More About Dr. Trahan
Dr. Trahan was born and raised on the bayous of Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University, majored in psychology, and began her career in behavior analysis. Dr. Trahan moved to attend graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and worked as an in-home counselor providing parent training, a research assistant at a state-run developmental center, and a behavior consultant for autism services.
Dr. Trahan eventually found her passion working with seniors and identifying ways to increase the quality of life in one's final years. Dr. Trahan was accepted as a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and completed a three-year postdoctorate in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She started one of the first clinical practices in ABA and Dementia Care. She published many journal articles and presented on a variety of topics related to behavior analysis and dementia. Dr. Trahan has been on community advisory committees, organized conferences on aging, and lead pioneering projects in senior living.
Dr. Trahan recently moved to Alton, Illinois, to be closer to family. She and her spouse have a dog and two cats. Dr. Trahan enjoys talking about politics, sustainability practices, leadership programs, and Cajun cooking.
Identifying the reasons why behaviors occur. Tracking environmental antecedents and consequences that maintain challenging behaviors.
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Postdoctorate in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology,
School of Medicine
Implementing function-based procedures to decrease challenging behaviors, like aggression or noncompliance, and increase independent behaviors, like communication and engagement.
Coaching family members, in-home caregivers, or facility staff members how to help seniors with dementia. Strategize schedules and routines. Lead workshop and support group meetings.
Processes and systems development for the behavior management of residents. Small and large scale business solutions to tackle the problems of today for the betterment of tomorrow.
2005 - 2010
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy
PhD in Rehabilitation
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
BS in Psychology