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Our Team

Aunie Abernathy, M.A., BCBA

Pre-Licensed BCBA

Aunie is originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and discovered ABA during an internship she received at an inpatient facility for individuals who engage in severe and complex challenging behaviors. She fell in love with the field of ABA during this time, as it allowed her to combine technical skills and compassionate care to change the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she completed her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Although her passion and expertise are in assessing and treating severe and complex challenging behaviors, she also enjoys teaching early learner skills and complex verbal behavior.

Scottsdale PBS stood out to Aunie because of their emphasis on individualized treatments and programming, and their stress on the importance of providing services in all settings the individual lives and learns in. In addition, she loved the commitment to compassionate care the director, BCBAs, and RBTs at SPBS demonstrated and is continuously motivated to embody that herself.

Outside of her time at work, Aunie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, bingeing reality TV shows, and cheering on all Wisconsin sports teams (Go Badgers!).

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When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

– Alexander Den Heijer