Senior Leadership Team

Executive Director 

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


Dr. Stuart Barudin, Ed.D. [More]

Clinical Director

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


Director of Development

Devon Maloney [More]

Board of Directors

Kenneth Damato, President
Founder and CEO, DoughMain

Jeffery Knapp, Secretary
Director of Development - University Athletics, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Mitchel A. Baum, Board member
Founder and President of MAB Strategic LLC

Jeff Chesebro, Board member
President, Princeton Partners

Michael D’Aquanni, Board member
Partner, Law Office of Michael A. D’Aquanni, LLC

Cynthia Flanagan, Board member
Partner, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP

Allan Kennedy, Board Member
Partner, Harvest Volatility Management LLC

Patricia Miller, Board Member
Co-owner, Beloved Bath, LLC



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.


Stuart Barudin, Ed.d.

Dr. Barudin joined Garden Academy as our Principal in February 2018.  Dr. Barudin's academic training includes a B.S. in History and Secondary Education from Boston University, a M.A.T. in Elementary Education as a Teacher Corps Intern at East Tennessee State University and an Ed.D. in Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Missouri. 

Dr. Barudin's professional experience has gone in three directions.  Since the 1980's, he has been a full-time and college instructor for several universities, including the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers for the past 20 years.  In addition, he has worked as an Educational Program Specialista t the New Jersey Department of Education and was the Principal of the Millburn Regional Day School.  From 1996 through 2018, Dr. Barudin was the Director of Special Services for several New Jersey school districts, including Trenton Public Schools.  

Dr. Barudin has two grown children and two grandchildren.  In his free time, Dr. Barudin travels a great deal and has a special hobby of scuba diving, and is a volunteer diver at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey.  

Development Director

Devon Trabilsy


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.