Angelina M. works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, specializing in assessing and treating children and adolescents with autism, down-syndrome, and other developmental delays. She began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006, following her youngest brother’s autism diagnosis, and has since worked with dozens of children and families. She also writes a blog about her experiences as both a professional and a big sister. Her brother, Dylan, remains her most powerful inspiration for helping others who face similar challenges.
Learn more about Angelina and her blog, The Autism Onion.
Areva Martin is one of the nation’s leading voices in the media. An attorney, legal and social issues commentator and talk show host, she is an audience favorite on a long list of shows from Dr. Phil to AC 360. A recurring guest host on The Doctors, Areva is a regular on Dr. Drew, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nancy Grace, The Michael Smerconish Show, CNN International, CNN Tonight. A Harvard Law School graduate, Areva is the founding partner of Martin & Martin, LLP. She represents clients in high-stakes civil and disability rights and employment litigation. She has been identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the last 3 years. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading autism and children’s rights advocates, she is the founder of Special Needs Network, Inc. and the author of an Amazon best-selling book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs. (Penguin 2010).
Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA has the unique and distinguished experience of studying the principles of applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University’s internationally recognized program. For the past 26 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large scale change across school districts, fortune 500 companies using principles of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), and across individual learners. Brett has been a OBM consultant in Morgantown WV, an instructor at West Virginia University, a guest lecturer at numerous universities, a speaker on multiple Comcast Newsmakers TV programs, an expert witness in due process hearings, has publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has been in in executive leadership positions across schools and residential programs nationwide. In addition to an award from South Jersey Biz Magazine for “Best Places to Work,” an award for “Best of Families” in Suburban Magazine, and the distinguished “Top Ranked U.S. Executives” award, Brett’s proudest accomplishment is being a role model and father for his daughter and two stepchildren (one of which has autism). Brett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Wilhite, M.A., BCBA has always wanted to better understand the world around us. As a television journalist, Chelsea worked her way up the ranks to produce the number one rated television news broadcast in the Fresno television market, an area covering five California counties. Along the way, she won two regional news Emmys and a Radio and Television News Directors Award for best news producer. In an effort to further her understanding of natural phenomena, Chelsea left television after more than a decade, turning to Behavior Analysis. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno. While behavior science research and instruction is now her primary interest, Chelsea never lost her passion for journalism and regularly contributes to behavior science oriented blogs, magazines, and newsletters.
Daniel B. Sundberg, PhD, is a behavior analyst dedicated to creating meaningful change for individuals and organizations using the science of human behavior. Dan has worked in a variety of organizations, including non-profits. Additionally, Dan spent two years as a university lecturer, teaching undergraduate students how to improve the workplace with behavior analysis
Dan earned his B.A. in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, M.S. in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and Ph. D. in Industrial/ Organizational Behavior Management from Western Michigan University. During this time, some of the best thinkers in behavior analysis and OBM mentored Dr. Sundberg as an academician and business professional.
Dan is currently Regional Manager of Consulting Services at ABA Technologies, where he helps to develop and deliver OBM consulting services. Dan is also a guest reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and in his spare time he creates behavior-based products that allow people to manage their time and accomplish their goals. He also has a special interest in building effective work practices and cultures for start-up companies, and increasing the positive effects of organizations working towards an environmentally sustainable future.
Dave Nussbaum is a Social Psychologist (PhD Stanford, 2008). He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He serves as the Director of Communications for the Behavioral Science & Policy Association, and blog editor for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Follow me on twitter @davenuss79
David Sponder is a Licensed Education Psychologist who has been working with Individuals with Special Needs for over 30 years. In addition to the L.E.P., David holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Teacher Specialist Credential for Children with Severe Handicapping Conditions. His specialty is working with children with developmental, emotional, psychiatric and behavioral issues. He is the only person in the world who obtained certification in the three major approaches to working with Autism Spectrum disorders: ABA, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-Based (DIR/Floortime) methods.
Deanna Picon is founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC, which provides personalized guidance, support and seminars for parents of special needs children. She is a parent of a non-verbal, young man with autism. Deanna is the author of “The Autism Parents’ Guide to Reclaiming Your Life,” which is available at www.amazon.com. She can be reached through her website at www.yourautismcoach.com.
Emaley McCulloch, M.Ed, BCBA co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC in 2008, and is currently the Vice President of Relias Institute at Relias Learning. Relias Learning is the premier provider of online health care training for Health and Human Services, Senior Care and Public Safety. Emaley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds an MA in Special Education. She has served in the field of ABA for over 18 years and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is elearning, staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, research, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Emily Suski is an Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina School of Law Previously, she has taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Georgia State University College of Law. She teaches, researches, and writes in the area of education law, disability law, and family law.
Professor Suski received her J.D., M.S.W., and B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Suski's research and scholarship centers on the responsibilities and obligations of institutions, including schools and families, for children as well as people with disabilities. Her articles on these topics have been published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, the UCLA Women's Law Journal, and the Cleveland State Law Review.
Professor Suski was also a staff attorney with the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Eric Jager is the parent of a 13-year-old with autism and the Managing Principal of SpeakerSelect, a conference company which develops programs to serve the autism and general disability communities. The New Jersey Conference on Disability and Employment, scheduled for October 5, 2015, is a new event for families, educators, employers and service providers. The conference will focus on the practical information necessary to find or create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Gail completed a Bachelor of Psychology with first class honours and the University Medal at the University of Sydney in 2009. She then worked as a clinical trials coordinator, facilitating projects investigating the effects of intranasal oxytocin to treat social impairments in a variety of psychiatric disorders, including youth with autism spectrum disorder. Her PhD research at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, investigated the behavioural and physiological correlates of social anxiety disorder. Gail is funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Autism Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia. A list of publications can be found here: http://bit.ly/1O4jQ8m
Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University
My research interests are in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, with particular focus on the effects of human activities on wildlife, animal cognition and the behavioural ecology of large herbivores. I have studied African elephants for over a decade, addressing questions on foraging and movement ecology as well as investigating the detailed social and ecological knowledge of elephant family groups and their matriarchs. The research that I have conducted on elephant cognition has involved extensive use of acoustic playbacks, whereby animal vocalisations are broadcast to study the responses of elephants to social and ecological threats. More recently, I have applied these playback techniques to understand the effects of anthropogenic noise - a growing source of environmental disturbance - on animal behavior and wildlife ecology. I am also interested in the role that large herbivores play in ecosystem function and structure in natural and human altered habitats.
Golembiewski's PhD was titled "There’s something in my head (but it’s not me). The complex relationship between the built environment and schizophrenia – from aetiology to recovery." He has delivered 21 research papers and articles, for which he has received a dozen awards.
Golembiewski's research area is translational - meaning it takes from one discipline to apply to another - the result is that his research is very broad - looking into architecture, urban design, psychology, media and medicine.
He is a chair of the 2013 International Academy Awards for Health and Design.
My research investigates human social cognition and behavior, with a focus on cooperation and morality. I integrate approaches from psychology, experimental economics, and evolutionary game theory. I’m interested in questions like: Why do humans condemn others for immoral or selfish behavior? How do we select collaborative interaction partners, and signal our quality as prospective partners? Why do we hate hypocrites?
Professor Judith Chelius Stark is Professor of Philosophy and Co-director of Environmental Studies Program at Seton Hall University.
Professor Stark's areas of specialization are the philosophy of Augustine of Hippo, feminist theories, and environmental issues. She co-edited and wrote an interpretive essay (with Joanna V. Scott) for Hannah Arendt: Love and Saint Augustine (University of Chicago Press, 1996). She also edited a volume of essays for the series Re-reading the Canon entitled Feminist Interpretations of Augustine (Penn State University Press, 2007). She recently contributed a chapter on Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen that was published in An Unconventional History of Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers (Rowman Littlefield, 2008).
Her articles on ecological and human rights issues have been published in Philosophy and Geography and the Journal of Applied Ethics. Her current research focuses on ethics and global climate change.
