Leadership Team
 

Executive Director 

Dr. Laura Grow, Ph.D., BCBA-D [More]

Clinical Director

Dr. Danielle Gureghian, Ph.D., BCBA-D [More]

Principal

Debra Wolfel, M.A. ED., ADMIN [More]
 

Director of Development

Devon Trabilsy [More]

Business Office Administrator

Stacey Carr  

Development Coordinator

Laura Bielskie


Board of Directors

Allan Kennedy
Partner, Harvest Volatility Management LLC

Shauna Weinberg
Attorney

Ken Damato
Founder and CEO, DoughMain

Dean Kameros
Director of Sales Incentives and Awards, Novartis

Stephen D’Angelo
Vice President of Global Sales, Hearsay Social

Michael J. Lucciola
President, The Firefly Group


 

 
 

Executive Director

Laura Grow, Ph.D, BCBA-D

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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.

 

Dr. Grow's 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…
 

Dr. Grow's Upcoming Speaking Engagements


Clinical Director

Danielle Gureghian, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Dr. Gureghian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) from Western Michigan University in 2006, Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013. Dr. Gureghian is a BoardCertified Behavior Analyst and has been working with individuals with, and without, intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2006.

From 2006-2009, Dr. Gureghian worked in the Neurobehavioral Unit-Outpatient Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and parent and staff training. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Gureghian trained over 100 undergraduate students on the application of behavior analytic principles on childhood-related issues such as skill and language acquisition, toilet training, social skills, problem behavior, and feeding difficulties.

Dr. Gureghian has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including assessment and treatment of feeding problems, variables influencing observational learning, and risk factors for persistent self-injury.

Dr. Gureghian research interests include reinforcement-based strategies to facilitate development of critical academic and language skills, strategies to promote functional living skills, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior.

Dr. Gureghian is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has been a member of Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis, Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Gureghian has been clinical director of Garden Academy since January 2014.


Principal

Debra Wolfel, M.A. ED., ADMIN

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Before coming to Garden Academy in the fall of 2013, Debra Wolfel spent her professional career entirely within the education and social service private sector.  

Ms. Wofel's experience spans 30 + years, having held the positions of special education teacher, education specialist, program supervisor, and principal.  She recently retired from the position of executive director and chief executive officer for Cerebral Palsy of Union County, where she provided leadership and oversight for all programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities including early intervention, integrated day care, private school for children with multiple disabilities and adult day services.


Development Director

Devon Trabilsy

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Devon Trabilsy is currently the Director of Development for Garden Academy. In 2007 Devon earned her B.A in Clinical Psychology at Keene State College.

She began at Garden as a teacher in 2008 and worked in the classrooms until 2011 when she moved into the development role.