Faculty

Dr. Sarah C. Mead Jasperse, BCBA-D

Dr. Sarah C. Mead Jasperse

Dr. Sarah C. Mead Jasperse, BCBA-D

Assistant Professor, Counseling, Special Education, and Neuroscience Division

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Florida, Psychology — Behavior Analysis Specialization
  • EdM, Harvard University, Education — Risk and Prevention Specialization
  • AB, Dartmouth College, Psychological and Brain Sciences (major), Human Development and Education (minor)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis

Profile

Dr. Sarah C. Mead Jasperse is an Assistant Professor at the Counseling, Special Education, and Neuroscience Division with an extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and a passion for evidence-based behavior management. She has held a variety of related professional across her career spanning across several positions with academic institutions in USA and UAE.

Since joining ECAE in August 2020 she has been teaching introductory and advanced graduate-level courses in behavior analysis as well as conducting and supervising applied research.

Dr. Mead began her early career in applied behavior analysis with the New England Center for Children (NECC) in Massachusetts as a direct care teacher in their residential program. At NECC She also began her training in the assessment and intervention of severe and disruptive behavior.

During 2007, she assisted in the establishment of NECC-Abu Dhabi (now the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Special Education operated by the New England Center for Children). While she was working full-time at NECC-AD, she also completed the necessary post-Master’s coursework and supervised experience to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2011.

Her work in the areas of prevention, assessment, and intervention continued at the University of Kansas where she was an Adjust Faculty member and the director of a therapeutic day school as she worked under the co-mentorship of Drs. Claudia Dozier and Pamela Neidert. During this time, she taught at the undergraduate-, Master’s, and doctoral-level, supervised the clinical work and research activities of students in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science.

After relocating to Aurora University in the Chicago area, she served as an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at the university. In this role, she oversaw the graduate and undergraduate training and directly supervised her graduate students working in a variety of community-based ABA programs in the region. While in this position, Dr. Mead Jasperse was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, the Executive Committee of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Mead completed her doctoral work at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata. Under his supervision, she continued to hone her skills in the assessment and intervention of severe and disruptive behavior and began a line of research regarding the prevention of the development of severe and disruptive behavior.

Her doctoral dissertation, “Evaluation of a Functional Analysis Screening Procedure for Aggression,” addressed effective, efficient, and safe procedures that can be utilized by clinicians to assess aggressive behavior. She graduated in 2017 and has held the Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) credential since that time.

Publications

INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Mead, S. C. Evaluations of preventive effects of established treatments for problem behavior (Invited address). Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, Omaha, NE (2017, March).
  • Mead, S. C. Preventive effects of established treatments for problem behavior. Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Life Span. Overland Park, KS. (2017, March).
  • Mead, S. C. Treatment “failures” in ABA: What they are and how to remedy them. (Pre-conference workshop). Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, Omaha, NE (2017, March).

Also presented as an invited presentation at:

    • Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis, Overland Park, KS (2018, January)
    • Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis, Bloomington, MN (2019, September).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Mead, S. C., Iwata, B. A, Roscoe, E. M., & Schlichenmeyer, K. J. Functional analysis screening procedure for aggression. Professional Association of Behavior Analysts, Seattle, WA (2015, March).

Also presented at:

    • Psychological Society of Ireland, Division of Behaviour Analysis, Galway, Ireland (2015, April)
    • Association for Behavior Analysis, San Antonio, TX (2015, May)
    • Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, MA (2015, October).
  • Mead, S. C., Iwata, B. A., & Koehler, L. J. Effects of appropriate request repertoire size on the development of problem behavior. Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, Daytona Beach, FL. (2015, September).

Also presented at:

    • Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL (2016, May).