Tonishia Porter, MS, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where she began her education in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She then moved to Las Vegas for a change in scenery where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2006. While researching possible avenues with her degree, Tonishia's behavior modification professor sent her an invitation to attend an autism training, where she fell in love with the children and the field of behavior modification. Tonishia then set her sights on working with this population and went into home program therapy in Las Vegas where she worked with children from the ages of 7-years-old to 14-years-old.
While working as a home program tutor, Tonishia began working for Clark County School District. She worked in a self-contained autism classroom for two years at the school district and then transferred to work in a primary resource room for one year, all the while still attending graduate school and working as a home program tutor. In 2009, Tonishia graduated with a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Walden University.
Tonishia's clinical and research interests are in language training, behavior reduction and social skills deficits in teens and young adults with Autism and Aspergers syndrome. She is planning on continuing her American Sign Language (ASL) skills to help facilitate the learning of language in young children. Tonishia hopes to one day publish a research study on social skills and the hidden curriculum with teenagers and young adults on the spectrum. Tonishia is currently working at Touro University Nevada as a behavioral therapist under the supervision of a BCBA. She is working directly with the population that she has been in search of since graduating with a B.A. Tonishia thrives at learning every day, not only from her supervising BCBA and other clinicians at Touro, but from her clients at the clinic as well.