New Associate Director Named at The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

February 16, 2023

Dr. Boone is a professional dedicated to working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida in 2001, completing pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric psychology at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and a second postdoctoral year as a LEND fellow at the Westchester Institute for Human (UCEDD).

In 2008, Dr. Boone went on to direct the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Training Project at Partners for Inclusive Communities, Arkansas’ UCEDD, later serving as the Clinical Director for Arkansas START (Systemic, Therapeutic Assessment, Resources and Treatment), a statewide crisis prevention and intervention program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex behavioral health needs (the model developed at the IOD at the University of New Hampshire). She subsequently directed the Institute of Disability Studies, Mississippi’s UCEDD, from 2014-2017.

Upon relocating to Tampa, FL in 2017, Dr. Boone worked as a behavior analyst in Medicaid Waiver group homes and earned her Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designation. Since 2019, she has served as Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, directing the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), and The Learning Academy, both programs under the FCIC. In taking on the duties of FCIC Associate Director, Dr. Boone happily anticipates being able to bring together her background in intellectual and developmental disabilities and history with AUCD and the UCEDD/LEND networks, to support the Center’s Co-Directors, staff and faculty, numerous and diverse programs, and local, state, and national partnerships.