Board of Directors
Julie M. Slowiak, PhD, BCBA-D, CSPC
Julie Slowiak received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in organizational behavior management (OBM) from Western Michigan University in 2008. Dr. Slowiak is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She teaches undergraduate courses in learning and behavior, applied behavior analysis, OBM, and statistics, as well as graduate courses in organizational systems analysis, training and development, and worker wellbeing. Dr. Slowiak is the Founder of InJewel LLC, a values-focused coaching and consulting company. She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Sports Psychology Coach.
Julie's research blends her training in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management with topics studied in the fields of occupational health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and applied sports psychology. In general, Julie is interested in the behavioral processes underlying athletic performance, the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to health, behavior, and human performance coaching, healthy lifestyle behavior change, performance management and improvement, and behavior-based and values-focused coaching.
Fun Fact: Julie enjoys pushing herself outside of her comfort zone to try new things that will test her mental and physical capacities. She has participated as a member of the Wiki Wiki Ohana amateur dragonboat team, completed the Minnesota Tough Mudder, has kayaked on Lake Superior, and previously trained in a mixed martial arts gym. Julie is an avid weight lifter and enjoys practicing yoga, cycling, and hiking with her dog, Hurricane.
Natalie A. Juhlin, MS, BCBA, U.S. Army Reserves, Lieutenant Colonel
Natalie Juhlin received her Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Central Washington University in 2014. Natalie commissioned in the Army as a Human Resource Manager after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She is currently working full time with the United States Army as a Senior Mobilization Planner for First Army Division West in Ft. Hood, Texas. She analyzes current reporting systems, streamlines processes, and creates procedures to improve operations across the mobilization cycle. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and currently working on her Master Fitness Certification.
Beyond extensive leadership training in the military, Natalie gained experience applying the principles of applied behavior analysis across several areas. Her research and training include teaching Behavioral Relaxation Training with graduate students, pediatric feeding at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, intensive autism services, parent training, and Behavioral Skills Training to improve employee performance. Natalie is interested in the improving athletic performance within the military and sports organizations, health and wellness coaching, performance management, and the use of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to develop health and wellness related goals.
Fun Fact: Natalie loves traveling with her family. She enjoys taking an adventure run or hike as a way to explore each new place she visits. She’s lived and traveled all over the world and participated in several half marathons. Her favorite races include her first half marathon along the Dead Sea in Israel and the Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C. She loves challenging her body and learning new workouts and exercises, as well as teaching her children the importance of an active life style.
Gabrielle Torres, MS, BCBA, LBA
Gabrielle Torres received her Masters of Science in Human Health and Behavior with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University in 2008 and currently works as a Training & Development Specialist at Acorn Health. Gabrielle is also the founder of Finding Balance LLC a company providing counseling and consulting using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia and a Resident in Counseling in Virginia.
Gabrielle's areas of expertise include behavior analysis, person-centered counseling, ACT, career and professional development and organizational behavior management (OBM). She is an RRCA run coach and has served as a coach for Team in Training and as the Director of Training for the DC Triathlon Club.
Fun Fact: Gabrielle is from the tiny island of Curacao. She loves travel and adventure and tries to travel to at least one new place each year. She's on a mission to visit all 50 states and as many countries as possible. She is also an endurance athlete and loves mixing her love of travel with endurance events. She completed her first marathon in Stockholm, a 300-mile NYC to DC bicycle ride with Climate Ride, an Ironman in Louisville and the highlight of her adventures was her 2016 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She follows the motto you only live once and believes we should push our limits and take advantage of all the adventures the world offers!
Rachel Foster, Doctoral Candidate
Membership & Outreach Manager
Rachel is passionate about all things related to nutrition, fitness, and wellness. As a PhD student at the University of Kansas, she is grateful to work with an incredible team that allows her to pursue these interests through her personal and professional goals. Rachel researches the relation between reinforcing efficacy of food and food addiction. Her clinical work focuses on providing diet and weight management interventions for typically developing adults in the community with obesity, as well as teaching sport and exercise skills to individuals with IDD. As a yoga teacher, an upcoming opportunity she is excited about is to be able to research yoga as a balance and mobility intervention for adolescents with autism. Rachel's goal is to empower others to live their healthiest lives through behavior change. Outside of school, Rachel loves spending time outdoors, powerlifting, competitive swimming, and cooking nutritious, wholesome foods.
Fun Fact: Rachel is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and is passionate about teaching and practicing heated power vinyasa and restorative yin yoga. She loves the outdoors and lives for long hikes, camping, and time at the beach or on the lake.