Alana Schnitz

Alana Schnitz, Ph.D.,

Alana Schnitz

Alana is completing her PhD. in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt University and was a Head Start Research Scholar for 2 years. Her dissertation evaluated the efficacy of the Positive Solutions for Families Intervention. Alana was formerly the research coordinator for the IES Goal 2 Teaching Pyramid Research Project. She also has participated in research around the Pyramid model, including coaching teachers to implement practices associated with the model. She has worked with Head Start teachers and families providing teacher and parent trainings, technical assistance to teachers, and providing behavioral support to families. Alana has 14 years of experience working with children who exhibit challenging behaviors as a coach; behavior specialist; and residential, family, and crisis counselor. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Alana comes to Juniper Gardens as an RTI post-doctoral fellow to further advance her grant writing and statistical analysis skills, as well as knowledge of RTI in Early Childhood. She plans to use these skills to continue her work with teachers to implement evidenced-based practices and families to promote social-emotional development and address challenging behaviors in young children. 

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444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300. 
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914 


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