Dr. Lauren Carter

Title: Dental desensitization for students with autism spectrum disorder through graduated exposure, reinforcement, and reinforcement fading


Lauren graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2006. She received her Master’s degree in Severe Special Education with teaching licensure in Massachusetts in 2008 through Simmons College. Lauren completed BCBA coursework through the University of Massachusetts-Boston and became certified as a BCBA in September 2013. Lauren began her career with Melmark New England in July of 2006. Lauren currently serves as the Director of School Age Services, overseeing students aged 16-22. Lauren has been conducting research, training and developing individualized programs in dental desensitization to increase student success with routine dental exams. Through various experiences with attending medical/dental appointments with individuals and the difficulties presented, Lauren became interested in medical and dental desensitization for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase access to care. Lauren has presented her research at regional and national conferences and has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. 

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