Leigh Ann Hoffacker is a research associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. Her background is in behavior and she uses her skills at the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning to support educators in the use of positive behavior supports.
Hoffacker began her work in the Behavior Analysis field during her first career of 20 years as an animal trainer working with marine mammals (specializing in husbandry behaviors), and training assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities. In 2005 she began working at Monroe County Community Schools with students with disabilities as a paraprofessional in an intensive needs setting. She received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2011 and became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She then returned to Monroe County Schools to serve as a District Behavior Specialist focusing on students with significant needs. Hoffacker joined the team at IIDC in the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning in 2018 to focus on supporting educators across the state with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
Hoffacker has a Bachelor’s degree in Ethology from Purdue University, and both Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University.