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Lead Co-Instructors

Duncan-Chapman, Jamie

Duncan-Chapman, Jamie

M.S., BCBA Lead Co-instructor

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 future behavior analysts.

Montgomery, Jan

Montgomery, Jan

M.S., BCBA Lead Co-instructor

Jan Montgomery graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from North Dakota State University and became board certified in 2000. Her career has included work at a head injury rehabilitation program where she directed a secure locked unit for violent offenders, chairing LRC committees, consulting with group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and providing behavior workshops for caregivers and professionals. From 1997 through 2008, Jan worked with dependent children and their caregivers, beginning with a pilot project with the Positive Parenting group. This pilot project was headed by Dr. Michael Stoutimore, based on Dr. Glenn Latham’s work. Jan was elected and served as president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis from 2009 to 2010, and her presidential speech highlighted the ongoing need for behavior analysts to work with individuals with mental health diagnoses. The opportunity to work in the areas of developmental disabilities and 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 interest areas in ABA include working with the parents of children with problem behaviors and, more recently, she became certified in organizational behavior management. Jan finds it particularly exciting to teach behavior analysis to students who will go on to use their knowledge to change lives.

Robertson, Corey L.

Robertson, Corey L.

M.S., BCBA Lead Co-instructor

Corey Robertson graduated with a Master 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.

Zuluaga, Carlos A.

Zuluaga, Carlos A.

M.S., BCBA Lead Co-instructor

Carlos Zuluaga, M.S., BCBA, received his BCaBA in 2005, graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from 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, Florida, 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 and 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.

Assistant Lead Instructors

Kinney, Chad E. L.

Kinney, Chad E. L.

M.S., BCBA

Chad Kinney earned his M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from 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, 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, counselingand animal training and is excited to be teaching in the field.

Reed, Christi

Reed, Christi

M.S., BCBA

Christi Reed received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her master's in applied behavior analysis from 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.

Satterfield, Robert

Satterfield, Robert

M.S., BCBA

Rob Satterfield, beloved co-instructor and Florida 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

Co-Instructors

Albert, Kristin M.

Albert, Kristin M.

M.Ed., NYS LBA, BCBA

Kristin Albert graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and English from Allegheny College in 2004, earned her M.Ed. in Special Education from Penn State University in 2007 and is currently enrolled as a behavior analysis doctoral student at Florida Institute of Technology. Kristin began working in the field of ABA in 2004; she became a BCBA in 2008, while working at the Carbone Clinic. She has worked as a one-on-one therapist, program supervisor, clinic-based assistant director and consultant in home-, school- and center-based ABA programs for children with autism, developmental disorders and behavioral disorders. Kristin has experience with B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, discrete trial instruction, natural environment teaching, direct instruction, behavior intervention plans, descriptive assessment and supervision/tutoring toward 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 has also developed and implemented staff management and training procedures, performance management programs and data-based decision protocols. Kristin is passionate about teaching others about behavior analysis and verbal behavior.

Betz, Alison M.

Betz, Alison M.

Ph.D.

Dr. Betz is an associate professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from Utah State University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has taught a variety of courses throughout her career including Single Subject Research Methodology, Assessment and Treatment of Severe Behavior, Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), Advanced OBM, Complex Human Behavior, and Verbal Behavior. Dr. Betz’s research and clinical work are primarily focused in the areas of evaluating efficient teaching procedures for individuals with autism and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior and conditioned reinforcement. Dr Betz has published book chapters in the areas of functional analysis, applied behavior analysis and autism along with numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious behavioral journals. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Carlucci, Bill

Carlucci, Bill

M.S., BCBA

Bill Carlucci, M.S., BCBA received his Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2009. Currently, Bill is a behavior analyst at Devereux Florida State Inpatient Psychiatric Program in Orlando, Florida. Bill is responsible for conducting functional assessments/analyses for individuals ages 12 through 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 and 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 for 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.

Courtney, William

Courtney, William "Tim"

M.S., BCBA

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, he created a one-hour autism curriculum for first responders and law enforcement throughout the state of Indiana, he provides a two-day training in positive behavior support throughout the state of Indiana and he 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.

Cripe, Michael

Cripe, Michael

MS, BCBA

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.

