Crystal Lester, BCBA

Behavior Consultant, Meredith Autism Program
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003 Ledford Hall
(919) 760-8707

Areas of Expertise
  • Methods of teaching to improve articulation of speech for children with autism.
  • Using music to increase vocal language of children with autism.
  • Evaluating different methods of assistive technology for non-verbal children with autism.

Work Experience

Crystal joined the Meredith Autism Program (MAP) staff after graduation in May of 2003 as a preschool shadow & one-one-one trainer. Within a year, she promoted to Team Supervisor and then to Behavior Consultant overseeing the programming for children enrolled in the MAP. In 2006, she assumed the role of sole Workshop Consultant and worked closely with Pre-K and Elementary school staff in New Hanover County, implementing the principles of ABA and discrete trial teaching in classrooms to effectively teach students on the autism spectrum. After a short hiatus, Crystal has returned to MAP as a Behavior Consultant and obtained the national certification of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®). Crystal graduated with distinction from Capella University with a masters of science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in June, 2017. She has since obtained the national certification of Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®).

Academic Credentials

B.A. Psychology (Meredith College)

M.S. Psychology with emphasis in ABA (Capella University)

Professional Credentials

Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®)


2003, The Effects of "Go Play" on Receptive & Expressive Programming for a Young Child with Autism


2003, Outstanding Student in Applied Psychology


2016, Raleigh, NC, "SLP-ABA Collaboration for Children with Autism: Developing Harmonious Interprofessional Relationships" - North Carolina Speech Hearing & Language Association Conference 

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