Caron Cosser, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Ms. Cosser began working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2001 while earning her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. After she completed her degree, Ms. Cosser worked for four years at a residential treatment facility for adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties while continuing her work with children with ASD in home-based therapy programs.
In 2006, Ms. Cosser began the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. While working towards her degree, she gained experience using the science of ABA to provide behavioral services to a wide range of individuals in various settings. This included working with children with ASD at an early intervention preschool, children with ASD and other developmental disabilities at a school-based treatment facility, adults with mental retardation at a day program, children exhibiting behavior problems in public schools, and foster children and families through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). At all these sites, Ms. Cosser gained experience conducting assessments, writing and implementing acquisition and behavior reduction programs, analyzing data to ensure progress, and training and monitoring others on the individualized interventions. She earned her MS and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2007.
After graduating, Ms. Cosser became Practicum Coordinator for the Master’s program at Auburn University. In this position, she supervised graduate students and helped them learn basic principles of behavior analysis and how to apply those principles in practice. She acted as site supervisor at two practicum sites. The first was in conjunction with Alabama’s DHR. Ms. Cosser oversaw graduate students conducting workshops for parents in the DHR system to teach them positive methods of behavior change based on principles of ABA. In-home services were a necessary component of these workshops and individual behavior plans were created and trained as necessary. The second site in which she oversaw graduate students was an afterschool social skills program for children with developmental disabilities. Here, she supervised graduate students as they acted as case managers for the children and provided individual and group instruction.
Ms. Cosser returned to the Pacific Northwest and joined NBA as a Program Manager in September 2008. In May 2009, she took on the Training Coordinator position as well. Ms. Cosser is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. She is a certified Microsoft ABA Provider, a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Washington State.She is also a member of the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA).