Kortnie L. Fisher, M.S., LBS, BCBA, is an assistant professor of Education, as well as the program director for the Mercyhurst Autism Support Initiative (ASI), and the faculty advisor for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Professor Fisher is a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) in the state of Pennsylvania and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She brings years of experience as an educational and behavioral consultant with local school districts and organizations.
Professor Fisher is passionate about synthesizing the art of education with the science of behavior. Her philosophy of education rests on the importance of utilizing evidence-based practices to facilitate meaningful, measurable progress in an equitable educational framework for all students, even those at the college level. Professor. Fisher incorporates the importance of data-driven, systemic feedback loops into each of her courses, a pivotal skill set in current educational landscape. Her priority is providing her students with instruction in the skills critical to measuring and monitoring student progress regardless of variables such as placement, age, and disability.
Professor Fisher has interests in translational and applied research in the fields of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Most recently, she completed professional development with a cohort of graduate students in the Practical Functional Assessment (Hanley, 2022). These skills were utilized with a case study in a school-based application of the protocol. Professor Fisher plans to continue to broaden the scope of her research to her other areas of interest including skill acquisition using instruction rooted in Stimulus Equivalence and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and conceptual systems related to motivation and preference in existing technologies such as token economies.