Our annual conference will be held on April 12th & 13th, 2018, at the Hilton in Oak Lawn! Book your room now and mention block code "ILABA" to get the special group discount rate!
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We have a fantastic line-up of presenters - you can find their bios below, with more to come as we finalize the schedule.
Fawna Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D is the Founder and Director of Research and Programs at Upswing Advocates: a nonprofit organization that provides sliding scale coaching, groups, trainings, and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community. Over the past 10 years, their research has focused on topics including polyamory, communication in relationships, gender, sexual behavior, BDSM, mindfulness, and effective skill-building strategies. Fawna has a vision of using precise measurement and an individualized approach to connect people to affirming, accessible interventions that create meaningful change. Fawna is also the Associate Director of Research in the Applied Behavior Analysis Department of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Chicago campus, and is an Executive Committee Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Howard Brown Health.
Justin Leaf, PhD, is the Director of Research and Training for Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Justin leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Justin has over 60 publications in either peer reviewed journals, books, or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin is an Associate Editor for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Justin also serves or has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained her career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University.
When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandson and two wonderful labradoodles.
Dr. Jay Moore is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1967, and his master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1969 under David Lyon. Following service in the US Navy from 1969 to 1972, he returned to graduate school at the University of California-San Diego, where he received his doctoral degree in 1975 under the late Edmund Fantino. He joined the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1977, retiring there in December of 2015. He is currently professor emeritus.
He served on the boards of editors of several major journals in our field, as well as editor of The Behavior Analyst and Behavior and Philosophy. He also served as president of the Association for Behavior Analysis - International, in addition to holding various leadership positions with ABAI and on the UWM campus.
His principal interests are in the experimental analysis of behavior, and theoretical- philosophical-conceptual-historical topics. In the experimental analysis of behavior, he is interested in choice, conditioned reinforcement, and the effects of temporal distributions of reinforcement. In the conceptual domain, he is interested in radical behaviorism as a philosophy of science.
He has published articles on experimental and conceptual topics in numerous journals and books, and is the author of two recent books: Conceptual Foundations of Radical Behaviorism and From a Behavioral Point of View.
He and his wife Betty have two adult children, David and Sarah, who both live in New York City.
Diana Walker received her PhD in Psychology (Behavior Analysis specialization) from the University of Florida in 1996, where she studied basic behavioral principles and behavioral pharmacology in nonhumans under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Branch. She also helped out with Dr. Brian Iwata’s research on the treatment of self-injurious behavior of adults with intellectual disabilities. She then spent ten years conducting NIH-funded research with Dr. Jim Zacny on reinforcing and other abuse liability-related effects of medically used drugs in humans at The University of Chicago. In 2004 Diana began teaching in The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Department, becoming Chair of the department in 2011. Diana still teaches for the department and advises thesis and doctoral students, but her full-time job is with the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network, providing crisis-intervention services to people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness who engage in severe challenging behavior. Diana is currently interested in making behavioral services more feasible and effective for clients, families, and agencies without extensive training or funding; improving applied practice by mentoring new behavior analysts to become fluent in interpreting their clients’ behavior in conceptually systematic ways to ensure the most effective, comprehensive treatment likely to maintain across varying conditions; and using a radical-behaviorist approach to addressing social and cultural problems such as racism and gun violence. Diana has a strong commitment to diversity and social justice and to applying behavior analysis to those issues.