Board Certification in Behavior Analysis, 2012
Applied Behavior Analysis Professional Development courses for board certification, Florida Institute of Technology, 2010
B.A. in Psychology, Georgia State University, 2008
B.A. in Sociology, Georgia State University, 2008
Gereen Francis has joined the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a behavior specialist. She is excited to apply her skills in behavior analysis skills and her passion for training in helping others to provide services to Georgia families and educators.
Gereen comes to CLD from the Community Autism Program at the Marcus Autism Center (MAC), where she provided in-home parent and caregiver training to hundreds of families and their children with autism and related developmental disabilities. In this role, Gereen taught families a variety of strategies to effectively manage challenging behaviors and increase functional communication and other adaptive skills. Using a structured curriculum, she collaborated with parents and caregivers to establish three primary goals for the child’s 12-week program. Using the Behavioral Skills Training method, Gereen selected and tailored weekly sessions to address the established goals. Some of the topics included: pairing, ABCs of behavior, functions of behavior, antecedent manipulations, early and intermediate communication, skill acquisition, toilet training, and developing vocal language. She previously worked in two other MAC programs — the Severe Behavior Department and the Language and Learning Clinic.
She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Counseling concentrating in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Nova Southeastern University.