bryan simmons, MS, bcba, lba

Bryan completed the first-year of his doctoral (PhD) studies at the University of Kansas, in their top-ranked Department of Special Education emphasizing evidence-based practices before joining the Kansas City Behavioral Health team. His educational career began at the University of California, Irvine where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. He subsequently went on to earn his Master of Science Degree in Special Education at California State University, Long Beach while concurrently undergoing his Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology.

Prior to his transition to the Midwest, Bryan served as a behavior analyst in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in Southern California. At that time, his primary focus was on individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ages 2 – 22) who exhibit significantly challenging behaviors in the home, school, community, and clinic settings. Moreover, in Santa Ana, California, Bryan led various social skills classes for individuals with autism (ages 5 – 20), focused on teaching social awareness and appropriate social interactions through the utilization of applied behavior analytic (ABA) methods and strategies.

His interests include the reduction and replacement of challenging behaviors in the classroom, home, and community settings, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), collaboration between families and various education professionals (e.g. teachers, administrators, behavior analysts, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs), dissemination of evidence-based practices grounded in applied behavior analysis, preference and reinforcer assessments, and functional assessment-based interventions.