Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

OBM Applied! Co-Instructors

Per BACB® requirements, co-instructors are supervised by Dr. Allison King.
Curran, Ryan

Curran, Ryan
M.S., BCBA

As a behavior analyst, Ryan has been in the field since 2003. He began at FSU in the Performance Management program under Dr. Bailey, then went to FIT for his master’s in applied behavior analysis with Dr. Wilder and Dr. Martinez-Diaz. He has been a BCBA since November 2007. His professional experiences have focused both on clinical applications of ABA as well as organizational behavior management. He has developed a passion for targeting clinical objectives by utilizing organizational behavior management methods. In regard to his clinical focus, he has worked with a wide range of populations (age groups, diagnoses, functioning levels and levels of intensity). As a regional coordinator with PBS Corp., he has had the privilege of developing performance management programs for my team of 80-plus staff and 100-plus clients. He has a passion for research and is regularly looking for opportunities to apply OBM techniques to address clinical objectives while approaching the matter from a research perspective. He believes that it is important to continue to collaborate with others inside and outside of the field to expand research into real-world applications by maintaining the scientist-practitioner model.

Ditzian, Kyle 

Ditzian, Kyle
M.S., BCBA

Kyle Ditzian is a doctoral student at Western Michigan University studying industrial/organizational behavior management and a consultant with Performentor, LLC. His research experience includes a variety of topics such as employee motivation, incentives and strategies for maintaining change. Kyle's work experience spans external consulting with firms such as Reaching Results and the Continuous Learning Group, internal performance improvement within school systems and Kellogg’s and instructional design and delivery for undergraduate-level courses. His work has supported several industries including transportation, education, human services and hospitality through the delivery of advanced training techniques, process improvement, and redesign and performance management. Kyle’s passion is to help organizational leaders achieve maximum potential by motivating and leveraging their employees through the use of behavioral science. Upon completing his Ph.D., Kyle intends to continue his work in developing and supporting organizational change initiatives to improve worker satisfaction, productivity and safety.

Green, Nick
M.S., BCBA

Nick Green is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and focuses on improving the health and fitness of others through practice and research.

His formal education includes a B.A. in Psychology (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., 2006) with a minor in Philosophy and an M.S. in Organizational Behavior Management (Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., 2015). He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, Department of Psychology, with a concentration in behavior analysis.

Nick’s previous experience includes five years of clinical work with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, work within organizations to evaluate and improve processes and management and oversight of the training of small teams. His experience and education bring a unique perspective when designing pro-health solutions. Nick’s main focus and research interest is reducing sedentary behavior (too much sitting) in the workplace. His passion is to “improve human performance and health with behavior analysis.” When Nick is not in a book or writing, he enjoys raising his son Ogden, training his dog Pete, improving productivity, Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit.

Kelley, David

Kelley, David
Ph.D., BCBA

David has a passion for applying the science of behavior to understand and improve leadership behavior in organizations. He has over five years’ experience as an internal consultant providing coaching and training to leaders in healthcare. David currently serves as the director of Business operations for a large ABA services provider in California. David received a M.S. in Organizational Behavior Management and a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. During his free time, David enjoys playing tennis and traveling the world.

King, Allison

King, Allison
Ph.D., BCBA

Allison King’s passion involves getting creative with the science of behavior: connecting its concepts to other (sometimes seemingly unrelated) ideas, applying it to new areas and using that very science to improve how we share it and its innovations with the world. She is able to apply this passion at ABA Technologies, Inc., where she works as the manager of their professional development division. Allison received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, where she currently works as adjunct faculty to train upcoming behavior analysts. She spent the majority of her graduate career focusing on applications of behavior analysis to issues within businesses (organizational behavior management (OBM)). One of her most exciting (and eye-opening) experiences involved providing OBM consulting for a large health system. While there, she earned her Lean Green Belt certification for leading a project to reduce preventable patient falls, developed and taught the health system’s first OBM and behavioral lean workshops and coached hospital leaders on how to apply these methods to enhance patient experience scores to the top 10 percent. 

Mixon, M. Bret

Mixon, M. Bret
M.S., BCBA

Mr. Mixon provides leadership to the Human Resources program at JGMS for the 100-strong employees, and for a joint venture company of an additional 12 scientists. He focuses on the implementation of all employee programs, policies, and procedures with the goal of maintaining the human in human resources through individual interactions with each employee on at least a quarterly basis.

