Kristina Shiao is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who specializes in providing behavior-analytic treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is an advocate for those that are diagnosed with mental health disorders.
As a young student, Kristina had an early interest in the field of pediatric psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Florida State University, where she graduated with honors and conducted research in cognitive psychology laboratories.
Kristina moved to St. Thomas in 2014 and worked as a speech therapy assistant. She provided services to children and adults diagnosed with speech disorder, ASD, traumatic brain injury and developmental delays. She joined the Island Therapy Solutions team in October 2015 and earned her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in December 2018.
Her experiences in the field of behavior analysis include providing direct care, behavior intervention strategies, environmental manipulations, functional behavior assessments, maintaining motivation, data analyses, parent training, teaching social skills and more. She is knowledgeable about the co-occurring disorders associated with ASD, including intellectual impairment, seizure disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and gastrointestinal problems.
Kristina has delivered lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands and the Department of Education. As a bi-lingual daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Kristina is sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences. She is passionate about her island community and consistently aims to create more understanding towards mental health.