Dean, Jessica

Dean, Jessica

M.S., BCBA

Jessica Dean, M.S., BCBA, graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a master's 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 in which applied behavior analysts should have a greater understanding. 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.

Ebbeler, Sheldon

Ebbeler, Sheldon

M.A., BCBA

Sheldon Ebbeler has a master of arts degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Florida. He has a well-rounded, albeit eclectic, background ­including education in physics, astronomy, communicative disorders and linguistics.

Nonetheless, his passion resides within the field of behavior analysis. With over 15 years of experience in the applied arena, working with children, adults and adolescents, he has been a board-certified behavior analyst for a decade. His specialty in this field is the analysis of verbal behavior and other phenomena related to complex human behavior.

 

Engheben, Jennifer

Engheben, Jennifer

M.S., BCBA

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 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 been teaching since 2003. 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.

Ertel, Hallie

Ertel, Hallie

M.S.

Hallie Ertel earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology. During her time at Florida Tech, the majority of the research projects she participated in were related to increasing compliance, skill acquisition and evaluation of assessment tools. She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician at multiple sites, some of which include residential facilities, early intervention centers, and, most recently, a behavioral health clinic located in a children's hospital. She has worked with individuals from different populations including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury. After graduating with her master’s, she began the Ph.D. program in Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech under the supervision of Dr. David Wilder. Her interests include compliance, medical tolerance and dissemination of information about our field.

Freeman, Thomas

Freeman, Thomas

M.S., BCBA, Director of Special Projects

Tom Freeman earned a master of science in ABA from Florida Tech in 2000 and became a BCBA in 2001. He began his career in 1979 at the Fernald State School in Massachusetts, a large residential institution. After working in direct care for several months, he became a staff-psychologist, and for the next 15 years, provided/oversaw 24-hour clinical behavioral services for several caseloads of individuals with a wide variety of behavioral, medical and functional needs. From 1986 through 1995, he also helped conduct seasonal animal behavior research, primarily with wild humpback whales for the University of Hawaii Marine Mammal Lab. He moved to Florida in 1995, continuing in clinical work, and in 2001 was hired to serve as the local review committee (LRC) chairperson and area behavior analyst for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Daytona Beach, where he provided comprehensive oversight of Medicaid waiver-based behavioral services in Volusia and Flagler counties. He first worked with Dr. Martinez-Diaz in 1997 at Threshold Inc. in Orlando, Florida, and began assisting Dr. Martinez-Diaz in teaching certification coursework in 2000. He has been teaching with Jose ever since. He began working full-time for ABA Technologies in 2010 and is currently the senior vice-president. He has produced a number of publications and presentations in behavior analysis and is co-author of the chapter titled, “Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysis” in Cooper, Heron, and Heward’s (2007) Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. He is deeply committed to sharing ABA with the world and is dedicated to helping students explore both the science and the heart of behavior analysis.

 

Gokey, Kaitlynn

Gokey, Kaitlynn

M.S. BCBA

Kaitlynn Gokey received her masters of science at Florida Institute of Technology in 2012 and received her BCBA the same year. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in behavior analysis at Florida Tech. Kaitlynn has experience with a variety of populations, including those diagnosed with autism, traumatic brain injury, dementia, ADHD and Down syndrome. She has also published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has a number of presentations. Kaitlynn loves teaching and lives for that “Aha!” moment when a student learns a pivotal behavior or challenging new concept. Teaching, for Kaitlynn, is a way to broaden one’s impact on the world, disseminate one of the most important sciences and improve lives beyond a person’s direct reach.

Greif, Abby

Greif, Abby

M.S., BCBA

Abby Greif earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Institute of Technology. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012, received her Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2014 and became a BCBA a few months later. Abby’s primary experience is in early intervention, working with individuals diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities in center-based, in-home and in school settings. Throughout her time as a student, Abby worked as a therapist and team lead for several years at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, where she gained experience in conducting functional assessments as well as the VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R, implementing behavior plans, participating in research, and training new staff, parents, and teachers. She also was involved in many programs at the Scott Center including pediatric feeding, intensive toilet training, severe behavior, social skills and parent training. In addition to providing direct one-on-one services, she was a member of the curriculum committee, on which she assisted in writing and developing a variety of programs for children with autism. Abby has been actively involved in research, primarily in the areas of skill acquisition, problem behavior and pediatric feeding disorders. She has been published as an author in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has presented at multiple conferences. Recently, she decided to pursue her passion of behavior analysis in the field of education and teaching. Abby is currently a curriculum development specialist at ABA Technologies, implementing instructional design techniques and organizational behavior management principles to further enhance the effectiveness of online education.

