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Life Skills Clinic

Mission: To free children and their caregivers from chronic and seemingly intractable problem behavior

We offer opportunities for children and families in the greater Springfield, MA area to participate in child-centered research. Our individualized assessments and skill-based treatments focus on eliminating problem behaviors by developing communication, delay tolerance, compliance, and play skills.

About Us

  • Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

    Director

    Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for over 25 years.  He worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment, intervention, and prevention of problem behavior, and evidence-based values.  Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice, a past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and current Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

  • Kelsey Ruppel, M.S., BCBA, LBA

    Associate Director

    Kelsey earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kelsey is pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University. Her primary area of focus is the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior; she is also interested in reading instruction. Kelsey worked for 10 years in the Autism Program at the Ivymount School in Maryland prior to coming to WNE. She is a native of Massachusetts and happy to be back!

  • Robin Landa, M.S., BCBA, LBA

    Clinician

    Robin earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University, and she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Robin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University. Robin’s areas of focus include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, language acquisition, play skills, and classroom skills. Prior to coming to WNE, Robin worked in Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center’s Allan Cott School in Birmingham, AL and in Marcus Autism Center’s Language and Learning Clinic in Atlanta, GA. Robin has been delivering behavior analytic services to individuals with autism since 2007.

  • Holly Gover, M.S., BCBA

    Clinician

    Holly earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Northridge. Holly is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University. Before coming to WNE, Holly provided behavior analytic services to children, adolescents, and adults. She conducted research at local, inclusive preschool classrooms. Her areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, class-wide interventions, and skill acquisition.

  • Adithyan Rajaraman, M.S., BCBA

    Clinician

    Adithyan (Dithu) earned his Master’s degree in Special Education with licensure in the area of severe special needs from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and he completed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework through Western New England University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at WNE. His academic interests include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and he is passionate about teaching others the science of behavior. Before coming to WNE, Dithu worked at the New England Center for Children as a teacher/clinician at the Southborough, MA and Abu Dhabi, UAE campuses. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, Dithu spent most of his time arranging, choreographing, and performing songs with his all-male a cappella group, The Stereotypes. He is also quite adept at vocally impersonating fictional childhood characters.