Dr. Weddle clinically supports May Institute adult services programs with the primary mission to increase the organization’s capacity to provide contemporary skill acquisition intervention (e.g., utilizing a verbal behavior approach & emphasis on building functional daily living repertoires) and treatment of challenging behavior. Additionally, she executes research within the May Center for Applied Research.
Dr. Weddle is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). She is also a licensed psychologist, certified health service provider, and behavior analyst (LABA) in Massachusetts.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology from Northern Arizona University. In 2012, she completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship through MCHB at the University of Arizona. During her two-year graduate research assistantship, she served as project coordinator for multi-site research projects in public schools and Head Starts in Northern Arizona. Dr. Weddle completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the May Institute.
Her previous clinical work at May Institute consisted of consultation to both Massachusetts public school districts and May Institute programs (schools, ABA early intervention centers, adult shared living) to address the needs of children and adults with ASD and related disabilities. She continues to conduct training and model best practice in assessment, applied verbal behavior teaching approaches, and functionally based interventions for educators, therapists, and behavior analysts.
Dr. Weddle holds multiple other roles within the May Institute, as the Director of Continuing Education in Psychology (APA), Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACE) Coordinator for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), May APA Training Faculty, and Chair of the May Institute Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Dr. Weddle is the author of several peer-reviewed publications primarily focused on language-based skill acquisition and functional analysis in real-world settings. She co-authored a book chapter on function-based intervention for problem behavior in the Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum. She has served as ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Language and Education, and Education and Treatment of Children. She has also presented her research and conducted workshops at numerous international, national, and regional conferences.