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Karen Hans

PhD Student


Karen is a board Certified behaviour analyst, pursuing her PhD at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. Karen obtained her BSc degree in Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida and went on to obtain an MA at the Ohio State University in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Serving as a District Behaviour Analyst for four years in Marion County public schools, Karen worked directly with students, consulted with teachers on classroom management and provided training to district employees and parents. Karen also worked as an independent behaviour analyst for three years with both children and adults in the community. As an independent behaviour analyst, Karen assesses clients in home, school and other community environments as well as creating, implementing and supervising home programmes.

Additionally, Karen has conducted training at local, state and national and international levels on research in applied behaviour analysis.


Karen has taught on the Intervention in Autism Year 2 and the ABA graduate diploma programme at the Tizard Centre.


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Current and recent Research Projects

Karen's PhD is focused on training in positive behaviour supports for school staff and parents together. Karen will look at how the training has affected the student's quality of life, the teacher's management difficulty of the child, and the level of challenging behaviour displayed by the child.

Karen is also working on a survey to identify the prevalence of students with challenging behaviour within Kent, alongside Dr Nick Gore.

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Karen is currently working as a Consultant Analyst for Dimensions

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Last Updated: 08/10/2014