Joe Novak is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, ASHA certified Speech & Language Pathologist, and RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who obtained his Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University and a Doctorate of Education in Special Education from Nova Southwestern University. Joe’s completed dissertation was “The Effects of Aided Language Modeling Procedure on Adolescents with Autism Who Use AAC.” Joe is also an adjunct professor at Kean University where he teaches a graduate course in ABA to speech-language pathology students.
Joe consulted at REED for augmentative and alternative communication and speech and language programming prior to joining REED full-time in July of 2015. Since joining REED, Joe has helped to spearhead various initiatives including: a new data collection system (Catalyst), the development of an advisory council, and the creation of various trainings related to speech and language.
Joe’s research interests include: using functional communication training and antecedent strategies to reduce problem behavior, teaching phonics-based reading to students with autism, and maximizing the use of assistive and instructional technology.
Prior to working at REED, Joe worked in well-respected ABA programs at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Bernards Township Public Schools as a speech and language pathologist. Joe has worked in the school setting with individuals ages 5-20 and privately with individuals from 3-23. Before working with individuals with autism, Joe worked as a writing center tutor at Seton Hall University. There, he learned the value of the Oxford comma among other great marks of punctuation (e.g., the semicolon).
Joe lives with his husband and two cats that were adopted from animal shelters.