Christi Vedder-Abrams

Update: Christi earned her master’s degree in 2018 and is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Panhandle Behavioral Services in Panama City, FL.

What are you doing now?

I am a first year graduate student at Florida State University in Panama City studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I am also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) working at FSU's Early Childhood Autism Program as a behavior therapist for my assistantship site. I work with individuals with developmental disabilities aged 2-22 years old, delivering 1:1 therapy.

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

If it wasn't for the classes I have taken, the professors I have met, and the research they have helped me with in this department, I would not be where I am. All of the tools I have been given by the psychology department has helped me get into the best ABA program in the country, and allowed me to do what I love.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

The psychology department has professors that care about you and what they teach, many opportunities to do research on things you think are interesting, and chances to make friends within your major through the psychology club. There are opportunities to go to conferences, take exciting classes, and discover your calling. I would definitely take advantage of all of these things! Go to conferences, join the psychology club and go to the events, talk to your professors a lot, figure out if grad school is for you, get involved in research, and have fun!