OUR TEAM MEMBERS
Ms.Vasuda Bangalore is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that has over seven years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, in-home, community, and clinics.
In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As an undergraduate, she participated in internships and volunteer projects where she worked with clients with developmental disabilities. This furthered her interest in the field and led to a pursuit of graduate education in Psychology.
In May of 2013, Vasuda received a graduate assistantship to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a graduate assistant, she taught undergraduate psychology courses, participated in several research projects, and attended conferences that allowed her to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. During Fall of 2014, she began her BCBA supervision field work and graduated with her Master of Science in Psychology.
After obtaining her graduate education, Vasuda completed her BCBA fellowship in Huntsville, Alabama at The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center. She successfully obtained her BCBA certification in Fall 2016 and began working as a clinician in Augusta, Georgia. In early 2017, she returned to Huntsville to develop an ABA program that focuses on generalization and natural environment training for clients with autism and related developmental disabilities.
Vasuda enjoys meeting new faces and supports a holistic treatment approach. She believes that collaboration between caregivers, siblings, educators, and other paraprofessionals leads to more effective outcomes. She looks forward to celebrating every accomplishment with her entire team and her families!
Merigrace Wilcox (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Merigrace Wilcox holds a degree in University Studies with a concentration Child Psychology from Volunteer State Community College with plans to further her education in Child Psychology. Her previous experiences with children include working as a Preschool Teacher at institutions like the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center and as a Scrub Tech at a Pediatric Dentistry in Tennessee.
Merigrace recently moved from a small town in Tennessee to Huntsville, Alabama to continue to support her husband - a youth minister - and also continue gaining knowledge and experience in the field of psychology.
Merigrace has a love for children of all ages. She has a passion to help others succeed and grow in all aspects of life. She loves helping and seeing them become the best they can be.
Ashley Hix (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Ashley Hix holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the prestigious Tuskegee University. Currently, Ashley is furthering her education at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. Upon graduation, Ashley plans to pursue the Applied Behavior Analysis certification. Her previous experience with children include working as an Infant/Toddler teacher at various locations in the Huntsville area. She was also a substitute teacher, working with special needs children.
In her spare time, Ashley loves to be with family and friends, going to yard sales, and couponing. She also loves to work with children on homework assignments and projects. Ashley’s daily goal is to make a difference, not only in her life, but in the lives of others.
Kelsey McElroy (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Kelsey McElroy holds her Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2015, she became a Certified Specialist of Psychometry. She has worked with children and adults of all ages as a psychometrist and under the supervision of Dr. Megan Crisler, is trained in the administration of gold standard measures used for diagnosis of ASD, such as the ADOS-2. She is additionally skilled in the administration of most common psychological and neuropsychological measures. Being a psychological technician has given Kelsey a unique perspective and led to her interest in applied behavior analysis, as ABA approaches have led to increased compliance and performance across many evaluations and clinical experiences. Fall 2017, Kelsey will begin earning her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA concentration) from the Florida Institute of Technology and she is excited to expand her skill base, knowledge of assessment, and treatment approaches for children and adults.
Kelsey feels that it is very important to keep up with current research, and enjoys going to conferences and presentations in order to utilize best practices in her field. Her previous research experience involved (learning and retention of words). Kelsey has significant interest in child behavior, and she particularly loves to work with toddlers and young children. She is notably skilled at helping nervous children feel comfortable in unfamiliar situations. For the last two years, she has helped Dr. Crisler facilitate social skills groups for teens and young adults with ASD, along with other neurodevelopmental differences.
In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys going on runs with her dog, playing board games, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters.