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Carlos A. Zuluaga
M.S., BCBA 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.
Corey L. Robertson
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
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.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Jan Montgomery 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.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
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 business and politics. Having worked for such a large portion of her career on curriculum development, Mai-Linh finds it incredibly exciting and rewarding to be teaching and to be an active part of the learning process.
Assistant Lead Instructors
Chad E. L. Kinney
Chad Kinney earned his MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2007, and became a BCBA that same year. He first became interested in behavior analysis in 2000 while in undergrad at the University of Florida, and began working as a behavior consultant in homes and schools after graduating in 2003. He earned his BCaBA in 2004, and started working with the Humane Society on dog training, and began working in home with children with autism and developmental disabilities. He also did some direct care staff work with adults at a local ADT, and led an anger management course for court-ordered youth at a local P.A.L. From 2007 to 2009, Chad worked as the lead teacher/program director/principal of a small school for children with autism. Chad has been a co-instructor for the online program since 2007. He is especially interested in the tremendous applications of behavior analysis to general education, counseling, and animal training, and is excited to be teaching in the field.
Christi Reed received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has an extensive background in applying ABA methods in a variety of areas such as homes, schools, companies and in the courtroom as an expert witness in the field of ABA. Ongoing support and protection of the integrity of the field by training quality persons to have better standards of practice and the ability to develop effective and high caliber programming is what motivates Christi in her practice (though she admits chocolate is a close second). Christi looks forward to the opportunity to become more involved in teaching in a more formal environment to help students prepare for certification in ABA.
Jennifer Engheben earned her Master of Science in Education from Mercy College in 2005. She met the BACB’s instructional requirements by completing Florida Institute of Technology’s online professional development course sequence in December of 2008 and received her BCBA in March of 2009. During Jenn’s undergrad years, she volunteered at a shelter for women and children where she worked in both the nursery and after school program - this motivated her to pursue a career in education. She has 11 years of teaching experience. She has also worked as a supervisor and parent trainer since 2005. One of her greatest skills as a co-instructor is her ability to have students actively participate at an intense level while maintaining a relaxed classroom environment. Jenn is excited to inspire future behavior analysts to be compassionate when providing services and remain true to the dimensions of applied behavior analysis.
M.S., BCBA Assistant Lead Co-Instructor
Rob Satterfield, beloved Co-instructor and FL Tech Alumnus passed away of natural causes on Saturday March 29, 2014. His wife, Debbie, survives him. I loved Rob like a son and I am finding it difficult to come up with appropriate words to honor his memory. He was one of my closest colleagues, my former graduate student (class of 2005), and current assistant lead co-instructor for Florida Tech’s ABA Online. He has been one of the true pillars of our ABA Online program for many years, contributing to various teams, such as our curriculum team. Rob was one of the kindest and nicest persons I have had the pleasure to know. His sense of humor always made us laugh even during trying times. Please join me in celebrating his life and mourning his death.
Jose A. Martinez-Diaz, PhD, BCBA-D
Professor and Associate Dean
Florida Tech School of Behavior Analysis
Florida Institute of Technology
Alexander Lorenzo graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in May 2010 with his Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and received his BCBA in the same year. In the past, he has presented a seminar on Teaching Verbal Behavior to children diagnosed with Autism at Florida International University. He is motivated by watching the improvement of behavior, and believes that ABA has life-changing power. While currently employed as the President and Executive Clinical Director at Animate Consulting LLC, Alex has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008.
Alice studied at Auburn University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and graduated in 2010 from California Lutheran University with an MS in Clinical Psychology. In 2012 she completed the FIT ABA online course series and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. She began working with preschool children with autism in 2004, using ABA-based strategies. She continued her work in Los Angeles, using ABA-based interventions in private homes, community, and public and private school settings. As a clinical supervisor she has performed assessments, developed intervention plans, and trained parents, teachers, and staff. This experience has shaped her approach to implementing evidence-based interventions in real-world settings. She is particularly passionate about applied research on early intensive behavior intervention, social skills, communication, and ethical practice. Alice volunteers her time with organizations emphasizing evidence-based practice, and has presented her research at a number of national conferences. She credits FIT for properly preparing her for the BCBA exam and is excited to share the experiences with her students.
