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Abernathy, William B.
William B. Abernathy founded Abernathy & Associates, which is located in Memphis, in 1981. His firm specializes in assisting client organizations with the design, implementation, and long-term management of organization-wide performance systems. Over the past 20 years, he has developed performance systems for a diverse client group with employee groups of 50-8,000 individuals and has worked with banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, distributors, retail, health care, and a variety of not for profits. Dr. Abernathy received his master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Ohio State University. He is an editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and an Adjunct Professor for the University of Nevada's graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis. He believes that the systematic application of behavior analysis principles in organizations can improve both organizational profitability and employee job satisfaction.
Saul Axelrod is Professor of Education at Temple University. He received his doctorate from Florida State University in Special Education in 1970 His major interests include applying behavior analysis principles to behavioral problems exhibited by people with disabilities and increasing the academic development of children of poverty. Dr. Axelrod has served on the boards of editor of several journals, including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Behavior Modification. He has written numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is an author or editor of Behavior Modification for the Classroom Teacher, Behavior Analysis and Treatment, and How to Improve Classroom Behavior. In 2006, Dr. Axelrod was the first recipient of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Michael Hemingway Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis. In 1991 he was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis. In 2009, he received Florida State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Distinguished Educator category. Dr. Axelrod retired from Temple University 1in 2011 where he is now Professor Emeritus.
BEHP1108: Classroom Management Problems and Procedures for Solving Them
Barbera, Mary Lynch
Mary Lynch Barbera, RN, MSN, BCBA offers a unique perspective as a parent of a child with autism, a BCBA and an author. Mary’s first-born son, Lucas, was diagnosed with autism one day before his third birthday in 1999. Mary went on to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and from 2003 until 2010 served as the Lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project. After working mostly in schools for the past 7 years, she is now focusing mostly on home programming. Mary is an International Speaker and has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and has assisted in providing training to thousands of professionals and parents. In 2007 she published The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership.
Byron Wine earned his BCBA in 2007 and earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 2012. Byron is currently an assistant professor at Fl Tech and serves as the operations manager for the hybrid professional M.A. in behavior analysis. He is also a curriculum development specialist at ABA Technologies. Byron's primary clinical experience is with adults exhibiting significant and long-standing problematic behavior. He began working in the field in 2005 in early intervention and later moved into residential settings. Before coming to Fl Tech he was a senior behavior analyst in a human service agency. His research interests revolve primarily around the area of organizational behavior management. Byron is excited to empower students and play a part in developing another generation of behavior analysts.
Carbone, Dr. Vincent J.
Ed. D., BCBA-D
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral with over 30 years of experience designing learning environments for persons with autism and development disabilities. He received his graduate training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He is currently adjunct faculty at Penn State University and visiting professor in the Behavioral Education doctoral program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and a paper recently recommended for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Carbone currently serves on the editorial review board of several peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has provided the preparatory training and clinical consultation to hundreds of Certified Behavior Analysts in several states. He is the director of a center-based clinic for children with autism just north of New York City in Rockland County, N.Y. The clinic provides consultation, training and therapeutic services to children, families and their instructional teams. He and his clinic staff are currently working with several school districts, agencies and families throughout the United States and overseas.
Ennio Cipani is a full professor at National University. Prior to his current position, he served a faculty role at the California School of Professional Psychology in the child clinical emphasis. Prior to that position, he was a faculty member in the department of special education at the University of the Pacific. He graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. He has written many articles, chapters, and books on behavior management, including Punishment on Trial (free at www.ecipani.com/PoT.pdf , Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment (Springer Publishing), and Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment (with Keven Schock at www.springerpub.com ). He currently is a licensed psychologist in California, working with teachers and families who require behavioral consultation to manage their children.
DeLeon, Dr. Iser
Dr. Iser DeLeon is the Director of Research Development for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. DeLeon received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 1997. Before joining the Kennedy Krieger faculty, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Psychology and Pediatrics at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics in 1998. In additional to his appointments at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins, Dr. DeLeon has an adjunct appointment in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is Co-Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s degree program jointly administered by UMBC and Kennedy Krieger. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a former associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and a member of various professional societies including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, for which he served as president in 2001.
