Lydia C. Renfro grew up in rural Northern Arizona in a small, impoverished community. At 7, her youngest sibling was born with several complications. Years later, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and mild intellectual delay. From an early age, Lydia was forced to face the reality of inequality and the lack of resources available to individuals with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. She developed a passion for working with this population, guiding her educational, personal, and professional endeavors thus far. Lydia graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Disability Studies. While studying at NAU, she had the privilege of receiving undergraduate supervision and studying abroad in South America with Andrew W. Gardner, Ph.D., BCBA-D. While abroad, Lydia fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as she traveled through coastal Peru, witnessing the compassion Dr. Garner held for ABA as he provided pro-bono behavioral support to local families.
Following graduation, Lydia worked for the Civitan Foundation, providing respite and habilitation services to individuals with various abilities in camp and home settings while awaiting acceptance to graduate school. While Lydia had developed a passion for ABA, she had various other interests, including trauma and the intersection of psychology and the law, that would guide her graduate-level study. She received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology in 2015 from Cal Baptist and soon enrolled in the verified course sequence for BACB certification at Florida Tech. In 2016, she relocated to Colorado and began working at Firefly Autism, a non-profit ABA company in the Denver metro area, under Ken Winn. For the last six years, Lydia has provided behavior analytic services to clients in the center and home-based settings with severe behavioral needs, histories of trauma, and comorbid diagnoses. While at Firefly, Lydia worked in numerous positions, including behavior therapist, senior behavior therapist, social skills group lead, home-based behavior therapist, center clinical specialist, and program coordinator. She also created and headed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in addition to the Journal Club. Lydia is currently in her final year working towards a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in trauma and disaster relief. Her passions include music, travel, research, assent and trauma-based practices, and forensics. Lydia is honored to be a part of the Nest Life family and continue pushing the field of Applied Behavior Analysis field forward in a positive, innovative direction.