Zhichun (Mae) Zhou Ostlund, Ph.D., BCBA-D, dedicates herself to serving the underserved community by working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mae has worked in the field since she was 16 when she volunteered at De Lovie, a residential facility in Belgium. She received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Developmental Science and a Ph.D. in Human Development with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Rochester. She maintains an adjunct professor position at Webster University. She currently lives in West St. Louis County in Missouri with her husband and a one-year-old son. She likes hiking and listening to a diverse set of music genres.
As a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Developmentalist, she integrates the fields of Developmental Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, and incorporates the strengths offered by each persepctive. She takes into account the importance of learning contexts, such as the quality of relationship between clients and therapists/parents, and the emotional valence of the activities used in the therapeutic processes. She delivers treatments that are trauma-informed and ACT-grounded. She uses teaching strategies that involve positive affect and shared engagement with real-life materials to ensure better behavior outcomes for clients and their families.
She has experience working in a variety of settings and with clients in the age range from 2 to 18. Her specialty is in treating maladaptive behavior, severe challenging behavior and teaching functional skills used in everyday life. She is a genuine and compassionate practitioner who strives to help you and your loved ones pursue and reach meaningful goals that align with your values.
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