Julia H. Fiebig, PhD, BCBA was inspired to begin a career in behavior analysis in 1998 as a music student interested in the influence of learned practice of an art on perception of talent. While she still pursues music and writing, her education in behavior analysis shaped other interests and she now consults in organizational, clinical, and educational settings. She is committed to work related to organizational and community sustainability, leadership, consensus-based community practices, and global climate change issues. She is a faculty member in the Applied Behavior Analysis department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and currently serves as the chair for ABAI’s Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) special interest group. Julia is also experienced and passionate about her work facilitating international summer camps with the aim of teaching young people to have better human relations and engage in responsible community living. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer is an Assistant Research Professor of Computation, Organizations and Society at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Pfeffer’s co-authored the textbook “Studying Social Networks” with Hennig, Brandes and Mergel. Pfeffer is a member of the editorial board of the journals “Connections” and Chief Editor of the journal “Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory”.
Pfeffer’s main focus of research is related to algorithmic and methodological challenges emerging from the analysis of large-scale dynamic socio-cultural systems. He combines network analysis theories and methods with up-to-date science from a diverse array of scientific fields.
Derek Ruths receives funding from SSHRC, NSERC, NSF, Public Safety Canada. He consults for Facebook.
Expert Autism Educator, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Applied Behavior Analysis instructor. For over 20 years, Karen has been helping people all over the world with autism improve their communication abilities with her unique new teaching method, I CAN! In 2015, she invented and launched “I Can Have Conversations With You!™,” a life-changing social language therapy system for the iPad to help people with autism make sense of words, gestures, and feelings to have confident conversations while building stronger social relationships. Learn more at www.iCanForAutism.com.
Kari Dunn Buron taught in the K-12 public school system with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years and was a founding member of the MN Autism Project. She developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and is on the Advisory Board for the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Life College in MN and the Autism Society of MN. In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the area of Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging behaviors. Kari has presented her work both nationally and internationally and in 2012, she was inducted into the Illinois State University Department of Education Hall of Fame.
Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition) and Social Behavior and Self-Management. She is the author of When My Worries Get Too Big (Revised Edition and winner of the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award), A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control, A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner), and Adalyn’s Clare. Kari is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA literary award winner) and is currently writing a social skills curriculum based on her magazine, The Social Times. Kari’s books can be found on the Autism Asperger Publishing Company website: www.aapcpublishing.net.
Kari began her PhD in Social Psychology in 2015. She is interested in understanding how best to promote mindsets that increase psychosocial well-being, with a particular emphasis on understanding compassionate mindsets in various populations. Kari received her BA from Emory University in 2012. After graduation, Kari spent two years as the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership and coordinated the visit of the Dalai Lama to Emory in 2013. Kari also spent a year studying wintertime mindset above the Arctic Circle in Norway under a Fulbright research grant. In her spare time, Kari enjoys visiting her friends abroad and reading fiction novels.
Leanne Page, M.Ed, BCBA has worked with kids with disabilities and their parents in a variety of settings for over 10 years. She has taught special education classes from kindergarten-grade 12, from self-contained to inclusion. Leanne has also managed a center providing ABA services to children in 1:1 and small group settings. She has extensive experience in school and teacher training, therapist training, parent training, and providing direct services to children and families in a center-based or in-home therapy setting. Since becoming a mom, Leanne has a new mission to share behavior analytic practices with a population she knows needs it- all moms of littles! Leanne does through her site parentingwithaba.org and through her book ‘Parenting with Science: Behavior Analysis Saves Mom’s Sanity”. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Manny Rodriguez, M.S. has over ten years experience, working with organizations across the globe within the Fortune 1000. He is an accomplished practitioner in the field of Behavior Analysis, highly regarded by his customers and colleagues alike. Manny is especially skilled at facilitating business teams to execute strategic plans and preparing leaders to engage employees to reach their maximum potential. Manny holds the position of Director of Continuing Education and Product Development for ABA Technologies, a pioneer in online professional development of behavior analysts, and is also the President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.
