“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”Roy T. Bennett
Jessica L. Fuller, M.S., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and wellness coach working with individuals on creating more meaningful lifestyles by incorporating mindfulness into their everyday lives. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2013. In 2017, Jessica earned a Master’s in Science degree and graduated with distinction from Capella University. Shortly after, she received her board certification.
She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree were her research focuses on remote training of behavior analysts and mindfulness practices within a behavior analytic scope. Jessica’s goal is to translate a lot the mindfulness research in ways that can be applied to everyday life situations with a range of behaviors such as learning to cultivate a mindfulness practice for yourself, mindful pregnancy, raising kids to be mindful, learning to savor the little things in life, and honing your creative self though mindful practice.
She is also a children’s book author who is explores the importance of balance within our various lifestyles in the home setting and is writing her second book about teaching young kids to manage emotions though mindful practices.
Within the ABA community, Jessica has a passion for teaching and disseminating the various ways ABA can be used across disciplines and environments. She is an independent field work supervisor and mentor. She does private consultations, parent and staff training, in Tampa, Fl and the Dominican Republic as well as remotely (learn more under supervision tab).
Parents often suffer from conditions such as stress and depression due to the high demands of parenting. In particular, parenting children with some form of developmental disability may bring about increased maladaptive behaviors that may increase daily parenting stressors. The fast-spreading repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have left millions of parents across the globe to deal with various stressors in isolation. Recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness as an intervention for targeting individuals’ behaviors such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, and noncompliance while increasing overall well-being and happiness levels. Significant decreases in target behaviors are noted across studies, as well as increases in parent satisfaction and well-being. This study reviews the use of mindfulness within the scope of behavior analysis as a tool that can be quickly implemented to support parents not only through this crisis but also throughout parenthood in general.