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Bill Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA-D, joined The New England Center for Children in August 1996, and currently serves at NECC as the Director of Research. He is also an Adjunct Faculty in Western New England University’s masters and doctoral programs. Bill was named the 2009 American Psychological Association – Division 25 awardee for Enduring Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research. Bill is currently on the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts’ Board of Directors and serves as its President. He is also Past President of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy and currently serves BABAT as the Chair of Professional Practice. Bill’s research interests include social skills in children with autism, verbal behavior, assessment and treatment of stereotypy, severe problem behavior, and pediatric feeding difficulties. He is also interested in resistance to change, behavioral economics, and conditioned reinforcement. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Modification, The Lancet, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and has written book chapters on teaching children with autism and pediatric feeding problems in children with autism. Bill is currently on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and is Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Interventions. He has been Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded grant with Dr. William Dube and through by the Organization for Autism Research along with Dr. Becky MacDonald.
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.
Stimulus Class Formation in Children with Autism
Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He alos wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a rainkng manual that offers an intergrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and create communication strategies.
Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from the UNC Greensboro, and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous pagers, lectures and workshop s in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behavior analysis, PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. He has remained active in research and writing, and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.
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.
A. Charles Catania is Professor Emeritus at UMBC, where he co-founded its MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is Past-President of ABAI and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and has served as Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He had the great good fortune to start his career in Fall 1954 in Fred Keller’s introductory psychology course, which included a weekly rat lab, and later to serve as TA in Nat Schoenfeld’s Experimental Psychology sequence. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, where he then conducted postdoctoral research in Skinner’s pigeon laboratory. Catania continued working with rats and pigeons and other organisms over subsequent decades, during which he became increasingly impressed by striking parallels between biological accounts of evolution in terms of Darwinian natural selection and behavior analytic accounts of operant behavior in terms of the selection of behavior by its consequences. He sees the methods and concepts of the biological sciences as having much to offer to our field and has argued that the science of behavior might best be regarded as a component of the biological sciences.
The lesson that the study of nonhuman behavior is essential to our understanding of verbal behavior also came from Columbia, where in Spring 1957 Catania took a seminar on verbal behavior jointly taught by Fred Keller, Nat Schoenfeld and Ralph Hefferline. The course began by covering Skinner's William James lectures and then, when Skinner's Verbal Behavior was published midway into the semester, by comparing the older and newer versions. Though virtually all of Catania’s early experimental work was devoted to nonhuman learning, the concentration on behavior without words was critical; a pigeon’s behavior is hard to understand precisely because it doesn't involve words. Behavior without words reveals what is special about human verbal behavior, which is necessarily built upon a nonverbal foundation. Catania’s earlier work on learning without words was highly appropriate preparation for teaching courses on verbal behavior, because it made some special features of verbal behavior stand out clearly. One function of his textbook, Learning, is to integrate the topics of nonverbal and verbal behavior, which have too often been given separate treatments.
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, Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment (Springer Publishing), and Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment (with Keven Schock at Springer Publishing). He currently is a licensed psychologist in California, working with teachers and families who require behavioral consultation to manage their children.
Dr. Aubrey Daniels is one of the founding fathers of organizational behavior management. Dr. Daniels received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1964 and soon realized the value of applied behavior analysis in staff performance. Among his many accomplishments include founding the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and founding one of the first OBM consulting firms, Aubrey Daniels International, Inc (founded as Aubrey Daniels & Associates, Inc. in 1978).
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.
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.
Psy.D., LCSW, BCBA
Dana Gadaire obtained her master’s degrees in social work and clinical psychology prior to earning a doctorate from the University of Southern Maine in 2011. In the course of my studies, she has worked with some of the most respected researchers in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis including Dr. Tim Vollmer, Dr. Brian Iwata, Dr. Wayne Fisher, and Dr. Bud Mace. These mentors have provided her with a wealth of knowledge in behavioral principles and their application to issues affecting individuals with special needs as well as society at large. The primary focus of her work has been the behavioral assessment and treatment of children with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, and various other emotional and behavioral disorders. However, she has also have experienced working with typically developing children and their families as well as providing systemic supports in schools and child welfare agencies. Primary areas of interest include social skills training, behavioral parent training, school consultation, and bullying prevention.
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.
Kodsi, Neil D.
Mr. Kodsi is a seasoned trial lawyer with over twenty three (23) years of jury trial experience. Mr. Kodsi has tried numerous cases to verdict in both federal and state court. Prior to forming his own firm, The Law Offices of Neil D. Kodsi, Mr. Kodsi worked for large national and/or regional law firms, where he was one of the “go-to” trial lawyers for those firms for complex cases involving highly complicated expert testimony.
