Our Team

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center staff is a family of dedicated, compassionate, and caring individuals, selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in autism, and their demonstrated success in a wide variety of professional areas.

Every staff member and employee strives to be a model of excellence in all we do, including our daily interactions with one another, the individuals and families we serve, and the many partners and collaborators who make up our multidisciplinary team. We maintain the highest levels of skills and competence in autism treatment, research, and training, in order to fulfill our vision and accomplish our mission goals and objectives.

We continuously demonstrate the Center's Core Values, and we pledge to make a positive long-term impact on the lives of our clients. We believe that by significantly improving the functional skills of individuals with autism, we not only enrich their lives, but also our lives and the lives of those in our shared community.

We truly consider all persons receiving services at the Center to be part of our extended family, and vow to conduct ourselves at all times in an atmosphere of utmost professionalism, courtesy, mutual respect, determination, and hope.

Please discover more about the UNT Autism Center team below.


   

Kristin Farmer

Kristin Farmer - Benefactor and Strategic Advisor

Ms. Farmer is the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center's benefactor.  She continues to be an active supporter of UNT and the University's many autism activities, including the center which proudly bears her name.

Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan, PhD - Executive Director

Center director Kevin Callahan, Ph.D., served as a UNT faculty member in the educational psychology department’s special education program for 18 years before becoming the director of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center.

Dr. Susan Nichols

Susan Nichols, PhD, BCBA-D - Associate Executive Director

"Susie" Nichols has over 15 years of experience in the field of autism intervention. She has worked as a self-contained special education teacher and interventionist in local school districts. Susie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served children with autism in both the home and center-based programs.

 

Karen Toussaint  

Karen A. Toussaint, PhD, BCBA-D - Intervention Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis

Dr. Karen Toussaint is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Dr. Toussaint provides behavioral intervention services for children with autism at KFAC and specializes in the treatment of severe behavior disorders and early language acquisition. While at KFAC, she also conducts research evaluations related to improving clinical outcomes.

Kristi Klusman

Kristi Klusman - Executive Administrative Coordinator

Kristi Klusman joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in November 2014, where she serves as Executive Administrative Coordinator for the Center.

 

 

Melanie Litvin, MS, BCBA - Intervention Coordinator

Melanie joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in October 2014. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, and has over four years of experience working with children with autism in both clinical and school settings.

 

Mikeala Van Horn-Morris, M.Ed., BCBA -  Intervention Coordinator

Mikeala Van Horn earned her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 6 years of experience working with children with autism in clinical, educational, and in-home settings. Mikeala joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in 2017.

 

Melissa Bowen, MA, BCBA - Intervention Coordinator

Melissa has over 7 years of experience serving children with autism in clinical settings. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her master's degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kristi Cortez, MS, BCBA - Intervention Coordinator

Kristi Cortez earned her master's degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience working with children with autism. She is a certified Special Ediucation Teacher with seven years in the classroom. Kristi joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in 2014.

Collin Massey

Collin Massey, MEd, LPC - Mental Health Counselor

Collin Massey has been working with children and adults with autism for over ten years. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and earned his Master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Texas. Collin has counseling experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of settings, including community agencies, schools, churches and private practice.

Kimberlee Flatt, MA, LPC, BCBA - Intervention Coordinator, Adult Services

Kimberlee Flatt is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently working towards her doctoral degree in Autism Intervention though the department of Educational Psychology. She has 10+ years supporting public education through a variety of roles. She is certified as a Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, School Counselor, and Administrator.

 Mary-Ellen McComb  

Mary-Ellen McComb - Administrative Coordinator

Mary-Ellen joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in 2015. She has a varied background in office administration, human resources and special education.

 Heather McCanon - Direct Services Administrative Liaison

Heather joined our team in July 2015. She has a Bachelors in English with a minor Psychology, but also plans to pursue a masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Heather has years of administrative experience outside of the KFAC which she’s used to help bridge the gap between administrative and direct services here at our center. In her free time she enjoys reading, quilting and spending time with family and friends.

 

Shannon Taylor - Behavior Technician 

Shannon joined the KFAC team in August 2017. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology at the University of North Texas and her Master's degree in Special Education-Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin. She has over three years of experience working with children and adults with autism in clinical and home settings. 

 

Dakota Stevens - Behavior Technician 

Dakota joined the Kristen Farmer Autism Center in October 2016. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Development and Family Studies at the University of North Texas and will acquire a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Learning and Development. He has almost two years of experience working with children.

 

 Ryann Elmer - Behavior Technician

Ryann joined the KFAC team in October of 2014. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of North Texas, and plans to pursue a master's degree in Special Education.

 

 Lindsey Hartzel - Behavior Technician 

Lindsey joined the KFAC team in June 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Texas, and has experience working with children in both home and clinical settings.

 

 Joy Stewart - Behavior Technician

Joy joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in August 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Texas and plans to pursue a master's degree as well. She has a year and a half experience working with children with autism in a clinical setting.

 

 Emily Nichols - Behavior Technician

Emily joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in September 2016. She received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and plans to pursue a master's degree as well. She has a year experience working with children with autism in both clinical and home settings.