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Hi Jennifer! Can you tell us a bit of what drove you to the BCBA profession? 

I did not know about ABA until my last year in college. Originally, I was a behavior neuroscience major in college and switched over to Psychology on my last year because I feel in love with a particular class “Developmental Disabilities”, from there I did my senior internship at Princeton Child Development Institute and that is where I learned about this profession. I immediately feel in love and applied for my masters that following semester. And here I am now.

What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since?

I love accessibility and the support from the staff and office. I love that I can pick up the phone and have meaningful conversations with the office staff. Although I am not physically working in the office, there is always a sense of belonging when I interact with them.

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Working with GCT gave me more confidence to become more independent and freer to just ask for help. As BCBA’s, we usually have the feeling that since we passed that big exam, we should “know it all” and usually that is not the case. When I first started with Golden Care, I remember Estee spending a whole HOUR! just walking me through how to use catalyst. I felt that this was the support I was looking for all along.

What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BCBA?

Managing my time, making sure that the stress of scheduling does not consume me. Most of our cases as in Home BCBA’s are after school hours, which in a way restricts us from having an able time frame to choose from.

How do you balance your career and family?

It is something that I am still working on, however, I try my best to work hard during the week and have a relaxing and meaningful family time during the weekends.

What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?

Your change in career was one of the best decisions you would ever make.

Thank you, Jennifer! Pleasure speaking with you, and we feel so fortunate having you on our team!