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Michael Kelley, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a professor at the University of Scranton. Dr. Kelley specializes in assessment and treatment of symptoms of Autism (specifically, Early Intervention), severe behavior disorders, feeding difficulties, and other common behavior problems encountered by those affected by Autism. Dr. Kelley’s research is dedicated to disseminating information about the assessment and treatment of symptoms of Autism, and preventing treatment relapse.

Dana M. Gadaire, Psy.D., LCSW, BCBA-D is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Scranton. Dr. Gadaire earned her doctorate in school psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Maine. She obtained specialized training in behavioral pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Gadaire specializes in interdisciplinary approaches to the treatment of common childhood disorders including Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety Disorders. She is particularly interested in social skill development as well as interventions to increase school readiness and effective coping skills. Dr. Gadaire's research focuses on interventions to facilitate positive social interaction, learning behaviors, and general wellbeing among children with diverse needs. 

Vanessa Ann Jensen, Ed.D., BCBA-D is an associate professor at the University of Scranton. Dr. Jensen specializes in challenging behavior in those with Autism, precision teaching, verbal behavior, functional assessment and direct instruction. Dr. Jensen has a background in elementary school counseling, and she is certified to teach English (grades 7-12), Math (grades 4-8), and Special Education (grades PK-12). Dr. Jensen has extensive experience as a board-certified behavior analyst since 2004 and has spent much of her clinical practice assisting youngsters in school and community environments.