2019 Conference Speakers

Dr. Hanley worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and directed the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program and Life Skills Clinic at Western New England University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25) and past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior and on evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley continues to admit and advise doctoral students at WNEU and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School while leading an international consulting group at FTF Behavioral whose mission is to train and support professionals endeavoring to create meaningful outcomes by incorporating research-based innovations into their practice.



Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Aided Language Modeling:  Rationale, Evidence Base, and Implementation

Pat Mirenda is a Professor in the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology and Special Education, and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia.  She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and teaches courses on augmentative communication, autism, inclusive education, and positive behavior supports. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); and in 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). The fourth edition of her co-authored book “Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults and complex communication needs” was published in 2013. She has published over 100 research articles and chapters and presents frequently at internatona1, national and regional conferences.  Her current research examines how children with autism and their families grow and develop over time, and the effectiveness of a parent coaching intervention for toddlers at-risk for autism.



Ellie Kazemi, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Effective Leadership and Supervision (Abstract forthcoming)

Dr. Kazemi is a Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she has developed and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in behavior analysis for the past 10 years. She founded the Masters of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010 and has collaborated with the CSUN community to provide graduate students high quality supervision experiences. She currently has two different primary lines of research. Her applied research interests involve identification of efficient, effective strategies for practical training and supervision. Her laboratory research involves leveraging technology (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality) for optimal simulation-based training. She is currently working on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective training and behavioral outcomes. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award.  She has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including training, staff turnover, and the use of technology in behavior analysis. She is the leading author of a handbook for supervision titled, Supervision and Practicum in Behavior Analysis: A Handbook for Supervisees.