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Jacob Daar

Center Director

Dr. Jacob Daar received his master's degree from the University of South Florida's Applied Behavior Analysis program, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University's Behavior Analysis and Therapy program.  He is an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University's Psychology Department and the program coordinator for NMU's Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Dr. Daar has been working with individuals with developmental and other disabilities for the past 9 years.  His clinical activities have included both children and adult populations, as well as center-based, residential, and in-home supports. 

Dr. Daar primary's research focus has been on language acquisition programming for children with autism, and on procedures that are designed to establish emergent responding repertoires. 


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Jeremy Biesbrouck


Jeremy was born and raised in Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializing in Behavior Analysis, from Northern Michigan University. He then received his Master’s in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and obtained board certification in Behavior Analysis in 2011. Jeremy has worked with both adults and children with various intellectual impairments including Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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Ashley Shayter


Professor Ashley Shayter received her Masters degree from the Southern Illinois University's Behavior Analysis & Therapy program and is currently finishing up her Ph.D. there as well. She has been an instructor within Northern Michigan University's Psychological Science Department since 2017, where she primarily teaches graduate Applied Behavior Analysis courses and is the coordinator for NMU's Bachelor's Program in Behavior Analysis. Ashley's clinical activities include adults and adolescents with brain injuries/neurodegenerative disorders and other related disabilities/disorders. Her research focuses on organizational behavior management (OBM), brain trauma, crisis management, and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).



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Collin Hahn


Collin received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in Psychology/Behavior Analysis, and his Masters form NMU in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as clinical supervisor for the BEAR Center's Community Training and Service program, supervising students in community mental health and school-based settings and working with children and teens with autism, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, and other behavioral issues.


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Victoria Mattson


Victoria Mattson received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Michigan University's Applied Behavior Analysis programs. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the clinical supervisor for the Early Intensive Language Learning program and Focused Behavior program at the Behavior Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center. Her clinical activities include center-based skill acquisition services for children with autism and developmental deficits, as well as focused behavior and parent consult services for children with problematic behaviors.