Clinical Experts

 

Aleck Myers, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist,  Clinical Director - Dr. Myers has been the Clinical Director since January 2013. He earned his masters and Ph.D. degrees from Utah State University in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He worked at Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, NC, as Psychologist, Director of Psychology, Director of Professional Services, Director of Programming, and for the last eight years of his career there, as Facility Director. While there, he oversaw the development of the specialized programs PATH, BART, STARS, and TRACK, which have effectively served many individuals with development disabilities (including autism) and severe behavioral challenges. After retiring from state employment, Dr. Myers was most pleased to join ASNC. As the only recipient of both the TEACCH Award and the Fred Keller Award for Excellence in Behavior Analysis, Aleck is well-suited to lead our Clinical Program. Contact him here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Louise Buchholz Southern, M.Ed., BCBA, Associate DirectorLouise has worked in a variety of contexts to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 1998. In her current role with ASNC as a lead trainer and lead behavior analyst, she provides direct consultation to families and delivers presentations, workshops, and ongoing coaching to a variety of groups, including special and general education teachers, self-advocates, adult day program and residential staff, employers, post-secondary educators, and early-intervention clinicians. Louise also worked as a special education teacher in general and self-contained contexts. More recently, Louise served as the content director for the NIH-funded JobTIPS project, a resource for adolescents and adults with ASD and other challenges to obtain and maintain competitive employment. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at NC State University with a concentration in special education. Contact her here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Whitney Luffman, MA, LPA, BCBA Lead Clinical LPA, Triangle Region - Whitney joined ASNC in November 2014. Whitney earned her MA degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at UNC-Wilmington. She completed a clinical internship and did post-graduate work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, gaining experience in the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, severe problem behavior, and parent training. Whitney has worked with children across a wide range of settings, including 1:1 in-home therapy, 1:1 therapy in a clinic setting, and school consultation. She is excited to be back in her home state and a part of the team here at ASNC. Contact her here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 


 

Jim Phillips, Ph.D. LP, BCBA-D - Jim began his career in the field of developmental disabilities in 1975 while completing his B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Binghamton. He earned his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1984. Jim has worked as psychologist at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, NC, and then as Director of Psychology Services at Murdoch Developmental Center. Upon his retirement from the state of North Carolina in 2013, he expanded his work in the field of autism and behavior analysis, establishing and serving NCABA and co-authoring several publications on staff training and management, teaching adaptive skills, and reducing interfering behavior in individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability. Contact him here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

Tanya Carter-Reichle, MA LPA, Raleigh Region - Tanya has been a psychologist for ASNC since April 2011. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from NC Central University. Tanya began her career as a full-time psychologist at Murdoch Developmental Center, where she gained experience in writing and monitoring behavior intervention plans using Applied Behavior Analysis. After her children were born, Tanya worked part-time for several agencies, including Shigley Family Psychological Services, Autism Services, Inc., and the TEACCH Program. In these agencies, she gained a variety of important skills, including providing psychological consultation to group homes for adults with autism, performing assessments of young children with developmental disabilities, leading structured teaching sessions for families with children or adults with autism, and consulting to classrooms serving students with autism. Tanya worked for one year as a full-time TEACCH employee combining duties as a psycho-educational therapist at the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center and as a visual support specialist at the Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC). She created visual supports to assist the residents with skill development and behavioral goals and joined the psychology team at the CLLC. She continues with both her roles at the CLLC and ASNC. Having experiences with behavioral methodology, structured teaching techniques, and visual supports makes Tanya a valuable member of ASNC’s Clinical team. Contact her here:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Matt Alcala, MA LPA, BCBA, Asheville Region - Matt has been with ASNC since September 2014. He earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from UNC-Wilmington in 2013. Matt began his work in the field in 2008 with ASNC’s Camp Mountain Adventure, which gave him a passion for working with people with ASD. Following school, Matt worked as an intern at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center with adults with developmental delays. Matt then worked with younger children at Carolina Center for Applied Behavior Analysis as a senior consultant. His role there was designing and implementing plans for skill acquisition with a focus on language and reductions in maladaptive behaviors. Matt is happy to be working once again for ASNC and hopes to be a great support for families in Asheville and surrounding areas. Contact him here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Ashley Conforti, MS, BCBA, Charlotte Region - Ashley Joined ASNC as a board certified behavior analyst in November of 2015. Ashley earned her MS degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. During her studies Ashley gained experience by working in a special education school with young children and a developmental center with young adults. She then worked as a 1:1 ABA therapist with children with Autism Spectrum disorders, acquired her BCaBA certification, and then earned her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is very experienced in developing evidence-based plans for skill acquisition as well as implementing behavior support plans in various settings. Ashley is excited to be a part of the growing ASNC team in Charlotte, and oversees ASNC’s LifeLong Intervention (LLI) program in that area. Contact her here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 


 

Dr. Jessica LeBoeuf - Jessica began working with people autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities in 1995 as direct support staff. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany and later received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Louisiana State University with a concentration in autism and developmental disabilities. While in graduate school Jessica’s research focused on challenging behaviors, autism symptoms in adults, and early identification of autism in toddlers. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with rotations focused on severe behavioral challenges and feeding disorders. Prior to ASNC, Jessica spent 4 years at Murdoch Developmental Center as psychologist for specialized programs, STARS and BART, which served individuals with developmental disabilities, co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and severe behavioral challenges. Jessica is excited to be a part of the ASNC team.Contact her here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..