Providing School-Based Behavior Support


Biography of

Dr. Frances Paris, BCBA, NCSP

Dr. Frances Paris

Dr. Paris, with 30 years of experience in the field of education in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Michigan, has worked with children and adults with various disabilities in a variety of settings including public schools, psychiatric units and a juvenile detention facility. Throughout her career, her work focused on assisting staff, families and students to effectively support student behavior and learning.

She has taught graduate school classes at Michigan State University to prepare students for the field of school psychology and at Oakland University as part of the teacher preparation sequence for an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders. To prepare staff in schools to solve problems when facing behavior challenges, Dr. Paris developed and teaches a forty-hour course on the core competencies of the Registered Behavior Technician, a credential supported by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (

Presentations on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the insurance reform in Michigan are recent speaking topics. Myths about ABA are exposed, and the science of ABA is examined. Tips on collaboration between the ABA provider and the school-based services provider on behalf of the child's learning are addressed.

She has presented workshops at local, state and national venues on a variety of topics throughout her award-winning career. Publications on positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) has appeared in journals such as Teaching Exceptional Children and Beyond Behavior. The Michigan Department of Education and Oakland Schools, a countywide educational service agency, have published her work on positive behavioral supports and other topics. Examples of publications are listed in the Resources section of this website.

Dr. Paris held elected positions as President of the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and was co-chair for their annual Exceptional Children's Week Poster Contest. Her memberships include Council for Exceptional Children, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.

Dr. Frances Paris

Licensure & Credentials

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Fully Licensed Psychologist
Teacher and Teacher Consultant for:
  • Emotionally Impaired,
  • Learning Disabled, and
  • Cognitively Impaired.
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