Dr. Mara Vanderzell is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed behavior analyst in New York State who currently serves as the Vice President of Behavior Analysis at Upstate Cerebral Palsy in central New York. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook under the supervision of Edward G. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D. Her doctoral dissertation focused on context-based, practical intervention strategies for challenging behavior displayed by individuals with developmental disabilities in home and community settings. Dr. Vanderzell completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at The May Institute, Inc. in Massachusetts. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 20 years with 10 of those years being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She continues to publish research and present her findings at state, national, and international conferences. Her research interests include severe problem behavior, practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment, and systems support.