Laura Katherine Barker serves as a Behavior Analyst II for Canopy Children’s Solutions working in the Early Intervention Autism Clinic in Jackson. She leads individual ABA therapy working with preschool and young elementary children with autism on various communication, motor and developmental tasks.

During her master’s program, Laura Katherine’s experience began at the CARES School in Hattiesburg helping students in the autism classrooms progress on their Individualized Education Plans (IEP). She began a full internship with Canopy at the Jackson clinic in August 2017 where she gained hands-on experience in applied practice, parent assessments, and supervision. Following graduation, she gained full-time employment at the clinic in June 2018. During her graduate studies, she was also heavily involved independently and collaboratively in the creation of numerous professional papers published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Organizational Management, and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Laura Katherine is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi master’s program in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in communication from Mississippi College prior to attending USM. Laura Katherine attained her national accreditation as a BCBA in August 2018.

Laura Katherine currently serves on the Executive Council as the Region 2 representative for the Behavior Analysis Association of Mississippi (BAAMS) and is an Adjunct Faculty member at Mississippi College. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but has called many places home before taking root in Mississippi. She currently resides in Jackson, where she spends free time making pottery, seeing movies and enjoying the Jackson art district.

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Professional Publications

Warren, L.K., Moore, J.W., Barker, L.K., Furlow, C., Eikland, E., Grimmett, K.R., Foret, C., & Pledger, K. (in press). An evaluation of group training methods on treatment integrity of day treatment staff. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Barker, L.K., Moore, J.W., Olmi, D.J., & Rowsey, K. (2019). A comparison of immediate and post-session feedback with Behavioral Skills Training to improve interview skills in college students. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management:

Bishop, S.K., Moore, J.W., Dart, E.H, Radley, K.C., Brewer, R.R., Barker, L.K., Quintero, L.M., Litten, S., Gilfeather, A., Newborne, B., & Toche, C. (2019). Further investigation of increasing vocalizations of children with autism during intervention with a speech-generating device. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis:

Moore, J.W., Rizer, H., Warren, L.S., Yeager, M.G., Brewer, R.R., Barker, L.K., Newborne, B., Russo, K., & Potter, M. (2019). An initial evaluation of an assessment method for the PEAK Relational System Direct Training module. Behavior Analysis in Practice: