Vivian Olvera has been a behavior specialist at Heartspring since the summer of 2016. Her passion for working with children with special needs started during her undergraduate study where she worked with children with developmental disabilities and found the role extremely rewarding. She says that experience opened up her eyes, as she truly enjoyed helping students grow and find their path to greater independence.
After Vivian earned her undergraduate degree, her passion for this field motivated her to continue with her education. During graduate school in Nebraska, she worked with and learned from leaders in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) including Dr. Cathleen Piazza, Dr. Valerie Volkert, and Dr. Kathryn Peterson. She was also a behavior technician at the Munroe-Meyer Institute where she worked one-on-one with children implementing behavior analytic treatment plans. Here, she gained experience working with children impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, something that would be valuable throughout her career. In addition to the hands-on learning, Vivian also participated in a research study where she evaluated children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who were receiving two types of treatment for feeding disorders, one being in Applied Behavior Analysis.
After graduating with her master’s degree, the director of her graduate program guided Vivian towards Heartspring and she found out that it was a great fit for her. When she walked in the door, she could tell that everyone really wanted to work at Heartspring and that they were willing to go the extra mile to support one another across all disciplines. That really meant a lot to Vivian in her career decision. She wanted to be part of the Heartspring team, working together to help children find their independence.
Vivian is from Plains, Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and relaxing at home. She is also a big KU Basketball fan. She has her bachelor’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas and her master’s in psychology with an emphasis in ABA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.