ABOUT THE BDI TEAM

At Behavioral Dimensions we strive to provide the highest quality of services possible. BDI focuses on our team members because the best way to help more children is with our motivated team. At Behavioral Dimensions we can proudly say that we have 22 team members who have been working with us for over ten years and nine who have been with us over 20 years

MEET OUR STAFF

JAY O’NEILL, BS

Jay is the President and majority owner of Behavioral Dimensions. He has a degree from the University of Minnesota in Therapeutic Recreation.  He and colleagues founded Behavioral Dimensions in 1997. For over 30 years Jay has worked with children and adults with a variety of abilities. At Behavioral Dimensions, Jay has focused on helping develop and expand services so that as many families as possible may receive the highest quality of services possible.  When not working, Jay enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, exercising and cooking.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Jacqueline M. Harth MS, LP, QSP, BCBA

Jacki is a licensed psychologist in MN and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been with Behavioral Dimensions since September of 2000 and spent 10 years as the Clinical Director developing and coordinating the development of the clinical systems and curricula used presently with our young clients.Currently, Jacki is the lead Mental Health Professional for the EIBI program, and is also enrolled in the EIDBI (Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention) program funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services as a Qualified Supervising Professional (QSP) and Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE) provider. Jacki also provides clinical supervision to graduate students pursuing their BCBA certification and is also an approved supervisor for the Board of Behavioral Health for individuals pursuing LPCC certification.

Jacki has extensive experience in the assessment and development of language and social skills intervention packages, customized programming focusing on functional communication skills, the reduction of severe and persistent behavioral issues, interventions to remediate executive functioning deficits, and customized family supports.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA-D)

Dr. Elizabeth Hooks Ph.D, LP, QSP, BCBA

Dr. Elizabeth Hooks is a Licensed Psychologist (LP) and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated from Ball State University with a Doctorate in School Psychology in 2017. She completed her internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, and her post-doctoral training at Fraser in Minneapolis, MN.Dr. Hooks joined Behavioral Dimensions in October 2018 to develop the Critical Care Unit for Behavioral Supports (CCUBS) program. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with behavioral concerns, individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents of children with special needs. She uses a wholistic approach and person-centered planning to create meaningful goals for the individual and their family. Treatment approaches that are commonly utilized are evidence-based behavioral therapies, including exposure and response prevention, behavioral activation, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to improve the quality of life for the individual and their family.

Dr. Hooks is the director of Critical Care services. She directly oversees care to CCUBS clients, provides supervision and training to staff, and collaborates with outside agencies. She also provides therapy and behavioral consultation services to parents of children with special needs, both in-home and using tele-health or video conferencing services

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR, BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Michaela Gehring MA LPCC, QSP, BCBA

Michaela received her Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Counseling and Psychological services and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Michaela has been working in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) since 2005. Since then, she has provided direct care, overseen clinical programming, and provided training and supervision support. Michaela is enrolled as Qualified Supervising Professional (QSP) and Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE) provider under the EIDBI (Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention) program by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She also provides clinical supervision to students pursuing their BCBA certification and is an approved supervisor for the Board of Behavioral Health for individuals pursuing LPCC certification. As a supervisor, Michaela enjoys helping professionals learn more about this field and reach their career goals. When not working, Michaela enjoys spending time with family, reading, and hiking Minnesota’s state parks.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Claire Anderson MS, BCBA

Claire is the Clinical Director for Behavioral Dimensions’ EIBI program. She received her master’s degree in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas and has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2010. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities in home, school, clinic, and community settings.  Claire joined Behavioral Dimensions in 2013 and currently provides program oversight within the EIBI program, ensuring overall quality of clinical practices, interventions, and programs. She also assists in developing/evaluating treatment programs, parent training, collaborating with outside providers, and supervising senior clinical team members.

