Claire Ellis


Area Clinical Director


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.