About Dr. Rachel Schwartz

Dr. Rachel Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D has worked internationally creating and supervising programs for individuals with disabilities. Her work as a consultant and trainer includes teaching behavior analytic strategies and exploring issues related to sexual education and quality of life. Dr. Schwartz has published original research on these topics in special education journals as well as presented at national, state, and local conferences. Through her organization, Behavior Goals, Dr. Schwartz taps into more than 15 years of experience working in special education to empower students, families, and professionals.

Professional Background

Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and received her master’s degree in Teaching and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has been licensed as a Behavior Specialist and a Certified Special Education teacher by the state of Pennsylvania.

Rachel’s expansive career in special education and disabilities has provided her with a unique perspective and passion for individuals with disabilities of all kinds and ages.  With experience spanning everything from early intervention classrooms, to integrative university programs for students with disabilities, social & recreational programming for children and teens, integrated vocational and residential programs for adults, educational consulting and behavior programming at school districts including elementary through high schools, and more – Rachel has just about seen it all!

Research and professional interests include: Program development; Collaborative partnerships; Clinical supervision; Behavior analytic practices across settings for individuals with I/DD; Staff and caregiver training; Self-determination, choice, and social inclusion across the lifespan; Issues and education in sexuality and disability.

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