Andrew J. Houvouras IV
Andrew Houvouras graduated with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University in 1997 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. Andrew has worked as a behavior analyst since 1998, and has worked for Brevard County Public Schools since 2001. In his current role he is responsible for students’ functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans, provides faculty inservices on various disabilities, participates in child study meetings as part of multi-disciplinary teams, and trains and models interventions for teachers, teaching assistants, students and parents. Additionally, he developed the emergency procedures section of the County Plan Manual, is an annual presenter for special inservices on autism spectrum disorders, and serves as an expert witness for county due process cases. In addition to his work as a behavior analyst, Andrew instructed a graduate-level Applied Behavior Analysis course approved as a preparatory course for the national Board Certification Examinations for Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Associate Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), and co-authored and presented continuing education courses for behavior analysts. His interests lie in behavioral medicine, social skills, and functional analysis, and he has been involved in research regarding reducing safety vests for students and teaching fire safety to children. He looks forward to every class that he teaches and cites ABA as his way of contributing to a better world.
Dr. Angie Querim pursued a career in academia to teach others to be effective consumers of behavioral technology, and ultimately become better-rounded behavior change agents. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in 2012 under the advisement of Dr. Brian Iwata. She received her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2006. Dr. Querim specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. Additionally, she has extensive experience in caregiver training, early intervention, and supervision.
Anita Li graduated in May 2013 from Florida Institute of Technology with her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis, received her BCaBA in 2011 and her BCBA in 2013. Prior to starting her graduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the behavior analysis department at University of Florida in animal training, developmental disabilities, and basic research. She's been a guided tutor for ABA Technologies since 2012, and is motivated by her love of behavior analysis and sharing her knowledge with others in and out of the field. Currently, Anita supervises all consultation work at Lodestone Academy, where she works with staff, children, and adults at a variety of functioning levels-- there, in addition to working with consumers, she provides in-person and remote supervision, consultation work with other professionals, parent training, and staff training. Anita has experience with severe problem behaviors, functional assessments, verbal behavior, early intervention, functional skills, feeding, and instructional design. Anita has a strong background in research as well as disseminating behavior analysis to parents and other professionals. She has presented her research at a variety of conferences. She is also strongly interested in relational frame theory and its applications (ie. ACT), philosophy of behavior, precision teaching, and Direct Instruction. She hopes to bring practical applications to the classroom and is motivated to broaden her students' repertoires.
Bill Carlucci, M.S., BCBA received his Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2009. Currently, Bill is a behavior analyst at Devereux Florida State Inpatient Psychiatric Program in Orlando, FL. Bill is responsible for conducting functional assessments/analyses for individuals ages 12-17 diagnosed with mental health disorders, developing and evaluating behavioral programs, and implementing a campus-wide level system and incentive system. Bill has also worked as a behavior analyst for Devereux Florida Family Care, where he was responsible for conducting assessments, developing, and evaluating behavior programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Bill conducted a 30-hour training in the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to foster parents working with individuals with developmental disabilities. This experience allowed Bill to develop teaching materials, including real world examples to share with students. Shortly after, Bill continued teaching ABA courses to other foster care programs and group home staff members. He enjoyed the experience of tutoring these individuals to assist them as they sat for the BCBA and BCaBA exams. Bill’s diverse clinical experience has provided him with a vast array of experiences to share with his students and the ability to provide everyday examples.
Bryant C. Silbaugh
Bryant C. Silbaugh earned a BA in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU). After SDSU he worked for multiple ABA service delivery agencies in southern California as a behavioral technician and then supervisor. As a behavioral supervisor he designed and supervised behavior intervention programming for children with Autism of all ages in homes, schools and a clinic setting, and was extensively involved in the development of staff training modules and systems for assessing staff performance with clients. Bryant is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Special Education at the University of Texas, Austin, specializing in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He works for a local agency providing behavior intervention to children with Autism, consults with a local school district on using evidence-based best practices in the classroom, and is involved in translational and applied research that relate to behavioral variability, functional communication training and motivation. His extensive background in Autism, scientific training, and passion for disseminating Behavior Analysis and training new professionals in the field make him a valuable asset to our program.
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.