Manny Rodriguez and ABA Technologies, Inc provides products and services for Behavior Analysts and the general public. Online Professional Development in ABA, Coaching/Mentoring Behavior Analysts, Speaking engagements such as Workshops/Seminars/Webinars, and Expert Consulting in ABA, OBM, Instructional Design and Teaching Behavior Analysis. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D is a Professor and Coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. For the past five years he has also served as the Director of an SIU initiative (Behavioral Consultant Group) to infuse behavior analysis within schools, alternative education, and residential facilities serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mark also runs a behavioral therapy clinic (Project HEALTH) for persons suffering from problem gambling or obesity. Dr. Dixon has published 3 books, over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, and delivered over 300 presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Dixon is recognized as one of the most skilled programmers of behavior analysis research and data collection systems worldwide. His software has been distributed across many countries and has been translated into foreign languages. Mark has been the Editor of the peer-reviewed journals Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine and Analysis of Gambling Behavior. He is also a former Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Mark’s research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, PBS, and the Southern Illinoisan. Most recently Dr. Dixon has starting directing an animal learning laboratory to the BAT Program to allow for nonhuman research that models the applied challenges of brain injury, dementia, and autism.
Matt O’Keefe is a freelance writer who creates original online content for organizations such as Minnesota Life College – www.minnesotalifecollege.org, a vocational school for young adults with learning differences, and entertainment media outlet The Beat, which was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 25 Blogs. View his portfolio at mattokeefe.net.
Matthew G. Springer is director of the federally-funded National Center on Performance Incentives and assistant professor of public policy and education. Professor Springer's research focuses on education policy, with a particular focus on the impact of policy innovations on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes. His current research includes studies of the impact of teacher pay for performance on student achievement and teacher turnover, mobility, and quality; the strategic resource allocation decision-making of schools in response to No Child Left Behind; the impact of school finance litigation on resource distribution; and the role of school choice in contemporary education policy.
Springer's research is funded by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Texas Education Agency. He recently served on the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education's roundtable on teacher and principal performance pay programs. He has also worked on several advisory committees charged with designing performance-based compensation systems for teachers and/or principals at the state and district level, and conducted analyses of school finance systems in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina.
Mike Pottenger has a background in political science, economics, history and finance, with a PhD examining the international political economy of corruption and organised crime. He is currently conducting research macroeconomic policy responses to crises, wealth inequality, and behavioural economics and public policy.
He lectures at the University of Melbourne, teaching subjects in the field of political economy.
The editors of My ABA Today Magazine collect the most relevant and timely articles from around the web and republish them with the express permission of other publications involved in the fields of behavior analysis and autism and related disorders. In addition, we feature articles written by members of our organization as well as by our friends and colleagues, who offer their own insights into a variety of topics.
Nick is a social psychologist whose interests include prejudice, psychiatric classification and refugee mental health. His books include Psychology in the Bathroom, Introduction to Personality and Intelligence, Yearning to Breathe Free: Seeking Asylum in Australia, and Introduction to the Taxometric Method.
Priscilla Vega Vargas lives in New York. Priscilla is married and they have a beautiful six-year-old daughter named Sophia. Priscilla been working for New York Presbyterian Hospital for Rehabilitation Sports Medicine. Once Sophia was diagnosed with PDD she became passionate about autism. She is focusing on her degree in child ABA in Psychology at Kaplan University. Gaining a lot of research Priscilla wants to become an enthusiastic Parent Advocate. Priscilla been spending a lot of time setting up her own blog called sophievoice, so not only she can help people in New York but from all over. She also into having her own you tube channel to help parent with autism.
Rachel completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in psychology at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), for which she was awarded the university medal for academic excellence in 2008. In 2011 she was awarded her PhD in cognitive psychology from QUT.
Currently Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania. In addition to cognitive psychology, her research interests include cyberpsychology, psychological assessment, and emotion.
Rebecca Walker Reczek, Christopher A. Summers, Robert W. Smith
Rebecca Walker Reczek is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Dr. Reczek’s research focuses on the area of consumer behavior. Specifically, her research has explored consumer lay theories and inference making, social influence, and self-perceptions. Given her interest in consumer well-being, she has explored these theoretical interests in the substantive domains of food and health decision making, sustainability, and ethical decision making. Current projects continue to explore these areas, as well as consumer behavior in an online environment.
Chris is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in marketing. He will join the University of South Carolina as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2016.
Chris is advised by Rebecca Walker Reczek. In his dissertation, he empirically investigates how behaviorally targeted advertisements affect consumer self-perceptions and behavior.
