Curtis J. Harris MS, BCBA | Director

Curtis J. Harris MS, BCBA | Director

Curtis is currently the Director and a managing partner of Advanced Behavior Consultants that serves military and civilian families in Tennessee and Kentucky. In his 18 years of clinical experience, he has managed a variety of caseloads including all ages of children, adolescents, and adults with many different developmental and dual diagnoses, including autism. Curtis is extraordinarily enthusiastic about pursuing and conducting ongoing research in the practical application of behavior analysis to better help families effected by developmental disabilities He strongly believes that every program he develops needs to meet the unique needs and constraints of the individual family with whom he works. He is driven by his belief that treatment that is data-based will continue to expand all providers' ability to improve the meaningfulness of relationships and successful accomplishments of individuals with developmental disabilities. Curtis is collaborating with Clarksville community leaders to launch a nonprofit support organization to aid in social support and peer mentoring for parents with children with special needs. He earned his bachelor's and master's degree from University of North Texas in behavior analysis. Curtis has been exclusively working in the Clarksville and Fort Campbell area since 2008, and values the strong military and community support in the area.

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Christina DeLapp, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Supervisor

Christina DeLapp, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Supervisor

Christina’s enthusiasm and thoughtful academic rigor toward her field of study in Behavior Analysis is ​ exciting and contagious. Christina is passionate about conducting research and sharing information ​ about the field of behavior analysis and providing parent and caregiver training . Beginning her career ​ working with young children in 2007, she has a strong repertoire of experience working with children, ​ teenagers, and adults including running a severe problem behavior disorder clinic, and working in ​ a desensitization clinic on compliance with medical appointments. Her fun and charismatic personality ​ brings refreshing hope to the families and children with whom she works. Christina is from a large ​ family in Minnesota (you betcha!) and is the sole die-hard Packer fan among Vikings fans. She is an avid ​ amateur baker/cook and loves to camp and hike especially when she can bring her dog too! Christina’s enthusiasm and thoughtful academic rigor toward her field of study in Behavior Analysis is exciting and contagious. Christina is passionate about conducting research and sharing information about the field of behavior analysis and providing parent and caregiver training . Beginning her career working with young children in 2007, she has a strong repertoire of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults including running a severe problem behavior disorder clinic, and working in a desensitization clinic on compliance with medical appointments. Her fun and charismatic personality brings refreshing hope to the families and children with whom she works. Christina is from a large family in Minnesota (you betcha!) and is the sole die-hard Packer fan among Vikings fans. She is an avid amateur baker/cook and loves to camp and hike especially when she can bring her dog too!

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Kat Dignan, M.S., BCBA, LBA  | Supervisor

Kat Dignan, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Supervisor

Kat loves that her career gives her the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families of children with developmental delays, adolescents needing support transitioning to independent living, and senior citizens suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Her deep compassion and intellectual curiosity is evident throughout her years of experience working with adults and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses and levels of need. Before joining our team, Kat worked for 3 years in a clinic at a state-supported living center where she helped reduce challenging behaviors and increase life skills for adults with intellectual disabilities. She has also focused her behavior analytic work on parent and staff training programs designed to increase social, academic, and communication skills with teenagers with a variety of diagnoses. She received her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas, and as a native Texan, is happy to visit home and family as often as possible. In her free time, Kat enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing board games, and entertaining her cats.

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Brittany Degner, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Supervisor

Brittany Degner, M.S., BCBA, LBA | Supervisor

Brittany is a proud Wisconsin native who loves the challenge of working with young children with autism in early intervention programs and the opportunity to see their lives changed forever. Her warm and playful personality makes her an instant favorite of the children she devotes her life to helping. She has worked in both clinic and in-home settings where she has supervised teams of therapists who work together providing intensive ABA therapy to children starting at age 1 year. Brittany’s dedication to the science of behavior analysis inspired her research in Naturalistic Teaching methods used to increase language targets with young children, which is soon to be published in a peer reviewed journal. She earned her Masters degree in Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas and relocated to Clarksville TN in 2016. She also enjoys time outdoors camping and rock climbing, and cheering for the Packers!