Di Puglia, Amiris
Amiris Di Puglio, M.D., BCBA obtained her degree as a medical doctor in 1991 from the Pontificate Catholic University Mother and Master in the Dominican Republic. When her eldest son Alexander was diagnosed with autism, she abandoned her medical career and pursued her certification as a behavior analyst. Amiris has dedicated the past nine years to serving children with autism and other developmental delays by providing training and consultation to staff members in educational programs as well as home-bound service providers. She also provides training to family members in order to promote and facilitate collaboration as well as optimize outcomes. She is currently an educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistant Network (PaTTAN) serving as a parent consultant as well as working with the autism initiative to provide consultation and training for staff serving students with autism and related disorders.
Tom Freeman, MS, BCBA earned his Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2000 and earned his BCBA in 2001. Tom has over twenty years of experience in both applied behavior analysis and animal behavior research. Currently, he is the lead co-instructor at the ABA Online Program, as well as the CEO and President of Praseworx, Inc. In his role at Praiseworx, Inc. he provides clinical, educational, organizational, and administrative behavioral consulting services. Previously, Tom served as the Local Review Committee Chairperson and Area Behavior Analyst for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Program in Daytona Beach, FL where he provided comprehensive oversight of all behavioral services in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Additionally, Tom has served an adjunct professor at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Psychology where he taught undergraduate classes in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to his plethora of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, Tom has conducted animal behavior research with Humpback Whales and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins at the University of Hawaii and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Finally, Tom has produced a number of publications and presentations and is a co-author of the chapter titled, “Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysis” in Cooper, Heron & Heward’s (2007) Applied Behavior Analysis. Tom is a passionate, knowledgeable instructor who enjoys sharing this passion with his students.
Friman, Dr. Patrick C.
Dr. Patrick C. Friman is Director of Clinical Services at Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (Boys Town) and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He also served as Director of Clinical Training and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada at Reno and formerly held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins, and University of Kansas Schools of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in the application of behavior analytic methods to behavioral medicine. One of his specialties is behavioral pediatrics, particularly focused on the successful treatment of common but potentially serious childhood behavior disorders such as habits, sleep problems, oppositional behavior, and incontinence. He has published more than 180 articles, two books, and is widely recognized as a preeminent lecturer and disseminator of the values and applications of behavior analysis to lay as well as scientific audiences. He has served as a reviewer editorial board member for virtually every major behavioral journal and was the editor of The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2005–2007.
Gerhardt, Peter F.
Dr. Peter Gerhardt is the Director of Education, Upper School for the McCarton School and the Founding Chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Graduate School of Education.
Meagan Gregory, PhD, BCBA, earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in 2010, and has been a BCBA since 2004. Her current position at Florida Tech is an assistant professor in the School of Psychology and a faculty supervisor at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment. Dr. Gregory possesses a great deal of research, clinical, and teaching experience. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she worked for the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), which serves children and adolescents with developmental disabilities- on the Neurobehavioral Unit. While at KKI, she earned her Masters in Human Services Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Gregory then moved to the University of Florida to pursue her PhD under the advisement of Dr. Brian Iwata while working as a behavior analyst for a residential program for adolescents and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome. During this time, she also taught classes in ABA at University of Florida. As the majority of her clinical and research experiences revolved around individuals with developmental disabilities and severe problem behaviors, Dr. Gregory considers this application of behavior analysis to be her specialty. She thoroughly enjoyed her formal teaching experiences, and looks forward to continuing to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for ABA with future students.
William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University (OSU) where he taught for 30 years. Dr. Heward has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, a Visiting Scholar at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, a Visiting Professor of Psychology at Keio University in Tokyo and the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and given lectures and workshops in 16 other countries. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and nine books, including Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. (2007, co-authored with John Cooper and Tim Heron) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, 10th ed. (2013). Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to behavior analysis and education include the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 25, and the Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University. A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Heward's research interests include "low-tech" methods for increasing the effectiveness of group instruction and adaptations of curriculum and instruction that promote the generalization and maintenance of newly learned knowledge and skills.
Houvouras IV, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Houvouras IV is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Married to his wife Rayna, they have two sons, Preston and Cooper and live in Viera, Florida. Andrew graduated from Marshall University in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology. Andrew began his working with individuals in the autism spectrum as a high school junior, doing after school academic tutoring and sports instruction. He has presented continuing education workshops around the country, has been an expert witness for due process hearings, and presents regularly at local, state and international conferences. His current areas of interest are behavior analytic applications to bleeding disorders, behavioral medicine, ethics in applied behavior analysis and other clinical fields, social skills for individuals in the autism spectrum, and functional assessment in school settings. Andrew works for the Brevard County School System as a Behavior Analyst, operates Applying Behavior Concepts- a consulting company- with his wife, and co-instructs online coursework for the FIT ABA Online Program. He and his family spend most of their free time swimming, playing baseball and surfing.
