Kenneth R. MacAleese, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Kenneth R. MacAleese is a managing member of Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC, which was co-founded with his wife, Alicia MacAleese, in 2006. Ken graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University (Auburn, AL) with a B.A., degree in Psychology and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (with a specialty in Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada, Reno (known as one the top training programs internationally for behavior analysts). He currently holds certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Nevada. He has been the president of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis twice and is a current member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, and the California Association of Behavior Analysis.
Ken has worked over 15 years with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, other intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rare genetic or medical conditions with affiliated learning or behavioral complications. He also works with "typical" children that engage in the "common" behavior problems of a non-clinical nature (e.g., sleeping in one’s own bed, toileting, following instructions). He received extensive training in the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program as a graduate student. As a professional, he has supervised or consulted with home-based ABA programs, parent training programs, school districts, preschools, group homes, early intervention providers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and adult day treatment facilities. He has held adjunct or appointed faculty positions teaching classes on child development and applied behavior analysis. Ken has co-authored several articles and book chapters on behavioral topics that include developing and managing token economies, assessing and treating stereotyped behaviors, and implementing an intervention for bedtime resistance. He has presented on applied, experimental, and conceptual topics internationally at professional conferences.
Ken is a proud husband and father to two young children and loves his Reno community-his home for 16 years. When he finds time, he enjoys spending time near the water or in the mountains, playing guitar or listening to music, and is an avid sports fan. He is passionate about his Reno and Nevada community and assists with professional and practice issues in the state as well as supports advocacy organizations and funding initiatives for children needing behavioral services.
Alicia N. MacAleese, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Alicia N. MacAleese is a managing member of Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC (co-founded with Ken MacAleese in 2006). She received a B.A. in Psychology with distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) there. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Nevada. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, and the California Association of Behavior Analysis. Alicia has always been a passionate provider of services for children and has worked in the field for over 13 years. She has consulted with parents, school districts, foster care systems, and city recreational programs. Alicia has held positions at the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program and an academic remediation program. Alicia has served her profession and community as a representative for the Human Rights Board for Nevada’s Rural Regional Center and as a board member for the Note-Ables, a non-profit organization providing music training and concerts with and for individuals with disabilities. Alicia has published research on behavioral topics such as identifying and treating precursor problem behavior and using peer-mediated interventions for children diagnosed with ADHD. She has presented on a range of areas related to the behavioral assessment and treatment of children at professional conferences.
Megan D. Nollet Szeto, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Megan is entering her third year as a Behavior Analyst at Advanced Child Behavior Solutions. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Nevada. Megan earned her master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2008. She has worked at organizations big and small that serve individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities, including the Early Childhood Autism Program at UNR and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Megan also has extensive experience working with young children in preschools, middle schools, and learning remediation centers. Her passion is helping young children acquire new skills, especially in the areas of play and language. Megan is an avid runner and also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and being around her wonderful family and friends.
Christy M. Coffman Fuller, MA, BCBA, LBA
Christy Coffman is a Behavior Analyst at Advanced Child Behavior Solutions. Prior to working at ACBS, Christy held a variety of positions in the field of behavior analysis, having worked in home-based, center-based, school-based, and community-based treatment, education and recreation programs with adults and children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her career in the application of behavior analysis has included positions as a Trainer at Person-Centered Assessment Treatment and Habilitation program, Student Intern with the Behavior Analysis Department in the Washoe County School District, Behavior Specialist for the City of Reno Parks and Recreation Department, Lead Tutor and Tutor Trainer and Auditor for the University of Nevada, Reno Early Childhood Autism Program, and Research and Development Supervisor at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).
Christy received her Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011 under the advisement of Dr. Patrick Ghezzi. Her areas of interest in research and applied work include verbal behavior, natural environment teaching, parent and staff training, and reduction of problem behavior.
When she is not working with children, Christy can be found creating recipes in the kitchen, enjoying the Sierras by hiking or snowshoeing, and spending time with family and friends.