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Monday, January 4, 2010
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Mia Caccavale,
Research Assistant

My name is Mia Caccavale. I was born in Maryland, and moved to Weirton, West Virginia when I was ten. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from West Virginia University in December 2009. There, I worked with Dr. Claire St. Peter Pipkin in her lab and with the Behavior Analysis Services Program for Public Schools (BASP). I worked with mainly elementary school children while I was with BASP. In addition, I worked at a before and an after school program for the children in Morgantown. I haven’t had too much time to focus on my hobbies with school and work, but I like to cross stitch and take spinning classes at the gym whenever possible.

I am a Research Assistant, working under Kate Saunders and Dean Williams. I am working on one project right now, Recombinative Generalization of Within-Syllable Units in MR with Dr. Saunders, and I hope to start another project soon, Laboratory Models of Maladaptive Escape Behaviors with Dr. Williams.

I heard about this job through my lab supervisor, Dr. Claire St. Peter Pipkin, and I felt that it would give me more research experience, as well as experience working with a different population than I have previously worked with.

Currently, I am more interested in applied work with children from preschool to second grade because of my experiences working in the public school system. I am applying for Master’s programs in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, hoping to become BCBA certified and work for a school district as a Behavior Analyst, but who knows what will happen after my experiences here in Parsons.

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Ibari Ezekwe,
Research Assistant

My job here at Life Span Institute at Parsons is a Research Assistant position to two projects- Dr. Kate Saunders’ Recombinative Generalization of Within-syllable Units in MR and Dr. Dean Williams’ Laboratory Models of Maladaptive Escape Behaviors. I am a recent University of Kansas graduate and McNair scholar; I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2009. I am originally from Nigeria, but also grew up in Kansas City, KS. For my undergraduate career, I moved to Lawrence to attend KU.

The research contents, applied behavioral principles, and the subject pool of persons with developmental disabilities are the sole reasons I came to Parsons, KS. So far, my colleagues and others I have encountered have been quite amiable. I appreciate engaging in the unique working environment that I am in, as well as discussing profound and pertinent articles to both basic and applied behavioral analysis. Although my specific path of study in graduate education is not yet finalized, I intend to further my education in a graduate institution.

My leisure times are often spent with family & friends, in creative writing, experimenting with unique food recipes, and dining at various restaurants. So far in Parsons, I have been to Shredders and Kitchen Pass and it has been somewhat of a mini adventure. I have yet to explore the few remaining restaurants in town.

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