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  • Amelia Bowler, BACB

    Amelia Bowler, BCBA
    • Amelia Bowler is a writer, artist and behaviour consultant. She has worked as a teacher, a clinical supervisor, a tutor and specializes in young people with challenging behaviour. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Applied Disability Studies, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014. She writes and shares her artwork at her blog,
  • Debbie Ruff, MS, PPS, BCBA

    • Debbie Ruff, M.S., PPS, BCBA is a Regional Clinical Director at Patterns Behavioral Services located in Brea, CA. She also serves as adjunct professor at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. Debbie has over 15 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After earning her master’s degree in School Psychology from National University, Debbie immediately continued her studies by completing the required coursework, accruing hours, and passing the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has extensive experience working with the early start population, conducting intake and ongoing assessments, and mentoring staff. Debbie also has a special interest in Organizational Behavior Management and completed the OBM Certificate Program through Florida Tech.
  • Emily Lund, PhD

    • Emily M. Lund, PhD, CRC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include interpersonal violence and trauma in people with disabilities; suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in people with disabilities; the experiences of graduate students with disabilities; and LGBTQ+ issues, particularly as they intersect with disability. She has published 80 peer-reviewed publications on these and similar topics. She co-edited the books, Religion, Disability, and Interpersonal Violence (2017) and Violence against LGBTQ+ Persons: Research, Practice, and Advocacy (forthcoming), both published by Springer.
  • Hillary Laney, LBA, BCBA

    • I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing highly competent, ethical, and considerate ABA services to families in and around Washington State.
  • Jamie Waldvoegal, BCBA

    • Jamie founded Behave Your Best in 2011 when she realized that her experience in behavior analysis enabled her to parent with skills not every parent had access to. Her background uniquely positions her to train parents with the tools to parent effectively and without drama. Watching her skills work in real time at home as well as in the lives of the many families she serves sparked a passion in Jamie to empower this generation of parents. She wants to see parents develop behavioral parenting strategies so they can overcome “normal” unwanted behavior before it gets “bad enough” to warrant further intervention. Jamie believes that with the right tools, all parents can enjoy their child’s behavior! Background: BS, Psychology, Emphasis in Behavior Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire MS, Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Southern Illinois University Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2003 Contracted by parents, preschools, school districts, and counties to provide behavioral consulting and coaching since 2011
  • Jonathan Amey, M.Ed

    • Jonathan Amey M.Ed. is the founding director of Agile Instruction and Management Solutions (A.I.M.S) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining his sports medicine background with Precision Teaching, Jonathan focuses on building gross motor repertoires in students across a broad spectrum of abilities. While serving as a special education teacher, Jonathan designed and implemented a school-wide gross motor skills wellness group. Over the last 17 years, Jonathan has utilized precision measurement to continually develop and expand a growing curriculum of gross and fine motor movements. He has presented his work at numerous conferences. Jonathan is the manager of the Multidisciplinary Skills Development special interest group within the Standard Celeration Society.
  • Julie Preuss, BCBA

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    • Julie Preuss is a BCBA in St. Louis, Mo. During her psychology undergrad training, she focused her upper level classes on behavioral neuroscience and social psychology. She was a research assistant for Dr. Bettina Casad, in her social psychology lab, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. That experience taught Julie the importance of physiological behavior data when assessing complicated human interactions, such as perceived heart rate, sweat conduction, and blood pressure levels. Additionally, she learned about the complicated science behind nonverbal behavior, by Dr. Miles Patterson, past editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. During her graduate program in behavior analysis, Julie worked with adults and children who had Autism, psychiatric conditions, and dual diagnosis. She is also a committee member of the Behavior Support Review Committee at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which provides support and review of behavior plans that are not reaching predetermined goals. Her approach to behavior analytic services is focused on integrative behavioral packages that use evidence-based practices, centering on the perception and experience of adult and pediatric clients to promote behavioral changes guided by a person-centered approach.
  • Karly Cordova, Ed.D., BCBA-D

