Meet Shelby Lee, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ever wondered what lies behind the journey of someone truly inspiring? 

Today, I have the incredible opportunity to sit down with Shelby Lee, who I’m proud to call my honorary sister. She is a Behavior Support Manager and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over a decade of experience in the field. She’s passionate about empowering those who work with clients across various settings, focusing on teaching social communication, adaptive self-help, leisure, and academic skills while reducing challenging behaviors. 

Her commitment to evidence-based practice truly makes a difference in improving the quality of life for many. We’ll explore the ins and outs of her profession, and I can’t wait for you to hear about her vibrant journey, from her life in Acton to her impactful career supporting people with disabilities. 

Tune in as we dive into the moments that shaped her path and the insights she gained along the way.

in this episode:

[03:38] Shelby takes us back to her childhood in Acton and how being placed in daycare at just eight weeks old helped her develop a strong sense of independence, setting the stage for her journey ahead. 

[06:47] Shelby reminisces about her close-knit relationship with her siblings, strengthened by living in a remote area with few neighbors. 

[07:03] Shelby opens up about struggling with social anxiety in her school years, describing how it affected interactions with her friends and family. 

[10:35] Her teachers’ approach of pairing her with children with disabilities sparked Shelby’s early interest in supporting individuals with disabilities. 

[15:08] The impact of her parent’s divorce on their family and the significant decision Shelby had to make

[21:56] How Shelby’s participation in sports and other extracurricular activities contributed to her personal growth.

[22:41] How did Shelby’s life change after moving to Oregon? How did she maintain balance in her long-distance relationship with her sister?

[25:24] Things Shelby did to overcome loneliness and feelings of depression

[31:27] Moving back to California and the key moments that guided Shelby towards pursuing a career in behavior analysis.

[40:34] How Shelby’s trip to Europe and Australia helped her discover what she truly wanted to do.

[46:47] What sparked Shelby’s renewed passion for helping people with disabilities?

[47:35] Why did Shelby choose to pursue a Master’s Degree despite having a full-time job?

[50:58] “If you don’t know what you want, that’s fine. It’s OK to go along with what other people are doing until you figure it out. But once you know what you want and it feels right, then go do it.” – Shelby 

[55:43] The Fast Five Questions

[58:42] “Being shy helped me stay in the moment and observe people. It made me more attentive, allowing me to listen and think about what others need or are trying to communicate, skills that are crucial in my work as a behavior analyst.” – Shelby

about Shelby Lee

Shelby is a Learning and Development Manager and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with ten years of clinical experience supporting people with disabilities. Her expertise lies in teaching functional and social communication, emotion regulation, adaptive self-help skills, and leisure skills to replace behaviors that impact the quality of life. 

Shelby has worked with participants of all ages, particularly children, adolescents, and young people. She is passionate about building the capacity of those who implement the Behaviour Support Plan across all settings and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team. Shelby designs function-based interventions that utilize evidence-based practices and data-driven decisions.

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