Hale, Melissa

Hale, Melissa

M.A., BCBA

Melissa Hale earned her B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development in 2009 from California State University, Fullerton, and became a BCaBA in 2015. In 2017, she became a BCBA after graduating with an M.A. in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016. Melissa’s desire to work with children with special needs led her to the field of applied behavior analysis. Throughout her career she has worked with clients ranging from the ages of two to 16 with a concentration in early intervention. She has experience with both in-home and clinical settings as a lead therapist, supervisor and parent trainer. Melissa is excited to share her knowledge of and passion for ABA with her students and inspire them to change the world for the better.

 

 

 

Houvouras IV, Andrew J.

Houvouras IV, Andrew J.

M.A., BCBA

Andrew says, "The world is better because of applied behavior analysis. The world needs applied behavior analysis." Certified as a behavior analyst since 1998, Andrew graduated with an M.A. in Psychology from Marshall University. A BCBA for Brevard County Public Schools since 2001, Andrew specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior, serves as an expert witness for county due process cases and handles high-acuity cases within the school system. A regular presenter at local, state and international conferences, an author of CE presentations and a published author, Andrew enjoys public speaking and spending time with his family swimming, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and coaching/playing sports. His interests are all aspects of ABA including behavioral medicine, the application of ABA to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the dissemination of ABA. He looks forward to every class he teaches and feels fortunate to be part of the program. "I hope students understand learning is lifelong and remember what BF Skinner said, 'Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.'"

Jimenez-Gomez, Corina

Jimenez-Gomez, Corina

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Corina Jimenez-Gomez graduated in 2008 from Utah State University with a doctorate in psychology with a behavior analysis emphasis. Subsequently, she completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan and held a research fellow position at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She joined the Scott Center for Autism Treatment in 2015 and serves as research assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Behavior Analysis.

Her interests include translational research, conditioned reinforcement, choice and behavioral persistence, early intervention and parent-therapist training.

Dr. Jimenez-Gomez has served as a reviewer for a number of behavioral journals, including Behavioural Processes, Behaviour Research and Therapy and Behavioural Pharmacology.

 

Kelley, Mike

Kelley, Mike

Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment

Dr. Michael E. Kelley graduated from Louisiana State University with a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis in 2003. He was trained at Johns Hopkins University and Emory University prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 2004. Dr. Kelley has held positions at Emory University, the University of Southern Maine, The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Florida Institute of Technology. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, autism and translational research.

Dr. Kelley is both a BCBA-D and licensed psychologist. He has extensive experience assessing and treating severe problem behavior such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, destructive behavior, pica and pediatric feeding disorders.

Dr. Kelley was awarded the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award in August 2010 for exceptional promise for behavioral research within seven years of receiving a doctorate and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2009-2012).

 

Knoll, Melissa

Knoll, Melissa

M.S., BCBA

Melissa Knoll was graduated with a Master of Science 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, 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 syndromes. Melissa has researched stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure on a three-year-old autistic male and has also 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., PRBAI and the Brevard County school system. Melissa loves working with and teaching students to help them become confident and knowledgeable behavior analysts.

 

Leonardo, Paula

Leonardo, Paula

M.S., BCBA

Paula Leonardo graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May 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 their 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' experience providing parenting training for caregivers in the community. She currently holds the additional duties of assisting in developing curriculum for parent training and 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.

