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Amber Valentino

Chief Clinical Officer – Trumpet Behavioral Health

Amber Valentino, Psy.D., BCBA-D at Trumpet Behavioral Health

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In 2008, Amber Valentino received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. After completion of her postdoctoral training, she remained at the Marcus Autism Center, serving as program coordinator of a community autism parent training program and as a senior psychologist in a language and learning clinic.

In 2012, she transitioned to Trumpet Behavioral Health where she has held various leadership positions. She currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Trumpet Behavior Health. In this role, she oversees clinical services, all research and training initiatives and builds clinical standards for the organization. Dr. Valentino’s clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of verbal behavior, primarily in children with autism. She is also interested in evaluation of programming to address unique adaptive skill deficits, and in developing standards for effective supervision in the field.

Dr. Valentino, BCBA-D, currently serves as an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and previously served as an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She serves as a frequent guest reviewer for several behavior analytic journals.

“It allows me the opportunity to live our values – changing the lives of the clients we serve!”

– Amber Valentino – Chief Clinical Officer


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited), Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
B.A. Psychology and Sociology, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Authored & Reviewed Publications

Books, Book Chapters, and Book Forewords:

  1. Valentino, A.L. (Book under contract with New Harbinger Press. Publication date scheduled for Winter, 2021). Applied Behavior Analysis Research Made Easy: A Handbook for Practitioners Conducting Research Post-Certification.
  2. Valentino, A.L. (chapter in progress). Obtaining Resources to Support Research in Applied Clinical Settings. In D. J. Cox, M.T. Brodhead, & S. P. Quigley (Eds.) Research Ethics in Behavior Analysis: From Bench to Bedside. Academic Press 
  3. Valentino, A.L. (final version accepted – book in progress). Supervision and Mentoring. In J. Luiselli, R.M. Gardner, F.L. Bird, & H. Maguire (Eds). Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Approaches for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  4. Valentino, A.L. (2019). Book Foreword. Clinical Decision Making for Skill Acquisition Programs. E.S. Jowett-Hirst. 
  5. Lerman, D. L., Valentino, A.L., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2016). Discrete Trial Training.  In R. Lang, T. Hancock, & N. N. Singh (Eds). Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (pp. 47-84). New York, NY: Springer.  
  6. Lerman, D. L., LeBlanc, L. A., & Valentino, A.L. (2015).  Evidence-Based Application of Staff and Caregiver Training Procedures.  In Henry Roane, Joel Ringdahl and Terry Falcomata (Eds). Clinical and Organizational Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (pp. 321-351). San Diego, CA:  Elsevier.

Manuscripts submitted and under peer review: 

  1. Valentino, A.L., & Powell, N.M. (under review). Examining Mandatory Reporting Competencies Across Disciplines: A Call for Comprehensive Training of Behavior Analysts. Behavior and Social Issues.
  2. Harrison, K., & Valentino, A.L. (under review). Compliance during Healthcare Routines for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Review & Recommendations for Practitioners. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 

Publications in peer reviewed journals:

