Maggie Hoerger

Name
Maggie Hoerger
Position
Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research)
Email
m.hoerger@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 383899
Location
Eifionydd

Marguerite (Maggie) Hoerger is a Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in the School of Education. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 1996. She went on to work with schools in the Greater Boston area to deliver early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other learning disabilities.

Maggie moved to Bangor in 2000, and completed her PhD in 2003 on the topic of self-control in children with ADHD. In 2004 she was amoung the first practitioners in Europe to qualify as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Maggie and her family chose to remain in North Wales, and after graduation she began lecturing in the School of Psychology at Bangor University on the topic of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

She also consulted with local authorities in North Wales and England to establish teaching and behavioural interventions for young children with special education needs. Her primary research interests involve designing and evaluating evidence based teaching and behavioural interventions for use in maintained special needs schools.

Maggie collaborates with schools to adapt technologies based on behaviour analysis in a way that is affordable and consistent with the culture of each school. She has published extensively in peer- reviewed journals showing that the children who participate in these programmes make significant gains on measures of academic, adaptive behaviours, and communication skills. Her work has been recognised as “Best Practice” by Estyn and as “An Area of Strength” by the National Autistic Society. She is currently running a large-scale research project to determine if an early years curriculum based on behaviour analysis can improve outcomes for children with special needs in schools across England and Wales.

Maggie holds dual appointments in the Schools of Education and Psychology at Bangor University.

Teaching

Teaching Awards:

2015:   Bangor University Teaching Fellowship
2014:   Nominated and Shortlisted for Student Led Teaching Awards “Teacher of the Year”
2013:   Nominated and Shortlisted for Student Led Teaching Awards “Teacher of the Year”

Research Group

Inclusion/ Special Educational Needs

Behaviour Change in Schools

Publications

*Pritchard, D. Hoerger, M.L., Penney, H., Eiri, L., Hellawell. L., Fothergill. S., and Mace, F.C. (2015) Training Staff to Avoid Problem Behaviour Related to Restricting Access to Preferred Activities. Behaviour Analysis is Practice. DOI 10.1007/s40617-015-0061-4

*Foran, D., Hoerger, M.L., Philpott, H., Walker-Jones, E.W., Hughes, J.C., and Morgan, J. (2015). Using Applied Behaviour Analysis as Standard Practice in a UK Special Needs School. British Journal of Special Education, 02/2015; DOI: 10.1111/1467-8578.12088.

*Pritchard, D., Hoerger, M.L., and Mace, F.C. (2014). Treatment Relapse and Behavioral Momentum. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 47(4), 814-833.

*Pritchard, D., Hoerger, M.L., Mace, F.C., Penney, H. Harris, B. (2014). Clinical translation of animal models of treatment relapse. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 101(3), 442-9.

*Pritchard, D., Hoerger, M.L., Dyer, T., Graham, N., Penney, H., & Mace, F.C. (2013) Sodium valproate withdrawal correlates with reduced aggression. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 1, 1-6.

*Pritchard, D., Hoerger, M.L., Iken, A., Kochy, J., Penney, P., Thomas, K. (2011). An Evaluation of Three Methods of Denying Access to Computers to a Person with Learning Disabilities. European Journal of Behaviour Analysis, 12(2), 395-402.

Walker-Jones, E., Hoerger, M.L., Hughes, J.C., Williams, B.M., Jones, B., Mosley, Y. Hughes, D.R., Prys, D. (2011). ABA and Diverse Cultural and Linguistic Environments: A Welsh Perspective. Journal of Behavioral Education, 20(4), 297-305.

Walker-Jones, E. and Hoerger, M.L. (2009). Brief report: establishing ABA programs in a Welsh context: cross cultural considerations. European Journal of Behaviour Analysis, 10, 249-255.

Mace, F.C., Zangrillo, A.N., Prager, K., Carolan, E., Hoerger, M.L., Thomas, K., and Pritchard, D., (2008). A methodology for maintaining low levels of attention-maintained problem behaviours following variable-time schedule thinning. European Journal of Behaviour Analysis, 9, 149-156.

Hoerger, M.L. and Mace, F.C. (2006). Self-control in Children with ADHD correlates with activity levels and concentration in the classroom. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 39, 147-159.

* Denise Foran and Duncan Pritchard authored these papers as part of their PhD under the supervision of Maggie Hoerger.

Grants

Hoerger, M.L. (2014) Evidence Based Special Education in a Maintained School. Sharland Foundation, £6,500.

Other

Invited Talks

Hoerger, M.L. (2015) Successive Approximations of a Desired Behaviour: Establishing ABA as Standard Practice in Schools. Invited Speaker at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG), London, England.

Hoerger, M.L. (2013) Development of Applied Behaviour Analysis in the UK: Successes and Challenges.  Invited Speaker at the ABA Bucharest International Conference, Bucharest, Romania. 

Hoerger, M.L. (2013) Using Applied Behaviour Analysis in Regular Education. Invited Speaker at the ABA Bucharest International Conference, Bucharest, Romania. 

Hoerger, M.L. (2013). Translating Intensive Intervention. Invited Speaker at the Kendall School, Modesto, CA, USA.

Hoerger. M.L. (2012) Using the York Measure of Intensive Behaviour Intervention to Improve the Quality of an Early Intensive Behaviour Therapy Program. Invited Speaker at the VIII International Scientific Symposium of the Polish Society for Behavioral Psychology.

Selected Conference Presentations

Foran, D., Hoerger, M.L., (2015) An evaluation of a low-intensity, high-quality behavioural intervention for young children in a maintained special needs school. Paper presented at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG), London, England.

Philpott, H., Hoerger, M.L., and Foran, D. (2015) Functional based behaviour plans when extinction is impossible. Paper presented at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG), London, England.

Harrison, E., Hoerger, M.L. Kovaacs, L., and Foran, D. (2015) The STEPS level system. Paper presented at the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG), London, England.

Foran, D. and Hoerger, M.L. (2014) An Evaluation of a Low-Intensity, High-Quality Behavioural Intervention for Children With ASD. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Pritchard, D., Hoerger, M.L., Mace, F.C., Penney, H., Harris, B. (2014) Clinical Translation of Animal Models of Treatment Relapse. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Hoerger. M.L. (2012) Using Applied Behaviour Analysis as part of a standard education provision Paper presented at the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, Lisbon, Portugal.

Hoerger, M.L. and Jaffrey, S. (2011) Using the YMQI to identify qualities of effective therapists. Paper presented at the Association for Behaviour Analysis International Conference in Denver, CO. 

Jones, E.W., Hoerger, M.L (2010) Delivering An ABA Curriculum Within Mainstream And Special Schools In A Welsh Context. Paper presented at the Association for Behaviour Analysis International Conference San Antonio, TX.

Professional Qualifications

June 2004-present BCBA-D, Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral.                                                                           Certificant: 1-04-1505