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Position: Senior Executive Director Clinical Evaluations & School Consulting
Location: NJ
Certification: M.Ed., BCBA

Heather Francisco earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in Special Education and received her BCBA certificate from Rutgers University in 2014. She started her journey and love of behavioral analysis as an intern at the Douglass Developmental Disability Center (DDDC) in 2007. She would later go on to teach in a self-contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classroom in Freehold Twp from 2014-2017 (a satellite school of DDDC).  Heather Francisco has spent 10 years (2007-2017) as a special education teacher in a wide array of settings.  She was responsible for creating and implementing instructional, functional, and social programs for students with special needs. She was also responsible for training staff in effective teaching and communication techniques based on best practices, evidence-based learning, and applied behavior principles. In 2016, in addition to being a teacher during the day, Mrs. Francisco worked as a Behavioral Analyst in which she provided at-home behavioral therapy in the form of direct supervision of clients, supervision of therapists, and consulting with parents. She provided effective treatment for reducing problematic behavior and promoting skill acquisition of positive replacement strategies and skills. Data collection and analysis were also integral parts of her home programming as well as her school programming. Mrs. Francisco was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. She instructed prospective teachers and modeled effective teaching, research-based teaching techniques, and provides current research on behavioral interventions and data collection. Mrs. Francisco has received extensive training on conducting functional assessments, skill based assessment,  facilitating functional communication and initiating social skills. With Brett DiNovi Associates since 2017, Mrs. Francisco has consulted in many school districts, private homes, and group homes. She has presented at NJ Autism, NJABA, FABA and ABAI. She specializes in social skills instruction, conducting analog and trial based Functional Analyses, Greg Hanley’s Practical Functional Assessment, Ecological Assessments and programming for students with ASD. She is able to conduct program evaluations and program development for in-home programming or school programming.