Dr. Toby, Ph.D., BCBA, HSPP
Dr. Lauryn Toby is a licensed clinical psychologist and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years’ experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Toby received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University and completed her doctoral internship and fellowship at the Neurobehavioral Unit – Outpatient Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her background and training is in the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders utilizing the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Dr. Toby has previously taught courses in Applied Behavior Analysis for the Master’s in ABA program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has been a contributing author to multiple books on the topic of co-morbid conditions in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
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Jennifer Baker, MA, BCBA
Psychological Services Director
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with 9 years of experience in the field working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. Jennifer oversees our initial assessments for ABA treatment, social skills groups for all ages, and parent training webinars at LittleStar. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University and completed her master’s program at Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Jennifer’s background is in community-based services where she consulted with teachers and school faculty across the Indianapolis area to facilitate successful transitions for LittleStar learners to school and community settings. Her clinical interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, social skills training, group and classroom-based interventions, and the fusion of acceptance and commitment therapy with applied behavior analysis. She is a passionate human rights advocate who believes in every learner’s right to live a happy, safe, and independent life.
Dr. Jane Ford, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jane A. R. Ford completed her Master’s and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees in Clinical Psychology with concentration in children and adolescent psychology, at the University of Indianapolis. Clinical experience during her course of study included community-based behavioral consultation with individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, Dr. Ford trained at Riley Hospital for Children’s Developmental Pediatrics Department in conducting psychological assessment, individual behavioral treatment, and behavioral consultation in an inclusive early childhood center. She completed an APA accredited internship working with children and adolescents in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in autism and other developmental disabilities at Greenville Hospital Systems/University Medical Group (currently Prisma Health) in South Carolina as well as the ABC Special Needs Program through the University of South Carolina University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). During her time with the UCEDD, Dr. Ford provided training and consultation in a childcare setting regarding children exhibiting special needs or developmental delay. This experience integrated with her dissertation that addressed childcare experiences and caregiver competencies for children with autism spectrum diagnosis. Following her fellowship, she accepted an appointment as a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She worked in the Division of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics of Greenville Health System, closely associated with Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Ford recently began a position as Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Little Star ABA Therapy in Bloomington, Indiana, where she conducts evaluations regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
In her spare time, Dr. Ford volunteered as a victim-offender/community mediator, board member for Community Justice and Mediation Center in Bloomington, Indiana, and hospice volunteer and trainer. Dr. Ford holds a certificate in Rehabilitation Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ford’s clinical interests include cultural factors and non-traditional family structural influences on children’s development and behavior, puberty and sexuality in individuals with disabilities, Selective Mutism, positive behavioral supports, nonviolent communication, and clinical work with interpreters. Personal interests include cat and dog rescue, knitting, water aerobics, riding recumbent bicycles, and spending time with family and friends.