Faculty & Staff
Mara (Shelley) Clarke, MA, BCBA
Faculty Research Associate
Addressing challenging behavior and increasing skill acquisition for young children and their families; improved quality of life, social validity, and cognitive behavior skills training for parents
Mara "Shelley" Clarke, M.A., BCBA is a Faculty Research Associate at the Department
of Child and Family Studies, located within the College of Behavioral and Community
Sciences. Ms. Clarke’s responsibilities include the collaboration and coordination
of a variety of applied research endeavors across multiple projects within The Florida
Center for Inclusive Communities. These research investigations focus on addressing
challenging behavior and increasing skill acquisition for young children and their
families. Her area of emphasis is on the study of developing and implementing evidence-based
practices reflecting Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support. In addition,
Ms. Clarke has conducted a number of case studies supporting children exhibiting challenging
behavior in school settings during her tenure within the Interdisciplinary Center
for Evaluation and Interventions (ICEI).
Ms. Clarke's other contributions to CBCS focus on the development of observational data collection systems that reflect an empirical and rigorous foundation in order to document scientific outcomes and measures. In addition to being a member of the ABA Faculty in which she provides practicum supervision to Master’s level students, Ms. Clarke has also presented at a number of local, national and international conferences, co-authored 28 peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and maintains credentials as a Senior Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her current interests involve single-subject design research, issues related to improved quality of life, social validity, and cognitive behavior skills training for parents.