Andrea Chait, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, NCSP Momentum Inc.

Dr. Andrea ChaitAndrea Chait has her Ph.D. in School Psychology, with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Master’s degrees in Special Education and School Psychology. She is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Applied Behavioral Analyst, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D), and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, serves as chair on the newly established Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysts and most notably, the Executive Director of Momentum Inc., an organization she established in 2014 in response to the growing need of services for children in Rhode Island.

Momentum provides psychological, educational, and behavioral services to individuals, families, schools, and the community. Momentum is certified by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as a Home Based Therapeutic Services provider-agency with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis and a certified Personal Assistance Services and Supports provider. Additionally, they provide consultation, services, and training to many public school districts throughout the state.

In its operation, Momentum fills the gap for children and their parents who are waiting to access treatment they need. Without Momentum’s services, children could potentially wait up to a year for access to treatment. “Research has shown that with intensive applied behavior analysis treatment, individuals can make significant gains in their cognitive, adaptive, and social behavior,” said Andrea. “The earlier the intervention, the better.”

With strong, empowering leadership driven by Andrea and her team, Momentum Inc. began with a small staff of four employees, and in just two years, Momentum Inc. now staffs over seventy employees. “I believe our collective passion drives this business. Our staff are committed to the mission. The leadership encourages this by empowering and positively reinforcing staff,” said Andrea.

There is consolation in the highly qualified, motivational work employed by Dr. Andrea Chait and her staff when reflecting on the direct impact they have on children and their families in the state. Rhode Island is truly honored to be the epicenter of such an incredible company.

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