MEET OUR TEAM
Our team is comprised of individuals with varying and extensive backgrounds in applied behavior analysis. This includes Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), and Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBTs). In addition our team includes masters students in behavioral analysis, from Universities such as the University of South Florida.
Our consultants are thoroughly trained in each of the ABASI interventions as well as certified in the POINTE Program. In addition, our consultants receive training on providing consultation services to a wide variety of clients as well as training in research areas involving various athletic settings.
Please see below for bios for each team member to learn more.
Owner & Founder
Mallory is a native of Tampa Florida, and obtaining her doctorate degree Applied Behavior Analysis (expected graduation: Summer 2017). She obtained her Masters degree at USF majoring in Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as, her Bachelors in 2011 (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. Additionally, she works as a dance and musical theater instructor at local dance academies in Tampa, enjoys teaching Pure Barre fitness classes since April 2015, and periodically choreographs local professional musical productions as well as being an avid musical theater performer herself.
Mallory holds a board certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board since 2014 (certification #1-14-15164) and also worked as an assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) since 2011. Her clinical work in behavior analysis has included parent training for children in foster care, staff training, work with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, and teaching four undergraduate courses in behavior analysis at the University of South Florida, as well as developing online course material for four courses in USF’s Applied Behavior Analysis masters program. Her clinical interests are teaching and disseminating ABA to lesser-known realms such as sports performance and staff training.
During her time in the masters and doctoral program, she conducted research in applying behavior analysis principles to sports training, to enhance the dance training of competitive dancers and decrease the use of training methods which focus on the use of aversive contingencies and/or punishment. Research topics have included auditory feedback; peer provided auditory feedback, public posting, a descriptive analysis of teaching methods, and video modeling and video feedback to name a few. She has also supervised multiple Master’s thesis projects, which were conducted in similar areas.
Her research has been published in journals such as: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Behavior Analysis in Practice (in press). Mallory’s dissertation study involved writing a user-friendly manual “The POINTE Program (POsitive INTerventions to Enhance the Performance of Dancers) for dance instructors to read and learn how to implement these different data based coaching methods to enhance the performance of their dancers. Her dissertation research involves three phases of testing and revising the manual with different dance instructors, dance studios, and also with the feedback of experts in the field of Behavior Analysis and dance training within the community.
Mallory’s research goals are to continue to test the use of scientific interventions in dance training and other performing arts and sports realms, as well as decrease coaching based on punishment, to create a more effective and lasting coaching relationship between teachers and students. She is interested in identifying innovative and effective feedback mechanisms to enhance training of athletes and performers. Her passion is to disseminate ABA to less known areas and individuals outside of scientists in our field, and to continue to fuse science with athletic coaching to create more positive and effective training procedures for all involved. Mallory believes in spreading the science of behavior analysis so many people can benefit from its procedures and not just scientists who read journals from our field.
Please see attached links for a performing arts resume and curriculum vitae
Our Amazing Team Members
(Consultant, BA, RBT)
Kiersty participated in competitive gymnastics until she was 15. In high school, she played Varsity soccer, where she was captain (2 years) and ran long distance track. She was also a student sports trainer for the boy’s basketball team. She now plays on 3 different soccer teams in the local area. Kiersty is also a surfer and has volunteered at numerous surfing events teaching children with developmental disabilities how to surf. Kiersty is a student in the ABA masters program at USF. She also works clinically as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and currently conducts research on increasing physical activity.
(Research Intern, BA, RBT)
Jesenia started sports as a gymnast at 2 years old and she began competing at age 4. At age 10, she began studying all styles of dance, and later taught at a local dance studio for 10 years in styles including jazz, ballet, acrobatics, hip hop, and contemporary. There, she coached a competition team, which won multiple high scores and recognitions at the regional and national level. Jesenia continues to teach dance at a local studio, while working as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) working with individuals with Autism and is a student in the ABA masters program at USF.
Maya Trajkovski grew up in Ontario, Canada. She started taking classical ballet at the age of three and expanding her dance interest into hip-hop, tap, jazz, and lyrical. She has performed in the Nutcracker (Canadian version with Ballet Jorgen) in 2003, 2004, and 2011. She was also part of Windsor Dance eXperience (WDX), a dance theatre company, as a senior cast member as well as a choreographer. Maya has over six years dance instructor experience as well as competition choreography experience. Maya graduated USF in 2015 with a Bachelor (Cum Laude) in Psychology and a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis.
(Research Intern, BS, RBT)
Calyn has been dancing for almost 20 years. As a part of a dance team and company, she has performed at events, parades, and on cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival. She was on the University of South Florida’s dance team, the Sundolls for 2 years before becoming a performer at Busch Gardens, Tampa in 2013. Calyn graduated from USF with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Healthcare with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently enrolled in the USF Master’s Program in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests are in enhancing dance and sports performance.
(Consultant, BA, BFA, RBT)
In high school, Chris played football, ran track and was involved in the drama department. He participated in thespian competitions at district and state levels. He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, and has performed in many NYC productions as well as regional theater. Christopher recently graduated from USF with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a Registered Behavior Technician and currently works with individuals diagnosed with Autism in a clinical setting. He is a student in the Applied Behavior Analysis Masters Program at USF.
(Consultant, Researcher, MA, BCBA)
Sharayah is a BCBA and earned her Masters in ABA from USF. Sharayah was a youth football coach for several years and her research consists of applying ABA to improve football skills and reduce concussions and other injuries with football players. Along with playing football herself for over 10 years, Sharayah is also an endurance athlete and completed several marathons and has competed in obstacle course races across the country since 2012. Other sports for which Sharayah has experience include: soccer, hockey, basketball, surfing, longboarding, and kite-boarding. Sharayah’s research interests involve applying ABA techniques and principles to the sports setting.
(Management, Marketing, Administrative)
Nicole Allegretto has been working in business for most of her working career. From organizing social media platforms to developing order management and inventory systems for large companies, she takes pride in being “behind the scenes in business.” To ABASI she brings her passion for customer service and her desire to be a part of a thriving team. She looks forward to interacting with clients and employees alike. She could not be happier to be part of such an innovative business endeavor and looks forward to helping you select the best ABASI service to suit your needs as a client.