Audrey Hoffmann is going high-tech in her research to improve assessment and treatment of problem behavior in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That means using iPads and other personal electronic devices to improve behavior and learn how people with disabilities interact with the devices. “I am especially excited to get JSC students involved in research activities and share with them my love of science and research,” says Audrey, who joined the faculty in 2017.
“It is exciting to use evidence-based strategies from the fields of applied behavior analysis and special education to change the lives of the young children, individuals and families we serve,” she says. She is passionate about “teaching behavior analysts who will go out and serve individuals and families across northern Vermont and New England.”
One of Audrey’s duties is training JSC master’s students to become Board-Certified Behavior Analysts. With a master’s degree in special education, she also is working to broaden educational opportunities for students in early childhood special education. She plans to start a behavior clinic at JSC to serve individuals and families in the community. “This will provide a place for JSC students to get hands-on experience using strategies from applied behavior analysis and special education” to help clients and professionals in the field, she says. The clinic also will support agencies and schools that work with people with disabilities.
Audrey, who moved to Vermont from Utah with her family, enjoys exploring the Green Mountain State. She and her family love to ski, bike, run on trails, hike and camp.