Christina finished her undergraduate education in 2004 and her graduate training in 2007 at Western Michigan University, an institution well known for its distinguished contributions to behavioral psychology. She completed her Masters thesis under the esteemed Dr. Richard Malott, world-renowned for his research on autism.
Christina has spent over a decade practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and gained extensive experience in diverse clinical settings. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Behavior Analysis at Oakland University. She presented at the ABAI conference in Paris, France in November 2017.
Her incredible passion for children and families affected by ASD and deep expertise of behavioral science has been embedded in Gateway’s philosophy for providing the highest level of care to its clients.
Caroline attended college at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where she obtained a B.A. in Spanish and a K-12 teaching license. After undergrad, Caroline accepted a position to implement a foreign language program at a private school, but found herself drawn to the children who were struggling. She later began graduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support. Caroline moved to Michigan and started her journey at Gateway as a Behavior Technician in 2015. Caroline completed her Applied Behavior Analysis courses through Penn State and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. She currently serves as the position of Ombudsman for Gateway.
Ashley received her Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University, where she assisted with research to develop new therapies for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. She completed her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism at Ball State University. Ashley has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, from schools and clinics to teaching tennis and horseback riding.
Franklin was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and also lived in Rochester and Madison Heights. He has one daughter and a Miniature Dachshund named Penny. Franklin received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University, and went on to earn a Masters in Social Work with a focus on child, school and family therapy. Franklin received additional training in behavior analysis at the University of West Florida before earning his BCBA certification. Franklin’s experience working with children, teens, and adults with autism includes previous roles as a Community Living Support worker and a Behavior Intervention Specialist. In May of 2015, Franklin began working as a BCBA, conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, and supervising direct therapy. He now serves as a Clinical Director.
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Southern Illinois University. While attending SIU, Kaitlyn provided intensive parent training, consulted for schools, and volunteered at an autism clinic. She worked as a vocational case manager for young adults with various disabilities to help teach them independent living skills and job readiness. She has additional experience providing behavior consulting to older adults. In graduate school, Kaitlyn conducted research on the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), focusing on interview skills in young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Lauren completed her undergraduate education at Wayne State University, earning degrees in English and Psychology. She then began a career as a Rehabilitation Technician working with patients recovering from and learning to adapt to traumatic brain injuries. After looking further into careers relating to human behavior, Lauren encountered ABA therapy and applied for a position as a Behavior Technician before returning to her alma mater for graduate school. Lauren earned a Masters of Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2016 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst later that same year.
Leah completed her Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University, where she dual-majored in speech pathology & audiology and general psychology. During this time, she found a passion for working with children with developmental disabilities. From there, Leah pursued a Master’s degree in behavioral psychology with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavioral management. Throughout graduate school, Leah was responsible for managing the training of new practicum students, while also gaining experience in working in an ECSE classroom. She received her BCBA certification in 2017.
Lisa grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her mom, dad, and four siblings. Growing up in a big family taught her so much about loving, caring, listening and encouraging other people. Lisa has always had a passion for working with children. She loves their simplicity, honesty, and pure love for others. Lisa chose to attend Calvin College and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, but sought something different after graduation. She began working with children on the autism spectrum as a Recreation Therapist in a residential facility. On her team was a BCBA who taught Lisa about behavior analysis. She discovered a passion for ABA therapy, and started working at a clinic in April 2014. She received her master’s degree in ABA from the University of Cincinnati in 2016, after which she went on to earn her BCBA certification. She serves as the Clinical Director at Gateway’s Lansing clinic.
As an undergrad at Wayne State University, Paula majored in Psychology Honors with a focus on social-developmental psychology. There, she heard about ABA for the first time while volunteering at a psychology lab on campus. Paula later earned her Masters degree from Western Michigan University, where she served as a teaching assistant, representative, and mentor for other graduate students. As a practitioner, Paula specializes in training technicians and teaching play skills to children aged 3-7. She earned her BCBA certification in 2017. .
Sam attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. To further pursue her passion for the science of behavior, Sam attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, graduating in 2012 with a Masters of Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Throughout graduate school, Sam participated in practicum sites offering experiences with individuals of varying ages with developmental disabilities. She then began a career in Georgia working for a school district as a Behavioral Specialist and Special Education Supervisor for six years. Sam became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014, and has been with Gateway since July 2015. She is Vice President of Clinical Operations at Gateway.