Kristyn Peterson, BCBA
Kristyn obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Psychology, with a minor in sociology. During her undergraduate studies, she became employed providing behavioral therapy at a university-based program which propelled her toward seeking her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. She subsequently received her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification in 2015. She is currently working toward her doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in an effort to deepen her understanding of human behavior and be able to provide even more effective services for a variety of individuals.
Professionally, Kristyn has had the experience to work within a variety of settings, including hospital, home, clinic, group home, and school-based settings. Kristyn has worked with individuals up to age 35 with autism spectrum disorders, acquired traumatic brain injury, and mental health concerns including mood disorders, phobias, and social anxiety disorder.
In working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Kristyn has had the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for their unique talents and traits. Because of this, her clinical approach uses the interests of the individual to harness their motivation to enable them to improve. Kristyn values a strengths-based approach, which leads to effective, individualized plans in order to improve behavior. People who have worked with Kristyn describe her as kind, conscientious, and dynamic.
In her personal life when not working on her doctoral studies, Kristyn enjoys cooking and eating well. She enjoys reading novels, traveling, as well as doing yoga and crosswords. She is excited to be a member of the New Focus Academy team!