Graduate and Undergraduate Recruitment

The Behavioral Engineering lab routinely accepts 1-2 PhD students per academic cycle. The LSU mentorship model is centered around primary mentors, with supplemental technical and clinical experiences programmed alongside the primary mission of the lab and program (e.g., work in pediatrics, early childhood assessment, other clinical applications). PhD students in the Gilroy lab can expect mentorship and supervision in Behavior Analysis, School Psychology, and Clinical Psychology more generally. Sites for practical training and research typically span home, school, clinic, and hospital settings.

PhD Student Recruitment: Applications due 12/1/2024Undergraduate Opportunities:Practicum experiences filled for Summer/Fall 2024

Current Graduate Students

Felicia McGill

1st Year Student

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Felicia earned her BS in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of South Carolina in 2022. Prior to LSU, Felicia worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and a math instructor. Her research interests include communication interventions for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Outside of school, Felicia enjoys playing piano, reading, and drinking boba tea.

Project: Comparing High- and Low-tech Bilingual AAC Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cassie Feck

4th Year Student (Internship: Kennedy-Krieger Institute)

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Cassie is a School Psychology student in Dr. Gilroy's lab. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Florida in 2016, and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2018. Her research and clinical interests include assessment and treatment of autism. More specifically, she is interested in social skills interventions and parent-implemented interventions for children with autism. In her free time, she enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Project: Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis for Angelman Syndrome

Rochelle Picardo

4th Year Student (Internship: Kennedy-Krieger Institute)

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Rochelle Picardo (started program 2019) earned both her BA in Psychology and her MA in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Before starting her PhD, she interned at British Columbia‘s Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Her research and clinical interests revolve around the assessment of and interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, especially parent-directed interventions. She hopes to translate work done in behavior analytic fields to school psychology practice.

Project: Consumer Behavior Analysis of Programmed Reading Interventions

River Waits

5th Year Student (Internship: Munroe-Meyer Institute)

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River Waits is a School Psychology student on Dr. Gilroy's team. They received their undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2018. Prior to enrolling at LSU, River has worked in research labs involving children with behavioral, social, and intellectual disabilities, which has influenced their research interests today. Their research interests involve diversity-related issues in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, including the development of communication interventions for bilingual children with autism.

Project: Diversity in Applied Behavior Analysis, Inclusive Strategies for Culturally- and Linguistically-Diverse Learners