Faculty Profiles

Leon, Yanerys

Assistant Professor and Site Director
School of Behavior Analysis

Educational Background

BS, Psychology, University of Florida (2007)

MA, Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010)

PhD, Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology (2012)

Recognition & Awards

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral

Current Courses

BEH 5022, Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis

BEH 5023, Introduction to the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

BEH 5024: Conceptual Analysis of Behavior

BEH 5025: Intensive Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis

BEH 5027: Capstone in Applied Behavior Analysis

Professional Experience

Previous Academic Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor, April 2014 to October 2014
Florida International University
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Visiting Assistant Professor, August 2012 to April 2014
Florida International University
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Previous Professional Experience

Severe Behavior Disorders Clinic Case Supervisor, August 2010 to July 2012The Scott Center for Autism Treatment and Florida Institute of Technology

Behavior Data Specialist, Clinical Specialist I / II Research Assistant II, June 2007 to July 2010
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Neurobehavioral Unit

Additional Duties

Site Director of the Hybrid Master's in Professional Behavior Analysis Program in Miami, Florida at World Evolve. 

Current Research

An Evaluation of Stimulus Delivery Arrangements on Staff Performance in a Simulated Work Setting

Further Evaluation of Delayed Primary and Conditioned Reinforcers

An Evaluation of Staff Implementation of Common Behavioral Interventions 

Establishing Tokens as Conditioned Reinforcers for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Evaluating the Effects of Advance Notice on Problem Behavior Occasioned by Interruption of Ongoing Activities


Selected Publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leon, Y., Borrero, J. C., & DeLeon, I. G. (in press). A parametric analysis of delayed primary and conditioned reinforcers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Tyner, S., Brewer, A., Helman, M., Leon, Y., Pritchard, J., & Schlund, M. (2016). Nice Doggie!
Contact Desensitization Plus Reinforcement Decreases Dog Phobias for Children with Autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9, 54-57.

Leon, Y., Wilder, D., Majdalany, L., Myers, K. & Saini, V. (2014). Errors of omission and commission during alternative reinforcement of compliance: The effects of varying levels of treatment integrity. Journal of Behavioral Education, 23, 19-33.

Leon, Y., Lazarchick, W. N., Rooker, G. W. & DeLeon, I. G. (2013). Assessment of problem behavior occasioned by disruption of ritualistic toy arrangements in a child with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 1-5.

Watts, A., Wilder, D., Gregory, M., Leon, Y, & Ditzian, K. (2013). The effect of rules on differential reinforcement of other behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 680-684.

Wilder, D., Fischetti, A., Myers, K., Leon, Y., & Majdalany, L. (2013). The effects of response effort on compliance among preschool children. Behavioral Interventions, 28, 241-250.

Fischetti, A. T., Wilder, D. A., Myers, K., Leon-Enriquez, Y., Sinn, S., & Rodriguez, R. (2012). An evaluation of evidence-based interventions to increase compliance among children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 859-863.

Frank-Crawford, M.A., Borrero, J. C., DeLeon, I. G., Nguyen, L. M., Leon-Enriquez, Y., & Webster, A. C. (2012). Disruptive effects of contingent food on high-probability behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 143-148.

Wilder, D., Myers, K., Fischetti, A., Leon, Y., Nicholson, K. & Allison, J. (2012). An analysis of modifications to the three-step guided compliance procedure necessary to achieve compliance among preschool children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 121-130.

Leon, Y., Kahng, S., Hausman, N. L., & Becraft, J. (2010). Further examination of discriminated functional communication. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 525-530.