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Advances Learning Center

Moving Forward Together.




About Us

Advances Learning Center was established in 2002 by Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Katherine Johnson. Our team is committed to serving children and young adults with a variety of diagnoses by teaching them appropriate and functional alternative behaviors, increasing their confidence and social agility, and providing an accepting environment that fosters independence.

We offer center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, social skills groups, in-home ABA services, parent training, and school-based services.


1 in 59

children have ASD



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Katherine Johnson, BCBA  |  Founder 

Katherine is the Founder of Advances Learning Center. She has a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University Teachers College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Charter Certificant). Katherine has taught in both private and public schools at pre-school and elementary levels and has provided educational consultation services to public schools and home programs. She has taught undergraduate behavior analysis courses at Northeastern University and graduate level courses at Simmons College, has provided parent training through the May Institute, and is on the Advisory Board for the undergraduate psychology program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Regis College. Katherine also currently serves as Vice President of MassCAP.

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Ginette Wilson Bishop, PH.D., BCBA-D, LABA  |  Executive Director

Ginette is the Executive Director. She completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D®). In addition to providing both clinical and organizational oversight at Advances, Ginette serves as a liaison between families, school districts and other service providers. Ginette has also served as the Director of Melmark New England’s Early Childhood Program and as a consulting behavior analyst at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center in Ontario, Canada. She has accrued extensive clinical and supervisory experience providing comprehensive assessment and intervention services within multidisciplinary frameworks.  Ginette’s research interests include evaluating and improving teaching methodologies and outcomes for graduate ABA students as well as improving credentialing practices and clinical supervision for existing and aspiring behavior analysts.

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Katie Corey, MS, BCBA, LABA  |  Operations

Katie is the Operations Coordinator for Advances.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of San Diego in 2006 and her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2010. Katie first joined the Advances team in 2009 as the Placement and Progress Coordinator and transitioned into the Operations Coordinator role in  2011. Prior to joining Advances, Katie worked in a residential program with children with severe challenging behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, and psychiatric illnesses between the ages of 3 and 20.

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Libby Adams, BCABA, LABA   |  Operations

Libby is one of the Operations Coordinators at Advances. She is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA), has been teaching children using Applied Behavior Analysis since 1998, and led social skills groups at Advances from 2002-2011. Ms. Adams completed the Therapist Training Program at the May Institute and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Boston University.

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Jessica Wenig, MS, BCBA, LABA  |  Clinical Director

Jessica is a Clinical Director for Advances.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2007. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jessica joined the Advances team in August 2010. As a full-time senior consultant, Jessica provides school, community, and home-based consultation for students and their families. She has experience teaching and working with a diverse population of children and adults with varying disabilities including autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger's syndrome, OCD, mental retardation, ADHD and CHARGE Syndrome.

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Kaitlin Maguire, MSEd, BCBA, LABA  |  Clinical Director

Kaitlin is a Clinical Director for Advances.  She obtained her Master of Science degree in Special Education at Endicott College and is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to joining the team at Advances, Kaitlin worked in an early intensive classroom for children with autism, a public school in both sub-separate and inclusive classrooms with young adults with a variety of different abilities, and across several vocational settings with young adults with autism. Kaitlin has experience working with and developing and implementing programming for a diverse population of learners, and in her current role as a Clinical Director, she provides support to Consultants and the families with whom they work.


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