Meghan Ruddy M.S. RBT

Meghan Ruddy M.S. RBT

Meghan recently graduated with her Masters degree from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Meghan loves her adopted city of Nashville, even while she misses her home in southern California. She is excited to continue her career in Behavior Analysis by working with children in home sessions and helping collaborate with parents, teachers at school and other settings in children’s lives to provide them with strong, supportive environments in which they can be successful with their goals. Meghan is enthusiastic and fun as she quickly builds relationships with her elementary and middle school clients. Her strong scientific & academic background paired with her dedication to the field of behavior analysis makes her a valuable resource to each family she works with.

Kayla Atkins, B.S., RBT

Kayla Atkins, B.S., RBT

Kayla is currently enrolled in a Master’s program pursuing her BCBA certification after graduating from APSU cum laude with a degree in Psychology and a minor in theatre arts. Her classes in developmental psychology and child development inspired her to work with ABC because children are capable of learning so very much. She is passionate about helping children of all ages learn skills they can use throughout their entire lives to build meaningful and fulfilling relationships. When she isn’t working, Kayla enjoys reading and playing with her many cats.

Ryan Oldfield, RBT

Ryan Oldfield, RBT

Ryan has an intense love of the all sciences including behavior analysis, chemistry, physics, computers and mechanics. He has had a life-long interest in studying the brain, and all its extremely complex human capacities and limitations. He fell in love with psychology and is devoted to a life and career of helping people through psychology. He has particular interest in studying empathy, the Mirror Neuron System, and its relationship to Autism Spectrum Disorders and resulting neuro-chemical interactions. Ryan is currently a graduate student pursuing his Master degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. In the future, he plans to continue his studies in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology.

Annie Riedlinger, BAH, AUBS, RBT

Annie Riedlinger, BAH, AUBS, RBT

Annie has relocated from her hometown of Toronto, Canada and its snowy winters (OK Blue Jays!) to join the ABC team in Clarksville to continue her career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She profoundly enjoyed recent summers as a day camp counsellor and later the camp coordinator for individuals with disabilities in the southern U.S. so much that she decided to move south! Annie’s warmth and thoughtful consideration for her clients’ lasting relationships and lifelong experiences drive her to work enthusiastically to help them fulfill their goals. Annie graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a degree in Health Studies and completed a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science at St. Lawrence College. In addition to pursuing her Assistant Behavior Analyst credential, she avidly enjoys cooking and baking.

Rebecca Bautista B.S. RBT

Rebecca Bautista B.S. RBT

Rebecca recently relocated to Clarksville from New York City. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Queens College. Since she was 15, she has worked with children and young adults in special education from tutoring, community habilitation, job coaching, and as a recreational instructor for sports and swimming. She works enthusiastically and tenaciously for the exciting reward of seeing triumph on her students’ faces when they master new skills! When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, or chilling at home with her cats. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and plans to enjoy her weekends camping and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and Land Between the Lakes.

Vanessa Cobb, M.Ed., RBT

Vanessa Cobb, M.Ed., RBT

is a Tennessee native who was born and raised in a military family. She has earned a Masters of Education in Human Development and Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is working towards her BCBA certification. She has over a decade worth of professional experience working with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities in the clinical, residential, and classroom settings. She loves the ABA methodology and interventions grounded in solid research that focuses on positive behavior and reinforcements when teaching new skills. She is dedicated to supporting children with autism and other disabilities to lead lives rich in positive experiences, meaning relationships, independence, and joy. When not working, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, Zumba, and traveling.