Catalina Rey, MS, BCBA graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2010 and received her BCBA the same year. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. Catalina has several years of experience in behavior analysis and has a strong background in research. She has experience working with foster parents, intensive problem behavior with adolescents living in group homes, and working with young children with autism in early intervention. Finally Catalina has produced a number of publications and presentations on behavior analysis and performance. Her aim is to bring her real life experiences into the classroom to share with others. Catalina is passionate about behavior analysis, finds teaching to be motivational and is excited to be teaching in the field.
Emily Meyer earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Behavior Analysis in December of 2012 and became a BCBA that same year. Before her introduction into behavior analysis, Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Education (with a major in Varying Exceptionalities) through the University of North Florida. Her professional career began in 2004, serving as a public school Special Educator for four years, during which time she earned her first Master’s degree in Education. As a teacher, Emily served children with disabilities in kindergarten through third grade by co-teaching in inclusive classrooms. This environment gave Emily the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in various disciplines including administrators, psychologists, behavior analysts, general and special educators, as well as the parents of the children she taught. Upon her introduction to Jose and his courses in behavior analysis, Emily realized how the understanding of this applied science could have positively impacted her abilities as a teacher. Since that time, Emily has been excited to share the “good news” of behavior analysis with other professionals, especially those working in the field of education. Emily uses her experiences in education to help explain the concepts of behavior analysis to a range of audiences from various backgrounds. This ability is invaluable in her current position as Curriculum and Performance Specialist for ABA Technologies Inc., where she gets to work “behind the scenes” in creating the online courses and in applying behavior analysis in a business setting.
Etti Parnes, MS, BCBA, earned her Master of Science in Special Education from Adelphi University in 2000. She completed her coursework to meet the instructional requirements set by the BACB through Penn State University in 2007, and earned her certification as a BCBA in 2009. Etti has been working in the field of special education since 1993, in both school and home settings. She currently teaches a course on Curricular Assessment and Behavior Management at Mercy College in Brooklyn, NY, and also provides behavioral services at home; she works with students with a range of disabilities and challenging behaviors. She loves empowering future teachers about ABA and is excited about how effective behavior analysis is when used in the classroom setting.
Jamie Duncan-Chapman has over 12 years of experience working with children with disabilities in public and private settings. She earned her Master’s in 2002 from Florida Institute of Technology and also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the same year. She is currently an Instructional Specialist for CSAAC where she evaluates student programs and trains teachers and teaching assistants. Through her work, she has experience designing and developing online courses for various audiences, something she believes will help her as a co-instructor in the online classroom. Jamie has had extensive practice troubleshooting teaching procedures to determine the most effective techniques and has also been responsible for county-wide acquisition and implementation of a web-based professional development and resource program. She has also been a featured speaker in several webinars and workshops on the topic of autism. Jamie anticipates bringing her real-world experience into the real-virtual world to contribute to the next future behavior analysts.
Jessica Dean, M.S., BCBA graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006 and received her BCBA that same year. Jessica specializes in teaching those with developmental disabilities functional communication based on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. She is interested in continuing to expand behavior analysts’ knowledge of the verbal operants and believes that this is an area that applied behavior analysts should have a greater understanding of. In addition to her duties as a co-instructor, Jessica also does behavior analytic work as an independent contractor for Behavior Change Consultants, Inc. and Establishing Operations, Inc. In these roles, Jessica is responsible for the oversight and programming for children and adolescents diagnosed with a developmental disability. She focuses on the acquisition of communication in combination with deceleration of inappropriate behavior and parent training. In terms of teaching future behavior analysts, Jessica’s greatest strength is her ability to take complex concepts and break them down into terms and situations that apply to them. Her students appreciate her availability to them, as well as her ability to relate tough concepts to “real world” situations that we, as behavior analysts, encounter on a daily basis.
K. Sandra MacLeod
K. Sandra MacLeod received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Utah in 2008, she received her BCBA in 2000. She has taught in many different settings and a range of people and backgrounds graduate and undergraduate courses in ABA for teachers at the University of Utah and graduate students in the ABA program at The Chicago School of Psychology. As part of the Behavior Analysis Services program she was a senior behavior analyst and taught caregivers positive parenting strategies. She enjoys enlivening her teaching with examples from clinical work and personal experience, and loves to see the people she works with try a small behavior change intervention and see what happens. Her research has been with students who have difficult backgrounds and are struggling in school. Currently, K. Sandra MacLeod is working in Behavior Consulting. She is always learning and open to new insights, and enjoys seeing the possibilities in the people she works with.
