The invited speakers for the 2014 Alabama ABA convention, which was held on October 1-3, were:
Gina Green, PhD, BCBA-D
Gina Green received a PhD in Psychology (Analysis of Behavior) from Utah State University in 1986 following undergraduate and master’s degree studies at Michigan State University. She has been a faculty member in Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University; Director of Research at the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Massachusetts; Associate Scientist at the E.K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, Massachusetts; Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School; and a Lecturer in Public Health and Special Education at San Diego State University. Currently Dr. Green is the Executive Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and a consultant in private practice in San Diego. She has authored numerous publications on the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries, as well as the experimental analysis of behavior. Dr. Green co-edited the books Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism and Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals in developmental disabilities and behavior analysis. Dr. Green also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Autism Advisory Group of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the advisory boards of several autism programs and organizations. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the California Association for Behavior Analysis, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, a founding Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Council for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, and the Association for Behavior Analysis. Psychology Today named her “Mental Health Professional of the Year” in 2000. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland for her work in autism. In 2013, she received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Behavior Analysis from the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the John W. Jacobson Award for Contributions to Behavior Analysis from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Green lectures and consults widely on autism and related disorders, behavioral research, effective interventions for people with disabilities, and public policies affecting the practice of applied behavior analysis.
Kevin Luczynski, PhD, BCBA-D
Kevin Luczynski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Director for the recently initiated Virtual Care Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Luczynski worked as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute where the intensity of the clinical services improved his understanding of within-subject methodology, environmental determinants of behavior, and the value of working within a community of clinical experts. During this period, he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Dr. Luczynski earned his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University under the supervision of Dr. Gregory P. Hanley in 2011 and completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher in the same year.
Currently, he specializes in leveraging web-based technologies to provide parent training and early intervention services to families who live in areas where there are few or no professionals trained in applied behavior analysis. This direction for expanding services in applied behavior analysis is supported, in part, by a grant from the Department of Defense because access to high-quality services is especially important to military families with a child with autism who tend to serve in remote areas. In 2013, Dr. Luczynski and colleagues partnered with Autism Action Partnership, a Nebraska-based organization passionate about advocating and supporting families touched by autism, to leverage web-based technologies to provide teacher training and assist in designing and monitoring skill-acquisition and behavior-management programs to schools throughout Nebraska.
Dr. Luczynski’s area of service delivery had led to several new lines of research: (a) comparing the accuracy, reliability, and efficiently of different measurement systems for scoring child-parent interactions in their home over extended observation periods, (b) determining the accuracy and reliability of infrared-capable cameras with motion-detection software for measuring children’s nighttime sleep disturbances and comparing the additive and interactional effects of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for improving children’s sleep, and (c) evaluating the extent that parent-training procedures promote generalization and maintenance of parents ability to teach functional-communication and delay-tolerance skills at home and identify potential barriers to sustained treatment implementation.
Nicole Rodriguez, PhD, BCBA-D
Nicole Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Coordinator of the Early Intervention program at the Munroe Meyer Institute. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2002 and additional Post-Baccalaureate training in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida in 2003. In 2004-2006, Dr. Rodriguez worked as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute where she gained valuable clinical and research skills in behavior analysis and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior prior to obtaining her Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas in 2007. She graduated from the doctoral program in Behavior Analysis at Western New England College under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson in June of 2010 and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher in the following year. Currently, she specializes in early intervention and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. She has authored two book chapters and published peer-reviewed research studies in three different journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.