Li, Anita

Li, Anita

M.S., BCBA

Anita Li earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Anita was a clinical director at a severe behavior center, where she implemented and supervised programming for students, conducted functional assessments, designed practicum curriculum and trained staff. In addition, she's also worked in early intervention, consultation in-home and in-schools and remote supervision and has assisted with certification exam preparation for students. Anita is motivated by her love of behavior analysis and sharing her knowledge with others in and out of the field and hopes to bring practical applications to the classroom and broaden her students' repertoires. 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 other areas of behavior analysis such as the experimental analysis of behavior, behavior economics, relational frame theory and its applications (ie. ACT), the philosophy of behavior and instructional design. 

 

Loughrey, Tara

Loughrey, Tara

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Tara Loughrey graduated with her doctorate in behavior analysis from Florida Tech. During her graduate studies, Dr. Loughrey was active in research and clinical practice. Several of her research projects were presented at regional and national conferences. Dr. Loughrey has also published in peer-review journals and has received research awards for her work. Her specializations are teaching verbal behavior, early intensive behavioral intervention, training staff and parents, preparing students for mainstream education and social skills training. Dr. Loughrey received additional training as a post-doctoral fellow at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in treating pediatric feeding disorders and sleep disturbances in children with developmental disabilities. Currently, Dr. Loughrey is the director of education at the Victory Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in Miami, Florida. She considers teaching a fundamental opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise with future behavior analysts.

MacLeod, K. Sandra

MacLeod, K. Sandra

Ph.D., BCBA-D

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.

Meyer, Emily

Meyer, Emily

M.S., BCBA

Emily Meyer earned her master’s degree in organizational behavior management from Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Behavior Analysis in December 2012 and became a BCBA that same year. Before her introduction to 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.

Myers-Kemp, Kristin K.

Myers-Kemp, Kristin K.

Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement

Kristin Myers-Kemp graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May 2005 and received her BCBA the same year. After spending several years in the field, Kristin returned to Florida 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 Florida 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 to overseeing the curriculum rather than teaching. Her research interests include behavior analysis in education through educational programs, including maximizing the effectiveness of education through curriculum design, the effect of effort on behavior and childhood compliance.

Osborne, Matthew R.

Osborne, Matthew R.

M.S., BCBA

Matthew R. Osborne received a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Florida Institute of Technology in 2007 and became a BCBA later that year. In 2000, he was introduced to behavior analysis as an undergrad while simultaneously working as a direct support professional in an inpatient mental health hospital and as a behavior therapist in a school for adolescents diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Matthew has experience supervising and providing behavioral services for children and adults diagnosed with autism, intellectual disability, or brain injury within residential, school, community and inpatient hospital settings. He actively seeks out opportunities to communicate the effectiveness of ABA to parents, new client populations and local businesses and organizations. Matthew is a tech geek and is energized by finding hacks to improve both staff performance and client outcomes. Currently, he is developing strategies to improve both communication and collaboration across multidisciplinary treatment teams. Additionally, he enjoys developing practical and effective interventions for adults who exhibit high intensity/low frequency problem behavior in inpatient and community-based settings. Matthew is excited to be a part Florida Tech’s highly qualified team of co-instructors and to share his experiences as a professional behavior analyst with future behavior analysts.

Parejo, Valeria

Parejo, Valeria

M.S., BCBA

Valeria Parejo graduated with a Master 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.

Parnes, Etti

Parnes, Etti

M.S., BCBA

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.

Potak, Matt

Potak, Matt

M.S., BCBA

Matt Potak graduated with his master's 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 and 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.

Rey, Catalina

Rey, Catalina

M.S., BCBA

Catalina has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010. She earned her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2017. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she works with severe problem behavior. 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.

 

 

Rowland, April

Rowland, April

M.S., BCBA

April Rowland earned her undergraduate degree from Ringling College of Art and Design and her graduate degree from Florida Institute of Technology. She was graduated with her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2016 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. She has worked for several years on the curriculum development team for ABA Technologies and is passionate about using instructional design and organizational behavior management techniques to support and improve online education. During her supervised experience, she worked for a year in early intervention. April has had the opportunity to be involved in ongoing research projects on assessing feedback preferences of employees, examining the effects of rules on the efficacy of reinforcer magnitude and teaching creativity using fluency-based instruction. She is most passionate about research and dissemination and has had the opportunity to use her background in illustration to assist in the dissemination of ABA through infographics and other design projects.

Ryan Jr., Robert J.

Ryan Jr., Robert J.

