"Behavior analysis owes no affiliation with a particular intervention. Rather, it is a scientific problem-solving approach aimed at producing socially significant behavior changes for the purpose of improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities."
Behaviorbabe is Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA. Dr. Kelly obtained her bachelors degree in Elementary Education, her masters of science in Behavioral Education, and her doctorate in Behavior Analysis. Dr. Kelly has experience working as a paraprofessional, a licensed teacher, a school counselor, and behavior analyst. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kelly has worked in-home settings, public and private schools, residential placements, and community settings for children and adolescents with social-emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral needs.
Dr. Kelly has been recognized for her dissemination and advocacy efforts. In 2012, she was awarded the "Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year" from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) and in 2015, she accepted the “Advocacy Group of the Year” award from Autism Speaks, on behalf of the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA). In 2016, Dr. Kelly became the first behavior analyst licensed in the state of Hawai'i. Dr. Kelly has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently serving as Secretary for the Hawai'i Disability Rights Center (HDRC), Legislative Chair for the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA), and as Founding Director with the Together For Our Keiki (TFOK) Foundation.
Dr. Kelly's dedication and commitment in improving access to educational and medical services has resulted in numerous invited speaking engagements throughout the world, including talks in Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, and Israel. In addition to her expertise helping families and schools, Dr. Kelly's interests in behavior analysis extend to dissemination, organizational management, public policy, and sustainable behavior change. To learn more about Dr. Kelly and her work, please visit www.behaviorbabe.com. Download Dr. Kelly's CV here.