Team

BDI employs four Licensed Psychologists all trained in applied behavior analysis. Many of our senior staff are board certified in behavior analysis as well. This team of highly trained staff work closely together to optimize each child’s progress—so each child reaches their own capacity for learning: those who reach “best outcome” and those who don’t. For those children who may not reach best outcome, we continue working with them but focus our treatment on critical communication skills and functional skills, often tailoring their program to address any aberrant behavior they may display.

 

BDI is committed to each child we serve, and have the same commitment to our staff. The majority of our senior staff team have been with Behavioral Dimensions for 10 years or more. This has enabled us to constantly improve our program so more children benefit. We have also branched out and provide a variety of other services, to older children with autism, and children and adolescents with behavior and mental health problems.

 

Nancy Schussler, PhD, LP,

Nancy has earned 4 degrees focusing on behavior analysis, beginning with her bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Cloud State in 1975, a masters degree in special education from George Peabody College in Nashville in 1981, and another masters (1988) and a PhD. (1995) from the University of Kansas. She has been a licensed psychologist since 1991. Her early career focused on addressing challenging behavior, especially severe self-injury and aggression, in children and adults with disabilities. Her training at George Peabody equipped her to address the complex learning problems displayed by individuals with severe multiple impairments. Dr. Schussler adheres to a treatment philosophy that embraces skill development, which centers on teaching functional communication skills and other adaptive behavior using positive instructional strategies. Since 1996, she has been developing an intensive behavioral intervention program for children with autism. She and her colleagues founded Behavioral Dimensions in 1997 to deliver behavioral consultation and intensive behavioral intervention services to children with autism and other disabilities.

 

Jay O’Neill, BS

Jay is the President for Behavioral Dimensions. He and colleagues founded Behavioral Dimensions in 1997. He has a degree from the University of Minnesota in Therapeutic Recreation. For over 25 years Jay has worked with children and adults with a variety of abilities. At Behavioral Dimensions Jay has focused on working with children with autism helping to develop the Intensive Behavioral Intervention service. Jay has also assisted in the development of services targeting school age children who are in or near crisis. Jay has been involved in developing training to help families learn skills to keep their children at home and to improve the lives of families. He has participated in developing many of the staff hiring, training, and evaluating practices used at Behavioral Dimensions.

 

Jacki Harth, MS, LP, BCBA

Jacki is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her MS in Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Jacki has 30 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, with the last 12 years specializing in intensive behavioral intervention for young children with autism. Jacki is also the Director of Psychological services for Behavioral Dimensions. Jacki has presented workshops on “Evidence Based Practices”, “Autism and Intensive Behavioral Intervention” and “Teaching Gestures to Children with Autism”.

 

Nancy Rueckl Jones, MA, LP, BCBA

Nancy received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has over 27 years of experience working with children and adults with challenging behavioral issues and complex learning problems. Nancy provides consultation services to families, schools, residential programs, and vocational programs across 11 counties in MN. She has worked extensively with individuals on the Autism spectrum and with children and adults with Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, and Mood disorders. Nancy also focuses on educating interdisciplinary teams to ensure the most comprehensive positive behavioral supports for the person experiencing behavioral challenges.

 

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