Teal McAllister • M.A., BCBA, LBA
In the fall of 2004, I left Southeast Alaska to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. Throughout my tenure as an undergraduate student at UNR, I was exposed to various facets of psychology, but it wasn’t until my junior year when I enrolled in a Radical Behaviorism course, that I was finally introduced to the basic principles of behavior analysis. The science immediately resonated with me and I quickly sought out avenues of experience related to applied behavior analysis. I entered the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program in 2008, where I gained experience at the undergraduate as well as graduate level. On top of providing early intensive behavioral intervention services to children and families in the Reno/Sparks area, I also had the honor of training new behavior technicians to do the work that I had become so passionate about. While pursuing my master’s, I was able to provide consultative services to various foster families and facilities in the community as well. This was a job that challenged me to apply behavior analytic principles in environments with limited resources and greater time constraints. It was through this work that I learned that even small doses of behavior analysis can make a tremendous impact. I now work as a clinical supervisor at Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC in Reno where I provide consultative services to rural school districts within Northern Nevada as well as oversee the delivery of in-home early intervention services. I am eager to continue learning and growing as a behavior analyst and member of this community, and plan to work diligently to facilitate the growth and accessibility of behavior analysis in the state of Nevada.