Co-VP of Continuing Education
Dana Zavatkay, Ph.D.
Dr. Dana Zavatkay is a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level. She currently holds an academic appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and serves as the Program Manager of both the School Consultation and Camp, Respite, and Recreation programs at the Marcus Autism Center.
Clinical practices focus on methods for developing behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties, social skill deficits, and communication deficits associated with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) within non-clinical settings specifically in schools or community settings. Her expertise is mainly in implementing and researching the most effective ways to accurately assess and treat behavioral excesses and skill deficits in these applied settings. Of particular interest is in examining the best methods to use when training parents, teachers, or other caregivers to successfully and effectively participate in the assessment and intervention procedures traditionally used in more clinical settings by highly trained professionals.
She has provided consultation and training for parents and school staff both locally and internationally and has co-authored research and book chapters studies regarding the use of applied behavior analysis in a variety of settings for the reduction of problem behavior and/or the development of skills for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She is also responsible for training and supervising junior behavior analysts, BCBA trainees, doctoral practicum students, and post-doctoral fellows.