Catherine Taylor-Santa has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for eighteen years with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis for thirteen. She has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, a MA in ABA from Caldwell College, is a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped, and is currently a PhD candidate in ABA at Caldwell College. Her research interests are conditioning reinforcers (which her thesis investigated), problem solving, social skills, and toilet training with children with developmental disabilities. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010 and was Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst for seven years prior to that. Ms. Taylor-Santa has provided large group and small group hands-on trainings for school district personnel in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Egypt.
Currently Ms. Taylor-Santa serves as a consultant for several school districts in New Jersey where her responsibilities include overseeing IEP development and program implementation, providing hands on training to staff and families, and training teachers and teacher’s assistants to generate and run Applied Behavior Analysis based programs. She also conducts formal functional assessments as needed to execute behavior modification procedures as well as develops and trains staff members to maintain behavior protocols. Ms. Taylor-Santa currently presents as well as has contributed to several parent and professional workshops that focus on ABA utilizing Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior that are being presented internationally. She is passionate and dedicated to working with students with developmental disabilities in order to help each of them achieve their highest potential.