Meet Katie Brown's Research Lab
Dr. Katie Brown
Dr. Brown received her training from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her primary research interest is the assessment and intervention of challenging behavior. Dr. Brown is particularly interested in examining variables that impact treatment adherence and integrity, promoting the generality and longevity of treatment effects across clinically relevant settings, and the dissemination of effective behavioral approaches to caregivers and stakeholders.
Dr. Brown is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of Utah. Dr. Brown specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe destructive behavior using empirically supported treatments for children with intellectual, developmental, and behavioral disorders. In addition, she has several years of experience working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to conduct evaluations and provide support services for children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral concerns.
Dr. Brown places a high value on the translation of research-validated practices into clinical practice to promote lasting behavior change for children who engage in challenging behavior. She aims to improve the outcomes for children and families through clinical practice, research, teaching, and service at local and national levels.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, hiking, and cycling.
Sharlene Curry is a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis specialization at Utah State University. She recently received her MA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Special Education. She has been a special education teacher for over 6 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 from Texas A&M University. Her primary research interests are rule governed behavior, Relational Frame Theory, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, teacher and parent training.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, paddling, traveling, playing pool, and learning new skills.
Alyssa Hurd is a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis specialization at Utah State University. Before attending USU, she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alyssa is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with several years’ experience implementing assessments and treatments for individuals with severe behavior disorders under the supervision of a BCBA. Alyssa’s research interests include examining stakeholder adherence to behavioral treatments, resurgence, and staff training.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and playing with her pup, Panther.
Sammy Necesian received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Utah State University. She is a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis PhD specialization program at Utah State University and is working towards becoming a board-certified behavior analyst. Sammy is a Registered Behavior Technician with clinical experience implementing empirical treatments for individuals with severe problem behavior under the supervision of a BCBA-D. Sammy’s research interests include examining stimulus satiation and resurgence across contexts.
In her free time, Sammy enjoys reading, spending time with her partner, and playing with her cat Belle.