Executive Director

Laura Grow, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Grow is the Executive Director of Garden Academy. She received her doctorate in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Dr. Grow is a former faculty member of California State University- Fresno and University of British Columbia.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Dr. Grow is a current editorial board member for Behavior Analysis in Practice. She has published over 20 research studies in top-tiered journals in behavior analysis and education.

Dr. Grow has 17 years of experience implementing and directing services for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Her clinical and research interests include teaching language and communication skills, comparing the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching strategies, and refining parent and staff training techniques.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Gouda, and cooking Cajun food in her great grandmother’s cast-iron pot.

Publications (last 5 years)

Grow, L. L., & Van Der Hijde, R. (2017). A comparison of procedures for teaching receptive labeling of sight words to a child with autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 62 – 66.  More…

Grow, L. L., Kodak, T., & Clements, A. (2016). An evaluation of instructive feedback to teach play behavior to a child with autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advance online publication.  More…

Pastrana, S., Frewing, T., Grow, L., Nosik, M., Turner, M., & Carr, J. E. (2016). Frequently assigned readings in behavior analysis graduate training programs. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advance online publication.  More…

Nosik, M. R., & Grow, L. L. (2015). Prominent women in behavior analysis: An introduction. The Behavior Analyst, 38, 225 – 227. More…

Lechago, S. A., Carr, J. E., Kisamore, A. N, & Grow, L. L. (2015). The effects of multiple exemplar training on the relation between listener skills and intraverbal categorization. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 31, 76 – 95.  More…

Grow, L. L., Kodak, T., & Carr, J. E. (2014). A comparison of methods for teaching receptive labeling to children with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic replication. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 600 – 605. More…

Grow, L. L., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2013). Teaching receptive language skills: Recommendations for instructors. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 6, 2 – 21. More…

Koehler-Platten, K., Grow, L. L., Schulze, K. A., Bertone, T. (2013). Using a lag reinforcement schedule to increase phonemic variability in children with autism spectrum disorders. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29, 71 – 83. More…

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Invited keynote speaker for the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis Conference held in Birmingham, Alabama from October 18 through October 20, 2017.

Presentation title: Using Video-Based Preference Assessments to Identify Preferred Social Interactions and Pre-Vocational Settings for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Discussant for the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Conference held in Dayton Beach, Florida from October 4 to 7, 2017.