Grace is a third-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. While completing her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, she pursued the Organizational Behavior Management Research and Practice specialty area under the supervision of Dr. Florence D. DiGennaro Reed. She worked as a student consultant helping a nonprofit company improve aspects of its performance management systems. Her current interests include applied and translation research on feedback, leadership development, supervision practices, and procedural integrity of behavior analytic procedures. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. In her free time, Grace enjoys walking around Downtown Lawrence and trying new restaurants.
Graduate Student Colleagues
Sandra is a fifth-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Fresno, while managing Dr. Steven W. Payne’s P.A.W. Lab and working as a Registered Behavior Technician. Under the mentorship of Dr. Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, she received her Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis at the University of Kansas. During her graduate studies, she has consulted with a human service organization serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a behavioral-based dog training company. Her current research interests include efficient staff training practices, technology-based interventions, and professional development.
Undergraduate Student Colleagues
Matt is a third-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. He worked with the lab to receive his Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science. Working under the supervision of Dr. DiGennaro Reed, he developed and emplaced interventions to improve employee performance at human service organizations, and consulted on systems analysis with other programs on campus affecting the transition of incoming student veterans. Matt was commissioned into the US Army in May of 2020 and returned to active duty. He is pursuing a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Organizational Behavior Management in hopes of understanding systems-level interventions that could be used to benefit the lives and performance of service members across multiple echelons.
Eliza Goben, MS
Matthew Laske, MA
Grace Bartle, BA
J Butler Braren Turner, MA, BCBA
Matt Harbison, BA
Eliza is a first-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. Prior to attending KU, she received her Bachelor's degree in Behavior Analysis at Northern Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior Management at Florida Institute of Technology under Dr. Rachael Ferguson. Previously, her research has evaluated the effects of auditory feedback, self-evaluation, and systems analysis across a variety of adult populations and organizations. Currently, she is interested in applications of feedback in training programs and hiring practices. Eliza has experience working as an internal consultant with ABA organizations to assist in their training, hiring, and scheduling systems-level initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys taking ballet classes, embroidery, baking, and hiking.
Sandra Ruby, MA
Hanna is a first-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Psychology at St. Lawrence College, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada she obtained a master’s degree in Applied Disability Studies, specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis at Brock University, of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, under the advisement of Dr. Valdeep Saini. Hanna has also earned her Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) certification. Some of Hanna’s previous research has explored employee performance measures (i.e., PDC-HS; Carr et al., 2016) as well as behavior-analytic applications to social responsibility topics (i.e., gender issues). Her current research interests continue to include functional assessment measures used within performance management, social responsibility topics (i.e., climate change, gender and race issues), as well as interpersonal skills and the extent to which these can impede or improve effective supervision and training procedures.
Performance Management Laboratory
Butler is a second-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Florida, he obtained a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida under the advisement of Dr. Andrew Samaha. He served as the assistant practicum coordinator at the University of South Florida and facilitated collaboration between master’s students and supervisors at practicum sites. His research interests include staff training and supervision practices in human service provider settings.
Matthew Laske is a third-year graduate student in the Performance Management Laboratory at the University of Kansas. Matthew completed his master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management at Appalachian State University working under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Ludwig. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Western Michigan University. Matthew is a Distinguished Scholar through the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS). In that role, he assists the CCBS’s Commission on Behavioral Safety in documenting the best behavioral safety programs in the world. His research interests include the investigation of effective communication, public speaking training, and behavioral safety. In his free time, Matthew enjoys basketball, biking, bouldering, hiking, and painting along with Bob Ross.
Hanna Vance, MA, BCBA
The Performance Management Lab includes highly trained and skilled undergraduate students specializing in Organizational Behavior Management. They work as organizational consultants and research assisants under the supervision of Dr. DiGennaro Reed and graduate students. The following students were invited to join the lab after a rigorous interview process involving structured interviews, work sampling, and role plays.