Claire grew up in Windsor, Ontario Canada. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she studied psychology. Her career in behavior analysis began in 2014 when she began working as a behavior technician at a local clinic in Oakland County, MI.
To further her passion for science and behavior analysis, Claire attended the University of Cincinnati, where she received her Master of Education in the foundations of applied behavior analysis in 2016. She then went on to receive her certification as a board certified behavior analysis that same year. In her personal life Claire loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family. She enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring hidden gems all across northern California.
Q & A with Claire! 😍
Q: What made you want to go into the field of behavior analysis? Was there a specific moment you knew this was what you wanted to do?
A: I have always known that I wanted to work in a career where I would be able to help those in my community. I knew I wanted to further my career in behavior analysis when I began working as a technician and was present when my first client said his first words. That moment was so special, and I am grateful that I got to be a part of that milestone.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a BCBA?
A: I love getting to collaborate as a team to help each child grow and progress. There is no better feeling than watching a client learn new things and to see the things that were once difficult for them, are not so difficult anymore. Knowing I get to be a part of making meaningful and lasting change in a client’s life is so special!
Q: What has been your favorite moment or memory in your career so far?
A: My favorite moments in my career are when I enter a client’s home or therapy room and they are so excited to see me! It warms my heart when I am greeted with big hugs and smiles.
Q: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career?
A: My biggest influence in my career has been my colleagues. I consider myself lucky to work with a group of women who hold each other accountable and inspire each other to give our best every day.
Q: Do you use behavior analysis in your personal life? How so and does it work?
A: I utilize the principles of behavior analysis with my family, specifically my parents. For example, I don’t enjoy when my mom calls me at 7am, so I am currently implementing a behavior plan to redirect these phone calls to a more acceptable hour.
Q: If you weren’t a BCBA, what career would you pick?
A: If I was not a BCBA I would be an SLP or a physical therapist.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
A: When I am not working with my clients, I love to do home projects and watch HGTV.
Q: What’s something that made you smile recently?
A: I recently watched Hamilton the musical. The soundtrack makes me smile every time I watch it!
Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: I could eat sushi every day for the rest of my life. 😊