Office: TRC 204
Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA is the director of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program at Daemen College and Assistant Professor in the Education Department. Prior to joining the faculty of Daemen College, Dr. Knapp previously held clinical and leadership positions at The Summit Center. Dr. Knapp teaches, consults, provides workshops, and conducts research on the topic of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Knapp holds a Doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is currently a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level (BCBA-D).
An expert on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Dr. Knapp has been practicing in the field for more than 20 years. She currently serves on the auxiliary panel of the New York State Office of Professions Board for Behavior Analysis. She has also held positions as education chairperson, conference chairperson, and president for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA), and served on the conference committee for the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). Her recent honors have included the Excellence in Service to NYSABA and the NYSABA Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Behavior Analysis.
Office: TRC 205
Ashley Brehm, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA is an assistant professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. Prior to joining Daemen College as a faculty member, Brehm previously held clinical and leadership positions at The Summit Center and was an adjunct faculty member with Daemen. Brehm has consulted with various professionals and families through training and workshops and also provides insurance based services using ABA with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Brehm holds a Master of Science in Special Education from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Gannon University. She is currently a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Brehm has over 10 years of experience in the field of ABA and special education. She has experience training special education teachers to use evidence based practices in their classrooms, which is based off of her experience as a special education teacher for children with autism and working in a school for children with developmental disabilities for eight years. Brehm is highly interested in training special education staff to use evidence based practices within the public school system. She has experience with treating individuals with autism to both reduce challenging behavior and increase functional skills. Brehm also has a passion for teaching non-verbal children with autism functional communication. Her dedication for applied behavior analysis comes from wanting to make a difference for those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.
Office: TRC 202
Office: TRC 205
Office: TRC 203
Office: TRC 205
Phone: (716) 839-8323
Kristy Tyson, 28, is a Buffalo native and graduate from D’Youville College with her Masters of Business Administration. Tyson is a motivating and talented business professor for Bryant and Stratton College and administrative coordinator for the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at Daemen College. She is driven to inspire students, youth and the community to pursue academic and personal excellence. She consistently strives to create a challenging and engaging learning environment in which anyone can become life-long scholars and learners. Tyson also sits as a board member for Millennium Collaborative Care, and as a mentor for the West Side Promise Neighborhood Leadership Development and the Health and Wellness Chair for the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals. She has received the Buffalo branch NAACP Youth Award for sincere dedication, commitment and community service, the Women Touching the World Award, recognition from the Legislature of the County of Erie, Mayor Byron Brown and the New York State Senate. As a community liaison, advocate, and mother of a 2-year-old Son, Tyson’s goal is to improve the well-being of her community while it is most vulnerable by taking responsibility for more than just herself and fostering the change she hopes to see. Tyson is a positive, young role model that will support anyone academically, emotionally, professionally, and personally, as well as share the same tools that helped her succeed to improve their quality of life. She believes that her success is only good if she can share it and help others obtain it as well.