positive behavior support

Positive Behavior Support Staff Members

Please note, all referrals should be made directly through the applications on our website for PBS Brainstorming, Person-Centered Planning, PBS Intensive Services, and Technical Assistance & Mentoring. The contact information provided below is for general questions for current clients. For questions about obtaining services, please email pbs@hsc.wvu.edu or call 855-558-4296.

All staff members can receive faxes at 877-706-4692.

Please note, all referrals should be made directly through the applications on our website for PBS Brainstorming, Person-Centered Planning, PBS Intensive Services, and Technical Assistance & Mentoring. The contact information provided below is for general questions for current clients. For questions about obtaining services, please email pbs@hsc.wvu.edu or call 855-558-4296.

All staff members can receive faxes at 877-706-4692.

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Anastasia Riley, MBA, CBIS
PBS Program Manager
855-558-4296
aheasley@hsc.wvu.edu

Anastasia has over 20 years of experience working in the disability field. She has served as a behavior specialist for over 10 years and written well over 200 PBS plans throughout her career. She also has previous experience working with at risk youth and their families as a residential counselor. She completed internships in juvenile substance abuse treatment and as a probation officer. Anastasia holds a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology emphasis in crime and social control, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration. Anastasia is also a certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

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Christine Dickson, BA
Behavior Support Mentor
855-558-4296
christine.dickson@hsc.wvu.edu

Christine has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She has experience with both mental health, behavioral health and individuals with I/DD. She has extensive experience serving both natural families and residential settings and has provided PBS training to well over 300 direct care staff and support providers. She has 14 years of experience owning and operating a WV Licensed Behavioral Health Agency and has served on several committees assisting with policy development on the state level and advocating for the needs of individuals with behavioral health care needs. She has served on the Quality Improvement Advisory Council for BMS for over 12 years. Christine graduated from Radford University with a BS in Sociology. Christine is a PBS Endorsed professional and a certified Triple P provider.

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Cheryl Keeney, BA
Behavior Support Mentor
304-205-6425
cheryl.keeney@hsc.wvu.edu

Cheryl has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Concord College. She has 15 years of experience working in the field; 9 years working within I/DD Waiver, with seven of those years as a credentialed Behavior Support Professional. During that time, she worked on the development and implementation of over 75 positive behavior support plans to address and reduce the occurrences of serious challenging behaviors, enabling the focus individuals to continue to live within the community setting. Cheryl is a Triple P accredited provider.

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Mariah Ridgely, MA
Behavior Support Mentor
304-205-6422
mariah.ridgely@hsc.wvu.edu

Mariah received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University. Her undergraduate is from West Virginia State University, majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. Mariah is a NC licensed psychologist. Her 14 years of clinical experience includes risk assessments, suicide prevention, psychoeducational groups, behavior plans, treatment recommendations, and coordinating community services. Her work experience has allowed her to work with families to reduce behavior and truancy issues by providing in-home services and interventions. She has a strong background in psychometric and vocational assessments and clinical skills in cognitive-behavioral techniques while incorporating person-centered approaches.

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Nicholas Larson, MA
Behavior Specialist
855-558-4296
nlarson1@hsc.wvu.edu

Nick received his Master’s in Psychology from Minnesota State University, where he conducted research on factors of child and family resilience to major stressful life events. He has worked as a resident manager at an emergency family homeless shelter, and as a student therapist in numerous child and family clinical settings. He is a certified provider of Triple P Standard Stepping Stones parent training. Nick has taught many professional trainings and has provided excellent PBS services to individuals throughout WV.

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Kathleen Sypolt LSW, M.Ed
Behavior Specialist
855-558-4296
ksypolt2@hsc.wvu.edu

Kathleen has 12 years of experience as a social worker for the WVDHHR, 6 of which were in Children's Services. She also has 14 years within the school system as a special education teacher working with all aspects of the Individualized Education Plan.

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Jamecia James MA, MSW
Behavior Specialist
855-558-4296
jamecia.james@hsc.wvu.edu

Jamecia James has a M.A. in Leadership and Masters of Social Work. Has worked within the advocacy arena for youth and families for over 7 years.

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Jacqueline Loud, BS
Program Assistant
304-293-4692
Jacqueline.loud@hsc.wvu.edu

Jackie has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Mississippi University for Women. She has 20 years of experience working in various office settings including university and corporate environments. She has created data programs as well as office flow plans for busy professionals.