    • Dr. Karly Cordova, Ed.D., BCBA-D, received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Growth and Development, her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a minor in Autism. Dr. Cordova’s expertise resides in the areas of teaching functional life skills, conducting research in applied settings, disseminating ABA through effective and systematic supervision, and building capacity within organizations.
  • Kent Corso, PsyD, BCBA-D

    • Kent has been the principal of NCR Behavioral Health since he founded it in 2010. He is a dynamic speaker and talented teacher and consultant. Kent has often been sought out for his ability to engage his audience and make the content highly accessible and easily digestible. His approach to speaking and training uniquely adds value by provoking the intellect of his audiences. An innovative and strategic thinker, he is often referred to as a thought leader by his clients and audiences. In 2014, Kent co-founded Xcelerate Innovations, a small, agile software firm specializing in performance management software. Xcelerate Innovations developed the first and only API and native application for the digital Standard Celeration Chart. The company continues to grow due to its meticulous product development and innovative ways of solving data, analytics and informatics problems.
  • Leah Verkuylen, BCBA

    • Leah Verkuylen has been a BCBA 4 years, primarily serving children with autism in the Virginia Beach area but has recently moved to Texas. Leah received her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University with the unique opportunity to learn the implementation and utilization of PEAK and ACT under Dr. Dixon. Her interests include language intervention, ACT, derived relational responding and social skills. Outside of work she likes to spoil her dogs and watch trashy television.
  • Margaret Pavone, PhD, BCBA-D

    • Dr. Maggie Pavone is a BCBA and LBA in Missouri where she directs the behavior analysis program at Lindenwood University. Maggie also serves as the President of the OER in ABA SIG, the Vice Chair for the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis SIG, and member at large for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis. Maggie is passionate about helping others succeed by using the science of human behavior to improve lives and organizations. Dr. Maggie Pavone is a BCBA and LBA in Missouri where she directs the behavior analysis program at Lindenwood University. Maggie also serves as the President of the OER in ABA SIG, the Vice Chair for the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis SIG, and member at large for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis. Maggie is passionate about helping others succeed by using the science of human behavior to improve lives and organizations.
  • Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

    • Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (pronouns she/her/hers) is Chief Clinical Officer of DoBetter Collective. Megan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a volunteer/intern in 2003. Since that time, she has provided services to over 100 children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Miller has taught courses in behavior analysis and special education as an adjunct professor for several universities. She has co-authored journal articles published in the Journal of Developmental Physical Disability, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also co-authored “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” with Robert Schramm, BCBA. Megan has provided over 40 presentations to numerous professional organizations around the globe. In 2018, Dr. Miller started the #dobetter professional development movement to improve access to training in best practices in the field of behavior analysis via a free online community, webinars, and a podcast.
  • Octave Learning

    • Amy Evans has been a practitioner of PrecisionTeaching and Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008. Amy has worked in private learning centers, public school classrooms, home-based intervention and homeschool settings, combining the principles of Behavior Analysis, Precision Measurement, and Direct Instruction to solve educational and behavioral challenges. Amy's primary expertise lie in fluency-based instruction, precise behavioral measurement, visual and quantitative data analysis, and curriculum design. In the past five years, Amy has focused on dissemination and training, which included writing playbooks and guides, creating high-quality online professional development courses, contributing to books and research related to implementation of precision measurement, presenting over 25 workshops and symposia, and transitioning more than 40 small to mid-size organizations to Precision Teaching and digital standard celeration charting. Amy loves being a go-to resource for all things Precision Teaching. Amy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has previously held Special Education teaching certifications. She owns and operates a remote tutoring and educational consulting company, Flex Academics, serving families all over the US and Canada. Amy co-founded Octave Innovation, an organization dedicated to improving skill sets of behavior analysts, teachers, and instructional designers. Liz Lefebre began in the field of Behavior Analysis as a Precision Teacher in 2003. Liz has a passion for helping children access the highest quality behavioral and educational services. Her broad clinical experience includes 15 years of training and practice ranging across a variety of areas including Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, instructional design, early intervention, intervention in challenging behavior, and curriculum development and modification. This experience informs her ability to develop meaningful and appropriate treatment plans, conduct intensive skill and data analysis, and ensure her clients learn to the best of their ability. Liz has also successfully transitioned larger organizations from traditional ABA models to Precision Teaching ABA models, improving their quality of service and outcomes for clients. Liz's expertise in development of training systems and models, implementation of training systems, and consulting in a variety of contexts including schools, homes, and other private organizations provides her with a wide range of practice.
  • Ryan O'Donnell, BCBA

