Registered Psychologist & Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral
Dr. Kirsten Wirth, C. Psych., BCBA-D
Dr. Wirth is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst-doctoral, and has a PhD in Psychology – Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from the University of Manitoba. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Manitoba (http://www.umanitoba.ca/psychology), and the Governmental Affairs Chair, Founder, and a Past President of the Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis (www.maba.ca). She is also the author of “How to get your child to go to sleep and stay asleep: A practical guide for parents to sleep train young children,” and the mother of two young children. Dr. Wirth writes a blog on evidence-based parenting tips at www.theinvestigatingparent.wordpress.com. After working at St.Amant in a variety of capacities over the last 14 years, the last 8 as the Clinical Manager of the Autism Programs, Dr. Wirth has left to fulfill a need that is unmet in the community. She has over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, with or without developmental disabilities and autism using, teaching, and training others to use ABA. She receiving training and supervision under Drs. Joseph Pear, Garry Martin, C.T. Yu, Angela Cornick, and Carl Stephens through the University of Manitoba, St.Amant Research Centre, and St.Amant Psychology Services and Autism Programs in research and practice, has learned to make evidence-based decisions and evaluate research as well as implement ABA effectively. Dr. Wirth has also been an invited speaker and presenter at local and international conferences.
Why applied behaviour analysis (ABA)?
ABA is a branch of psychology that has demonstrated over decades of research to be an effective science for improving socially important problems across a wide range of populations. It is a field that uses what has been learned from research and takes a scientist practitioner approach to ensure that the techniques being used are effective with each and every client. If a technique isn’t working, it’s our job to change what we’re doing to make it effective for the client. Why is the research or being evidence-based important? If it’s not working, critical time and money is being spent on something that is ineffective. We not only have an obligation to use effective procedures for our clients, but our clients have the right to effective treatment.