Kerri Milyko (Mill-/i/-ko), Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Milyko is one of the newest leaders within her specialty: Precision Teaching (PT). Within just a few years, she helped develop a learning center, executed various research projects, was appointed as Contributing Editor of the scientific journal of Precision Teaching, and was elected to be the Vice President of the governing agency of Precision Teaching. All of this was accomplished while she was working on a doctoral degree at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Kerri Milyko, Ph.D., BCBA-D was the Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Learning, Inc. and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctorate Level. Dr. Milyko was initially trained to apply learning science, Behavior Analysis, to education under the supervision of Dr. Hank Pennypacker at the University of Florida in 2002. Upon graduation, she moved to Reno to further this training under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Ghezzi and Dr. Kimberly Berens. In 2003, she joined the Center for Advanced Learning, Inc. team to transform learning for a multitude of children ranging from those with special needs to those who are gifted and talented. Dr. Milyko played a significant role in developing the center, expanding the number of clients from 5 clients in one semester to over 50 clients in one semester. Furthermore, she aided in the generation of various curriculum lines and led the expansion of the math curriculum. She has worked with and supervised cases of typically developing students, gifted and talented students, students with learning disabilities (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia) developmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Trisomy 7, Cerebral Palsy, and Mental Retardation) as well as adults in need of assistance with writing and math.
Professional and Scientific Contributions
Dr. Milyko constantly aids in the expansion of various professional and scientific practices of learning science, including Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction, though different avenues. She serves as a Contributing Editor of the scientific journal, Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, where she edits research manuscripts on the basis of procedures, content, and data analysis. Additionally, Dr. Milyko was elected as the Vice President of the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) in 2009 and rose to the presidency (2010 - 2013). The SCS governs the scientific community that consists of behavior analysts, precision teachers, direct instructors, SLPs, OTs, gen-ed and special-ed teachers, and parents.
Dr. Milyko completed a Master of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2008 and completed a doctoral degree in psychology specializing in learning science in the fall of 2011. Her master's thesis researched reading processing speed identified as Rapid Automatic Naming. Her dissertation evaluated percentile schedules of reinforcement as a systematic shaping procedure to more effectively and efficiently shape acquisition behaviors. While working at the learning center in Nevada and conducting research at UNR, Dr. Milyko taught various undergraduate classes including Psychology 101 and Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
Case Manager & Lead Trainer
Ethan, arguably the students' favorite instructor, has been utilizing Precision Teaching since 2005. He began his PT career at the Center for Advanced Learning, Inc. in Nevada while completing a Psychology B.S. at the University of Nevada, Reno and has joined Dr. Milyko in creating Precision Teaching Learning Center to meet the needs of students in the Tampa Bay area. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including those diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, memory disorder, specific learning disorder, typical students, and those identified as gifted and talented. He often works with our older students in higer content areas including Algebra, Writing, and Comprehension/Reasoning. One of Ethan's strengths is building up a solid rapport with students and creating a fun-filled environment to promote learning in his sessions. Often his sessions can be mistaken for an hour of playtime until you see the data in the student's program book! It is amazing what a strong rapport in combination with effective instruction can do to academic performance.
Case Manager; Lead Assessor
Sam joined Precision TLC January of 2013 to gain experience and facilitate her passion of uniting behavior analysis and education. While completing a Master's Degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida, she is one of a select few students who are working on a grant to strengthen teacher training in Hillsborough Public Schools. She currently works at a school as a behavioral specialist participating in behavior plan generations and IEPs. Sam's research focuses on the effects, if any, that adding in multiple learning channels to a particular behavior effects retention, endurance, and application of basic academic skills. She looks to finish her thesis the summer of 2014.
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