Stefanie Upshaw, MS, MCBA, LABA has been a teacher at The New England Center for Children (NECC) for nearly ten years. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2011 with a degree in psychology, she joined Team NECC as a teacher. She was drawn to NECC because of its reputation for providing world-class treatment for children with autism, and the opportunity to enroll in a graduate program through NECC’s partnership with Western New England University (WNEU) and Simmons University.

Since joining NECC, Upshaw has worked her way through the organization, spending time as a residential coordinator, day coordinator, and, now, a program specialist in the Homebased program. In this role, she helps provide early behavior intervention for children under the age of three. In addition to her role at NECC, Upshaw has also continued her education through the WNEU program.

Upshaw completed her master’s degree in 2014, in the process becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and now she is enrolled in the doctoral program. As part of the doctoral program, Upshaw is leading a study about how behavior is affected by reinforcement. Learn more about this study in the video below and learn more about our research at NECC.org/research.

About The New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Committed to creating a world where autism is not a barrier to happiness, growth, and independence, our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians provide comprehensive services including home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, and the ACE® ABA Software System (www.acenecc.org).

We are committed to creating an equitable workplace for our diverse team and providing industry-leading staff professional development opportunities, specifically with our on-campus graduate degree partnership programs. The result is a growing pool of autism educators and researchers that impact the lives of children with autism both at NECC and around the world. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at www.necc.org.