Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Jennifer Goodell
My name is Jennifer Goodell and I am the district Behavior Analyst. I have worked in the Tenafly School District since 2011, however, have over twenty years experience in the behavior analytic field. I started my career in a private school for learners with autism spectrum disorders. Once entering the public sector, I served as a classroom teacher, a behavior consultant and as part of the child study team as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and case manager. Currently I serve as one of the district behavior analysts. I primarily work with the PAWS program for learners with special needs. PAWS is a self-contained program which currently serves learners in preschool through 5th grade.
What does a behavior analyst do?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
A systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the production of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings. Practitioners of behavior analysis provide services consistent with the dimensions of ABA.
Common services may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting behavioral assessments
- Analyzing data
- Writing and revising behavior-analytic treatment plans
- Training others to implement components of treatment plans
- Overseeing the implementation of treatment plans
Behavior analysts provide services to clients with a variety of needs including, but not limited to:
- Organizational Functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions)
- Skill Deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior)
- Problem Behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior)