Jana Sarno is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with extensive educational, clinical and professional development experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University (WMU). Following graduation from WMU, Jana attended The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology. During her time at USM, she worked with children enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start, local school districts, a multi-disciplinary setting for children with communication and developmental disorders, and the USM School Psychology Clinic. Her thesis titled, “Escape-to-Attention as a Potential Variable in Maintaining Problem Behavior in the School Setting,” under the direction of Dr. Heather Sterling, was published in School Psychology Review.
After her time at USM, Jana completed a year-long internship experience at the Marcus Autism Center, a NIH Autism Center of Excellence in Atlanta, GA. While at Marcus, Jana received intensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, verbal behavior and feeding disorders. More recently, Jana has held clinical leadership positions at several organizations. Across these positions, she has developed and monitored ABA programs for children with autism, delivered professional development seminars to key stakeholders, started new lines of research/program evaluation, and participated in legislative efforts locally and nationally. Finally, Jana has participated in grant-funded research and regularly presents at state, national, and international behavior analysis conferences.