Our Team is Here
Our mission at Prism Autism Education & Consultation is to make long-term, socially significant improvements in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders. We focus on creating lasting relationships with the children, their families, and teams. Utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, we develop individualized curriculum including behavioral supports and training of those in the children’s lives in order to increase their academic, language, and social successes.
Rebecca Giammatti, M.S., BCBA
Rebecca Giammatti is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for the past 17 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage Graduate School.
Rebecca enjoyed several years of center-based behavior analytic experience before becoming an outreach provider, working with home-based instructional teams. Prior to co-founding Prism, Rebecca held several long-term consultation contracts within schools throughout Connecticut.
When not working with her students or instructional teams, Rebecca enjoys time at home with her husband and two small children, as well as creating new recipes around her families many food sensitivities.
Rachael Coburn is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prism Autism Education & Consultation. Rachael’s nearly ten years of experience in the field began as a summer internship at a center in NY and blossomed into a love of supporting the families of children touched by autism. Her experience includes home, school and center based programming. She also gained valuable administrative experience as a Director of Development for one of those centers.
Prior to her work starting Prism, Rachael managed several teams and accounts at a health intelligence firm. Her business experience and her BS in Business Administration is an asset to this organization.
In her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading and like Rebecca, working in the kitchen to create new recipes to accommodate her family’s many needs. In addition, Rachael and her daughters enjoy tending their delicious backyard kitchen garden together.
Karen Kelly is the Business Manager at Prism Autism Education and Consultation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
Karen comes to us after thirty years experience growing in the field of administrative and business management. Her business experience and excellent organizational skills make her an asset to our business
In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children, and her extended family. She loves family, nature, and doing woodworking with her husband.
Courtney Rinaldi, M.S., BCBA
Courtney Rinaldi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for the past 7 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University.
Courtney enjoyed several years of behavior analytic experience before becoming a private consultant working with Birth-to-Three in Waterbury, CT and teaching a Special Education Pre-School classroom in Essex, CT. Prior to joining Prism, Courtney held several long-term consultation contracts within schools throughout Connecticut.
When not working with her students or instructional teams, Courtney enjoys time at home with her husband and two small children, as well as running, gardening and any outdoor activity the shoreline has to offer.
Emily Duffy, BCBA
Emily Duffy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for 13 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Joseph’s University and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Southern Connecticut State University.
Emily has behavior analytic experience working with children of all developmental levels. In addition to skill development based on the principles of ABA, Emily has extensive experience in teaching social cognition based on the Social Thinking© curriculum of Michelle Garcia-Winner (see socialthinking.com for more information). She has been accepted as a Social Thinking Clinical Training Participant at the Social Thinking Clinic in Boston.
When she is not working with families, Emily and her husband enjoy outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, kayaking, running and biking. She also enjoys sharing her love of nature with her nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
Joanne Searle, BCaBA
Joanne Searle is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for the past 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Central Connecticut State University and completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Prior to joining Prism, Joanne enjoyed several years of behavior analytic experiences as an ABA Therapist and a Senior Behavior Therapist in the public school system working with preschool and elementary aged students.
When Joanne is not working with her students or instructional teams, she enjoys spending time with her husband, as well as exploring New England and discovering what each season has to offer.
Anton Yurack, BCaBA
Anton is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with 13 years experience working with children with autism in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Anton has consulted with public school districts, specialized ABA programs and home based programs. Anton has experience working with and training parents, paraprofessionals and school teams, and is dedicated to providing quality ABA services to children on the spectrum.
Anton will be attending Bay Path University in the spring of 2016 where he will begin his master’s program for Applied Behavior Analysis. Anton was acknowledged as a dedicated special education professional for contributing and collaborating workable answers to daily problems for students in the published book The New ABA Program Companion, 2013 by J. Tyler Fovel.
When Anton is not working with his students or instructional teams, Anton and his wife enjoy collecting antiques and going to flea markets. He also enjoys swimming, playing music, spending time at home with his dog and completing DIY projects in his home.
Kelly K. Powell, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Powell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist providing psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, individual and group therapies, including parent training and executive functioning groups, and individualized consultations.
She is also an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals with ASD and their families. Her current research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence based parenting interventions for children with ASD. Dr. Powell’s clinical pursuits include interdisciplinary evaluations of young children with ASD and related disorders as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments into the community.
Additionally, Dr. Powell runs monthly support groups for parents of children with ASD as well as adults with ASD through the Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (ASRC) in Wallingford, CT.
Amy Giguere Carney, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Amy Carney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in supporting parents with toddlers and preschoolers during and after diagnostic evaluations. She acquired a B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University.