Haring Center

Jessica Flaherty, MEd., BCBA, LBA

Research Assistant, jflahe@uw.edu

Jessica Flaherty

Jessica is a Research Assistant for the Professional Development and Training team at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her M.Ed. from Nicholl’s State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. 

Jessica is currently working as a research assistant and practicum supervisor in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) graduate program at the UW College of Education. Her current research focuses on the intersectional experience of gender and neuro-diversity, the unique barriers and needs within this space, the ways clinicians come to know and value those needs, and the implications on the field as a whole. She recently received an AIR-P grant for a study titled Exploring the Space Where Gender and Neuro Diversity Meet, which aims to center and amplify the voices of individuals who live and experience this intersectional identity via focus group methodology.  

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Jessica worked as a behavior analyst in an early intervention center in New Orleans, Louisiana where she provided services in the clinic, home, and school settings. This work quickly shaped her values and aspirations, prioritizing collaborative relationships with clients and families and providing services that are tailored to specific lives, values, and contexts. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Support
  • Preschool Inclusion
  • Teaming and Collaboration