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Annie Scott

Annie Scott

Behavior Analyst / Farmington

Annie Scott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for the last 11 years. Originally from New York, she received her masters degree from Fordham University in Early Childhood Special Education and Post-Masters in ABA from Hunter College. Before beginning her career in ABA Annie was a special education preschool teacher in NYC for 7 years, and prior to working at Prism, she was a program supervisor at a Verbal Behavior Clinic in Arizona.

What brings Annie Joy?
Annie enjoys spending time with friends and family, the ocean, yoga, and traveling!

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Jaclyn Pugh

Jaclyn Pugh

Behavior Analyst / Berlin

Jaclyn Pugh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and certified Special Education Teacher K-12 who has been working with children since 2007. Jaclyn has behavior analytic experience working with individuals ages 0-21 in both center and school-based ABA programs and has a passion for teaching functional communication and daily living skills. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Special Education and Liberal Studies with a concentration in reading, and she completed her graduate degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Prior to joining Prism, Jaclyn worked as a public school paraprofessional and ABA therapist for several years and then a special education teacher in an ABA-based classroom. There she developed a structured center-based learning classroom to meet the needs of the children. Jaclyn moved to Indiana where she worked as a Clinical Site Director and established the company’s fifth Autism Learning Center. After several years, Jaclyn and her family moved back to Connecticut and she worked as a BCBA for a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) school that served students from across the state.

What brings Jaclyn joy?

When not at work, Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her three sons (two of those are twins!) and husband, as well as her extended family. She enjoys playing cards, specifically setback and cribbage. Jaclyn loves to bring a delicious dessert to any event she goes to and she loves to try new foods and restaurants.

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Heather Philbrook

Heather Philbrook

Behavior Analyst / Berlin

Heather Philbrook is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Has experience working with children for over 10 years. Heather became passionate about working with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder while working as a preschool teacher. She completed her masters in Science with a focus of Applied Behavior Analysis.

What brings Heather Joy?
Heather loves to spend time with family, especially her four nieces and nephews. Spends most weekends finding new places to hike and take pictures

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Christine Lappen

Christine Lappen, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Senior Behavior Analyst / Berlin

Christine Rebelo-Lappen is a Senior Board Certified Behavior Analyst with nearly 19 years experience working with children diagnosed with autism in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She holds a Masters of Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Fitchburg State University. Before joining the Prism team, Christine spent over 18 years providing behavior analytic services to children with autism in public school, center-based, and in-home settings. She has worked with students of various ages ranging from preschool to high school. In addition, Christine taught graduate level students enrolled in the University of St. Joseph Applied Behavior Analysis program.

What brings Christine joy?

Outside of work, Christine loves spending time with her husband and their four dogs. They spend time together working on their small farm that is the home to their two horses, two mini-donkeys, twelve sweet hens, and one rooster with an attitude. Christine also enjoys spending time with family and friends, horseback riding, and relaxing around backyard campfires.

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Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs, BCBA, LBA

Behavior Analyst / Farmington

Katie Jacobs is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2013. She graduated from The University of Saint Joseph with her Master’s of Science in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining Prism, Katie worked as a behavior analyst in a home based program with young children. Additionally, she spent several years gaining behavior analytic experience working in private special education schools as a teaching assistant and behavior technician, with elementary and high school-aged students with autism.

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Kaela Benitez

Kaela Benitez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Behavior Analyst / Guilford

Kaela Benitez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 6 years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Throughout this time, she has worked in school districts, home and clinic settings with children aged 3-16. Prior to becoming a BCBA she gained experience supervising and implementing individualized programming in her role as a BCaBA. In 2019, she completed her M.Ed. with a concentration in applied behavior analysis from Endicott College. Kaela has a love and passion for helping improve the quality of life for each client and family she serves. She enjoys that she’s always learning from her clients, and this continues to be the most rewarding aspect of her job.

What brings Kaela joy?
In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her family members, diving into a good Netflix show or two, OR her new favorite — planning their wedding!

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Rachel Sperry

Rachel Sperry, MA, BCBA, LBA

Behavior Analyst / Farmington

Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with autism since 2014. She graduated from Ball State University with her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism. Rachel worked as a public school special education paraprofessional before joining Prism’s team. During her time at Prism, Rachel was initially a behavior technician before being accepted into the company’s Apprenticeship Program, which helped prepare her to take over her BCBA role after passing her exam in May 2018.

What brings Rachel joy?

Outside of work, Rachel likes reading a good book by the pool, baking cupcakes, and spending as much time as possible with her nieces and nephew.

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Julia Ferrelli

Julia Ferrelli

Senior Behavior Analyst / Guilford

Julia Ferrelli is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for over 15 years. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and earned her Master’s of Science in Special Education with concentrations in ASD and Applied Behavior Analysis from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining Prism, Julia worked as a preschool special education teacher in a self-contained classroom for young children with autism. There she learned how to incorporate applied behavior analysis through naturalistic learning opportunities.

What brings Julia joy?

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, hitting the gym, and catching up on her favorite TV shows.

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Hannah Aliberti

Hannah Aliberti, MS, BCBA, LBA

Behavior Analyst / Farmington

Hannah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children with autism for the past 10 years. She holds a Master of Science in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph. Prior to joining Prism, Hannah worked in public schools with preschool and elementary-aged children with autism.

What brings Hannah joy?

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and dog. She also enjoys traveling, football and baking.

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