Ratliff named HCA director

Ashley Ratliff, MS, BCBA, will take over as HCA program director.

PRESTONSBURG — Highlands Center for Autism (HCA) will begin its sixth year of operation under new leadership. Ashley Ratliff, MS, BCBA, will assume the role of Program Director beginning this month.

Ratliff became part of the Highlands team in 2010 as Clinical Behavior Therapist, and was quickly promoted to Outreach Coordinator prior to accepting the position of Program Director for the Center. She is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

“I’m honored to accept this new role. I look forward to continuing the standard of excellence that has been established here at the Autism Center. I’m thankful to be part of Highland’s team and am committed to being part of the Center’s continued success in treating autism,” says Ratliff.

Ratliff received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University, and earned her certification in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She has extensive experience in diagnosing, treating and designing programming for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

“We know Ashley will thrive in this position and continue to grow the Highlands Center for Autism,” said Bud Warman, President & CEO, Highlands Health System.

HCA was the first center based program in the state of Kentucky exclusively using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a clinical setting. This research-based intervention enables children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to have improved outcomes and better quality of life.

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