Kaitlynn Gokey received her Masters of Science at Florida Institute of Technology and has a heavy research background on studies with autistic children. She has served as a primary therapist in clinical, home, and school settings, providing 1:1 direct instruction as well as natural environment teaching and shadowing. These positions have included performing functional assessments, writing programs and reports, collecting and interpreting data, and training family and staff on a behavior plan. Kaitlynn loves teaching and lives for that “Aha!” moment when a student learns a pivotal or challenging new concept. Teaching, for Kaitlynn, is a way to broaden one’s impact on the world, a way to leave a legacy and improve lives beyond a person’s direct reach.
Katie earned her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has worked in the field since 2001, primarily in the assessment and treatment of children with autism and related developmental disabilities. She has worked with individuals, age 18 months through 25 years old, in a variety of settings, including center-based programs, university and hospital-based clinics, public schools, community settings and home programs. Katie's research interests include improving learning efficiency, trouble-shooting ineffective procedures, verbal behavior and staff training. Katie is passionate about Behavior Analysis and loves teaching students who want to learn about our field.
Kimballee Cheung, MS, BCBA, earned her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2009, and became a BCBA the same year. She did her undergraduate in Psychology at Southern California University of Professional Studies, and graduated in 2006. Kimballee began working in ABA in 1999, when she worked as a behavior specialist for Alex Dominguez & Associates, which later became Dominguez Group Home. In 2003 she became a behavior service coordinator for Dominguez Group Home, and she worked in this position for 7 years. From there she became the Program Director, and has directed all operations of four residential group homes since 2010. She is passionate about developing better training/teaching skills to facilitate the success of children and adults in and across all areas.
Kristin K. Myers-Kemp
Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement
Kristin Myers-Kemp graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2005 and received her BCBA the same year. After spending several years “in the field” Kristin returned to FL Tech to pursue a Ph.D under Dr. David Wilder. Kristin received a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis in July of 2011. Upon graduation Kristin returned to her previous position as the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement for ABA Technologies, Inc in conjunction with FL Tech’s own ABA Online Program. She has worked for the University of Florida Behavior Analysis Services Program, providing training on Behavior Intervention Plans to caregivers, as well as writing Behavior Intervention Plans and overseeing their implementation. Kristin has also acted as a liaison for dependent children receiving treatment in DCF programs, community providers and other partners to develop, access, and network behavioral resources for children and families. She has been a co-instructor for the ABA Online Program since 2007 although most of her time is dedicated overseeing the curriculum rather than teaching. Her research interests include behavior analysis in education through educational programs, including maximizing effectiveness of education through curriculum design, the effect of effort on behavior and childhood compliance.
Kristin M. Albert
M.Ed., NYS LBA, BCBA
Kristin Albert earned her B.A. in psychology from Allegheny College in 2004 and her M.Ed. in special education from Penn State University in 2007. She will begin pursuing her Ph.D. in behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology in the fall of 2015. She has been working in home-, school-, and center-based programs using applied behavior analysis and B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to teach children with autism since 2004. Kristin became a BCBA in 2008. She has experience with verbal behavior, discrete trial instruction, natural environment teaching, direct instruction, behavior intervention plans, descriptive assessment, and supervision/tutoring towards board certification as a behavior analyst. She has published research on using an interrupted chain procedure to increase manding, joint control, and a behavioral analysis of eye contact. She also has experience with developing and implementing staff management and training procedures, performance management programs, and data-based decision protocols. Kristin has previously served as the Assistant Director at the Carbone Clinic and currently serves as an OutReach Consultant who travels to a number of public school classrooms to provide training to classroom staff. She is passionate about teaching others about behavior analysis and verbal behavior.
