Dena came into BTEC from southern Illinois, where she previously served as the director of a behavioral therapy clinic. Her devotion to behavior analysis was inspired by her own personal journey raising a child with a disability and a desire to help others who face a similar struggle. Her experience has included work with children and teens with developmental delays, genetic disorders, and individuals struggling with social anxiety. She has also collaborated on research projects that have been published in multiple professional journals.
“I believe that all individuals, regardless of ability, deserve acceptance and understanding. As the mother of a child with autism, I am grateful to those who have helped my family and I feel it is important to help others overcome difficulties that interfere with functioning, learning, and / or social development.”