Kevin Schlichenmeyer, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Founder
Kevin graduated from Northeastern University with with a Master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA), he is currently enrolled in Western New England University doctorate program under the advisement of Dr. Bill Ahearn. His clinical experience includes the assessment and treatment of severe behavior challenges, verbal behavior, and clinical training. Kevin has been working with individuals with autism for greater than 15 years.
Kevin started TACT to fulfill a clear vision: utilize applied behavior analysis to help people live happily. In essence, TACT’s sole purpose is to make meaningful differences in people’s lives. In 2012, Kevin was able to spend time with a young man diagnosed with severe autism through respite care. Due to behavioral challenges, this young man typically had difficulties being out in community settings, leading him to a life of restriction. Kevin worked with him to teach skills through positive reinforcement and creating positive experiences. Over time, he was able to be participative in the community, and was able to sit through an entire dinner at his favorite restaurants, amongst other fun community-based activities. Kevin is forever indebted to that young man, because he learned so much from him about how keep things positive, build relationships through trust, and to never underestimate what is possible. Those values are instilled in the fabric of TACT and always will be.
Kevin is adamant that TACT’s clinical commitments reside in evidence-based practice. This approach to clinical work stemmed from his time at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center during a program project grant focused on the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. Kevin’s research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Behavioral Interventions.
Cory Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, CCC-SLP, Executive Director
Dr. Cory Whelan graduated from The George Washington University with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and studied applied behavior analysis at UMASS Boston. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA), he obtained his doctoral degree in behavior analysis at Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Gregory Hanley. His clinical experience includes delivering speech and behavior analytic services in public schools, private residential schools, and adult day programs.
In Cory’s role as Executive Director at TACT, he oversees the Community and School Consultation Department, the Professional Practice Department, and he works to build capacity among behavior analysts and technicians who provide high-quality clinical services to children and adults with autism. He is passionate about the delivery of progressive ABA services and making meaningful differences.
His research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, training staff to implement Practical Functional Assessments and Skills-Based Treatments, and evaluating strategies for delivering effective services that result in long-term, generalized effects. His research has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Child and Family Behavior Therapy. He has served as a guest reviewer for Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Kara LaCroix, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA, Clinical Director
Kara graduated from Endicott college with a Master’s degree in special education and applied behavior analysis. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in behavior analysis at Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Gregory Hanley. Kara is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in Massachusetts. She started her career in behavior analysis working in elementary schools and has been providing home-based and center-based care for TACT families since 2014. Kara has designed treatments to overcome sleep issues, feeding challenges, toilet training, and problem behavior, in addition to designing interventions centered around intensive language instruction.
As Clinical Director at TACT, Kara works directly with the BCBAs to ensure all clients receive quality care and make progress towards their goals. She also manages our admissions and scheduling department with our Care Coordinator. Kara is committed to providing quality therapeutic experiences for every family who is interested in our services.
Kara has presented at various conferences on topics such as assessment and treatment of problem behavior in both the home and community, assessment and treatment of perseveration, teaching imaginary play via video modeling, and the role of analysis in meaningful treatment. Her research interests include problem behavior prevention, parent education, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Kara is also published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Patricia Luki, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Behavior Analyst
Patricia (Patty) graduated with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Autism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. Patty has been providing in-home and clinic-based services since 2017, and she started working at TACT in 2020. Patty has designed successful treatments for challenging behavior, toilet training and feeding. Additionally, Patty designs and implements interventions to increase communication skills.
As a Behavior Analyst at TACT, Patty oversees and manages her caseloads, trains direct care providers to ensure that they have the skillset to deliver the highest quality of care to the clients, and provides family training to generalize skills in various settings.
Serena Cates, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Behavior Analyst
Serena holds credentials as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts; she received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University. While in graduate school, Serena acted as the student representative to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysts. Serena received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with minors in "Schools Education and Society" and Dance from Wake Forest University where she was honored with a variety of accolades including Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Honors in Theatre.
In her role as a Behavior Analyst, Serena brings a wealth of practical knowledge, infectious energy, and tender care to helping her clients achieve meaningful outcomes that improve their daily lives. Equally important, she works closely with family members and caregivers to tailor treatment to best suit each family’s goals. Serena also guides the training and development of several graduate students to ensure that TACT’s mission of providing the highest quality care to all clients is upheld.
Professionally, Serena is interested in verbal behavior and helping clients develop effective communication skills so they can get their needs and wants met. She is passionate about parent education and staff training. Prior to working at TACT, Serena worked as a behavior technician and as the training coordinator at a local ABA company, teaching both new and experienced staff members to implement effective ABA strategies and coaching parents to respond to significant behavioral concerns. She has experience practicing ABA with clients in clinic, home, and school settings.
Anna Sampson, M.S., BCBA LABA, Behavior Analyst
Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialization in Disability Studies and a Master of Science degree in Autism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is credentialed as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. She has been working at TACT in home, clinic, and school settings since 2018.
In her role as a Behavior Analyst at TACT, Anna regularly designs and implements treatments for challenging behavior, toilet training, and feeding. She has extensive experience in writing programming to teach communicative and social skills tailored to individual clients. She is passionate about providing effective training to teach and empower staff and families to implement teaching procedures with integrity.
Anna has presented research at a regional conference, sharing clinical work in the area of reducing challenging behavior while increasing appropriate communication and engagement with leisure activities. Her master’s thesis involved assessing the effects of observational learning on the preferences of children with restricted interests. Anna is passionate about identifying and teaching the skills that her clients require to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Rachelle de Saint Phalle, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA, Senior Behavior Analyst
Rachelle completed her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies at Endicott College. Prior to graduate school, Rachelle received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Salem State University. Rachelle is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. Rachelle has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2009 with individuals with autism and related disabilities in various settings such as public schools, recreational programs, homes, and centers.
Rachelle has had the pleasure of working with families at TACT in both home and center-based programs since 2017. Throughout this time, Rachelle has developed programming for individuals and families in the areas of social skills, toilet training, intensive language development, decreasing challenging behavior, sleep training, and food selectivity.
In her role as Senior Behavior Analyst at TACT, Rachelle manages the clinical care of clients with varying needs, developing individualized programming to promote socially-significant skills which will improve their lives and the lives of their families. Rachelle also trains and supervises behavior technicians implementing these programs and provides parent consultation and training. Rachelle supervises graduate students working to obtain their BCBA credentials ensuring they receive meaningful experiences throughout their fieldwork. Finally, Rachelle assists TACT’s directors in a variety of projects such as performance management and clinical quality measures.
Rachelle is passionate about providing her clients with the necessary skills to successfully participate in multiple social communities and settings. Her specific clinical and research interests include verbal behavior and language development, social skills, parent training, and play and leisure skills. Rachelle has had the opportunity to present research at a regional conference on the topic of teaching imaginary play via video modeling.