Abigail “Abby” Dalton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 19 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other disabilities, providing supervision and directing an ABA (applied behavior analysis) program.
Abigail received her Master’s of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology.
When asked why she chose to become a behavior analyst, Abigail shares, “when I saw firsthand how Applied Behavior Analysis can be used to support individuals in building skills and reducing maladaptive behaviors, I decided it was the career for me. I transferred to a graduate program in ABA at Penn State Harrisburg and have been in the field ever since.”
As a clinician, Abigail has had the privilege to work with many children and their families over the years and be a part of their successes. As a supervisor, Abigail has enjoyed being a part of cultivating the careers of other clinicians in order to help even more children and families.
“As a director I have had the opportunity to help many clinicians develop career paths and long-term goals through mentorship, training and supervision,” Abigail shares. “I also believe it is so important to infuse fun at work. As a team we make time for connecting with one another, participating in events and supporting one another.”
Abigail’s most commonly asked question from others considering a career in behavior analysis is how to prevent burnout. “Having a good work-life balance is crucial to preventing burnout. As clinicians who want to help others, it can sometimes be hard for us to create boundaries. Spending quality time with family and friends is so important to our own well-being.”
In her spare time, Abigail enjoys hiking, biking, playing basketball and spending time with her family.