Kendra McDonald, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Kendra McDonald, M.A., BCBA, LBA, Regional Director, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst who has been working with children and adults with autism and related intellectual disabilities for over 15 years.  Prior to working at Little Leaves, Kendra was the Director of Clinical Services for The Arc of Loudoun, overseeing development and implementation of behavior analysis at The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center, and The Aurora Behavior Clinic.  She earned her master’s degree in psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Kendra has presented research with an emphasis on verbal behavior at national, state, and local conferences. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis.

Facts About Kendra

  • Originally From: Ohio

  • Time with Little Leaves: 1 year

  • Educational Background: BA from George Mason University and an MA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Favorite Hobby: Reading

  • Dream Vacation: Mountain cabin in the snow

  • Center: Ashburn, VA

We spoke with Kendra about new role as a regional director in Northern Virginia, her excitement for opening a new center, and more!

Why did you choose to pursue ABA therapy as a profession?

My son was diagnosed with autism,  so I want to make a difference for him and other children like him.

What is the most rewarding part of your role with Little Leaves?

I love to see a child with autism who could not previously communicate, now able to communicate what he or she wants to his or her parents.

How has Little Leaves helped you grow as a professional?

Little Leaves has afforded me the opportunity to support other behavior analysts.

Little Leaves fosters growth for those committed to learning how to provide high quality services.
Kendra on how Little Leaves fosters a home for professional development

What does it mean to you to be promoted to a regional director position at Little Leaves?

It means that I can support the professionals that are directly supporting the growth and progress of our clients.

What challenge excites you most about opening a new center?

We get to provide services to a new community that needs great ABA!