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The Blonde Behavior Analyst

The Blonde Behavior Analyst

By Jessica Zielske
Lessons of life, entrepreneurship, and authentic connection through the science of Behavior Analysis.
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'What I Wish I Knew Then" with Mackenzie Quinn, M.Ed RBT
I am joined by Mackenzie Quinn M.Ed, RBT. She openly shares her multi-test taking experience and her professional journey into the field of Behavior Analysis, focusing on what she "wish she knew then". With a Masters from Arizona State University, and her supervision hours complete, she shares her experiences when working directly with clients in the field with on-site BCBA supervisors, her experiences as a multiple test taker, and her tips for maintaining a resilient and optimistic mindset when life turned out differently than how she planned.
June 7, 2021
Faith, Science, Doubt, and Identity
Join me for my brain dump on balancing knowing a science, being curious about human behavior, and figuring out how to balance believing in things we can’t see. Maybe constant doubt is okay? And maybe we can just ride the identity journey instead of trying to solidify who we are and keep it that way forever. Maybe we can let ourselves evolve, and practice that psychological flexibility. Maybe if who we are changes over time thats something to embrace and celebrate?  Book referenced in the episode: "Faith After Doubt"  - Brian D. Mclaren
June 1, 2021
Entrepreneurship, Competition, Values, Setbacks and Trauma Self-Healing: My Interview with Crystal Wissinger
College Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Pelotoners, BCBAs who learned from non-examples, ACT enthusiasts to help us heal from past traumas... The list is endless of what Crystal Wissinger and I have in common. Today we talked about these commonalities, our stories, lessons learned, and advice for anyone who listens. Join us.  Connect with Crystal:  IG: imagine_wellness4u and bxchange_motivation Website:
March 29, 2021
Stress & Self-Care : Re-writing the narrative, and using values-based self-care for a more meaningful and effective solution to stress.
What are our views around stress? Do we expect ourselves to exist without it? Are we putting our hope in good glasses of wine, bubble baths, and pedicures to help solve our lifelong stress? Are they actually helping? This episode is a quick sneak peek into an upcoming CEU webinar I am hosting with Gabbie Lanier, who is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is equally passionate about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The webinar is Monday, March 22nd at 7pm EST. Connect with me on Instagram for a registration link, we really hope you’ll join us.
March 20, 2021
Let's Talk Trauma with my friend, Dr. Chinwe Williams
Trauma, Stress, Shame, Guilt, Self-Awareness, Relational Frames, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the mental construct of "race".... I could talk to this inspiring human FOREVER.... Chinwe is someone who not only do I admire but holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. I am thankful to have been able to spend some time with her in a way that allows me to share her brain and her heart with you. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @dr.chinwewilliams, and follow the link in her bio to learn more about her upcoming Racial Trauma course, and her new book for parents on helping kids and teens with anxiety and despair.  Chinwe is a gem. Connect with her. 
March 19, 2021
2 BCBAs, 1 Boat, 3 Heel Fractures
An unexpected crisis with 2 BCBAs...their story, reflections, and applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to real world messes. 
March 10, 2021
Generalization: How can we teach so that behaviors are learned across environments, people, and beyond?
A teachers love/hate relationship with Discrete Trial Teaching and how we can program for generalization to ensure our teaching is helping new skills and behaviors travel as far as they can go. 
February 24, 2021
Using OBM and Behavior Analysis to address Systemic Issues
Today's casual chat... How can we use Behavior Analysis to think bigger, and view systemic issues in organizations differently? Dream big. Don't stop. 
February 23, 2021
Interview: BCBA Exam Prep with the newly minted BCBA, Kylen Sherrod
Kylen Sherrod M.Ed BCBA passed her BCBA exam the first time in January of 2021 after we wrapped up supervision hours and exam prep together. Here's some info on her professional journey, why she chose Behavior Analysis for her career, and what we did to help her pass the exam the first time. Check her out on Instagram @theradbehavioranalyst
February 22, 2021
When you're struggling to get "Buy In" from people you support....
After a recent training for a couple public school districts, I was inspired to share my thoughts on what to do in situations when we striggle with getting "buy in" from the people we are supporting or training. Here are my experiences. 
February 21, 2021
Behavior Analysis & My Journey to Entrepreneurship
My overview of what I see Behavior Analysis is, and my rocky road to Entrepreneurship. 
February 21, 2021