Emily Hartsell

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


P: 616-604-8492


I took piano lessons for 7 years.

I helped coach Junior High Girls Volleyball.

I was a member of a 4-H club for 10 years.

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying" -B.F. Skinner


A little about me, I grew up in a small farming town 2 hours south of Grand Rapids near the Michigan/Indiana state line. My high school graduating class was a whopping total of 38. Needless to say, when I moved to Grand Rapids to pursue my higher education it was a little bit of a culture shock to me, but I fell in love with this area and have never had the urge to move back to my hometown; although I visit my family frequently there.  I love learning new things and I think that is a factor in what drove me to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis. Although I have completed my degree, it is a field that is constantly evolving and thriving to produce new research and literature to best suit the needs of anyone who can benefit from this field. When I am not working, I like to spend my spare time kayaking during the summertime, exploring new places I’ve never been to, attending live music events, or going to sporting events with family and friends. However, I also find solitude in the art of not doing anything.


Grand Valley State University, Bachelors of Science in Psychology


Capella University, Masters of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis,



I have 7 years of ABA experience, 5 of those years working 1:1 with a wide range of ages and skill levels at Developmental Enhancement. This is where I found my passion for behavioral science, and for that, I am forever grateful.  I also have experience providing Respite and CLS services for a multitude of different families with children and adolescents who have a wide variety of developmental diagnoses and syndromes. This experience is where I found my love with working with not only children and adolescents with developmental disabilities but providing support for their families as well.