Dr. Kent Johnson founded Morningside Academy, in Seattle, Washington, in 1980, and currently serves as its Executive Director. Morningside is a laboratory school for elementary and middle school children and youth. Morningside investigates effective curriculum materials and teaching methods, and has provided training and consulting in instruction to over 125 schools and agencies throughout the USA and Canada since 1991.
Dr. Johnson has served in all the positions at Morningside, including classroom teacher for 10 years, financial manager, administrator, teacher trainer, school psychologist and school consultant. He has published many seminal papers and books about research-based curriculum and teaching methods, including The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: What It Means to Leave No Child Behind, with Dr. Elizabeth Street. The Morningside Model focuses upon foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, studying core content, and project-based learning. Over 40,000 students and over a thousand teachers have used the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction. Dr. Johnson is also a co-founder of Headsprout, Inc., a company that develops web-based, interactive, cartoon-driven instructional programs, including Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension.
Prior to founding Morningside, Dr. Johnson was professor at Central Washington University, director of staff training at the Fernald School in Massachusetts, and instructional designer at Northeastern University in Boston. He received his M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. (1977) in psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst under the mentorship of Drs. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ellen Reese, and John Donahoe. He received his B.S. in psychology and sociology from Georgetown University (1973), under the mentorship of Dr. J Gilmour Sherman. He also counts Drs. Fred Keller, Charles Ferster, B. F. Skinner, Susan Markle, John Dewey, Siegfried Engelmann, Ogden Lindsey, Israel Goldiamond, Arthur Whimbey, and colleague Joe Layng as major influences on his work.
Holly Kibbe, MS, BCBA, holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She co-founded Establishing Operations, Inc. in 2003. As Managing Partner, she has created and co-presents a series of workshops designed to train professionals how to teach Verbal Behavior. She has been working with children with autism and other developmental and behavioral disorders for ten years. She has experience working as a behavior analyst for both children with autism and typically-developing children with severe behavioral disorders, and as a pre-school teacher for children with autism. Holly began studying and working privately applying the principals of behavior analysis to teach Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior in 1998. She currently provides in-home and center-based consultation services for children with language delays, as well as a series of training workshops for professionals and parents all over the US, Canada, Bermuda, Ireland, England and Wales.
Lutzker, John R.
John R. Lutzker, Ph. D. (University of Kansas) is Director of the Center for Healthy Development and Professor and Associate Dean of Public Health at Georgia State University. Among his previous positions, he was Chief of the Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the developer/founder of SafeCare®. He has published over 160 professional articles and chapters, six books, and has made over 425 professional presentations, nationally and internationally. Dr. Lutzker is Past-President of Division 33 of the American Psychological Association in which he is a Fellow in five Divisions. Among his awards are the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas, Outstanding Research Career Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and Visiting Scholar in Practice, Emory University School of Law, Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Family Violence, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Interventions, International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, International Public Health Journal, and Journal of Psychosocial Interventions. Among his media appearances, Dr. Lutzker has been interviewed on Morning Edition of National Public Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as a consultant for 60 Minutes on CBS. His applied research involves the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and parents with intellectual disabilities. He lives with his wife, Sandra, in Sandy Springs, GA.
Mace, Dr. F. Charles "Bud"
Dr. F. Charles Mace graduated with a Philosophical Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1983 and received his BCBA. He is currently a Professor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University, as well as the executive director of the University’s Autism Institute at the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. Previously, he served as a professor and the Director of Research for the Psychology Program at the University of Southern Maine, as well as the Director of the ACHIEVE laboratory school for children with emotional disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Mace has held faculty positions at Lehigh University, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of Wales. At each university, Dr.Mace developed clinical programs for children with developmental disabilities that served as nationally recognized sites for research and post-graduate training. He has published over one hundred research papers and book chapters, two of his papers are ranked as citation classics, having been cited well over one hundred times each. Dr. Mace’s research has concentrated on the functional analysis of severe behavior disorders, behavioral momentum, and the Matching Law, and he also serves on the editorial boards of several leading research journals and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) from 1999-2001.
Martinez-Diaz, Dr. Jose
Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz is our online ABA Program Director. He completed his doctorate at West Virginia University and is nationally recognized as a behavior analysis professor and lecturer. He is the associate professor and Chair of the Behavior Analysis Graduate Program at Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Martinez-Diaz is a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and is an officer of their board of directors. He has received many awards for his contributions to the field. In 1989, Dr. Martinez-Diaz began conducting workshops in numerous states, preparing individuals for certification in behavior analysis. His Mock Behavior Analyst Examination™ is administered by several universities as part of their curriculum.