Leigh Wooten graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, in 2000. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005, and also is a Licensed School Psychologist. Leigh has provided School Psychological and Behavior Analytic services to the Osceola County School District for over thirteen years. Working in the School District, Leigh provides behavioral consultation and training to teachers, administrators and parents, and oversees the implementation of behavior plans. Leigh’s specialized training in the assessment of individuals with developmental disabilities, allows her to develop effective behavior intervention for students, sensitive to their specific areas of need. Leigh has worked for community agencies, as a Behavior Analyst, in the Orlando area, and has provided Supervision for individuals seeking their Board Certifications in Behavior Analysis. She formerly taught Behavior Analysis for the University of West Florida, and enjoys providing an engaging and interactive learning environment for her students, who are working towards a common goal of improving the quality of life for their clients.
Marc earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University and M. S. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he was a postdoc at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. He has taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses in ABA and has conducted basic and applied research. He has extensive experience providing behavior analysis services to individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities in home, clinic, and school settings. Marc’s main areas of interest are teaching functional communication skills to children with autism, behavioral pharmacology, and staff training/management. He is currently Senior Clinical Manager with Easter Seals Bay Area’s Autism Project where he oversees the operations of the clinical programs in the Pleasant Hill, CA office. Finally, he has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a textbook chapter, and presented at state and national conferences.
Matt Potak graduated with his Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and has over 10 years of experience working in the field of Behavior Analysis. Matt is currently serving as the president of the Bay Area Association for Behavior Analysis and also serves on the Legislature committee for the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. As an instructor he brings a diverse background that includes working with individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injury, sex offenders, developmental disorders, and Autism. Matt brings many experiences throughout his career to the classroom that he believes can help others retain concepts, principles, and how to apply them in real life settings. He owns his own practice and is excited to teach and to make a difference in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Melissa Knoll graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCBA in 2007. She has experience working in the field of autism and other related disabilities, and is most interested in working with clients with severe behavioral disorders and rare diagnoses, and has been privileged to work with a few rare cases including Prader Willi and Phelan Mcdermid Syndrome. Melissa has researched stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure on a 3-year-old autistic male and also has worked to develop a hand-held computer used to assist caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease in their daily living. She has worked as a behavior analyst working with children with developmental disabilities for organizations such as Florida Tech Behavioral Services, Quest Kids, Inc., and PRBAI. Melissa loves working with and teaching students, to help them become confident and knowledgeable behavior analysts.
Michael Cripe graduated with a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2008 and received his BCBA in 2008. He had previously been a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst since 1988. Michael has worked with special populations for 30 years, in a number of behaviorally based programs. From 1988 to 1996, he served as a Behavior Specialist assigned to special projects at Tacachale, a large developmental services institution in Gainesville, Florida where he oversaw implementation of Azrin-Foxx toilet training programs and was the staff liaison to the University of Florida’s Demonstration Project on Self-Injurious Behavior. In 1996, he was hired by Dr. Michael Stoutimore as one of a team of behavior analysts on a new project to provide behavior analysis services to dependent children and their caregivers in Hillsborough County, Florida. He continued working in child welfare with the Behavior Analysis Services Program until its end in 2008. Michael has consulted with practitioners from other disciplines throughout his career and enjoys providing a behavior analytic perspective to colleagues from other backgrounds. His areas of interest include behavior analytic approaches to issues in child welfare, delinquency and education. He currently provides services to a broad spectrum of children, adults and families in the Tampa area.
Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the Scott's Center for Autism Treatment
Dr. Mike Kelley entered academia with the desire to train the next generation of behavior analysts. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, autism and translation research.
Dr. Kelley is both a BCBA-D and licensed psychologist. He has extensive experience treating children who suffer from self-injurious behavior. He has worked with 4 former editors of JABA and published over 30 peer-reviewed articles.
Before serving Florida Tech as the Executive Director of the Scott's Center for Autism Treatment, Dr. Kelley was the Director of the Severe Behavior Disorders Program at the University of Nebraska's Munroe-Meyer Institute. He also served as the Co-Chair of the institute's Doctoral Program in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Kelley has been awarded the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award in August 2010 for exceptional promise for behavioral research within 7 years of receiving a doctorate.
