Christi Vedder-Abrams, M.S., BCaBA

Lead Behavior Analyst - Panama City


Christi Vedder-Abrams, M.S., BCaBA is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst that has worked with individuals of various ages and diagnoses. She received Bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Alabama in both psychology and sociology with an emphasis in family studies and family life education. While at UNA, she taught courses on developing and maintaining relationships to high schoolers. Christi then received a Master’s degree from Florida State University specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). During her studies at FSU, she mainly worked with individuals on the Autism spectrum in teaching language skills and behavior reduction in many different environments. Christi has experience with teaching family life education courses, providing direct therapy, developing and conducting parent trainings, and developing and conducting behavior plans.

Changing Behavior Today for A Better Tomorrow

Veronica Bounds, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician - Panama City


Veronica is a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) with a background in teaching meaningful skills to assist those she serves in leading full and successful lives. She brings more than ten years of experience providing educational, social, and skills development to children, teens, and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Veronica has had the pleasure of developing her skills while working in scholastic, clinical, and home health care positions in Florida and Alaska. She is experienced with the design, development, and application of individually tailored programs to meet the specific needs of her clients. As a mother and caregiver, she is deeply committed to using evidence-based and innovative teaching methods that provide her clients with the personal, social, and educational resources needed.

Our Team

Lisa Richardson, B.S., RBT

Registered Behavior Technician - Panama City


Lisa has over 25 years of experience working with children, youth, and teachers in various capacities. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at BYU in 1994 and has extensive classroom experience in Utah and Florida. She truly enjoys her work in the schools to support student and teachers with ABA services. Recently she took the opportunity to work as a paraprofessional in a kindergarten class for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This experience has inspired her to work with kids diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to provide ABA services in their homes. Lisa has also assisted in teaching Behavior Management courses for over a year. She has experience as a coach, camp director, and mentor in many community organizations in states all over the country. She is currently working toward becoming an Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). 

Our Mission...

 

To provide high quality Behavior Analytic services to individuals and families in Northwest Florida. Panhandle Behavioral Services, LLC works with families, school districts, and social service agencies to provide meaningful and socially desired behavior change by using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Brent Martin, M.S., BCBA

Owner / Managing Behavior Analyst


Brent Martin, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that has worked within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in many capacities. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Florida State University in Psychology with a focus in ABA. Brent has experience providing services to children and adults in both Florida and Virginia. Prior to working with Panhandle Behavioral Services, LLC, Brent provided ABA services and behavior management trainings to clients participating in social services within the state of Florida. Brent has worked extensively with school districts providing consultative services, in addition to working at a non-profit school devoted to serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities. Brent has also served as a Behavior Analyst for an adult residential facility and adult group homes in Florida. 


As the Owner and Lead Behavior Analyst for Panhandle Behavioral Services, LLC, Brent Martin provides oversight for the day-to-day operations of the company. He also provides services to clients as well as supervision to other Panhandle Behavioral Services, LLC Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians.

Maira Pereira-Ely, B.A.

Graduate Intern - Panama City


​Bio coming soon.

What is ABA?


Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a science that utilizes the principles of behavior to address socially significant behaviors. ABA has a foundation in applied research with several peer-reviewed journals that provide its practitioners with evidence-based interventions and methodologies. 


ABA relies heavily on data collection on the individual's behavior in addition to the use of proven behavior change principles to ensure that the interventions used are successful. 


ABA has shown to be effective at teaching a variety of new skills, from language and communication to functional life skills across many populations. For more information about ABA, please use the Contact Us link.

Sarah Truncer, M.S., BCBA

Lead Behavior Analyst - Panama City


Sarah Truncer, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that has worked with a variety of ages, settings, and diagnoses. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Florida State University with a minor in Social Work. Sarah has had over four years of experience working with individuals ranging from two to twenty two years of age with diagnoses such as Autism (ASD), Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC), Downs Syndrome, and Schizophrenia. She has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, and the home environment. Sarah has experience providing direct therapy, school consulting, conducting parent trainings, and developing, implementing, and monitoring behavior plans.



Nicole Griffis

Registered Behavior Technician Trainee - Panama City


Nicole Griffis has worked with children with a variety of special needs for over five years. Her experience in the classroom (as a classroom paraprofessional, then a behavioral paraprofessional) gives her unique insight into the development of students with special needs, in particular those on the autism spectrum. Nicole is dedicated to using empirically supported ABA practices to help improve the lives of the clients she works with.  
Nicole is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Florida State University, where she is focusing her studies on educational/developmental psychology and applied behavioral analysis. After completing her undergraduate studies, Nicole will pursue her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.


Kim Finch

Office Manager


Kim holds a degree in Human Resources Management and has over 20 years of experience providing administrative oversight and training related to human resources policy and procedures.

Kim has worked in a variety of industries and provides assistance with day-to-day operations for Panhandle Behavioral Services, LLC since 2017.