Lab Members

Amarie Carnett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Carnett is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and an Research Affilate at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is a doctorate level Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Carnett initially trained in behaviour analysis at Texas State University during her master’s program. She completed her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in behaviour analysis and communication interventions at Victoria University of Wellington. She has over 15 years of experience working in the field of behaviour science and developmental disabilities. Her research is focused on developing interventions to help individuals develop autonomy within their environments and increase their overall quality of life. She believes this best achieved by interventions that target issues associated to generalization of skills, as well as ensuring social significance through stakeholder participation. Her research interest can be classified into two overlapping categories: communication interventions and  adaptive functioning

Sophia Kennedy 

Sophia is a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. She completed her Masters in Educational Psychology in 2021 and BA in Psychology minoring in Spanish in 2017. Sophia has worked with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities throughout her studies and is enjoying pairing this experience with academic research. Sophia is passionate about ensuring all people have a voice and is excited about the potential research has to support this.

Kelly Bush

Kelly completed her Master of Educational Psychology in 2021 at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research interests include functional analyses of verbal behaviour and the implementation of communication interventions based on the results. She also has an interest in addressing learning barriers around the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Kelly has practical experience working in a school environment with students who use communication devices, as well as having an active role in the introduction of communication device to non-vocal child with autism.  

Former Members

Siobhan Gardiner (2020-2022)

Rosie Coyle (2020-2021)

Jasmine Murphy (2020 -2021)

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