Dr. Martinez-Diaz’s main interests are professional and legal issues, practitioner training and supervision, management and administration, conceptual and philosophical issues, verbal behavior, and the role of motivating operations in behavioral assessment and treatment. He is also CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc.
Having worked as an ABA practitioner and administrator since the 1970s, Dr. Martinez-Diaz is highly experienced in focusing on people with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, disruptive behavior disorders, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury.
Miguel, Dr. Caio
Dr. Caio Miguel received his Ph.D. in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the co-advisement of Dr. James Carr and Dr. Jack Michael. Currently, Dr. Miguel is an assistant professor of Psychology and an affiliated faculty in the Doctoral program in Education at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Miguel holds adjunct appointments at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology -Los Angeles, and at the University of Sao Paulo - Brazil. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Dr. Miguel is the current editor of the Journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, The Psychological Record, and The Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis. He has given over 80 professional presentations about behavior analysis and verbal behavior in North America, South America and Europe, and has had his work published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books in both English and Portuguese.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Jan (Montgomery) Pierce graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from North Dakota State University in 1988 and became Board Certified in 2000. Her career has included behavior analytical work at a head injury rehabilitation program, where she directed a secure locked unit for violent offenders, chairing LRC committees, consulting with group homes, and providing behavior training via workshops for caregivers and professionals. For the last eleven years, Jan has worked with dependent children and caregivers beginning with a pilot project with the Positive Parenting group under Dr. Michael Stoutimore based on Dr. Glenn Latham’s work. Having had the opportunity to work in the areas of developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and also with children, caregivers and professionals in the child welfare system has given Jan a wide range of experience in training. Her specialty area in ABA is working within the child welfare system with children and biological and adoptive parents as well as other alternative caregivers including relatives and residential situations. Jan finds it particularly exciting to teach Behavior Analysis to students who will go on to use the knowledge to change lives.
Stacie Neff graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas in 1997 and received her BCBA in 2001. While working for the University of South Florida/Department of Children and Families, she was one of six behavior analysts involved in developing and implementing Florida’s child welfare Behavior Analysis Services Program, and participated in creating the training curriculum “Tools for Positive Behavior Change.” Stacie has also participated on the Multidisciplinary Committee through the Department of Children and Families while working for Families First of Florida. Also, while working with the Department of Children and Families, she revised and created new materials for four curricula used statewide by the Behavior Analysis Services Program, and created and conducted statewide recertification for all members of the program. She has taught teachers, parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, residential staff, behavior analysts and both graduate and undergraduate students. Stacie currently teaches parenting skills to a variety of audiences, and has conducted several workshops and presentations in her area. Teaching is one of Stacie’s favorite things to do, and she considers teaching and training her specialty.
Mai-Linh Pham, M.S., BCBA, earned her Master of Science in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Tech in May of 2010, and received her BCBA later the same year. While attending classes in Melbourne she worked as a curriculum assistant for the school, where she developed assessment tools, performed content analyses, and created learning activities and testing materials. Before that she worked as a behavior technician for Autism Early Interventions Clinics in Tampa, and during her time at the University of Florida for undergrad she worked as a research assistant at the Behavior Analysis Lab at Sidney Lanier. She considers OBM to be her area of expertise and is especially interested in mainstream applications of ABA, such as in education, business and politics.
Josh Pritchard is on the faculty of the Applied Behavior Analysis program at the Florida Institute of Technology primarily at the Orlando Graduate Campus. His research interests include the scientific philosophy underpinning behavior analysis, science in autism treatments, organizational behavior management and systems analysis and the examination of complex human behavior. He serves as a board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and as a co-editor of its quarterly newsletter: Science in Autism Treatment. He began his career in behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, receiving his bachelors and masters degrees there. After working in the field, he received his doctoral training at the University of Nevada, Reno in behavior analysis. His overarching interests entail the large scale implementation and international dissemination of behavior analysis.
Robertson, Corey L.
Corey Robertson graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2007. He began his career in 1998 as an exceptional education teacher for the Orange County Public Schools, working two years at the elementary level and two years at the middle school level. He has since worked as a behavior analyst for a number of organizations, working in homes, schools and community settings with parents, teachers, and staff to improve the lives of children and adults with and without disabilities. He is also interested in Organizational Behavior Management as it applies to human services. Corey is passionate about teaching and enjoys interacting with students from all types of backgrounds, from all over the world. His experiences in different applications and settings of applied behavior analysis has given him a well-rounded perspective and has contributed to his knack for explaining things in a way that is easy to understand and remember.
