About

Comprehensive Behavior Change, LLC (CBC) improves the lives of individuals with disabilities and those who support them using a systematic and comprehensive approach. Whether we are providing services at the student/client, staff, or program level, CBC is dedicated to using an individualized, thorough, and ongoing process of evaluating and intervening. CBC is equipped to meet your needs for improvement at any level by directly assessing needs and developing treatment plans tailored specifically to meeting those needs.

Founded by former teachers with expertise in applied behavior analysis, we focus on systematically altering environments to create behavior change that will maintain over time. As educators, we are practical and believe in the importance of remaining mindful of existing variables that affect the likelihood of positive outcomes. As behavior analysts, we are objective and believe in the principles of applied behavior analysis. With this combination of clinical and classroom experiences, we systematically and comprehensively approach problems which leads to meaningful change at any level.

Behavior Analysts, Jennifer L. Alexander, Ph.D. and Katie A. Smith, Ph.D.

Jennifer L. Alexander, Ph.D. and Katie A. Smith, Ph.D. are Board Certified Behavior Analysts, certified special educators, and co-founders of Comprehensive Behavior Change, LLC. Before returning to The University of Georgia to obtain PhDs in Special Education, Drs. Alexander and Smith held various positions working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the school system including special educator and instructional coach.

While pursuing PhDs, Drs. Alexander and Smith had the opportunity to intern at Marcus Autism Center in the behavioral treatment programs and also took on roles as clinical supervisors at The University of Georgia Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic. Drs. Alexander and Smith both have extensive knowledge and experience in working with a variety of individuals with both developmental disabilities and severe problem behavior.  They are dedicated to using both their classroom and clinical experiences to influence their work in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and those that support them.

Publications

Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K. M., Shepley, S. B., & Smith, K. A. (in review). Comparison of probe procedures in the assessment of chained tasks. .
Smith, K. A., Ayres, K. A., Alexander, J. L., Ledford, J. R., Shepley, C., & Shepley, S. B. (in press). Initiation and generalization of self-instructional skills in adolescents with autism and intellectual disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K. M., & Smith, K. A. (2015). Training teachers in evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A review of the literature. Teacher Education and Special Education. 38, 13-27.
Smith, K. A., Shepley, S. B., Alexander, J. L., & Ayres, K. M. (2015). The independent use of self-instructions for the acquisition of untrained multi-step tasks: A review of the literature. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 40, 19-30.
Smith, K. A., Shepley, S. B., Alexander, J. L., Davis, A., & Ayres, K. M. (2015). Self-instruction using mobile technology to learn functional skills. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 11, 93-100.
Smith, K. A., Ayres, K. M., Mechling, L. C., Alexander, J. L., Mataras, T. K., & Shepley, S. B. (2015). Evaluating the effects of a video prompt in a system of least prompts procedure. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 38, 39-49.
Alexander, J. L., Smith, K. A., Mataras, T., Shepley, S. B., & Ayres, K. M. (2015). A meta-analysis and systematic review of the literature to evaluate potential threats to internal validity in probe procedures for chained tasks. Journal of Special Education, 49, 135-145.
Alexander, J. L. & Smith, K. A. (2013). ABA program template e-book. Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Publishing, Inc.
Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K. M., Smith, K. A., Shepley, S. B., & Mataras, T. K. (2013). Using video modeling on an iPad to teach generalized matching on a sorting mail task to adolescents with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1346-1357.
Smith, M., Ayres, K. M., Mechling, L., & Smith, K. (2013). A comparison of the effects of video modeling with narration versus video modeling without narration on the functional skill acquisition of adolescents with autism. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 164-178.
Bereznak, S., Ayres, K. M., Mechling, L., & Alexander, J.L. (2012). Video self-prompting and mobile technology to increase daily living and vocational independence for students with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities, 24, 269-285.