BOARD-CERTIFIED ASSISTANT BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCABA)

Beth Isakson BS, BCaBA

Beth was the first line staff hired by Behavioral Dimensions in June 1998. She is Associate Clinical Director at Behavioral Dimensions. Beth received her Bachelor of Science degree from Universality of Wisconsin-River Falls. Beth works with the Mental Health Professional and Clinical Director to ensure the quality of BDI’s program is implemented across all sites. Beth specializes in helping children reach their best outcome by identifying strategies to improve rate of learning and strategies to reduce frequency of aberrant behavior. Beth assists in developing and evaluating BDI’s standard curriculum and resources within the IBI program.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSLEOR, BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Randal Westergard MA, LPCC, QSP, BCBA

Randal is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 10 years of experience in the behavior and mental health field. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with behavioral concerns, individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents of children with special needs. Randal joined Behavioral Dimensions in July 2018 to help develop the Critical Care for Behavioral Supports (CCUBS) program with Dakota County. As a Clinical Professional, she provides psychotherapy and behavioral consultation services to youth with special needs and their family. Treatment approaches that are commonly utilized are evidence-based behavioral therapies, including exposure and response prevention, behavioral activation, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to improve the quality of life for the individual and their family.

DIRECTOR OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Trish Wolff

Trish joined Behavioral Dimensions in November of 2001 and is currently the Director of Staff Development. She has spent her career at Behavioral Dimensions working directly with clients and their families as well as training and supporting staff in Applied Behavior Analysis techniques throughout the metro area as well as parts of northern Minnesota.Trish assists clients in transitioning from our Intensive Behavioral Intervention program to school as well as helping families learn strategies using applied behavior analysis to successfully manage their day-to-day living. She also works with staff at various levels to continue training and support as needed in order for the staff to reach their individual goals at Behavioral Dimensions. She is a graduate of Bismarck State University (formerly Bismarck Junior College).

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Sarah Brixius MS, BCBA

Sarah Brixius received her master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for 19 years in both residential and in-home settings.  She has worked with Behavioral Dimensions for 12 years and is a Clinical Supervisor and Behavior Consultant in the Central MN area. As a Clinical Supervisor Sarah completes functional behavior assessments, assists with curricular development, works directly with children and their families, and provides clinical support and training to clients, caregivers, and staff. As a Behavior Consultant she completes Functional Behavior Assessments, develops Positive Behavior Support Plans, and provides ongoing training to promote successful implementation.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

Lisa Taylor MS, BCBA

Lisa Taylor has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since 2018 and is a Clinical Supervisor for the South Carolina team.  Lisa was first trained by Behavioral Dimensions in 2008 and worked as a Clinical Director for an in-home ABA provider in California, serving children and adults with autism and other disabilities to achieve significant progress. She resides in and serves children with autism in South Carolina. Lisa conducts assessments, collaborates with insurance companies and outside agencies, assists in the training and development of staff, designs programs, provides clinical support to staff and clients, and provides training to family members in South Carolina.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

Lindsay Kitner

Lindsay Kitner is a Program Implementation Manager and joined Behavioral Dimensions in October 2002. Lindsay provides services in the north and western suburbs of the twin cities. Lindsay assists in the training and development of various levels of staff working with Behavioral Dimensions. Lindsay participates in the treatment plan and curricular development and implementation needed for each child’s individualized needs. Lindsay works directly with children in the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) using applied behavior analysis techniques to teach language, social, and behavioral development. Lindsay also provides support and training to family members on using general interaction strategies with their child to reduce challenging behaviors, teach appropriate communication, build independence, and generalize acquired skills outside of therapy sessions.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

Colleen Friedrich

Colleen has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since September 2002. She provides training for staff, works directly with clients and their families and assists with clinical support as a Program Implementation Manager on our St. Cloud and Alexandria teams. Colleen came to Behavioral Dimensions with over 20 years of experience working with children who have autism, developmental and physical disabilities, emotional/behavioral disturbances and medically fragile children. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, residential facilities and was a licensed daycare provider for children with special needs. Colleen feels each child and family has added to her knowledge and is grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER

Mike Gunter

Mike joined Behavioral Dimensions in 2009 and is the Program Implementation Manager for the East Metro area. He has provided services for adults and children with autism for 15 years, starting his career working with teenagers and adults with significant behavioral and cognitive disabilities.  At Behavioral Dimensions Mike is responsible for training our Behavior Therapists, Assistant Senior Therapist, and Senior Therapists, working one on one with clients, and providing support to families.