BEHP1093: Behavior Analytic Supervision and Legal & Ethical Considerations (Contains the following courses:)
- BEHP 1078: Introduction to Behavior Analytic Supervision
- BEHP1079: Legal & Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analytic Supervision
Sostek, Anita Miller
Anita Miller Sostek joined Autism Speaks as Vice President of Scientific Review and Operations in September of 2008. In this role, Anita oversees Autism Speaks’ Grants Program, which currently processes over 1,000 investigator-initiated grants annually. She is involved in overseeing the review of proposals, the evaluation of progress reports, and financial monitoring of the Science Program. She is also responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures, and operations for the Science Program. Anita has extensive background in early development and scientific peer review. After receiving a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University. There she studied the developmental outcomes of infants born at risk because of prematurity and/or medical complications around the time of birth. She moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1987 to administer peer review in the areas of mental retardation, neurodevelopmental disorders and prematurity. With her 2002 promotion to the position of Director of the Division of Clinical and Population-Based Studies at the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH, Anita was responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring peer review policy. She worked with more than 70 Scientific Review Officers and their Chiefs to ensure fair and expert review in behavioral science, neuroscience and population-based research. This regularly involved the resolution of complex issues such as appeals and conflicts of interest as well as frequent contact with investigators and NIH staff across many of the 27 Institutes and Centers. Anita served on several NIH Committees, has won multiple honors and awards, and has edited numerous books. Her most recent recognition consisted of a 2008 NIH Director’s Award for Implementation of the Continuous Submission Option for Grant Applications.
Sundberg, Dr. Mark L.
Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. Dr. Sundberg serves on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation. He is the author of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (the VB-MAPP), and the co-author of The ABLLS, Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. He has published over 45 professional papers, including a chapter titled “Verbal Behavior” in Cooper, Heron, & Heward (2007). He is the founder and past editor of the Journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, two time past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, past-chair of the Publication Board of ABAI, and is a member of the committee that develops the BACB Task Lists. Dr. Sundberg has given over 500 conference presentations and workshops, and taught 80 college courses on behavior analysis, verbal behavior, sign language, and child development. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice who consults for programs and classrooms that serve children with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area. His awards include the 2001 “Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award” from Western Michigan University.
Tu, Joyce C.,
Dr. Tu received a doctor of education in Educational Psychology specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University. Dr. Tu has over fourteen years of experience providing trainings and supervisions for behavior consultants to provide services to both school district and regional center clients. Services include training and workshops to teachers, instructional aides, and parents on implementing behavioral procedures, discrete trial teaching methodology, the Picture Exchange Communication System, functional/behavioral assessments, generalization training, verbal behavior, and task analysis when teaching complex behaviors. Her specialization and research interests are in the area of verbal behavior. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals in that specific area.
Dr. Tu works internationally and has developed several classrooms that provide services to children with autism in China. Dr. Tu has presented a number of times to both national and international professional organizations. Dr. Tu was a part-time lecturer at the Florida Institute of Technology. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis and is also on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies.
Cherish Twigg, MS, BCBA holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. She co-founded Establishing Operations, Inc. in 2003. As Managing Partner, she has created and co-presented a series of workshops on verbal behavior. She currently has ten years of experience working with children with autism and behavior disorders. Cherish began her consulting career in 1999. Since this time she has consulted to dozens of families with children with autism across the US, Canada as well as in the UK. She currently provides in-home and center-based consultation services and training workshops for children and professionals throughout the US as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, Bermuda and Wales.
Wyatt, Dr. W. Joseph
Joseph Wyatt, Ph. D., is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and has been qualified as an expert in clinical psychology in many courts, having testified in open court over 60 times. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University in 1980. His Masters was earned at the University of Miami, and his Bachelors at Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston). For more than 25 years he has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Marshall University, where his duties include teaching undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the clinical field. He served as Director of the campus outpatient Psychology Clinic for 15 years. In addition to his forensic consulting activities, he has extensive experience providing consultation services to community agencies. Earlier, Dr. Wyatt was employed in full-time clinical practice, for more than ten years, in several settings. Dr. Wyatt has published many papers in professional journals. He founded and edits the Behavior Analysis Digest, a quarterly newsletter. He is a member of the Board of Editors of Behavior and Social Issues. He is also the author of the first novel about behaviorism since Skinner's Walden Two, titled The Millennium Man.