Conference Presentations

Alexander, J. L. & Washington, A. (2015). Incorporating video based instruction to teach individuals with autism in classroom and community settings. Emory Autism Center Monarch School-age Program: Summer Autism Workshop. Duluth, Georgia.
Shepley, C., Zawoyski, A., Burger, J., McDuffie, M., Smith, K. A., & Alexander, J. L. (2015). Managing severe behavior by teaching waiting and providing caregiver training. Applied Behavior Analysis International 41st Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas.
Alexander, J. L. & Smith, K. A. (2015). Writing effective behavior intervention plans. 2015 Southeastern “Across the Spectrum” Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo. Norcross, Georgia.
Shepley, S. B., Alexander, J. L., Smith, K. A., & Ayres, K. M. (2015). Comparison of probe procedures in the assessment of chained tasks. Ninth Annual Autism Conference: Innovative, Science-Based Approaches. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alexander, J. L. & Smith, K. A. (2014). Be proactive: Practical strategies to help prevent problem behavior. Adult ASD Seminar and Resource Fair. Suwanee, Georgia.
Smith, K. A. & Alexander, J. L. (2014). What everyone ought to know about video modeling. Monarch Annual School Inclusion Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K. M., Smith, K. A., Shepley, S. B., & Mataras, T. (2014). Evaluating the effects of preference for final products when teaching chained tasks using video modeling. Applied Behavior Analysis International 40th Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.
Shepley, S. B., Smith, K. A., Ayres, K. M., & Alexander, J. L. (2014). The use of video modeling to teach individuals with disabilities to film a video with an iPhone. Applied Behavior Analysis International: Autism. Louisville, Kentucky.
Alexander, J. L. & Smith, K. A. (2013). Person first, disability second. American Association of Medical Assistants 57th Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
Alexander, J. L. (2013). Work systems: Make and take. Special Education Instructional Strategies Conference. Suwanee, GA.
Smith, K. A. & Alexander, J. L. (2013). Functional independent skills handbook. wreSpecial Education Instructional Strategies Conference. Suwanee, GA.
Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K. M., Smith, K. A., & Bereznak, S. (2013). Using video modeling on an iPad to teach generalized matching on a sorting mail task to adolescents with autism. Council for Exceptional Children 2013 Convention and Expo. San Antonio, Texas.
Smith, K. A., Ayres, K. M., Alexander, J. L., & Mataras, T. K. (2013). The effects of a video prompt embedded in a system of least prompts procedure to teach office skills to individuals with moderate intellectual disability. Council for Exceptional Children 2013 Convention and Expo. San Antonio, Texas.
Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K.M., Mataras, G., Bereznak, S., & Smith, K. (2013). Potential threats to internal validity in probe procedures for chained tasks: Review of the literature. Applied Behavior Analysis International: Autism. Portland, Oregon.
Smith, K., Alexander, J. L., Ayres, K.M., Mataras, T., & Bereznak, S. (2013). Natural opportunity probes. Applied Behavior Analysis International: Autism. Portland, Oregon.
Bereznak, S., Smith, K., Ayres, K.M., Alexander, J.L., & Mataras, T. (2013). Self instructional skills using mobile technology to learn functional skills. Applied Behavior Analysis International: Autism. Portland, Oregon.
Gluth, G., & Smith, K. A. (2012). Get comfortable searching for mobile apps: how to find what you need and know what you are getting. Georgia Across the Spectrum Autism/Asperger Conference. Duluth, GA.
Alexander, J. L. (2011). Edmark: Teaching reading to students with severe cognitive disabilities. Special Education Instructional Strategies Conference. Suwanee, GA.
Smith, K. (2011). The use of constant time delay to teach vocabulary word definitions to children with autism or characteristics of autism: A comparison of visual to verbal prompting. Special Education Instructional Strategies Conference. Suwannee, GA
Alexander, J. L., Cortellino, S. & Green, M. (2010). ASD…Coming to a school near you. Gwinnett County Summer Leadership Conference. Suwanee, GA.