Amy Smith Wiech, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Founder and CEO

Amy Smith Wiech, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral, and the founder and Executive Director of Autism Behavior Consulting Group. Dr. Wiech co-founded Autism Training Solutions (ATS), and maintains research interests in professional development, verbal behavior, precision teaching, as well as applications of ABA within law enforcement to improve training and performance of officers. She is a State of Hawaii licensed special education teacher and a Certified Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Trainer.

Dr. Wiech got her start in the field of developmental disabilities during the grade school and high school years. Given the opportunity to assist adults with developmental disabilities from the institution across the street from her father’s restaurant, volunteer work was her entry platform into the field of special education. She then earned a Bachelors of Science in Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park in 1995 with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, ages 0-8.  Dr. Wiech continued her education at University of Hawaii where she earned a Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Her thesis examined siblings of children with Autism using the ‘Sibshops’ approach. Dr. Wiech completed her PhD at the University of Hawaii where her dissertation examined the impact of professional development which targeted mand training for teachers of toddlers with autism.  A Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004, Dr. Wiech has worked with beginner through advanced learners ages 14 months through adulthood with developmental disabilities including autism for more than 20 years.

Dr. Wiech is strongly influenced by the work of B.F. Skinner, Jack Michael, Mark Sundberg, Jim Partington, Vince Carbone, Ali Moors, Michael Fabrizio and Rick Kubina in the field of Behavior Analysis.

Professional memberships include the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), Autism Society of Hawaii (ASH), the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA). Dr. Wiech also maintains a State of Hawaii Teacher license to teach Special Education grades K-12.