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Dr. Kimberly Kirby’s Research Team

Research Coordinator

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Elena Bresani

Elena Bresani is currently a Research Associate for the HABIT Research Unit at Rowan University. She is also the Center Coordinator of the Parents Translational Research Center (PTRC) at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Experimental Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in 2006 and has been conducting research in the substance abuse field for over 10 years. She has worked on research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and State agencies, which were focused on developing practical and effective interventions for individuals with substance use disorders as well as developing interventions and resources for parents who have an adolescent or young adult child who is using substances. Most recently she coordinated a study investigating the feasibility and acceptability of a Home-based Continuing Care intervention that taught parents how to reinforce their young adult child’s opiate abstinence as well as an ongoing study testing a recently developed online version of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach.

For more information on the Feasibility and acceptability of a Home-based Continuing Care intervention click here!

Graduate Students

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Jessica Flinn

Jessica is a second year graduate student in the M.A. in ABA program at Rowan University. She attended Rutgers University – Camden for her undergraduate studies. Currently, Jessica is involved with the CRAFT project, specifically with the use of natural consequences in family training. She is interested in research pertaining parental involvement in Early Intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Jessica Donlan

Jessica is a first year graduate student in the M.A. in ABA program at Rowan University. She attended Old Dominion University, from which she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with minors in Special Education and Psychology. Jessica is currently involved in the HABIT Research Unit and working on research for the CRAFT project.

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Sarah Springer

Sarah is a first year graduate student in the M.A. in ABA program at Rowan University. She received her Bachelor’s in Speech, Language, & Hearing from Temple University. Sarah is currently involved in the HABIT Research Unit and is working on research for the Triggr project. Her research interests include pediatric feeding and substance abuse treatment.

For more information on Triggr click here!

Natalie Torres

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Natalie is a first year graduate student in the M.A. in ABA program at Rowan University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University. Natalie is currently involved in the HABIT Research Unit, working on the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) project. Her research interests include substance abuse and autism. She is fluent in Spanish.

Julie Weiss

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Julie is a first year graduate student in the M.A. in ABA program at Rowan University. She received her undergraduate degree from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Specialization in Child Behavioral Services.  She is currently a member of the HABIT Research Unit under the supervision of Dr. Kim Kirby and working on research for the Triggr project.  Julie has extensive experience in the field of Autism and is interested in exploring this new area of research for those that have had substance abuse problems and are seeking treatment.

For more information on Triggr click here!

Undergraduate Students

Sarah Howard

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Sarah is an undergraduate student at Rowan University, studying Psychology with a specialization in children and family services. She is currently working under Dr. Kimberly Kirby’s supervision in the HABIT Research Unit and helped develop a poster for the Maryland Applied Behavior Analysis (MABA) conference.

To check out the poster click here!