Patricia Schetter, MA

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Health System
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-703-0227
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Last Updated: July 24, 2017

Patricia Schetter

Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Patricia Schetter, MA, BCBA

PO Box 8321

Woodland, CA



BCBA # 1-10-7085


Professional Objectives

Provide training and consultation to educators, families and service providers of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other behavioral challenges using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. 


1999           P.P.S. Credential with Certification for School Counseling from California State University,                                         Sacramento

1997           M.A. Psychology from California State University, Sacramento

1993           B.A. Psychology with certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University,                                 Sacramento

Relevant Experience

2008 - Present        Coordinator of Autism Education Initiatives, CEDD at the MIND Institute, Sacramento, CA

•·         State Liaison for the National Professional Development Center - Autism Training and Technical Assistance Grant. 

•·         Coordinate a statewide, multi-agency advisory group directing activities to carry forward the recommendations of the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and the Superintendent of Public Instructions Autism Advisory Committee.

•·         Develop training modules for parents and professionals related to implementing evidence based practices for learners with ASD.

•·         Participate in other projects related to the UCEDDs missions to provide excellence in developmental disabilities to the community.

2003-Present           Founder and Director of Professional Development, Autism and Behavior Training Associates

•·         Provide In-service training on autism, applied behavior analysis and related topics statewide to school districts, county offices of education and SELPAs.

•·         Conduct and coordinate multidisciplinary program reviews for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

•·         Provide behavioral assessment and consultation to students with ASD and other significant behavioral challenges.

•·         Develop, write and edit professional publications on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Best Practice Teaching Strategies and practical strategies for working with students with autism and other behavioral disorders.

•·         Developed, in conjunction with UC Davis School of Education, UC Davis Extension, and the UC Davis MIND Institute, a Specialized Studies Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

2006 - 2008             Program Specialist, Yolo County SELPA

•·         Provided staff development, policy review and input, program development, behavioral and program/student consultation to LEAs within the SELPA.

•·         Chaired the Positive Behavior Supports workgroup, a group of Psychologists and Behavior Analysts providing services in Yolo County.

1999-2003                    Program Specialist for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Butte County SELPA

•·         Provided coordination and leadership to the SELPA Autism Collaborative.

•·         Consulted with district staff regarding multi-disciplinary assessments of students suspected to have or already diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

•·         Trained and consulted with families, teachers, specialists and paraprofessionals in appropriate interventions, curriculum and teaching methodology for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

•·         Provided training and consultation in the adaptation of curriculum and delivery of services to meet the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

•·         Conducted functional behavioral assessment and developed positive behavior support plans for students with ASD.

•·         Implemented, trained and evaluated the programs of preschool students with ASD receiving ABA programming.

1997-1999                    Behavior Analyst, ALTA California Regional Center.

•·         Conducted quality assurance reviews of behavioral and educational services and programs provided to consumers of the Regional Center.

•·         Participated as a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team, assessing and determining appropriate services and supports for individuals with developmental delays and autism.

•·         Participated in committees and community advisory panels to develop collaborative services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

•·         Evaluated and monitored the Functional Analysis Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans developed by vendors for consumers of the Regional Center.

 1992-1997               Assistant Director/Teacher, Applied Behavior Consultants, a Non-Public School for                                                   Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

•·         Developed curriculum and behavior support plans for students with autism and severe behavioral disorders in a non-public school setting.

•·         Conducted functional analysis assessments and developed behavior intervention plans for students being served in public school settings.

•·         Trained and supervised para-educators working with ASD students in a variety of settings (home, school and community).

•·         Conducted parent training, teacher in-services and community trainings on autism, behavior and related topics

•·         Provided administrative support to the Director including developing protocols, policy, procedures, interviewing and reviewing staff on an annual basis.

•·         Developed curriculum and taught a class of 6-10 year old students with ASD.

 1989-1992                    Intern, Applied Behavior Consultants/California State University Sacramento/UCLA Early Autism Project.

•·         Provided early intensive behavioral therapy to student's with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

•·         Provided direct instruction and implemented positive behavior support plans with preschool aged students using Applied Behavior Analysis in intensive behavioral intervention programs.

•·         Collected data on target skills and behaviors and reported data to supervising behavior analyst.

 Other Experience

•·         Instructor for UC Davis Extension Specialized Studies Program in Autism.

•·         Teacher Educator/Instructor, Bureau of Education and Research.

•·         Instructor for Regional and Continuing Education, CSU Chico.

•·         Invited presenter at national and international conferences on autism, education and positive behavior management including:

•-         Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Academy, 2008, 2009, 2010.

•-         Association for Behavior Analysis, 1995.

•-         California Association for Behavior Analysis, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

•-         International Williams Syndrome Association, 1995.

•-         California Association for Resource Specialist and Special Education Teachers, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

•-         National Autism Conference - Pennsylvania Technical Assistance and Support Network, 2006.

•-         Capital Autism Conference, 2006.

•-         Texas State Conference on Autism, 2007.

•-         Trends in Autism Conference, Harvey Mudd Medical School, 2009.

•-         MIND Summer Institute 2009, 2010.

•-         Occupational Therapy Association of California, 2009

•·         Author of published materials including:

•-         Homeschooling The Child With ASD : Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask ( 2009, Jossey-Bass Publishing)

•-         Learning the R.O.P.E.S. for Improved Executive Function (2004, 2008 ABTA Publications).  A training manual for educators working with student with high functioning autism and other executive impairments.

•-         Autism Program Development and Review Protocols (2006, ABTA Publications).  A protocol for setting up and evaluating autism programs.

•-         Co-author with Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D. Executive Dysfunction in Autism: From Research to Practice in Understanding Executive Function edited by Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. (2007, Guilford Publications, Inc.).

•§  Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, Education and Professional Development workgroup 2007.

•§  Member of California State Planning Team for AUCD Act Early Summit, 2009.

•§  Recipient UC Davis Extension Outstanding Service Award, 2008.

Professional Memberships

•§  Association of California School Administrators

•§  California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Educators