Evan Campa, M.Ed., BCBA
Evan Campa is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and teacher certification there.
After graduating from the U of I, Evan completed two years of service in the United States Peace Corps. Stationed in rural South Africa while in the Peace Corps, Evan trained hundreds of teachers across the country in using the new national curriculum. While in South Africa, Evan had the opportunity to teach learners with special needs, such as Autism, and became dedicated to learning how to better teach and interact with these individuals.
Upon returning to the U.S., Evan attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University studying Early Childhood Special Education. She gained an M.Ed. and BCBA while at Vanderbilt, which ranks as the nation’s number one graduate school in Special Education. Evan attended graduate school on an Autism Scholarship which provided full tuition coverage and a stipend for the entire two years.
Evan earned her Master’s and BCBA in 2006, and has worked with individuals with ASD since 2000. After completing graduate studies, Evan taught in a Communication and Behavior Intervention Program (CBIP) classroom for kindergarten – 3rd grade students with Autism in a Metro Nashville Public School.
After teaching, Evan returned to Vanderbilt in an assistant faculty position. Over the course of 7 years at Vanderbilt, Evan was fortunate to work with some of the top leaders in the world of Autism research. She led a variety of roles including, such as, conducting workshops for professionals and parents across the state, leading treatment teams, and partaking in seminal research projects.
On one such research study, Evan served as the Team Lead providing ABA to children as young as 1.5 years. This study was funded by the NIH and included the University of Washington, University of California at Davis, and Harvard.