Program Implementation Manager

Sia Odegaard

Sia has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since 2016 and is a Program Implementation Manager in the East Metro area. She has worked 7.5 years providing in-home services to children with autism, first discovering her passion for what she does back in 2009.  Some of Sia’s responsibilities with Behavioral Dimensions include training Behavior Therapists, Associate Parent Support Specialists, and Senior Therapists. She also works one on one with children and provides family and caregiver counseling and training.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SENIOR THERAPIST, MARSHALL MN

Dianne Beckendorf, BS

Dianne has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since 2018 and is the Regional Director, Senior Therapist for Behavioral Dimensions in the Marshall area. For the past 28 years Dianne has worked with children and adults with a variety of abilities in their homes and communities focusing on children and young adults with Autism, and behavioral supports. In the Marshall area, Dianne assists in working with children with autism delivering the Intensive Behavioral Intervention services, leading a team of therapist, and collaborating with area agencies to provide services and supports for children with Autism in the area. Dianne assists in the training and development of staff, delivers 1:1 service with children and provides training and supports to family members.

CLINICAL SUPERVSIOR

Naly Vang, BA

Naly has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since March 2008 and is a Clinical Supervisor for the East metro. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Before coming to Behavioral Dimensions Naly worked with adults with developmental disabilities in group homes for 5 years. At Behavioral Dimensions she provides support to teams of staff and clients. Naly assists with staff training, parent training and works one-on-one with the clients. Currently, Naly is pursuing her certification in Behavior Analysis as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Mindy Marty, MS

Mindy has worked at Behavioral Dimension since September 2006. Mindy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Katherine and is currently in school to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst through Arizona State University. Mindy started at Behavioral Dimensions as a Behavior Therapist and over the years has had the opportunity to work in many different positions. She started as a Behavior Therapist, moved to an Associate Parent Support Specialist, was a Senior Therapist, was promoted to an Assistant Team Lead, and is now a Clinical Supervisor. As a Clinical Supervisor Mindy provides clinical support to staff and clients, works directly with kids and their families/caregivers and assists with on-going staff development and training.

REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Traci Enger

Traci has worked in the medical billing field for over 30 years across several specialties, and has an extensive background in electronic claims billing and revenue cycle management. She brought this experience to Behavioral Dimensions beginning in 2005, helping successfully navigate BDI through the ever-changing landscape of mental health billing, with a focus on autism benefits, programs and policies. Traci implements and utilizes the latest revenue cycle management procedures and training methods, as well as state-of-the-art technology, to guarantee precise billing, strict client confidentiality and accurate reimbursement. In that capacity, Traci remains focused on overseeing the continued growth of Behavioral Dimensions, as part of a dedicated team providing a much-needed healthcare service to the community she is privileged to serve.

CLINICAL TRAINEE

Amy Lundquist, MA, Clinical Trainee

Amy received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel College. Amy is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Previously, Amy worked with adults in a day treatment program in the Twin Cities. Amy has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since March 2005 and is a Clinical Trainee for the metro area. Amy currently works directly with children using Applied Behavior Analysis techniques and training with families. Amy also works on completing CMDE’s for both incoming and current clients as well as completing assessments and interviews of the family when needed. Amy also helps to oversee client’s progress under the direction of the mental health professional.

BOARD-CERTIFIED ASSISTANT BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Shanna Nseumen, BS, BCABA

Shanna is a Family Centered Behavior Analyst who teaches caregivers how to use behavior analysis to break down missing skills to produce extraordinary outcomes for children and families at home and in the community. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and became Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2009. Shanna joined Behavioral Dimensions in 2001 and has spent her career teaching children, parents, and teachers. Shanna currently works with families and caregivers to teach Positive Behavior Supports to prevent and replace unwanted behaviors.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Catherine Able, MS, BCBA

Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Catherine has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since April of 2016. She graduated from Purdue University with her Master of Science in Psychology in 2018 and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to working at Behavioral Dimensions, Catherine was involved in volunteer programs focusing on teaching children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. As a Clinical Supervisor for Behavioral Dimensions, Catherine oversees the training and continued development of staff and clients for the East Metro. She assists with family and caregiver skills training, works directly with clients developing and implementing functional behavioral goals, and collaborates with outside professionals to ensure coordinated care for clients.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Naomi Ziegler, MS

Naomi Ziegler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2021.Prior to joining the BDI team Naomi worked with children and staff at children’s camps and led wilderness adventure expeditions. When Naomi initially joined BDI in 2019 she was a Behavior Technician working directly one-on-one with clients. Since then, she has gained experience with service delivery from numerous different positions within the company. She is currently serving as a Senior Therapist in the St. Cloud area where she is providing staff supervision and training, program monitoring and development for children receiving intensive behavioral intervention, as well as parent and family training.  Naomi also works as a Behavior Consultant in the wider Willmar area conducting functional behavior assessments, program development, and training for adults and children with special needs seeking additional support regarding specific challenging behaviors and skill deficits.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Danielle Schmoeckel, MS

Danielle received her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities for 7 years in center, group, and in-home settings. She has worked at Behavioral Dimensions since August 2018, and is a Clinical Supervisor in the East Metro area. As a Clinical supervisor Danielle assists with family and caregiver skills training, oversees training and continued development of staff, collaborates with outside providers, develops treatment plans, and works directly with clients to develop and implement functional behavioral goals.