M.S., BCBA

Robert Ryan was graduated with a Master of Science 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 analyst for the Osceola County Public Schools, where he developed programs and training for school and district-level staff and administered district cases for the implementation of programs and student placement changes. He has also been the CEO and president of Behavior & Communication Therapy, Inc., a behavior analysis company consulting with individual families and institutions, specializing in individual student and employee goals, and 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.

Sickman, Lisa M.

Sickman, Lisa M.

M.A., BCBA

Lisa Sickman received her BCBA in 2013. She taught for two years as a graduate student at Western Michigan University and worked for two years as a clinician at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders where she implemented behavioral techniques to teach skills and reduce challenging behaviors for children and adults ages three to 23. She completed research on conditioned reinforcers for the use of teaching new skills to children diagnosed with autism. Her specialty interests in ABA include working with clients with various developmental disabilities to teach new skills and improving company systems. Both in her experience at Western Michigan and as a clinician, Lisa found the best part of her career to be when she could teach and finds it most exciting when she can see students apply what they have learned to their own lives.

 

Smolenyak, Sharin

Smolenyak, Sharin

M.A., BCBA

Sharin Smolenyak graduated with a Master of Arts 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, ARCs 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.

Stoudenmire, AnnaMarie

Stoudenmire, AnnaMarie

M.S., BCBA

AnnaMarie graduated from North Greenville University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology. In February 2013, she began working at Project Hope Foundation part-time. After a year of doing ABA, she came to love her clients, working as a line therapist and Hope as a whole. She wanted to continue to work with individuals with autism and decided to pursue a career in ABA. She began the Florida Institute of Technology program for Professional Behavior Analysis in April 2014. She graduated from FIT in August 2016 and became a BCBA in November 2016. Over the past three years, AnnaMarie has had the opportunity to continue working with children with autism. Her favorite part of her job is being able to implement programs that improve the quality of life of clients and their families.

Uriarte, Dennis

Uriarte, Dennis

M.A., BCBA

Dennis Uriarte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University and a Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis as part of Florida Institute of Technology’s hybrid program. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. He has previously served as a behavior therapist to children with autism, a supervisor and as a training coordinator. He has been working in the field of ABA for four years and hopes to continue working as an instructor as well as conducting research in OBM and ABA. He is passionate about mentoring and guiding the behavior analysts of tomorrow and disseminating the effectiveness of our field.

Walkup, Alice

Walkup, Alice

M.S., BCBA

Alice studied at Auburn University for her undergraduate degree in psychology and was graduated in 2010 from California Lutheran University with an M.S. 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.

Walsh, Angelique

M.S., BCBA

 Angelique Walsh received her BCBA in 2002 and was graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada at Reno in 2003. She joined with the University of South Florida to work on a granted statewide project to increase the safety and stability of children in foster care placements. During her first six years with the university, Angelique focused on training numerous caregivers and professionals to use behavior management techniques to improve their children's behavioral problems and cope with mental health disorders. While with the university, she worked on several research projects and a program redesign project for group homes. As a senior behavior analyst, Angelique has supervised other behavior analysts working in the community with caregivers of children in foster care and built relationships with other agencies in the community. For the past five years, she has been working with Behavior Basics Incorporated as a behavior consultant and the director of instructional design. Behavior Basics has offered her the opportunity to design curriculum, train teenage mothers and train prisoners re-entering the community from a jail setting. Angelique finds her work fulfilling and important; she is always researching something and usually reads several books at one time because there are just too many interesting books out there to just choose one.

 

Weeden, Marc

Weeden, Marc

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Marc earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University 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 Behavior Analysis and has conducted both 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 individuals with autism, behavioral pharmacology, and staff training/management. He is currently Vice President of Operations with Full Spectrum Behavior Analysis in Odessa, FL. From 2011-2016, he served on the editorial review board of Education and Treatment of Children, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research concerning the development of services for children and youth. He served on the CalABA Board of Directors as the Northern California Liaison, has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a textbook chapter, and presented at state and national conferences.

Wooten, Leigh

Wooten, Leigh

Ed.S., BCBA

Leigh Wooten was 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 since 2000. 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 to 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 toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for their clients.