Who is ATBX?
ATBx was established by Samantha Fuesy and Emily Kieffer in 2017. While working in residential and detention facilities for juvenile offenders they observed the high need for quality ABA services for this population. A large number of youth involved in the juvenile justice system have a long history of traumatic experiences which resulted in them learning to use maladaptive, and oftentimes, dangerous behavior to survive. However, these maladaptive behaviors make it more likely these children will experience subsequent trauma (arrest, abuse, bullying, abandonment, etc.).
Though availability to services in this environment has begun to increase it is still not adequate and there are even more struggles ensuring youth have access to services once they have transitioned back to the community. Many of these youth and young adults have dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and/or ASD making it difficult for caregivers to provide the support needed upon their release. ATBx provides high intensity training and oversight to their team to ensure all Analysts and RBTs are highly trained and competent to work with the populations we serve.
Samantha Fuesy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. Samantha began her career in ABA working with adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities who engaged in severe problem behaviors and young children diagnosed with autism.
Since 2014 Samantha has been providing ABA services to youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system. Samantha specializes in developing system wide behavior management systems and plans for residential and detention facilities and providing individualized ABA services for youth in residential, detention and foster care settings. Samantha’s goal is to disseminate ABA by educating and training others to ensure high quality, effective ABA treatment is accessible to vulnerable populations that often get left behind.
Emily Kieffer is originally from Southern Illinois. She received her Bachlors in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Then she attended Middle Tennessee State University where she obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her graduate studies, she interned with the Department of Corrections in Tennessee working with work release to death row male and female populations.
Since moving to Florida and becoming a BCBA (in 2014), she has provided ABA services to a wide variety of age groups, populations and disabilities. While working with the DOC populations in Tennessee, Emily often saw that they had a history of incarceration since childhood. Therefore, she sought to work with juvenile offenders and those with severe problem behaviors to aid in their success with prosocial behaviors. She also strives to supervise and grow analysts to support all populations.
Sara Hordges, MS, BCBA
Sara Hordges was born in Argentina and grew up in Tampa, FL. Sara attended the University of South Florida (USF) with a major in psychology and a minor in behavioral healthcare with a concentration in applied behavior analysis (ABA). During this time, Sara started working with children with developmental disabilities where she gained experience in early interventions and developed a diverse skillset including verbal behavior, skill acquisition, and parent training. She furthered her education in graduate school at USF, earning a master’s degree in ABA, while concurrently working in the school systems expanding her repertoire within the field. Throughout this time Sara continued to work with multidisciplinary professionals, gaining insight along the way while working for Adapt and Transform.
Sara joined Adapt & Transform Behavior LLC in July, 2019 where she served as a BCBA and transitioned into the role as Chief Analyst. For the past two years, Sara has worked in juvenile residential and detention centers where she worked with a broad spectrum of behaviors and interacted with professional communities providing staff trainings and consultations for facilities. Sara believes that ABA can be applied to any population and environment and hopes that her work influences others to create positive change in the communities especially those within with juvenile and foster care system.
Nicole Harris, MS, BCBA
Nicole earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. She has been working in the field since 2016 and has experience in clinical, school, residential, and group home settings. She joined Adapt & Transform Behavior in 2020 and has served as a Senior Analyst since 2021.
Ellie Morosohk, MS, BCBA
Ellie Morosohk attended Binghamton University in New York and in 2017 graduated with a degree in Psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her career in ABA working at a school in Binghamton for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders. After graduating from college, Ellie continued to work with children diagnosed with autism and decided to pursue her degree in ABA.
Ellie moved to Florida in 2018 to attend the University of South Florida (USF) and earn her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her degree, Ellie began working with Adapt and Transform Behavior to pursue a career working with teenagers in the Juvenile Justice system and foster care system who engaged in severe problem behaviors. Ellie also conducted research during her graduate program and is continuing to conduct research in Juvenile Residential facilities to promote ABA interventions in these settings. Ellie’s goal is to implement ABA services with teenagers and adults who engage in severe problem behaviors and improve their quality of life by teaching appropriate behaviors that will aid them in successfully reintegrating into society.