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Missy Olive

After many years in higher education, Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, “Missy”, founded Applied Behavioral Strategies. Missy has served on the Editorial Board of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Journal of Early Intervention, and Young Exceptional Children and she is a frequent guest reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Missy currently chairs the Legislative Committee for the CT Association for Behavior Analysis (CT ABA) and serves on the CT ABA Board of Directors. She has published 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focusing on topics related to behavior analysis including assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, communication intervention, and feeding disorders. Missy’s current professional interests relate to ethical issues in the practice of behavior analysis, using ABA to address feeding, and communication intervention. She is also interested in state and federal policy related to individuals with disabilities. Missy also has a strong interest in family issues related to children with disabilities. Since 1993, she has cared for and advocated on behalf of her brother, Mac, an adult with autism, intellectual disability, and a seizure disorder.