Paula Leonardo graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2003 and received her BCBA in 2004. Since 2001 Paula has worked as a Behavior Analysts for three consulting firms and served on the faculty of the University of South Florida for five years as a Behavior Analyst with the Behavior Analysis Serviced Program (BASP), in partnership with the Department of Children and Families. In this capacity, Paula’s role included providing services to families experiencing behavior issues with the children or foster children who were living with them. Paula has experience working with children with mental health issues or development issues, and has assisted in the development of behavior management programs for local group homes and mental health facilities. Paula also has five years of experience providing parenting training for caregivers in the community. She currently holds the additional duties of assisting in developing curriculum for parent training, providing behavior management training for parents, teenage mothers, and inmates in jail awaiting re-entry into the community. Paula is motivated by the fact that as a CBA, she can make a huge difference in people’s lives and the world.
Robert J. Ryan Jr.,
Robert Ryan graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Tech in 2007 and received his BCBA in 2008. He has experience in verbal behavior, functional assessment and analysis, behavior support plans, discrete trail training, natural environment teaching, precision teaching, direct instruction, and assessment of basic language and learning skills, but considers verbal behavior his specialty and the area he is most interested in. Robert has held various positions as a behavior analyst including District Behavior Analysis for the Osceola County Public Schools where he developed programs and training for school and district level staff, and administrated district cases for implementation of programs and student placement changes. He has also been the CEO and President of Behavior & Communication Therapy, Inc., a Behavior Analysist company consulting with individual families and institutions specializing in individual student and employee goals, providing training, management and organization for those who are working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Robert has always thought that ABA is a critical component of teaching; it defines, describes, and prescribes what good teaching is.
Sharin Smolenyak graduated with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1974, became a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst in 1987 and received her BCBA in 2003. She worked at the Children’s Mental Health Autistic In-patient Unit at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, and has had 33 years of experience working at a Florida Developmental Services Institution with individuals juvenile to geriatric. Sharin was a Certified Behavior Analyst on-call for behavior emergencies for seven years for an institution of 550 residents. She provided behavioral services in Florida District 3 for ten years in group homes, foster homes, schools, ARC’s, and aging and adult services placements. She has worked for the past two years as a Clinical Behavioral Specialist F/C at the Seguin Unit male forensic facility for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Sharin is proud and enthused to be a co-instructor, and to have a role in contributing to the quality of Applied Behavior Analysis services that are provided.
Tara Loughrey graduated with her doctorate in Behavior Analysis from Florida Tech in 2012 and received her BCBA in 2010. Tara has worked in the field of ABA for over eight years. Since completing her doctorate, she has been involved in various research projects and held several clinical positions. Her specializations are teaching verbal behavior, early intensive behavioral intervention, and training staff and parents. She has become increasingly interested in research examining efficient teaching practices for early intervention and training parents to act as interventionists. Currently, Dr. Loughrey is coordinating a research project at Munroe-Meyer evaluating the independent and combined efficacy of melatonin and faded bedtime with response cost to treat sleep disturbances with children with autism spectrum disorders. Because of her interest in the dissemination of ABA she is excited to share her knowledge, expertise, and passion of applied behavior analysis with others.
M.S., BCBA, Director of Special Projects
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.
Valeria Parejo graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. She began her career in the field of ABA in 2002, and while working full-time as a Behavior Analyst, she completed FIT’s Master’s program in Orlando. After graduation, she was invited to serve as a member of the Hillsborough LRC, which reviews behavior plans of the area’s providers to ensure that ethical guidelines are followed and best practices are upheld.
William "Tim" Courtney
Tim Courtney graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that same year. He has worked as a behavior analyst since 2003 with different organizations such as the Brevard County Public Schools, The Transformations School of Autism, and currently, the Columbus Organization / Outreach Services of Indiana. In addition to his work as a behavior analyst, Tim has a plethora of instructional experience. He has been a co-instructor for Florida Institute of Technology since 2007, created a one-hour Autism curriculum for first responders and law enforcement throughout the state of Indiana, provides a two-day training in Positive Behavior Support throughout the state of Indiana, and is a BCBA Remote Supervisor, providing international supervision based on BACB standards. Tim’s research interests include functional assessment, medical and dental avoidance and escape behavior, verbal behavior, and dissemination of the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. He recently began working with the Indiana University’s dental program training dentists and dental hygienists how to behaviorally address avoidance and escape-maintained behavior. Serving as a co-instructor allows him the opportunity to stay on top of the latest innovative information, while sharing his experiences and teaching students best practices in the field of ABA.