Derek Thocker

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


P: 616-604-8492


I am moderately fluent in acoustic/ electric guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, and mandolin.

I moved away from home at 15 years-old to play hockey.

Although we are not from there, most of my immediate family now lives in the UP.

“People gain humility when they reflect on how different circumstances could have led them to different beliefs.” – Adam Grant


I am married to a beautifully independent woman and have three amazing sons: Samson, Hawthorne, and Mariner. I love to spend time with my family and friends, read, play music, and do anything in nature. I am currently drawn to any endurance sport, but specifically, trail running and mountain biking. I fell in love with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis after my first month at DE. I am convinced ABA could change the world.


Sienna Heights University, Bachelors Degree in Community Service, Family Systems


Ball State University, Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis



Prior to DE, I worked in residential respite and was a paraprofessional within a high school. I worked as a Registered Behavior Technician at DE for over 3 years prior to completing my graduate degree. I have experience working with learners of all ages with a wide range of behavioral repertoires. I also have completed a specialist certificate in Organizational Behavior Management and take part in training individuals seeking BCBA certification.