Kristin Martin, RBT

Kristin Martin, RBT

oves working with young children, especially in an early intervention setting where their early progress can change the trajectory of a child’s future. As a military spouse and a mother, she is very familiar with the stresses of army life, and the challenges of setting up a close support system and meeting the needs of each child. She is enthusiastic and loving with each child she works with and finds each of their successes deeply fulfilling.

Jared Armshaw, RBT

Jared Armshaw, RBT

is a 4.0 biology major at APSU and plans to become a behavioral and developmental pediatrician. Jared has a passion to serve children of all ages as demonstrated through his time volunteering at a camp for special needs children (Camp Rainbow), coaching and refereeing recreational soccer, and spoiling his siblings (he has 5 younger brothers and sisters). Outside of his busy academic, volunteer, and work life Jared is also involved in extracurricular activities at school, holding positions of leadership in the Newman club; furthermore, Jared is active member in the Pre-health club and the APSU Soccer club. Jared enthusiastically pursues opportunities for self-betterment and community service, constantly striving to help others and working hard to achieve his best.

Molly Sheppard, B.S., RBT

Molly Sheppard, B.S., RBT

Molly’s extreme love for the outdoors, caring for the environment, and belief in the importance of food safety led her to a degree from APSU in Agriculture and participating in research at Cornell University. Her deep desire to help others, especially when it comes to others gaining their independence, led her to work with children with autism. She loves to see the joy on a child’s face as they learn new things and the excitement when meet their goals. Molly’s patient and understanding character endear her to the military families she works with and her silly, fun-loving side win over her clients from toddlers to middle schoolers! After work, she enjoys reading books, doing puzzles, playing games, and traveling. As a mom, Molly’s time is busy and she enjoys playing and reading to her son and watching him grow!

Natalie Hultgren B.A. RBT

Natalie Hultgren B.A. RBT

Natalie loves working with children, and has been devoted to working with children on the autism spectrum for many years. She finds joy in the process of teaching children new skills and celebrates with them in their progress. Natalie is a military spouse, originally from northeastern Indiana, and is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is especially interested in neuroscience and has a passion for research. In her free time, Natalie pursues many creative hobbies such as hand-lettering, painting, and scrapbooking. She also enjoys reading, playing board games, going on bike rides, and traveling to new places.

Amberley Heins B.A. RBT

Amberley Heins B.A. RBT

Amberley Heins, originally from Upstate New York, is grateful to live close to her brother and his family who are stationed at Fort Campbell. After finishing her degree in Adolescent Education, she devoted her career to working with children of all ages. She was later deeply influenced by her meaningful experiences spending her summers working at camps with children and adults with developmental disabilities. This experience sparked her interest in serving people of all abilities. She is very excited to continue her career journey in Applied Behavior Analysis and to work with children and their families to foster skills that will enable them to lead engaging and fulfilling lives.

Emma Tutor B.S. RBT

Emma Tutor B.S. RBT

Emma is a recent graduate of Murray State University. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in history. Her background in speech led her to behavioral therapy as another way to reach her ultimate goal of helping children reach their full potential. She grew up in a military family, just 30 minutes outside of Clarksville in the small town of Cadiz, KY. As a military kid she is very understanding of all the stresses that can be put on a child in that situation. She loves working with children and helping them reach even the smallest of goals. Growing up as an only child it has helped keep her imagination alive and she is always willing to go out and play. When not working she enjoys reading, feeding her Game of Thrones habit and cheering on the Red Sox.

Anne-Marie Harris, Practice Manager

Anne-Marie Harris, Practice Manager

Anne-Marie works directly with parents who have recently received a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum for their child to connect them to resources, both military and civilian and determine if Advanced Behavior Consultants is a good resource for their family. Her goal is facilitating a foundation of trust and candor between families in Clarksville and Fort Campbell and their ABA Therapy providers. As a mother, she strives to help advocate for the services that can help support and empower each mother and father of a child with special needs. She has a degree in Management Information Systems and spent 12 years in a Fortune 1000 company working with New Client Implementations.

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