Katherine Vinson '14

Bachelor's degree in psychology with an applied behavior analysis concentration

Applied behavioral analysis major Katie VinsonIn her early teens, Katherine often looked after her young cousin Marco, who had been adopted as a baby and eventually diagnosed with autism. Katherine did her best to keep Marco in a routine, to learn from his behaviors, and create a sense of normalcy in his life. Katherine and her family are committed to exposing Marco to experiences that help him grow intellectually and emotionally so that he may lead a rich and productive life.

Katherine chose the Becker College applied behavior analysis concentration in the psychology program to gain a better understanding of how to help Marco reach normal developmental functioning. “My goal is to help Marco function in the real world, and to help all children live a normal life in a society that accepts them,” she says.

Katherine continues to look after Marco as she attends classes. She made the Dean’s list as a freshman and is eager to learn more about her chosen field of study.

Katherine Vinson