Mr. Mixon has over twenty years of regional and state leadership in the behavioral sciences. His research and strengths in training and motivation have facilitated the development of multiple interdisciplinary teams in education and healthcare. As a certified trainer associate with Tracom Group, Mr. Mixon uses the social styles model to instruct professionals to recognize their communication style and the impact of their style on others in the workplace. Mr. Mixon also brings a rare behavioral analytic perspective to the human resources industry, emphasizing individual and corporate behavior change for maximized efficiency and relationships.

Mr. Mixon has long adopted a servant leadership perspective regarding community involvement.He has volunteer ed at Special Olympics track meets, coached various age levels in competitive baseball, led study groups through his church, taught servant leadership concepts and behaviors to middle school-aged young men, and tutored struggling students. Mr. Mixon has also offered pro bono assessments to families with children with disabilities, conducted speaking engagements relative to behavior strategies and leadership principles, and led efforts to develop community-based autism task forces.

Mr. Mixon enjoys his bride of 29 years, their son and daughter-in-law, and their daughter. He expects himself to "lead his flock" by living out what he says he believes. Mr. Mixon and his wife spend time riding bikes, kayaking, trail running and any other activity that involves a little competition.

Mr. Mixon has presented to groups of various sizes, focusing on such topics as servant leadership and supervision, building proactive shoo l-based autism teams, parenting behavior strategies, pediatric dysphagia diagnoses, and the role of speech-language pathologists in behavior intervention with individuals with autism.

Mr. Mixon is nationally certified as a speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) and as a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and holds Colorado state certificates as a principal and a special services provider.

Postma, Nicole

Postma, Nicole
M.S., BCBA

Nicole Postma is a BCBA who received her Master of Science in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology and received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University. She has been working in the field of behavior analysis for over 10 years. She received extensive training in OBM, both at the undergraduate level, under Dr. John Austin, and at the graduate level, under Dr. Eric Fox and Dr. David Wilder. She received the Chris Anderson research grant through the OBM Network for her master’s thesis that expanded further research in behavior-based safety. Following graduate school, she interned with Continuous Learning Group. In recent years, she has worked in various health and human services settings conducting staff management and training and direct services with adults with disabilities and neurotypical children in foster care and has also worked as a coordinator for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Currently, Nicole works as business development manager for PBS Corp. helping teams around the country build school contracts for school improvement and promoting OBM practice within leadership.

Quay, Donna 

Quay, Donna
M.S.

Donna Quay holds a Master of Science from the University of Otago in Dunedin New Zealand. After studying behavior-based safety during her master’s program, Donna was certain that a career in behavior change was for her. Initially choosing to focus on health and safety, Donna delivered OBM improvement projects across multiple sites for a multinational mining company. In addition to this, Donna has been a mentor for the OBM network and a course instructor for Florida Institute of Technology’s OBM Applied! course. Donna now works as a manager, focusing on safety leadership and culture development for an electricity distribution company in New Zealand.

Sleiman, Andressa
M.S., BCBA

Andressa Sleiman received her master’s in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavioral management (OBM) from Florida Institute of Technology. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of Florida where she is specializing in OBM. Andressa has been in the field of behavior analysis for the past seven years. In that time, she has worked within several settings and with several populations. Most recently, Andressa has worked as an internal consultant for a human service organization where she has conducted assessments to identify strengths and areas of improvement, developed and implemented a staff recognition program and assisted in improving several processes. Andressa is passionate about conducting research to better understand and apply the science of human behavior to improve organizations’ productivity and staff satisfaction.

Therrien, Kelly
M.S., BCBA

Kelly Therrien, M.S., BCBA, is an experienced behavior analyst who has dedicated her work to improving the workplace through organizational behavior management. Kelly has worked with organizations across the United States and Canada, with leaders spanning various industries, such as human services, nuclear power, oil and gas, nonprofit and franchise enterprises.

Currently, Kelly is the product manager for professional development with ABA Technologies, Inc. In this role, Kelly oversees various professional development products aimed at dissemination of the science of human behavior.

Prior to joining ABA Technologies, Kelly worked as a senior consultant and project manager at ALULA, an organizational behavior management consulting firm. In this role, she oversaw a project team to deliver strategic client engagements for a multimillion dollar account. Prior to her project manager role, Kelly served as a member of ALULA’s operations team, playing a vital role in its consultant readiness and delivery function. She provided leadership in ALULA’s consultant training and development method experience and assisted in the selection, onboarding and development of new consultants for ALULA’s accounts, bringing her behavioral science expertise to experienced performance consultants.

Kelly holds an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business from Florida State University.