within the community include the Special Education Foundation, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education committee on seclusion and restraint, and the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative committee. Jenny was also an active participant in early work groups focusing on HB 1311/1341, which requires private insurers in Missouri to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and mandates licensure for behavior analysts practicing in Missouri.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Treasurer

Todd is the Executive Director of Streff Behavior Consulting.  He is a Nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst.  Streff Behavior Consulting, LLC provides contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis services to schools, families, and clinics across the United States and Internationally.  Since 1994 Todd has been providing services to a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, mental retardation, dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and typically developing individuals.  His specializations and experience are in the areas of early intervention for children and adolescents with autism, development of school based ABA programs, training of school personnel, ABA implementers and parents, feeding issues, and addressing challenging behaviors.  He has presented at state and national conventions, various educational conferences, been adjunct faculty at Washington University, has conducted workshops, trainings and invited lectures across the United States and internationally.  Todd currently serves on the board for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis and chairs the Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board.

Jennifer Nowak

Jennifer Nowak

Secretary

Jennifer Nowak is a licensed Speech Pathologist and Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for the past 18 years in private practice as well as in the school system. She and her family currently reside in Poplar Bluff, MO where she is the Director of Autism & Behavior Consultants, LLC. Additionally she works with adults with developmental disabilities at SEMORS Habilitation Center and independently throughout the community with families with children/adults affected by ASD. In addition to Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Support Plan Development and Direct Consultation with families; Mrs. Nowak offers training in running intensive home programs, training for Supported Living staff, and training for school personnel.

SungWoo Kahng

SungWoo Kahng

Member at Large

SungWoo Kahng is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri. He is also the Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also served on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Intervention and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Missouri. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging. Finally, he has mentored numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.

Anna Neises

Anna Neises

Member at Large

Anna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in Spanish from Kansas State University in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2008 after receiving a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. She has provided in-home, residential, center, and school-based services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism in Columbia, MO and in the Kansas City Metro. Anna currently provides clinic based services at Ability KC’s therapeutic preschool. She is passionate about early intervention and providing quality services with compassion and kindness.

Madison Jameson

Madison Jameson

Student Representative

Madison Jameson is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Southeast Missouri State University under Dr. Jamie M. Severtson, BCBA-D. She has nearly 5 years of experience working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southeast Missouri state University in 2015 in Psychology. She has worked in educational, early intervention, and assisted living settings to provide services to individuals with behavioral needs. She is a research assistant on a study evaluating parent training and telehealth services for children with exceptionalities in rural areas. Her future goals include providing services to underserved populations and working to expand the availability to behavior analytic services within the state. She will graduate in August 2017 and plans to practice in the St. Louis, MO area.

Current Board of Directors

Jamie Severtson

Jamie Severtson

President

Dr. Jamie M. Severtson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Missouri with nearly 20 years of experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bradley University in 2004, and she graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010 with a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA­) under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Carr. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University, where she developed and coordinates the online Master of Arts of Applied Behavior Analysis program and the University Intensive Collaborative ABA Practicum.  She has been recognized for her clinical, teaching and leadership skills by earning awards for Outstanding Mentor (2016), Teaching Effectiveness (2016), Clinical Excellence (2012), and Outstanding Manger (2009).  Her clinical expertise and interests are in the areas of function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, teaching social and daily living skills, parent, staff, and educator training, school consultation, verbal behavior, and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. Her research has evaluated staff training methods, functional treatments for problem behavior, methods of teaching verbal operants, and teaching pre-vocational and vocational skills. Her future research and clinical interests include expanding behavioral services to rural and under-severed communities through intensive case-coordination and telehealth technology, improving distance learning and telehealth services, increasing opportunities for meaningful professional development, and promoting collaboration across disciplines. She has published articles in Behavior Analysis in Practice, The European Journal of Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She has also served as a Guest Reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jenny Frisbee

Jenny Frisbee

Vice President

Jenny Frisbee is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada Reno. She currently works for Special School District of St. Louis County as an Applied Behavior Analysis Coordinator. For more than 11 years, Jenny has been providing behavior analytic services within the educational setting to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral needs. In 2005 she began providing training on crisis intervention as a Crisis Prevention Institute certified instructor. She has also been actively engaged in the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, serving on their board of directors since 2003 as the treasurer, president, and member at large. She is currently the vice president. In 2009 and 2011, Jenny taught behavior analytic coursework at the University of Missouri St. Louis and plans to be an adjunct faculty member at Forest Institute in the spring of 2012. Her activities within the community include the Special Education Foundation Dan McLaughlin Golf Tournament committee, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education committee on seclusion and restraint, and the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative committee. Jenny was also an active participant in early draftings and readings of the recently passed HB 1311/1341, which requires private insurers in Missouri to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and mandates licensure for behavior analysts.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Treasurer

Todd Streff is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the Executive Director of Great Strides Behavioral Consulting, Inc. which provides services to schools and private families across the United States and internationally. For more than 15 years he has been providing services to a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, mental retardation, dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and typically developing children. His specializations and experience are in the areas of early intervention for children and adolescents with autism, development of school based ABA programs, training of both school personnel and parents, feeding issues, and addressing behavior problems. He has presented at state and national conventions and various educational conferences, served as an adjunct faculty, and has conducted many workshops, staff trainings and invited lectures in the United States and internationally.

Jennifer Nowak

Jennifer Nowak

Secretary

Jennifer Nowak is a licensed Speech Pathologist and Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for the past 18 years in private practice as well as in the school system. She and her family currently reside in Poplar Bluff, MO where she is the Director of Autism & Behavior Consultants, LLC. Additionally she works with adults with developmental disabilities at SEMORS Habilitation Center and independently throughout the community with families with children/adults affected by ASD. In addition to Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Support Plan Development and Direct Consultation with families; Mrs. Nowak offers training in running intensive home programs, training for Supported Living staff, and training for school personnel.

SungWoo Kahng

SungWoo Kahng

Member at Large

SungWoo Kahng is an associate professor in the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri and the Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He was previously on the a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology. He continued his education in psychology at the University of Florida where he received a master’s of science degree in 1996 and a doctorate in 1999. He is currently on the board of editors of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Interventions. Additionally, he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Missouri. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been invited to present at regional, national, and international events, as well as to consult for numerous organizations. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging.

Anna Neises

Anna Neises

Member at Large

Anna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in Spanish from Kansas State University in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2008 after receiving a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. She has provided in-home, residential, center, and school-based services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism in Columbia, MO and in the Kansas City Metro. Anna currently provides clinic based services at Ability KC’s therapeutic preschool. She is passionate about early intervention and providing quality services with compassion and kindness.

Madison Jameson

Madison Jameson

Student Representative

Madison Jameson is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Southeast Missouri State University under Dr. Jamie M. Severtson, BCBA-D. She has nearly 5 years of experience working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southeast Missouri state University in 2015 in Psychology. She has worked in educational, early intervention, and assisted living settings to provide services to individuals with behavioral needs. She is a research assistant on a study evaluating parent training and telehealth services for children with exceptionalities in rural areas. Her future goals include providing services to underserved populations and working to expand the availability to behavior analytic services within the state. She will graduate in August 2017 and plans to practice in the St. Louis, MO area.

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