Prior to joining the PhD program, Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University. To view a current CV or get in touch with him, please visit his website at www.casummers.com
Robert Smith received his Ph. D. in Marketing and joined the faculty at Ohio State in 2013. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Dr. Smith worked as a copywriter for JWT and marketer for several nonprofits. He has two primary streams of research in consumer decision making. In one, he explores the categorization and the perceived unity of groups. In the other, he studies inferences into mind and memory performance. Dr. Smith explores these theoretical variables in a variety of substantial domains including charitable giving and services. His research has appeared in The Journal of Consumer Research and The Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has received a variety of awards for his research, including the JCP Young Contributor Award and the Haring Symposium Best Paper Award. Dr. Smith currently teaches the Consumer Behavior course at Ohio State.
Ron Sandison works full-time in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is a task force member for the Autism Society’s Faith Initiative. Sandison has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and Charisma House is publishing his book on 4/5/16, A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom. Ron and his wife, Kristen, reside in Rochester Hills, MI, with their pet rabbit, Babs, and cat, Frishma. You can contact Ron on Facebook or email him at email@example.com
Sam Flatman is an outdoor learning specialist and an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Play. Sam has been designing school playground equipment for the past 10 years and has a passion for outdoor education. He believes that outdoor learning is an essential part of child development, which should be integrated into the school curriculum at every opportunity.
Pentagon’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PentagonPlayUK
Pentagon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PentagonPlayUK
Sarah Kupferschmidt realized that Behavior Analysis was her calling when she first started working with children with autism in 1999. Once she discovered its effectiveness and the impact it had in helping children with autism and their families, it inspired her to pursue a Masters of Arts in Psychology, with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Not only does Sarah enjoy working directly with children with autism, she’s also very passionate about empowering others with the most effective tools to teach children with autism. She has been training staff and clinicians, and coaching parents on how to do this since she started. She is also passionate about the science and research behind the tools that she advocates for. In partnership with Brock University, Sarah is currently involved in a research project which involves the evaluation of a parent training package that will help empower parents with tools to teach his/her child with autism important safety skills. She has been a Part-Time or Adjunct Professor since 2005 teaching ABA courses. Sarah also regularly presents workshops to parents, therapists, and/or educators on a variety of topics related to teaching or working with individuals with autism. Sarah is a Huffington Post Contributor, a TEDx speaker, and was named Top Safety Contributor for Autism Parenting Magazine in 2014 and Top Behavior Analysis Writer for 2015. Visit her site: sarahkconsulting.com
Scott is the founder and Lead Trainer at SixFlex Training and Consulting. After six years in academia, he left to pursue his passion of training leaders and managers to create, manage, and communicate in work environments where people are productive, excited, and vital. As a course designer, he grounds his curricula in cutting edge research in language and thinking as well as decades of research in operant performance. As a trainer, he is an engaging and powerful speaker who makes learning fun and exciting. You can visit his company site at www.SixFlexTraining.com, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Autism in Education (AIE) Partnership
The Autism in Education (AIE) Partnership is an inter-provincial partnership among the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) with the aim of enhancing access to best educational practices in the area of autism across Atlantic Canada. The mission of this inter-provincial partnership is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of autism spectrum disorder in the area of educational instruction and practices.
Shelley McLean, M.Ed., BCBA, serves as the Coordinator of the AIE Partnership. You may contact her at email@example.com
Siobhán Wilcox is a stress management expert, best-selling author and speaker. Originally from Ireland she now lives in Encinitas, CA. She is passionate about supporting fellow parents of special needs children. Her transformational book ‘Thrive Now Blueprint’ is available on Amazon and Kindle. To date she has supported the Special Olympics in Europe, Kids Included Together and other non-profits and special needs groups around the world. Visit her site www.SiobhanWilcox.com to download free gifts and discover more about her upcoming ‘Special Moms Tribe’ Spa Events and Mentoring Programs that she is co-hosting with fellow author and autism specialist Chantal Sicile-Kira.
Southeast Psych is one of the largest and most innovative private psychology practices in the nation. For us, psychology isn’t just for someone with a problem. It’s for anyone who wants to have a better life- better relationship, more balance, and greater purpose. We have taken psychology beyond traditional therapy and assessment, and offer presentations, webinars, podcasts, videos, books, and so much more! When we say that psychology enhances lives, we affirm that we believe in what we do and what we have to offer.
Stephen is married to Amanda and has five children, two of whom have autism. He is a pastor, teacher and author. He has written a book called, How to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly. You can find out more at his website www.stephenjbedard.com.
Susan Sullivan, co-founder of PreLOVED Toys Inc., is mom to a wonderful 31-year- old son who has Asperger syndrome. He has an older sister and brother. His sister Sarah, who has an MBA, has been volunteering her help to get PreLOVED Toys up and running. Susan has a background in sales, marketing, and graphic design.
Tatiana Homonoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Her research focuses on identifying areas in which behavioral economics can improve social policy, primarily in the areas of public finance, health, consumer finance, and environmental economics. She received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 2013.
Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics, Bangor University
I am a linguist with a main interest in Cognitive Science. Using Cognitive Discourse Analysis, my research addresses empirical questions about the human mind - how we conceive of the world around us, how we solve problems, etc. The way we verbalise our thoughts can reveal more about human cognition than we might expect.
Todd A. DeMitchell holds the position of John and H. Irene Peters Professor of Education. He is also a professor in the Justice Studies Program. Professor DeMitchell served in the public schools for 18 years (elementary school teacher, principal (K-8), director of personnel & labor relations (K-12), and superintendent (K-8)) prior to joining the faculty at UNH. At UNH he has served as associate chair and chair of the Department of Education, coordinator of graduate studies for the Justice Studies Program, and chair of the Faculty Senate.
Professor DeMitchell studies the legal mechanisms that impact schools and colleges. His primary focus is on education law and labor relations. His last two books, co-authored with Richard Fossey, focused on school dress codes (2014) and school uniforms (2015). His eighth book on labor relations in education is under contract. He has published over 180 law review articles, peer-reviewed articles, case commentaries, book reviews, and book chapters. His legal scholarship has been published by law journals at the University of Southern California, the University of Connecticut, Boston University, Yeshiva University, the University of South Carolina, and Brigham and Young University.
Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com. Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues. He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas. Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trevor holds a bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Doctoral Program, Trevor was the owner and CEO of Atlantic Edge, Inc. (an adventure sports company). Prior to that, Trevor’s work experience was as a software consultant. His research interests include negative work behaviors, team dynamics, decision making, and depletion/recovery.
In addition to being a full professor at California State University San Marcos, Dr. Dalakas is a also visiting professor teaching Sports Marketing at the San Diego State University Sports MBA program and at Aarhus University Summer University in Denmark.
He has 19 published articles in various journals including the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, and Sport Marketing Quarterly.
Dr. Dalakas has also authored a chapter on the consumer psychology of sport in the Handbook of Consumer Psychology, a chapter on sports brand identity in Leveraging Brands in Sport Business, and several entries on sponsorship topics and fan identification topics in the Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing by Sage.
His research on fan response to sponsorship has been featured on ESPN.com, the IEG Sponsorship Report, Science Daily, and Southern California Public Radio among others. In addition, he has been quoted regarding marketing or sports marketing insight in several media outlets including MSNBC, CBS Business Net, and Yahoo Sports.
Professor Dalakas currently serve on the Advisory Board of the African Sports Business Association and on the editorial review board of two of the major journals in the field of sports marketing, Sport Marketing Quarterly and Journal of Sport Management. He has also served in the past as an officer for the American Marketing Association SIG on Sports Marketing.
Zainab Fazal, M.ADS, BCBA, began her career in the developmental disabilities field in 2002, and has dedicated her clinical work and research in the area of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive programs plans for children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning disabilities, other developmental disabilities, behavioural challenges and mental health issues. Her recent work includes training front-line staff and teachers to use ABA in therapeutic and school settings, and has successfully trained individuals for the Registered Behaviour Technician credential with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board. She is also an adjunct professor at Seneca College teaching ABA courses in the Behavioural Sciences program. Zainab is the founder and director of Phoenix Behaviour Services, a private practice in Toronto, Canada. You can follow her on twitter @Phoenix_ABA and reach her at email@example.com.