Student Spotlight April 2019

    Heather Ewing



    Heather Ewing completed her undergraduate career at Indiana University Southeast where she majored in psychology and minored in communications. After graduating in 2016, Heather started her Master’s of Education at the University of Louisville where she is finishing her last semester focusing on applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorder.


    “Heather’s commitment to her clients is inspiring. She is a talented scientist practitioner who creatively applies the science of behavior to better the lives of our most vulnerable populations.”

    –Dr. Erick M. Dubuque, Assistant Professor of Special Education



    1. What made you go into this field of study?

    In undergrad I interned at a local autism center. I had no idea what [Applied Behavior Analysis] (ABA) was, and I had no experience with individuals with disabilities, but I was willing to give it a shot to get my internship credit. In no time at all I absolutely fell in love with the field. I loved the kiddos and the way they were cared for and taught individualized curriculum. It all made sense. Before my internship was over, I began looking into what it would take to become a behavioral analyst and I knew that’s what I was going to do.

    2. What accomplishment, academic or otherwise, are you most proud of?

    Completing grad school (almost)! I never saw myself seeking a degree beyond my bachelors. I am the only one in my immediate family who has attended college so I am pretty proud to be the first to have not only one, but two degrees!

    3. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?

    I have loved my whole experience. I have had some of the best supervisors and have gotten so much experience in many different areas that many other programs do not offer.

    Fun Facts
    A talent you have always wanted: I've always wished I knew how to play an instrument
    Favorite book: Brain on Fire
    Favorite quote: "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."
    Favorite Vacation Destination: I love being on the beach with my family.
    If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? I'd like to say something cool like travel the world or something, but I'm a homebody. I would definitely be spending my days at home and with my family. Maybe I'd learn to play an instrument.