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About Sara

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Sara Bartlett Athman, M.S., BCBA graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State Univeristy in 2008. She obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from St. Cloud State University in 2010. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2011. Later in 2019, Sara became licensed in the state of Minnesota as a Positive Support Professional. 

Sara's introduction to the study of behavior started with dog training. She owned her own dog training company, Odie's Obedience, for nine years. This led her to furthering her education and focusing on improving the lives of children and their families and teachers. Over the last two years Sara has worked with adults in the community who are interested in learning life skills such as various communication strategies, conflict resolution, anger management, and emotional regulation. 

Over the past 13 years, Sara has provided services to over 150 individuals, with and without disabilities, in schools, job sites, communities, and home settings. 


Recommendations are based on the latest research in the behavior and mental health fields. 

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Continued Education

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    • 8-week Course ​

  • Several courses on Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)​

    • ACT for Adolescents​

    • ACT for Grief & Loss

  • Multiple trainings throughout the year on the latest research and applied strategies in behavior, trauma, mental health, mindfulness, and ACT. ​

  • Person-Centered Trainings

Certification & Association Memberships

  • Licensed Positive Support Provider in MN

  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

  • Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis (MNABA)

    • Community Board Member 2020 - 2022​

    • Member of Special Interest Group - Adult Services 2021-2022

    • Speaker at 2020 Conference - Positive Support Services

    • Panelist at 2021 Conference - Local Practitioner Experiences with COVID

  • Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)

  • Association of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

  • Association of Positive Behavior Support (APBS)

  • Home & Community Positive Behavior Support Network (HCPBS)


Sara lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, cat, two bunnies, and several chickens. She enjoys hiking, boating, kayaking, and biking! 


Areas of Interest​​​​

  • Teaching New Skills

  • Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)

  • Trauma Informed Practices

  • Person Centered Practices

  • Mindfulness

  • ADHD

  • Executive Function Skills

  • Anxiety and Depression


  • Marvin, K. L., Rapp, J. T., Stenske, M. T. Rojas, N. R., Swanson, G. J., & Bartlett, S. M. (2010). Response repetition as an error correction procedure for sight word reading: A replication and extension. Behavioral Interventions, 25(2), 109-127.

  • Bartlett, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Krueger, T. K., & Henrickson, M. L. (2011). The use of response cost to treat spitting in a child with autism. Behavioral Interventions, 26(1), 76-83. 

  • Bartlett, S. M., Rapp, J. T., & Henrickson, M. L. (2011). Detecting false positives in multielement designs: Implications for brief assessments. Behavior Modification, 35(6), 1-22

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