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Practitioner information

The following regulated professions are overseen by the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:

About the board

The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board oversees the licensing of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts and the registration of behavior analysis interventionists. Applied behavior analysis is a therapeutic modality that is often used to treat people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board consists of nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate:

  • Four behavior analysts or assistant behavior analysts licensed with the Board
  • One licensed psychiatrist with experience or training in treating ASD
  • One licensed psychologist with experience or training in treating ASD
  • One member who is a licensed developmental pediatrician with experience or training in treating ASD
  • One member of the public who does not have a financial interest in the provision of applied behavior analysis and does not have a ward or family member who has been diagnosed with ASD
  • One parent, guardian or family member of an individual who has been diagnosed with ASD and has received some form of applied behavior analysis therapy.

The term of office of each member is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the governor shall appoint a successor whose term begins on the next Nov. 1. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.

Board members

Meghan Johns

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/16/2022
Portland


Meghan Johns has been teaching and working with children professionally since 2010. Her teaching experience extends beyond Applied Behavior Analysis to include working with children and youth as an English Teacher in Thailand as well as coaching sports such as snowboarding and tennis.

In 2010, Meghan began her work with children and adults with developmental and intellectual differences in both home and community settings. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Education in 2014, with an emphasis on ABA and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015.

Meghan’s approach focuses on integrating children into their communities by targeting skill deficits and behavior management through Applied Behavior Analysis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Currently Meghan is working with Positive Behavior Supports as a Behavior Analyst and runs her own company, Opening Doors for Children, that targets improving community supports and involvement for children of all abilities.

Brenna Legaard

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 10/31/2023
Portland


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Brad Hendershott

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/31/2020
Tigard


Brad Hendershott has over twenty years of experience assessing and serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is currently an administrator with Columbia Regional Program and has previously served as a school-based speech-language pathologist and licensed autism specialist, supporting multiple districts and early childhood programs across four counties. Brad was appointed by the governor to serve as a commissioner on the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder (OCASD) and as a board member on the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB). He chairs the statewide regional ASD professional learning team. Brad has served as adjunct faculty at Portland State University for the past ten years, teaching multiple courses in the ASD certificate programs.

Corey Stump

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/31/2023
Portland


Corey Stump currently oversees Footprints Behavioral Interventions as the Clinical Director for the divisions of Oregon and Washington. Corey has held several positions within the field of ABA while serving Footprints Behavioral Interventions including Behavior Technician, Clinical Supervisor and Associate Clinical Coordinator.

Corey has both professional and personal ties to special needs services as Autism Spectrum Disorder affects Corey's family. The special needs community has influenced and shaped Corey's personal commitments as a long time volunteer of the Special Olympics and Adaptive Aquatics as well as her educational and professional endeavors.

As an advocate for the field of ABA, Corey currently serves as a member of the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder, working diligently to oversee the Systems Collaboration workgroup. It is with pride that Corey commits her practice to improving the quality of life for the families she serves, disseminating knowledge to the public and building valuable professional relationships within the communities of Oregon and Washington.

Samantha Parnham

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/31/2023
Aumsville


Samantha Parnham, the Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Adventures with Autism has been working with kids with Autism and special needs for 15 years, and has been a BCBA for the past 4 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and then went on to receive her M.A in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014.
 
After passing the exam to become a BCBA, she worked within the California health insurance system as a Clinical Director. After moving to Oregon, she saw the need for quality services in the Salem, OR area and opened AWA to provided quality ABA services where each child received true individualized programming, staff and clients were treated like family, not numbers and the community had a place to turn to for resources. In her downtime Samantha resues and trains dogs and wild mustangs and does photo shoots for families with special needs kiddos.

Marie McMahon

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/31/2023
Portland


Dr. McMahon is a licensed psychologist with Providence Children’s Development Institute since 2015. Prior to that she had a private practice for more than a decade working with children affected by Autism and related social disorders. Dr. McMahon graduated from the University of Arizona and received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University. She has previous training and experience with Applied Behavior Analysis. “I have enjoyed a long career serving children and families affected by Autism. My experience reflects the entire spectrum – from children with profound impairment to those struggling with nuances of social communication.”

Jennifer White

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/13/2024
Sherwood


Jennifer White has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 10 years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Arts in Special Education. She has worked in the home, clinic, and school environments with children ranging from toddler to high school.

Jennifer currently works for Invo Progressus and is contracted with Portland Public Schools as a Behavior Analyst, providing ABA services for students. Jennifer is also adjunct faculty member with the Oregon Institute of Technology’s ABA program. Previously, Jennifer was the Vice President for the Oregon Association of Behavior Analysis and continues to be active in the organization as a Board Advisor and member of the Ambassadors and School Committees.

The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board currently has an opening for a Psychiatrist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board currently has an opening for a Developmental Pediatrician. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply

Questions?

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or sarah.e.bye@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or anne.p.thompson@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or paige.s.sims@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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