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Trumpet Announces Addition of Dr. Paula Braga-Kenyon, BCBA-D

Trumpet Behavioral Health today announced the appointment of Paula Braga-Kenyon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as Assistant Director of Clinical Services.

Paula Braga-Kenyon, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Paula Braga-Kenyon

In her position, Braga-Kenyon’s primary responsibility will be clinical oversight and consultation for a portion of Trumpet’s regions. In addition to this, she will contribute to a variety of projects including On-boarding standardization, Peer Review System, and curriculum database development, among others.

Dr. Linda LeBlanc, Executive Director of Research and Clinical Services with Trumpet Behavioral Health, speaks enthusiastically of Braga-Kenyon’s addition to the team.

“Dr. Braga-Kenyon has wonderful experience and expertise in assessment and treatment of problem behavior.  Her knowledge and skills are going to be a tremendous addition to our team.”

In an overview of her desire to join Trumpet’s team of behavior experts, Braga-Kenyon states, “I’ve known Trumpet for some time through my professional connection to Dr. Linda LeBlanc. I love the organization’s commitment to excellence, quality, and putting clients first in all that they do. Trumpet takes a proactive approach to improving the industry by delivering excellent services as well as contributing to best practices. It was these items that really captivated me.”

Coming from a diverse behavior analytic background, Braga-Kenyon brings an array of expertise to Trumpet’s team.

“My background started with a bachelor’s degree in education, followed by my licensure in psychology and eventually a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis. When I was first exposed to behavior analysis in Brazil, I loved it because it combined both practices; education and behavioral sciences. It has always been enlightening for me to teach people through behavioral science and see the direct impact of my work.”

Says Braga-Kenyon of growing professionally at Trumpet, “I’m really looking forward to learning from others, collaborating, and developing top of the line research and services. There are lots of companies out there that are not effective; they’re just providing services because the demand is so large. I want to help Trumpet continue establishing itself as the premier choice for families.”

Education and Training

A doctorate-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Braga-Kenyon received a Psychologist degree in 1995 from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC/SP). She continued her schooling and received a master’s of science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2000 from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts followed by a PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012 from Western New England University.

Professional Experience

With more than 20 years of professional experience, Braga-Kenyon has held numerous academic positions including professor at both the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University in Boston where she taught Organizational Behavior Management and Research Designs & Methods courses. She was the assistant to the executive director at Melmark New England and the residential program director at The New England Center for Children (NECC). Braga-Kenyon was employed by Spectrum Center for Educational and Behavioral Development for four years as an Educational Coordinator.

Boards & Activities

Braga-Kenyon currently serves as guest reviewer for a variety of peer-reviewed publications including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Revista Brasileira de Analise do Comportamento, Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, European Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Psychological Records.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Braga-Kenyon, P., Kenyon, S., & Guilhardi, P. (2015). The behavior analyst as a team member: Toward a cohesive multidisciplinary approach to treating individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), International Journal of Behavior Analysis & Autism Spectrum Disorders (in press).

Lionello-DeNolf, K.M. & Braga-Kenyon, P. (2013). Membership of Defined Responses in

Equivalence Classes. Psychological Record, 63, 769–784.

Pelletier, K., McNamara, B., Braga-Kenyon, P. R., & Ahearn, W. (2010). Effect of video self-monitoring on procedural integrity. Behavioral Interventions, 25 (4), 261-274. DOI: 10.1002/bin.316.

Andrade, M. & Braga-Kenyon, P. (1995). Conditional Relations among functional classes of stimuli. Psicologia Revista, 1, pp. 47-60.