Dr. Ghaemmaghami has been applying the principles of behavior analysis to produce meaningful changes in the lives of children and adults with and without developmental disabilities in both home-based and center-based settings for over 10 years. She received a Master of Applied Disability Studies with an ABA specialization from Brock University, Canada (2011) and a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Hanley, before joining the University of Pacific’s Psychology Department as an Associate Professor (2016-2019).
Dr. Ghaemmaghami has published articles in peer-reviewed journals related to assessment and treatment of problem behavior and has presented in various national and international conferences on ways to design and enhance the efficiency of assessment and the effectiveness of skill-based treatments in clinical and typical settings. In particular, Dr. Ghaemmaghami’s research has focused on ways to build a repertoire of tolerance for delays and interruptions to reinforcement as well as increasing the complexity and appropriateness of functional communication responses.
Prior to starting her studies at Western New England, Dr. Ghaemmaghami was the Clinical Supervisor in charge of the implementation and evaluation of the Provincial Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program for children with autism in Northern Ontario, Canada. This experience has provided her with an appreciation for issues surrounding successful transition of treatment across settings and has inspired her interest in research related to practicality and social acceptability of treatment and enhancing parent and teacher implementation and maintenance of procedures and effects.