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Dr. Maranda A. Trahan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Since 2003, she has developed and implemented behavioral programs for a variety of individuals with challenging behaviors. She now specializes in behavioral assessment, caregiver training and program development for older adults with dementia.
Dr. Trahan graduated in 2004 from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She continued her education in behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she received her master of science in 2007 and doctorate in 2010. Dr. Trahan completed her three-year postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins University in August 2013 and then started a private practice, Trahan Behavioral Services, to provide training and consultation for difficult dementia symptoms.
DECREASING BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA - BEHP1143 Reviews behavior analytic methods to decrease behavioral symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Includes how behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (aggression, agitation, wandering) impact the individual's quality of life, daily functioning and dementia progression. Explores the burden BPSD places on a caregiver (pressure to institutionalize, increased cost of care). Covers how functional behavioral assessments have been used to determine function and effective interventions.
May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, Canvas 2
ICYMI: ABA IN DEMENTIA CARE- 2014 LITERATURE REVIEW - BEHP1144 Reviews several published articles on dementia care that focus on challenging behaviors (hoarding, bizarre speech), verbal behavior and complex learning behaviors. Covers how challenging behaviors can be managed through antecedent manipulations, allowing participants to (re)learn to mand and bringing responses under stimulus control.
May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, CourseWebs