Amy Dillree, M.Ed., M.S., Ph.D., BCBA
Amy Dillree, M.Ed., M.S., Ph.D., BCBA has over twenty-five years of experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum disorder and other Developmental Disabilities.
She started her advocacy at the age of eight after a Brownie-sponsored Christmas visit to a New York residential facility serving children with multiple disabilities. She volunteered her help at Special Olympics and other events throughout childhood.
As a college sophomore, she interned at a New York state school and worked in a Seneca County group home. After graduation from William Smith College with a degree in Psychology, she moved to Boston and started working as a Special Education teacher in a private school serving children and adolescents with Autism and severe behavioral challenges. She was selected to work as research assistant at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center where she participated in automated relational learning research.
Concurrently, she earned a Masters of Education in Severe Special Needs with an emphasis on Autism from Northeastern University. From there, she was admitted to the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program at the University of North Texas with a full scholarship. As part of her program, she worked at the Schiefulbusch Institute in Parsons, Kansas participating in relational learning and functional analysis research. After earning her M.S., she moved to Florida and began providing applied behavior analysis services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. This involved in-home services, in-school services, and coordinating services between the two settings. During this time, she earned her certification in applied behavior analysis (BCBA).
Dr. Dillree was awarded a full fellowship to pursue her doctorate at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She studied the biological/genetic basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, the potential effects of relational learning on brain structure and development, and the acquisition of understanding facial expressions of emotions by children with Autism, PDD, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Following graduation, she was a behavioral consultant for the state of Tennessee and local school districts and served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Middle Tennessee Autism Society. She also ran a social skills group for children and adolescents with Autism-related disorders.
Dr. Dillree followed her military husband to Texas and spent the last two years working as the Director of Behavioral Services at a state residential facility and serving as an Autism and Behavior Analysis consultant for other state facilities as well as the local school district, including Head Start programs. Her proudest achievement is her ten year-old son, Boston.