  1. Heinicke, M.R., Juanico, J.F., Valentino, A.L. & Sellers, T.P. (in press). Improving Behavior Analysts’ Public Speaking: Recommendations from Expert Interviews. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 
  2. LeBlanc, L.A., Onofrio, O.M., Valentino, A.L., & Sleeper, J.D. (in press). Promoting Ethical Discussions and Decision-Making in a Human Service Agency. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 
  3. Valentino, A.L., & Juanico, J.F. (in press). Overcoming barriers to applied research: A guide for practitioners. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 
  4. Powell, N.M., Valentino, A.L., Valleru, J., & Krishna, R. (2020). Quality Improvement and Behavior Analysis: A Dynamic Duo. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 13, 232-239. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-019-00396-9
  5. Sellers, T.P, Valentino, A.L., Landon, T.J., & Aiello, S. (2019). Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ Supervisory Practices of Trainees: Survey Results and Recommendations. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 12, 536-546. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-019-00367-0
  6. Valentino, A.L., Brice-Fu, S., & Padover, J.L. (2019). Teaching Mands for Information using “Why” to children with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s40616-019-00113-1
  7. Valentino, A.L., LeBlanc, L.A., & Raetz, P.B. (2018). Evaluation of Stimulus Intensity Fading on Reduction of Rapid Eating in a Child with Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(1), 177-182. DOI: 10.1002/jaba.433
  8. Valentino, A.L., LeBlanc, L.A., Veazey, S.E., Weaver, L.A., & Raetz, P.B. (2018). Using a Pre-requisite Skills Assessment to Identify Optimal Modalities for Mand Training. Behavior Analysis in Practice. DOI:
  9. Valentino, A.L., LeBlanc, L.A., & Conde, K.A. (2018). Validation of a Skills Assessment to Match Interventions to Teach Motor Imitation to Children with Autism. Learning and Motivation, 62, 67-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.lmot.2017.02.005
  10. Sleeper, J.D., LeBlanc, L.A., Mueller, J., Valentino, A.L., Fazzio, D., & Raetz, P.B. (2017): The Effects of Electronic Data Collection on the Percentage of Current Clinician Graphs and Organizational Return on Investment, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37(1), 83-95 DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2016.1267065
  11. Aguirre, A.A., Valentino, A.L., & LeBlanc, L.A. (2016). Empirical investigations of the intraverbal: 2005-2015. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 32 (2), 139-153.  DOI: 10.1007/s40616-016-0064-4. 
  12. Valentino, A.L., LeBlanc, L.A., & Sellers, T.P. (2016). The benefits of group supervision and a recommended structure for implementation. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9 (4), 320-328. DOI 10.1007/s40617-016-0138-8
  13. Sellers, T.P., LeBlanc, L.A., & Valentino, A.L. (2016). Recommendations for detecting and addressing barriers to successful supervision. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9 (4), 309-319. DOI 10.1007/s40617-016-0142-z
  14. Heinicke, M. R., Carr, J. E., Pence, S. T., Zias, D. R., Valentino, A. L., & Falligant, J. M. (2016). Assessing the efficacy of pictorial preference assessments for children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 1-21. 
  15. Sellers, T.P., Valentino, A.L., & LeBlanc, L.A. (2016). Recommended practices for individual supervision of aspiring behavior analysts. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9 (4), 274-286. DOI 10.1007/s40617-016-0110-7.
  16. Veazey, S.E., Valentino, A.L., Low, A.L., McElroy, A.M., & LeBlanc, L.A. (2016). Teaching feminine hygiene skills to young females with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9 (2), 184-189.
  17. Valentino, A.L., Conine, D.E., Delfs, C.H., & Furlow, C.M. (2015). Use of a modified chaining procedure with textual prompts to establish intraverbal storytelling. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 31, 39-58.
  18. Shillingsburg, M.A., Bowen, C.N. & Valentino, A.L., & Pierce, L. E. (2014). Mands for information using “who?” and “which?” in the presence of establishing and abolishing operations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 136-150.  
  19. Shillingsburg, M.A., Bowen, C.N. & Valentino, A.L. (2013). Mands for information using “how” under EO-Absent and EO-Present Conditions. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 30, 54-61.
  20. Valentino, A.L., Shillingsburg, M.A., Conine, D.E., & Powell, N.M. (2012). Decreasing echolalia of the instruction “say” through use of the cues-pause-point procedure. Journal of Behavioral Education, 21, 315-328.
  21. Valentino, A.L., Shillingsburg, M.A., & Call, N.A. (2012). Comparing echoic prompts and echoic prompts plus motor movements on intraverbal behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 431-435. 
  22. Valentino, A.L., Shillingsburg, M.A., Call, N. A., Burton, B., & Bowen, C.N. (2011). An investigation of extinction induced vocalizations. Behavior Modification, 35, 284-298.
  23. Valentino, A.L., & Shillingsburg, M.A. (2011). Acquisition of signed mands, tacts, and intraverbals through sign exposure in an individual with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 27, 95-101. 
  24. Shillingsburg, M.A., Valentino, A.L., Bowen, C.N., Bradley, D., & Zavatkay, D. (2011). Teaching children with autism to request information. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 670-679.  
  25. Shillingsburg, M.A., & Valentino, A.L. (2011). Teaching a child with autism to mand for information using “how.” The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 27, 179-184.
  26. Call, N.A., Pabico, R., Findley, A., & Valentino, A.L. (2011). Differential reinforcement with and without blocking as treatments for elopement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 903-907.

Memberships & Affiliations

Speech Pathology-Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SPABA SIG)
California Association for Behavior Analysis (CALABA)
ABAI Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VBSIG)
Association for Behavior Analysis International