The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Sarah Bloom, Ph D

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Office:EDUC 329
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-2865

•    Faculty Fellow, Center for Persons with Disabilities
•    Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
•    Co-director, Severe Behavior Clinic. The clinic is in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Samaha and the CPD.
•    Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral)
•    Guest reviewer, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Education and Treatment of Children.

Students employed part-time at the Severe Behavior Clinic: three graduate students.
Two additional volunteers gain practical experience.

Bloom and Dr. Samaha, her husband and the co-director of the Severe Behavior Clinic, work with children with severe behavioral problems including self-injury, aggression, inappropriate vocalizations and property destruction. Prior to coming to Utah State University, they were involved in a similar clinic affiliated with the University of Florida.

The USU clinic provides assessment and treatment services to identify why children and adults engage in problematic behavior. Then the clinic’s staff members develop interventions and train families and care providers.

The project’s research component seeks to make assessments more efficient. The researchers will also evaluate factors that improve a treatment’s effectiveness and find treatments that work in a family setting, so that families can also focus on other family members at home.

Roles at the CPD