Lab Members

Emma Seliina Sipila, M.A., BCBA

Professional Bio: Emma is a first-year doctoral student in the Special Education program at Michigan State University under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Brodhead. She is also the Lab Coordinator for the ABAC. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with individuals with autism for 11 years. Currently, she is a research assistant at MSU and works at various levels at the Early Learning Institute. Prior to coming to MSU, Emma received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in 2017 and her Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 2013. She is currently conducting research on preference assessments and the interaction between edible and leisure items.

Random Personal Facts: Emma was born in Finland and all of her relatives (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) still live there. She loves visiting as often as she can and would highly recommend others to visit as well!  In her free time, she enjoys visiting her three nieces (ages 6, 4, & 2), volunteering at a variety of events, skiing, and more recently, cooking (though she has not quite mastered this skill yet)!

Emma and her fiancé, Terrance, skiing at Boyne Mountain.
The lake view at Emma’s family cottage in Finland.

Kailie Kipfmiller, B.S.

Professional Bio: Kailie Kipfmiller is a 2nd year Master’s student in the ABA program at Michigan State University and is currently completing her practicum at the Early Learning Institute. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2014.  Her Master’s thesis evaluated training front-line employees to conduct visual analysis using a clinical decision-making model.

Random Personal Facts: After graduation in May, she wants to travel to Barcelona, Spain (but first she has to stop spending all of her money on pizza). She then plans to move out of state for a few years and will eventually return to Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts/festivals, admiring waterfalls and sunsets, and spending time with her cat Noel (not pictured).

Kailie posing next to Lake Michigan while visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Cora Santman, B.A.

Professional Bio: Cora is a second year Master’s student in the ABA program at Michigan State University.  Cora is currently completing her practicum as a lead behavior technician at the Early Learning Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in Special Education. Her Master’s thesis is evaluating the use of an activity schedule to generalize independent play skills in an inclusive setting.

Random Personal Facts: Cora was born and raised on the west side of Michigan, so she loves spending summers on the beaches of Lake Michigan. When she’s not on the beach she enjoys taking her adopted cat, Mittens, on long walks around local neighborhoods. Finally, she takes pride in being a red head and it has been her “fun fact” for awkward ice breakers since she’s been in middle school. She is excited to see what life has to offer her after graduation!

Cora in the middle of a training session of teaching her cat to appropriately walk on a leash.
Cora and a fellow classmate, Kailie, hiking the Red Rocks during some free time at the ABAI Conference in Denver.

Emma Mitchell, B.A.

Professional Bio: Emma Mitchell is a first-year master’s student in the ABA program at Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a licensed special education teacher for grades 9-12th in Mississippi and taught 9th grade for a year before moving to Michigan. She is completing her practicum and BCBA supervision at the Early Learning Institute. Her current research interest includes the matching law and its application to the clinical setting.

Random Personal Facts: Emma is originally from Mississippi and she has a deep love for being out on the boat with family and sitting on the beach enjoying fresh shrimp and crawfish. She also enjoys being outdoors in a tent and so far, Michigan has proved to be the perfect camping state for her! She is excited to spend these next few years as a Spartan! 

Emma scoping out some nice glaciers on the side of Mount Hood in Oregon.

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