LEADERSHIP

Laura Stacey

M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Director of Clinical Operations, Co-Founder

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What do you want parents to know when they first entrust their child to you to receive ABA?

For me, it is very important for our families to know that from day 1, ABA with Navigation is a team approach. We work very closely with our families to identify what matters most and develop our programming so that it is easy enough to use in their everyday lives. When you receive services from Navigation, you are joining our team as an expert on your child and your knowledge and experience of them in invaluable. Family participation is central to our approach and a collaborative partnership between our providers and clients is the foundation of what we do to ensure meaningful and lasting behavior change.

What experiences brought you to Navigation?

I have provided ABA therapy and consultation services to numerous families, schools, and service providers in the community. My goal here at NBC is to address the needs of the learner across all environments and encourage collaboration across the home, school, and community levels to ensure the success of the child and to facilitate socially significant behavior change.

How did you become interested in applied behavior analysis and working with children?

I became interested in the science of applied behavior analysis and working with children with autism during my undergraduate career at Mary Washington College where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003. During this time, I interned with a local autism center and provided one‐on one ABA intervention to children in the home and community setting. This positive experience motivated me to pursue a career with children with special needs and to obtain my board certification in behavior analysis.

What brought you to the Hampton Roads area?

I received my Master’s Degree and teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education and coursework for board certification from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006, I moved to the Hampton Roads area and began working at a nonprofit center for children with autism and privately as an independent contractor.

What further drove your connection to this community?

In January of 2012, I partnered with Megan Miller to form Navigation Behavior Consulting. I’m grateful to work with our talented team of dedicated providers and amazing families, and that they are part of my community.

What is your passion outside of work?

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, yoga, hiking, learning new things, reading, and traveling.

Megan Miller

PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Director Of Outreach and Development, Co-Founder

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What do you want parents to know when they first entrust their child to you to receive ABA?

Each family that we serve is opening their homes and lives to us so it is important to ensure each family knows that we are team ready to support them. We make sure the families know that we will work together to come up with plans that are based on their goals for their child and family and that fit their individual family values and lifestyle.

What is your passion outside of work?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, dog, and cat. I am an avid Ohio State football fan and rarely take breaks, unless it’s to watch OSU games.

How did you become interested in applied behavior analysis and working with children?

I became interested in behavior analysis during my undergraduate practicum experience at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. After I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from John Carroll University, I followed my passion to Florida to obtain my M.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida State University-Panama City Campus. After several years in the field, I returned to school once again to earn my PhD in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015.

What experiences brought you to Navigation?

My early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a Volunteer/intern in 2003. Since that time, I have provided services to over 100 children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities primarily in home settings, but also in other environments such as school. I believe the most effective intervention is provided when the behavior analyst is knowledgeable regarding all aspects of intervention possibilities and can combine those to fit each child’s unique needs.

What brought you to the Hampton Roads area?

I started Navigation Behavioral Consulting, with the intent of providing the latest behavior analysis services to families in the Hampton Roads area. I am extremely fortunate to have met Laurie Stacey and formed Navigation in 2012. I am thankful for the abundance of well qualified behavior analysts and behavior technicians who have joined the team over the past few years.

Claire Ellis

M.S., BCBA, LBA

Area Clinical Director

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What do you want parents to know when they first entrust their child to you to receive ABA?

I think the most important message is convey how imperative communication is. I want the families I work with to know that I’m willing to hear their concerns, whether it be with their child’s behavior or implementation of programming and ensuring we’re taking a team approach. Our goal is always to be working together for the betterment of their child’s behavior.

What brought you to the Hampton Roads area?

I was fortunate enough to have worked with Megan Miller at Florida State University. In 2012, Megan announced that she was hiring and I knew that I would love to be part of their team in Virginia. A position at Navigation Behavioral Consulting quickly became my dream job, and I’ve been here ever since!

How did you become interested in applied behavior analysis and working with children?

I’ve been involved in the field of Behavior Analysis since 2005. I was fortunate enough to be exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis during my undergraduate experience at Ohio State and was instantly hooked. I had always loved working with children, but ABA sparked a passion in me that I didn’t even know I had! Once I decided that Applied Behavior Analysis was going to be the guiding light of my career path, it led me to Florida State University to receive my Masters degree and then to a Verbal Behavior clinic in Miami.

What experiences brought you to Navigation?

I’ve presented at both local and national conferences, as well as traveled with the Global Autism Project. I provided therapy, parent training and supervised programming for children with autism while simultaneously teaching Behavior Analysis Board Approved undergraduate courses at Florida International University.

What is your passion outside of work?

My passion for working with children and my dedication to the science of behavior is pervasive, whether I’m presenting or graphing my dog’s behavior-my focus is Behavior Analysis. I’m ecstatic to be part of NBC’s top-notch group of providers and thoroughly enjoy my job. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping and spending time with my dogs, friends and family.