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Dr. Sarah Haney Mcdevitt, BCBA-D

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Name: Dr. Sarah Haney Mcdevitt
Role / Credential: BCBA-D
Areas of Expertise: Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Bio: Dr. Sarah Haney McDevitt is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Senior Behavior Analyst in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. McDevitt is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International and is the new co-director of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. McDevitt has conducted research on the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and has authored book chapters in addition to publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. McDevitt has served as a guest reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals and has recently been elected to serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her current research interests include the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders with an emphasis on caregiver training, social validity of feeding interventions, and factors that influence the generalization and maintenance of intervention outcomes.


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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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