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Breakthrough Behavior Welcomes Dr. Heather Griffin as New Regional Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Griffin is also the author of “Beyond Coursework: A Handbook for Beginning a Career in Applied Behavior Analysis”


Dr. Heather Griffin, EdD, BCBA has been named the Regional Director of Clinical Services for Breakthrough Behavior. Dr. Griffin will oversee all clinical services across Breakthrough Behavior’s locations in California, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and northern Florida. Along with Dr. Amoy Hugh-Pennie, she fills a new position within the organization created to continually build high-quality, sustainable access to care across all communities in which Breakthrough Behavior serves.

“Dr. Griffin has unmatched experience in teaching, fostering and developing behavior analysts throughout our industry,” said Breakthrough Behavior Chief Executive Officer Maegen Pierce. “She is a global ambassador for the work we do and leader among the greatest talent in our field. Breakthrough Behavior is beyond fortunate for her stewardship of best practices, innovative techniques and advocacy for the work we do.”


Heather Griffin earned her doctorate of educational leadership from the University of North Florida, completing her dissertation on, “The Importance of Collaboration Between Parents and School in Special Education: Perceptions from the Field.” She continues to focus heavily on parent participation in the care and advocacy of their children. In addition, Dr. Griffin assigns high priority on mentoring and providing high-quality experiences to up-and-coming behavior analysts.


“Clinical excellence and successful outcomes for the clients and families we serve is the number one priority,” said Dr. Griffin. “I'm so happy to join the Breakthrough Behavior team and not only continue our unparalleled treatment in Florida, California, Virginia and Maryland, but also begin offering high-quality services in Georgia and beyond.”


Dr. Griffin also earned her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Florida State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the field and has practiced across a variety of settings including public and private schools, family and group homes, day programs, clinics, and other community settings. Prior to Breakthrough Behavior, Dr. Griffin served as president of the First Coast Association for Behavior Analysis (Jacksonville, Florida) and is an active advocate for the delivery of high-quality ABA services in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. She is also the author of the book, “Beyond Coursework: A Handbook for Beginning a Career in Applied Behavior Analysis.” Dr. Griffin is married to Greg, an avid competitive sailor, and they have two active boys--McGregor and Gunnison. If not at home, you’ll find Dr. Griffin traveling the country, exploring national and state parks, and engaging in activities on the water.