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Bill Ahearn joined the New England Center for Children in August 1996 and serves at NECC as the director of research. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Western New England University’s master’s and doctoral programs. Bill was named the 2009 American Psychological Association – Division 25 awardee for Enduring Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research. Bill is 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 (BABAT) 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 and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and he has written book chapters on teaching children with autism and pediatric feeding problems in children with autism. Bill is on the editorial boards of 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.
Saul Axelrod is a professor emeritus 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 editorial boards 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. In 2011, Dr. Axelrod retired from Temple University, where he is now professor emeritus.
Barbera, Mary Lynch
RN, M.S.N., BCBA
Mary Lynch Barbera 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 seven years, she is now focusing mainly on home programming. Mary is an international speaker who 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.
Dr. Eb Blakely received a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialty in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan in 1988 and has co-authored 25 articles and one book. He has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, behavioral pharmacology, experimental analysis of behavior, organizational behavior management and database design. In addition to his role as the senior behavior analyst at Quest, Inc., Dr. Blakely provides consultation to other agencies and is an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology in the Applied Behavior Analysis program.
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. For 14 years, he directed a statewide public school system for students with autism. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a ranking manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments, blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies.
Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops 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.
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a board-certified behavior analyst-doctoral (BCBA-D) with over 35 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 a visiting professor in the Behavioral Education doctoral program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and a paper he authored was 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 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, New York. 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 cofounded its M.A. 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 (2015), 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 and 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).
Dr. Iser DeLeon was the director of research development for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute for 17 years and is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As of August of 2014, he is an associate professor at the University of Florida.
Dr. DeLeon received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 1997. Before joining the Kennedy Krieger faculty, he completed a postdoctoral 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 codirector 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.
Dr. Flosason is currently the senior manager of retail sales training at the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan. His team focuses on providing performance-changing learning experiences for retail sales representatives and their managers across the United States. The overall objective of these learning experiences is to enable the Kellogg sales force to successfully execute the standard sales call process in order to drive sales in the retail environment. Dr. Flosason holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iceland and a master's degree in I/O psychology from WMU, as well as a Ph.D. in psychology (OBM track) from WMU.
Tom Freeman earned a Master of Science in ABA from Florida Tech in 2000 and became a BCBA in 2001. He began his career in 1979 at the Fernald State School in Massachusetts, a large residential institution. After working in direct care for several months, he became a staff psychologist, and, for the next 15 years, provided/oversaw 24-hour clinical behavioral services for several caseloads of individuals with a wide variety of behavioral, medical and functional needs. From 1986 through 1995, he also helped conduct seasonal animal behavior research, primarily with wild humpback whales for the University of Hawaii Marine Mammal Lab. He moved to Florida in 1995, continuing in clinical work, and in 2001 was hired to serve as the local review committee (LRC) chairperson and area behavior analyst for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Daytona Beach, where he provided comprehensive oversight of Medicaid waiver-based behavioral services in Volusia and Flagler counties. He first worked with Dr. Martinez-Diaz in 1997 at Threshold Inc., in Orlando, Florida, and began assisting Dr. Martinez-Diaz in teaching certification coursework in 2000. He has been teaching with Jose ever since. He began working full-time for ABA Technologies, Inc., in 2010 and is currently the executive vice-president. He has produced a number of publications and presentations in behavior analysis, and is co-author of the chapter titled, “Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysis” in Cooper, Heron and Heward’s (2007) Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. He is deeply committed to sharing ABA with the world and is dedicated to helping students explore both the science and the heart of behavior analysis.
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 and Johns 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 and 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 or editorial board member for virtually every major behavioral journal and was the editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2005 to 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 her 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 also has experience working with typically developing children and their families and 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 of 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.
Nick received his master’s degree in organizational behavior management at Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. Prior to obtaining his M.S., Nick worked with children and young adults with developmental disabilities for five years. In the clinical setting, Nick acquired experience working with severe problem behavior, managing and training staff on appropriate physical management procedures, and designing and implementing company policy regarding least restrictive alternatives and best practice. His main interest is using applied behavior analysis to improve the health and well-being of others. Specifically, he is interested in designing interventions to reduce physical inactivity in the workplace. Other interests include organizational behavior management, behavioral systems analysis and ethics. Nick’s clinical background and academic training at FIT has prepared him well to work with various populations and in different settings. He believes everybody has a right not only to to effective education and treatment, but also to an effective physical education.
Meagan Gregory earned her Ph.D in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in 2010 and has been a BCBA since 2004. Her current (2015) positions at Florida Tech are assistant professor in the School of Psychology and 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 master’s in human services psychology with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Gregory then moved to the University of Florida to pursue her Ph.D. 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 the 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.
Hanley, Gregory P.
Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for 25 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, earned his degree from the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a professor of psychology and director of the Behavior Analysis doctoral program at Western New England University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Hanley has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young childrenp, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25); past editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP); a past associate editor of The Behavior Analyst, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and BAP; and incoming Editor of JABA.
William L. Heward is professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. 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 has 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 has research interests that 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, Andrew J., IV
Andrew says, "The world is better because of applied behavior analysis. The world needs applied behavior analysis." Certified as a behavior analyst since 1998, Andrew graduated with an M.A. in Psychology from Marshall University. A BCBA for Brevard County Public Schools since 2001, Andrew specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior, serves as an expert witness for county due process cases and handles high acuity cases within the school system. A regular presenter at local, state and international conferences, an author of CE presentations and a published author, Andrew enjoys public speaking and spending time with his family swimming, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and coaching and playing sports. His interests include all aspects of ABA, including behavioral medicine, the application of ABA to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the dissemination of ABA. He looks forward to every class he teaches and feels fortunate to be part of the program. "I hope students understand learning is lifelong and remember what B.F. Skinner said: "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.'"
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 United States 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 1,000 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 a 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 holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She cofounded Establishing Operations, Inc., in 2003. As managing partner, she has created and copresents a series of workshops designed to train professionals 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 preschool 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 United States, Canada, Bermuda, Ireland, England and Wales.
Allison is a doctoral student in behavior analysis with an emphasis in organizational behavior management (OBM) at Florida Institute of Technology. She spent the first few years of her career as a practitioner in the clinical field of behavior analysis working as a behavior specialist for children with intellectual disabilities. For the past two years, Allison has been working as a researcher and practitioner in OBM. Her current applied work in OBM consists of improving processes and employee performance in an autism treatment facility and helping hospital leaders manage performance to improve patient experience and quality outcomes as a customer experience analyst for a large health system.
Kodsi, Neil D.
Mr. Kodsi is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 25 years of jury trial experience. He 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, he worked for large national 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 in which the State of Florida was denying health benefits to Florida Medicaid recipients. For example, in 2006, he 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 cocounsel with the Most Effective Lawyer Award in their class-action category for that year.
In March 2012, Mr. Kodsi served as pro-bono trial counsel for a group of children with ASD 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 children with ASD 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 16 years on the bench. Mr. Kodsi and his cocounsel were also recognized by their peers in Florida and were awarded the Florida Bar Foundation’s Paul Doyle Children's Advocacy Award in 2013.
Layng, T.V. Joe
T.V. Joe Layng has over 40 years' experience in the experimental and applied analysis of behavior, with a particular focus on the design of teaching/learning environments. In 1999, Joe cofounded 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 and 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.
Lipschultz, Joshua L.
Joshua Lipschultz graduated from Caldwell University with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is a board-certified behavior analyst, with experience in basic and applied research, working with individuals with autism ranging in age from 3 to 21, and implementing behavioral skills training solutions. Joshua has led organizational systems solutions in medical health facilities resulting in improved patient scheduling and nurse rounding behavior to increase patient satisfaction. The results of some of his work can be read in upcoming publications such as the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities and J. Luiselli’s book, Behavioral Health Promotion and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Joshua is currently a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology.
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 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 and 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 at 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 National Public Radio's Morning Edition and ABC’s Good Morning America, and he 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, Georgia.
Mace, F. Charles "Bud"
Dr. F. Charles Mace graduated with a doctorate in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1983 and was certified as a 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 postgraduate training. He has published over 100 research papers and book chapters; two of his papers are ranked as citation classics, having been cited well over 100 times each. Dr. Mace’s research has concentrated on the functional analysis of severe behavior disorders, behavioral momentum and the matching law; 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 to 2001.
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 Online professional development program at Florida Tech, CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc., and 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 a 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 him 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
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 member 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 was editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (2011-2015) and serves on the editorial board of Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2009-2011 and 2015-2018), 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 graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from North Dakota State University and became board certified in 2000. Her career has included work at a head injury rehabilitation program where she directed a secure locked unit for violent offenders, chairing LRC committees, consulting with group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and providing behavior workshops for caregivers and professionals. From 1997 through 2008, Jan worked with dependent children and their caregivers, beginning with a pilot project with the Positive Parenting group. This pilot project was headed by Dr. Michael Stoutimore, based on Dr. Glenn Latham’s work. Jan was elected and served as president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis from 2009 to 2010, and her presidential speech highlighted the ongoing need for behavior analysts to work with individuals with mental health diagnoses. The opportunity to work in the areas of developmental disabilities and 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 interest areas in ABA include working with parents of children with problem behaviors and, more recently, she became certified in organizational behavior management. Jan finds it particularly exciting to teach behavior analysis to students who will go on to use their knowledge to change lives.
