About VtABA


VtABA hosts an annual meeting in the fall for its members to keep them up to date on the chapter's activities over the year. Board Member nominations take place after the annual meeting and elections are held online in late January. The 2014 annual meeting will be held on October 2 at 5:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriot located at 177 Hurricane Lane in Williston, Vermont. A cash bar will be available beginning at 5:00pm. The agenda includes a summary of the work that has taken place and the future goals of the VtABA board. Additionally, Candace Fugazy will be speaking about her initiative to start a research journal, and Joellen Emerson and David Powsner will also speak about the special education/ABA program they operate in Windsor, Vermont. Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to interact with your colleagues around the state!

Who We Are

The Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis (VtABA) is an affiliate chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. VtABA aims to support professionals, families and the community by promoting an ethical, effective, individualized and research based application of behavior analytic principals. We support the growth and effectiveness of behavior analysts, other professionals and families within the state of Vermont by offering current and meaningful continuing education opportunities that are relevant to behavior analysis.

VtABA organizes and provides an annual conference to professionals and the community by bringing nationally recognized leaders in the fields of applied behavior analysis and education to speak on topics ranging from current research to implementation of behavior analytic principles in an applied setting.

VtABA firmly believes that current research is the cornerstone of effective behavior analytic principles and thus supports and promotes behavior analytic research within the state of Vermont. Our goal is to advocate for the implementation of effective behavior analysis services across disciplines to meet the individualized needs of persons within the state of Vermont.

Support Services

Utilize the VtABA website and social media to increase communication between members and provide resources that will benefit behavior analysts and the greater community.

Offer continuing education credits for BCBA’s and BCaBA’s by providing local trainings on topics relating to the field of applied behavior analysis.

Organize networking events for behavior analysis professionals.

Advocate for and ensure that certification through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board is the standard for professional behavior analysis practice in Vermont.

Support and advocate for an accurate representation of behavior analysis outside the field of applied behavior analysis within professional presentations, materials and media.

Contribute to the common goal of supporting the betterment of others through effective practice by engaging in and adhering to a respectful and effective collaborative working relationship with other professionals.

Board Members

The Team Behind the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis

Thomas Moore, MSS, BCBA

Acting Chair

Thomas Moore is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has served individuals, families, schools and different organizations for over 13 years. Thomas is currently working as an Autism Specialist at the HowardCenter. He supervises individuals seeking board certification and provides consultation and program oversight to individuals, families and schools within the Chittenden county area.

Jenn Johnson, MA, BCBA

Chair Emeritus

Jenn Johnson is a native Vermonter who has been in the field of ABA for over 10 years. Her experience is in working with children with Autism and she has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2005. Jenn is currently working as the Program Development Coordinator at Sd Associates, LLC in Williston where she provides supervision to future Behavior Analysts pursuing their BCBA and BCaBA.

Courtney Brown, MA, BCBA


Courtney Brown is currently an Autism Specialist at the Howard Center. She has worked in the field of ABA for over 6 years and recently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Courtney enjoys providing consultation and program oversight to individuals with Autism, families and schools within Chittenden County.

Matthew Habedank, MA, BCBA

Board Member

Matt Habedank works at Northwest Counseling and Support Services in St. Albans and has been with NCSS for over 10 years. He has worked primarily with children with emotional behavioral disturbances and is now the Children's School-Based Services Program Manager at NCSS. Matt became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the spring of 2014

Lianne Lussier

Student Board Member

Lianne Lussier currently works for the Counseling Service of Addison County's Intensive School Supports Program in Middlebury, VT. She is a Lead Interventionist and provides direct service and case management to students with autism or with emotional behavioral disturbances. She is presently pursuing her BCBA and enjoying her first year as part of VTABA as a student board member.

Ashley Cosgrove

Board Member

Ashley is the Applied Behavior Services Team Leader for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services in St. Albans, Vermont. Ashley has worked in the field of ABA for over 6 years, primarily with children diagnosed with autism. Ashley has had the opportunity to work in two private ABA schools in Florida and North Carolina before relocating to Vermont. Ashley is completing her Master is Arts in Education where she has studied ABA and plans to sit for the BCBA exam this fall.
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