Mr. Kodsi also has frequently been asked to serve as pro-bono trial counsel in matters where the State of Florida was denying health benefits to Florida Medicaid recipients. For example, in 2006, Mr. Kodsi served as pro-bono litigation counsel for a class of over 6,000 Florida Medicaid recipients and was able to successfully defeat a Florida State policy denying prescription medication coverage for particular medications for this class. This victory was acknowledged by the Miami Daily Business Review in 2007, awarding Mr. Kodsi and his co-counsel with the Most Effective Lawyer Award in their class action category for that year.
More recently, in March 2012, Neil served as pro-bono trial counsel for a group of autistic children seeking to defeat another Florida State Policy -- one that was denying coverage for behavioral therapy for the more than 8,500 autistic children in Florida covered by Medicaid. After a four-day trial in front of U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard, Mr. Kodsi and his co-counsel obtained an Order requiring the State of Florida to provide this treatment for all autistic children in Florida covered by Medicaid. In her Order, Judge Lenard referred to this case as one of the most important cases she has heard in her sixteen years on the bench. Mr. Kodsi and his co-counsel also were recognized by their peers in Florida and were awarded the Florida Bar Foundation’s Paul Doyle Children Advocacy Award, in 2013.
Layng, T.V. Joe
T. V. Joe Layng has over 40 years of experience in the experimental and applied analysis of behavior, with a particular focus on the design of teaching/learning environments. In 1999, Joe co-founded Headsprout, which was acquired by Newell–Rubbermaid in the Spring of 2011. At Headsprout, Joe led the scientific team that developed the Generative Instruction technology that formed the basis of the company’s patented Early Reading and Reading Comprehension programs, for which he was the chief architect. He currently serves as a partner at Generategy, LLC, an educational software publisher. Joe earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where he collaborated with Paul Andronis and Israel Goldiamond on investigating the production of untrained recombinant, complex symbolic repertoires in pigeons from simpler behavioral components, a process the Chicago group described as contingency adduction. This research led to some of the key elements upon which Generative Learning/Instruction technology is based. Also at Chicago, working with pigeons, Joe investigated animal models of psychopathology, specifically the recurrence of pathological patterns (head-banging) as a function of normal behavioral processes. He also has extensive clinical behavior analysis experience with a focus on ambulatory schizophrenia, especially the treatment of delusional speech and hallucinatory behavior. He taught Behavioral Models and Programs I & II in the clinical doctoral program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the mid-1990s. From 1991 to 1996, Joe was the Director of the Academic Support Center, and then Dean of Public Agency and Special Training Programs at Malcolm X College in Chicago, where he established the award-winning Personalized Curriculum Institute for underprepared college students. Joe is currently a scientific advisor for the DOE supported, Center on Innovations in Learning, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of TCS Education System, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College, and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, where he is also member of the Board of Directors. He recently published the interactive iBook, Decisions and Judgments in Ambiguous Situations: A Conceptual Introduction to Signal Detection Theory.
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
Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is professor, associate dean and founder of Florida Tech's School of Behavior Analysis. He also is the founder and program director of the ABA-On-line Professional Development Program at Florida Tech, CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc., and is an adjunct professor at Penn State's Department of Special Education.
Jose served as an officer and board member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for seven years and is now Senior Consultant for the BACB. Jose also serves as member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) and for the Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Specialty Council. He also is a member of Florida's Behavior Analysis Peer Review Committee. Jose is a past president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, which awarded its highest honor, the Charles H. Cox Award for Outstanding Service and Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida in 2005.
Jose earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis and therapy, from West Virginia University. His publications include a chapter on ethics in Cooper, Heron, and Heward, Applied Behavior Analysis, Second Edition and an article on Autism Spectrum Disorders in the National Health Review.
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.
Dr. Mosk earned his B.A. degree from UCLA, and completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1982, during which time he was recognized for his expertise in applied behavior analysis and attention training in the treatment of autism. He has served on the faculty for several academic institutions, including UCLA, as both a researcher and educator. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Mosk developed and served as the Director of The Life Skills Center, a model demonstration program for the California Department of Mental Health. For the past 26 years, Dr. Mosk has focused his professional practice primarily in the areas of forensic and consulting psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral assessment methodologies.
