Christina Gladden

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Christina Gladden happened upon the ABA field soon after obtaining her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Orleans. She worked in an autism clinic working with children and knew almost immediately that it was her calling.

She obtained her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis in 2022. She has three years of hands-on experience working directly with individuals on the autism spectrum. Her career in ABA was sparked by a genuine passion for mental health, a keen interest in human behavior, and a love for research. She has worked on various posters and presentations with her former supervisor for conferences such as ABAI and volunteered as a research assistant for multiple years.

She currently works as a BCBA at a company stationed in New Jersey and is excited to work with her clinical director on various research projects to present at future conventions. When she isn’t working, she can be found nose-deep in a book or scraping her knee on a longboard.

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