Meet Jessi Corrick ...

Esko, Minn.
Psychology Major ('16), M.S. in Behavior Analysis ('18)

Jessi Corrick

I had no idea about the behavior analytic world when I started college. But ever since I was introduced to the science, I have found my passion ... I get to do something with my life that will benefit others.


— Jessi Corrick
Esko, Minn.
Psychology Major ('16), M.S. in Behavior Analysis ('18)

“Excuse me. Can I be the leader?”

These were the words uttered by a student at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation Elementary School. Seemingly simple. Any child might say the same to get access to the line leader position. But, it was a monumental moment in this student’s development.

This young man had a history of aggressive behavior. In previous instances, this same request would have been delivered with a “budge in line” as opposed to a polite verbal request. His positive action is a result of behavior analysis coaching from a Briar Cliff University student.

Jessi Corrick, a recent graduate of Briar Cliff’s undergraduate psychology program, explains the pride she had in witnessing this student’s polite request. Under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Hood, BCU’s director of the graduate and undergraduate programs in behavior analysis, in collaboration with school psychologist Karen Wall, Corrick had been working alongside graduate students to assess why the young man was acting out. Then, based on the results from the data collected, Corrick was able to teach this young man more appropriate ways to communicate his wants and needs.

Hands-on experience like this is not common at the undergraduate level. That’s what makes the Briar Cliff program so unique and effective.

Through a class on behavior analytic interventions with Dr. Stephanie Hood and her hands-on experience at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation, Corrick found the path to her dream.

“I had no idea about the behavior analytic world when I started college. But ever since I was introduced to the science, I have found my passion,” said Corrick, who has now enrolled in the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program at Briar Cliff.

Wall credits Briar Cliff for providing students with this real-world experience. “She’s going on to get her master’s degree because she got to see first-hand the enjoyment she could find in her work,” said Wall.

Corrick’s presence at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation was a value to the school, too. Superintendent Stacie Hardy said, “By having behavior analysis available in our district, we have been able to really focus on individual behavior needs.”

The individualized plans are what makes the practice of behavior analysis so effective. Corrick and her peers work to understand the reasons why the students they are serving are behaving certain ways. With that understanding, they can then develop support and treatment strategies to help the students become more successful in the classroom.

“We felt this would be a great way for our staff to become better educated in understanding the reason for certain student behaviors and gain additional support to manage and improve behaviors in the classroom,” said Hardy.

The services Briar Cliff students are offering at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation will have positive long-term effects for the elementary students, such as having the ability to forge lasting relationships and practice positive social skills.

By the end of the school year, Corrick had provided services for five elementary students and one preschool student with problem behavior. She first helped with identifying why the students were engaging in problem behavior and then implemented a treatment plan to replace problem behavior with an appropriate communication response.

For Corrick, the experience at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation taught her that her role as a behavior analyst would allow her to be a positive change agent for those she serves.

“I feel privileged to have had such a rewarding experience. I get to do something with my life that will benefit others. It makes me eager to pursue my master’s degree and continue chasing my dream at Briar Cliff,” said Corrick.

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