 

BOARD-CERTIFIED ASSISTANT BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCaBA)

Andrea Morris

Andrea (Andi) Morris is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst. She graduated from Wartburg College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology and then graduated from Florida Institute of Technology to get her BCaBA certificate in 2022. She has worked with Behavioral Dimensions since April of 2009 and is an Assistant Team Lead for the West Metro and Senior Therapist for the South and East Metro. Andrea assists in staff training, parent training, scheduling, time audits, and working one on one with clients.

BOARD-CERTIFIED ASSISTANT BEHAVIOR ANALYST, CLININCAL TRAINEE

Lisa Pritchard, MS

Lisa joined Behavioral Dimensions in 2019 as a Behavior Professional (BCaBA) in the Critical Care Unit for Behavioral Supports (CCUBS) program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Saint Cloud State University in Psychology and her master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Counseling and Psychological Services. She specializes in providing therapeutic & behavioral services to children or adolescents with behavioral challenges. She also works closely with the caregivers of these children or adolescents to implement support strategies identified for the specific needs of their child while keeping the needs of the entire family system as a guiding factor. Lisa is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

CLINICAL TRAINEE

Lauren Gonyea, BS

Lauren joined Behavioral Dimensions in 2019 as a Clinical Trainee in the Critical Care Unit for Behavioral Supports (CCUBS) program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Psychology and her master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Counseling and Psychological Services. She specializes in providing therapeutic services to adolescents with behavioral challenges. Lauren is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Anney Maund, MS, BCBA

Anney received her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis at Arizona State University and is a board-certified behavior analyst. Anney has worked for Behavioral Dimensions since 2020. When Anney joined BDI, she was trained as a behavior therapist and has gained clinical experience in different positions. Currently, Anney is a Clinical Supervisor, serving children on the South Carolina team. As a Clinical Supervisor, she works directly with clients, trains new staff and provides clinical support to staff and clients.

BOARD-CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST

Matt Hoefer, MS, BCBA

Matthew joined Behavioral Dimensions in September of 2022 as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. He provides and oversees highly specific positive behavioral support recommendations to clients, families, and teams of staff in their current environment. He also provides ongoing training, skill development, program support, and monitoring.Matthew graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2010.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Capella University in 2013 as well as obtained his certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2019. Matthew’s experience working with individuals stems from working in group homes beginning in 2006 as a direct staff and then as a program director.  His experience continued as a behavioral specialist at a learning center and a special education teacher at a public school setting before becoming a behavioral analyst with Behavioral Dimensions. Matthew has experience with an extensive range of individuals in in-home, community, and school settings with a diverse range of needs.

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. John Hoch, Ph.D, LP

Dr. Hoch is a Licensed Psychologist (LP).  John graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology in 2007.  He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. He worked as research director at Behavioral Dimensions from 2006 until 2015, when he returned to the University of Minnesota to work towards psychology licensure.He completed his internship and post-doctoral training at Fraser Child and Family Center where he continued to provide clinical care and conduct data analyses and research and until 2023. At Fraser, Dr. Hoch provided functional behavior assessments, individual, family, and group therapy, and psychological assessment services.Dr. Hoch re-joined Behavioral Dimensions in January of 2023 to develop the Assessment and Research programs. He completes evaluations and assessments for children and adolescents with concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He specializes in understanding the overlaps between ASD and other clinical disorders such as potentially traumatic event exposures, anxiety, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or developmental delays.  He brings his experience with evidence-based therapy, behavior analysis, and research knowledge to psychological assessments. Going beyond diagnostic labels, he hopes to capture each family’s strengths, values, and stories in the assessment process to recommend the most effective treatments. Dr. Hoch also continues to provide data analytics and research consulting services through Behavioral Dimensions.

Dr. Hoch lives with his family in Minneapolis. When he is not working, he loves year-round outdoor endurance sports as well as jumping into frozen lakes.