Dr. Mosk holds the copyright on the Functional Capacity Assessment Profile©, a psychological instrument used to objectively quantify individuals’ behavior patterns. He founded Managed Care Measurement in 1993, a software company that serviced the healthcare industry. Mosk has served as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies and business organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including those in the manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare sectors. He has worked with various law enforcement agencies in assisting them to address a wide variety of organizational and management issues.
Bryon Neff received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology (FL Tech), a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. He currently works with ABA Technologies as a Curriculum Development Specialist and is assisting FL Tech in the dissemination of their new Master of Arts hybrid program in Professional Behavior Analysis. Since 2009, Bryon has taught several different courses in behavior analysis for FL Tech. Bryon is also employed by Optimal, a consulting firm that focuses on streamlining processes and improving business results for human service agencies. Previously, he worked for the University of South Florida. While at USF, he supervised and coordinated the Behavior Analysis Services Program, a statewide program that employed over 60 BCBAs and provided consultative and behavior analytic services to Florida’s foster care system. Bryon co-authored several training curricula designed to teach behavior management skills to parents and professionals. He also chaired a Local Peer Review Committee and had a key role in facilitating statewide projects for Florida’s Department of Children and Families such as revising behavior analysis practice standards for the child welfare system and providing recommendations for legislative change. Furthermore, Bryon has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at numerous state and national conferences.
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.
Roane, Henry S.
Henry S. Roane, Ph.D., BCBA-D Dr. Roane is the Gregory S. Liptak Endowed Professor in Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University. In this capacity, Dr. Roane serves as the Chief of the Division of Development, Behavior and Genetics (CDBG). Dr. Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University in 2000. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Roane is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and serves on the Editorial Board of JABA, the Journal of School Psychology, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Dr. Roane previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
Dr. Roane directs two outpatient clinics that serve children with ASD. The CDBG provides an average of 1700 patient encounters per year. His other outpatient clinic, CNY Medical Practice, provides services for children with ASD and co-morbid behavior disorders (e.g., self-injury, aggression, feeding disorders). CNY Medical Practices sees approximately 100 outpatient visits per week, all of which are funded through private insurance and Medicaid.
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
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.
Dr. Maranda A.Trahan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). For the past 10 years, she has developed and implemented behavioral programs for a variety of individuals with challenging behaviors. She now specializes in behavioral assessment, caregiver training, and program development for older adults with dementia. Dr. Trahan graduated in 2004 from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in psychology. She continued her education in Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, where she received her master’s of science in 2007 and doctorate in 2010. Dr. Trahan completed her three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University in August 2013 and then started a private practice, Trahan Behavioral Services, to provide trainings and consultations for difficult dementia symptoms.
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.
Van Houten, Ron
Dr. Van Houten received his BA from SUNY at Stony Brook and his MA and Ph.D. from Dalhousie University where he received training in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. Van Houten has published extensively in JABA on a wide variety of problems, ranging from the education of inner city youth and children with “learning disabilities”, the treatment of children and adults with developmental delays, the treatment of clinical problems in children, traffic safety, energy conservation, and aviation safety. Currently Dr. Van Houten is a member of the Transportation Research Board and a member of the National Committee for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He is a past AE for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and a Fellow of the ABAI. Dr Van Houten also chaired the ABAI Task Force on the Right to Effective Treatment. He is also an avid pilot flying power aircraft and gliders and a flight instructor.
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.
Wyatt, Dr. W. Joseph
W. Joseph is professor emeritus at Marshall University in West Virginia. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University. Prior to his years as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Wyatt was in full-time clinical practice for more than ten years. He is author of numerous presentations at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and other meetings, and is the author of many publications. For more than twenty years he published and edited Behavior Analysis Digest International. He is board certified in forensic psychology and has provided expert testimony more than one hundred times.
M.S., BCBA Assistant Lead Co-Instructor
Carlos Zuluaga, M.S., BCBA, received his BCaBA in 2005, graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2006, and received his BCBA in 2007. Carlos has been working with children with developmental disabilities and language delays for the past five years. Throughout this experience, he has seen how important it is to have a good foundation in the basic principles and procedures used in behavior analysis in order to be an effective practitioner. Carlos has served as the lead behavior analyst at Quest Kids, Inc. in Orlando, FL since 2005. In this role, Carlos carries out assessments of skill deficits and develops, implements, and evaluates behavior programs to address those deficits. He also provides supervision to behavior analysts in training, conducts parent training on compliance management, community outings, feeding programs, and functional communication training. Carlos is excited to have the opportunity to be a co-instructor for the Florida Tech ABA Online Program and to share his knowledge, skills, and experiences with students.