Current Students

 

 
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Jennifer M. Owsiany, MS, BCBA

Jennifer M. Owsiany, MS, is a doctoral candidate in the Behavior Analysis program at West Virginia University. She received her B.A. in Psychology (2015) and M.S. in Psychology (2017) from West Virginia University. She has previous experience with conducting skill acquisition research for children with autism spectrum disorders, writing and implementing skill acquisition programs, implementing behavioral interventions and assessments, and training and supervising undergraduate assistants in research and clinic settings. Jenni’s research interests have been focused on behavioral health. Currently, she is working on her dissertation that will investigate the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention package on increasing physical activity in adults. She would like to continue researching behavioral and public health interventions after graduation. Jenni successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “ Evaluating the Use of Lottery-Based Contingency Management to Increase Physical Activity in Adults” in October 2019.

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Kacey R. Finch

Kacey Finch is a first year graduate student in the Behavior Analysis program at West Virginia University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology (2018) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Kacey has applied background working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), Down syndrome, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Broadly, her research interests include severe problem behavior in children and choice-based interventions.

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Brianna Sarno

Brianna Sarno is a first-year graduate student in the Behavior Analysis program at West Virginia University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology (2019) from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. Brianna has a modest experimental background from her research experience at MCLA, primarily looking at response duration and delayed reinforcement in rats. Additionally, she has some applied experience working in-home with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities on skill acquisition and reducing problem behavior. Brianna has also worked with individuals diagnosed with other disorders, including Down syndrome, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Fragile X Syndrome. Some of Brianna's research interests include severe problem behavior in children, psychiatric disorders, impulsive choice, and behavioral pharmacology.

 
Fall 2019: (From left to right): Freddie Graybill (Undergraduate student), Jenni Owsiany (Doctoral Student), Kathryn Kestner, Kacey Finch (Doctoral Student), Bri Sarno (Doctoral Student)

Fall 2019: (From left to right): Freddie Graybill (Undergraduate student), Jenni Owsiany (Doctoral Student), Kathryn Kestner, Kacey Finch (Doctoral Student), Bri Sarno (Doctoral Student)

Previous Students

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Mike Mathews M.A., BCBA

Mike Mathews earned his M.A. in Psychology (2016) from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mike has experience writing and implementing skill acquisition programs and interventions for challenging behavior, as well as training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, in an alternative education setting. Mike's interests include assessment and intervention for challenging behavior, skill acquisition, and developing technology to maximize efficiency in applied research and practice.