Dr. Mosk earned his B.A. 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. Since 1985, 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 United States 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 Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois. He currently works with ABA Technologies, Inc., as a curriculum development specialist and is assisting Florida Tech in the dissemination of the new hybrid Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis. Since 2009, Bryon has taught several different courses in behavior analysis for Florida 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 coauthored 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 of Science in Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas in 1997 and became a 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.
Bobby Newman is the director of Room to Grow and executive director of Long Island Operations for Proud Moments. He is a board certified behavior analyst,
licensed psychologist, and New York State licensed behavior analyst. Bobby is the first author on eleven books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, and utopian literature. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles, and has hosted two series of radio call-in shows. Bobby trains staff and works directly with students in the home. He provides parent training and support services. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. Bobby is past president of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. Bobby is also a certified personal trainer and marathoner and is an ambassador for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.
Mai-Linh Pham earned her Master of Science in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Tech in May 2010 and became a 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. She presently (as of 2015) works at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a senior program specialist.
Josh Pritchard is on the faculty of the Applied Behavior Analysis program at 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 coeditor of its quarterly newsletter, Science in Autism Treatment. He began his career in behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s 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.
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 predoctoral 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 Master 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.
Rodriguez, Manuel "Manny"
M.S., VP - ABA Technologies, Inc.
An accomplished practitioner in the field of organizational behavior management (OBM), Manny has had the opportunity to work with organizations across the globe. Highly regarded by his customers and colleagues alike, he has earned a reputation for supporting organizations to achieve bottom-line business results. His experience spans various industries such as human services, nuclear power, government, oil and gas, chemical, transportation, and telecommunications within the Fortune 1000. Manny provides expert advice to leaders on establishing concrete plans for improving results through behavior change. He is especially skilled at facilitating teams to execute strategic plans and preparing leaders to engage employees to reach their maximum potential. Manny presents regularly at national and international conferences and facilitates various educational events for all audiences on the subject of OBM. He has authored articles on the subject matter of OBM, and is co-author of the book OBM Applied! A Practical Guide to Implementing Organizational Behavior Management.
Schlinger, Henry "Hank," Jr.
Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) from Western Michigan University under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology with Alan Poling. He was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and former director of the M.S. program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published more than 65 scholarly articles and commentaries in more than 20 different journals. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese) and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is a past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst and is on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
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 an 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 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, Mark L.
Mark L. Sundberg received his doctoral 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 and 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 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. Since 2003 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, Illinois, where she received her master of science in 2007 and doctorate in 2010. Dr. Trahan completed her three-year postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at 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 14 years' experience providing trainings and supervision for behavior consultants to provide services to both school districts 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. She has presented a number of times to both national and international professional organizations. Dr. Tu was a part-time lecturer at Florida Institute of Technology. She also serves on the board of directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the board of directors of Best Buddies.
Cherish Twigg holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She cofounded Establishing Operations, Inc., in 2003. As managing partner, she has created and copresented a series of workshops on verbal behavior. Cherish began her consulting career in 1999. Since that time, she has consulted for dozens of families with children with autism across the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom. She provides in-home and center-based consultation services and training workshops for children and professionals throughout the United States, 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 (2015) professor of psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. Van Houten has published extensively in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis on a wide variety of problems, including 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 associate editor for JABA and a fellow of 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.
Dr. Wine became a BCBA in 2007 and received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 2012. Dr. Wine has held positions working with adults with developmental disabilities, developing curricula, and teaching English as a second language and organizational behavior management. Currently, he serves is an assistant professor and site director for Florida Institute of Technology. He conducts research in the area of employee performance and training, as well as conceptual issues in behavior analysis.
Wyatt, 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 10 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 20 years, he published and edited Behavior Analysis Digest International. He is board-certified in forensic psychology and has provided expert testimony more than 100 times.
M.S., BCBA, Lead Co-Instructor
As a member of our team, Carlos is very excited to help disseminate behavior analysis around the world. He is proud to be part of a profession that is dedicated to understanding behavior and improving people’s lives. Carlos has been a co-instructor for our Applied Behavior Analysis professional development program since 2010. He loves teaching our online courses because it allows him to share his passion for behavior analysis with both students and colleagues.
Before joining ABA Technologies, Inc., Carlos was a lead therapist at QuestKids, an early intervention agency, for seven years. During this time, he learned to conduct a number of skill assessments such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB- MAPP), develop verbal behavior programs, teach a variety of skills to children with developmental disabilities, train caregivers and provide supervision.
Carlos is currently (2015) working on a conceptual paper on the different effects of consequences on both behavior and antecedents and is developing an Excel version of the Standard Celeration Chart. Additionally, Carlos helped translate sections of the VB-MAPP into Spanish and has developed Spanish presentations on verbal behavior. Carlos has been a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) since 2007 and received his master’s in applied behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006.
Carlos’ master’s thesis, an evaluation of the high-probability instruction sequence with and without programmed reinforcement for compliance with high-probability instructions, was published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008.