    • Hey, I'm Ryan. I usually go by Ryan O or RYANO. I’m a digital nomad that hails from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, and newly renovated city of Reno. I wake up daily trying to fill the gap between this amazing science of behavior and the billions of people that it could impact for the better. I do this by creating content for behavioral science enthusiasts via The Daily BA and The Controversial Exchange and CHATTcon, while I prepare for my next big venture (TBA in 2020). I am a master of science; that is, I have an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however, my interests have grown to include many other areas, from entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, reinforcement learning, social media, podcasting, and vlogging. These interests and skills have allowed me to work with a lot of great people, travel the world a bit, and share it with the world at large. I've started three businesses, numerous joint venture agreements, a behavioral think-tank, two podcasts, a professional development movement, and helped organizations that support people with various disabilities. I focus outside this role on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. In my spare time you can find me consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with my camera in my hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with me personally on most all social platforms via @TheDailyBA and let me know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.
  • Sarah Trautman, BCBA

    • Sarah has been in-love with Behavior Analysis since she took her first intro to ABA class as an undergraduate student at Gonzaga University. Sarah has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004 (she even took the exam using real paper and a pencil). Sarah founded and was President of an ABA services business, STE Consultants, from 2004-2019. During that time STE Consultants worked to provide quality ABA services to individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Washington state. Sarah is the past-president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and was a founding Board Member of the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). Sarah has presented at over 30 professional conferences throughout the United States. Sarah has provided consultative services for ABA providers in Belize, Kenya and Brazil. Sarah currently works as a Development Consultant for the CalABA, is a founding partner of On Location, a media company, and provides consultation to ABA associations and businesses throughout the United States. Sarah loves to workout, drinks far too much coffee and enjoys public speaking (really).
  • Steve Ward, BCBA

    • Steve Ward has 25 years of experience in the field, and has benefitted from the generosity of pillars in the field (e.g., Vince Carbone, Jim Partington, Mark Sundberg, Kent Johnson, Elizabeth Haughton, etc). Steve has particular interest in learner repertoires…repertoires that form the foundation for how students learn and dramatically improve the efficiency of instruction. He has authored several books and articles relating to social development and learner repertoires.
  • Tommy Parry, BCBA

    • Tommy is a behavior analyst, counselor, research collaborator, and organizational consultant. ​His private practice is geared towards helping: parents of children with autism and special needs children, teens, and adults with autism/Asperger's adults with anxiety and body-focused repetitive behavior individuals with chronic health conditions (fatigue, stress, grief, cancer) In the world of research, Tommy is supervising an interventionist delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Dementia caregivers as funded by Regenstrief Institute and IU School of Medicine. Tommy co-wrote the ACT manual for this intervention with Dr. Shelley Johns. He is also an ACT interventionist in a study being conducted at IUPUI working with individuals with advanced-stage GI cancer and their caregivers. Tommy has extensive training in ACT and fACT (Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). He enjoys delivering ACT training and usually conducts at least 6 or 7 presentations/workshops a year.
  • Victoria Farris, EdD, MA, BA

    • I am a dedicated student affairs and higher education leader with more than 12 years of progressive experience serving students at traditional and specialized arts institutions. A skilled problem solver with a knack for working strategically across teams to drive change and enhance the student experience, I launched Farris Consulting in 2017 with the goal of supporting student affairs and higher education with equity and inclusion consulting and training. Previous positions include: Associate Dean of Students at the New York Institute of Technology, Dean of Residence Life at Saint Peter's University, and Assistant Director of Student Life at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. Prior to that I served in several residence life positions.