Welcome to the ohio ASSOCIation for BehAVIOR ANALYSIS
2019 OHABA Conference Key Note Speaker: Dr. Bill Heward.
William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Bill has been a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, Visiting Professor of Psychology at Keio University in Tokyo and at the University of São Paulo, and Visiting Scholar at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. His publications include the books, Applied Behavior Analysis (with John Cooper and Tim Heron), Sign Here: A Contracting Book for Children and Their Parents (with Jill Dardig), andExceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, each of which has been translated into several foreign languages. Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to behavior analysis include the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 25, the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the John W. Jacobson Award for Contributions to Behavior Analysis from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis,and the Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University. A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Bill served as program chair for ABAI’s Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference.
2019 OHABA Conference Invited Speaker: Dr. Cathleen Piazza.
Cathleen Piazza is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She previously directed similar programs at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Piazza and her colleagues have examined various aspects of feeding behavior and have developed a series of interventions to address one of the most common health problems in children. Her research in this area has been among the most systematic in the field and has firmly established behavioral approaches as preferred methods for assessment and treatment. In her roles as clinical, research, and training director, Dr. Piazza has mentored many interns and fellows who have gone on to make significant contributions to the field. Dr. Piazza is a former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
2019 OHABA Conference Invited Speaker: Dr. Wayne Fisher.
Wayne Fisher is the H.B. Munroe professor of behavioral research in the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and served as executive director of the Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Marcus Behavior Center at the Marcus Institute, where he built clinical-research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with international reputations for excellence. Fisher’s methodologically sophisticated research has focused on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders, that have been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement, which have become more commonplace in clinical research primarily as a result of his influence. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers in over 30 different behavioral and/or medical journals, including: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior; American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Pediatrics; and The Lancet. Fisher has had near-continuous federal grant support for his research for 19 years. He is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a past president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB), a fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and recipient of (a) the Bush Leadership Award; (b) the APA (Division 25) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research; (c) the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award; (d) the University of Nebraska system-wide Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity; and (e) the SEAB, Don Hake Translational Research Award from APA (Division 25).
2019 OHABA Conference Invited Speaker: Dr. Aaron Fischer.
Dr. Fisher has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and individuals with social-emotional and behavioral problems and their families for over 15 years. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked as a research coordinator at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Dr. Fischer completed his master’s and doctoral degree in school psychology at Louisiana State University. Before arriving at the University of Utah in 2014, he completed his predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the May Institute in Massachusetts. His internship and graduate work focused on providing evidence-based practice in schools, hospitals, and mental health clinics to children with disabilities and their families. Specifically, Dr. Fischer’s clinical interests concentrate on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ASD, as well as providing support and training to their families. As such, his scholarship is considerably influenced by his applied work in those areas. Currently, Dr. Fischer is the Dee Endowed Professor of school psychology, an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry, and director of the UNI HOME interdisciplinary pediatric feeding disorders clinic at the University of Utah. Additionally, Dr. Fischer is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has experience in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, as well as the acquisition of adaptive skills, in individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities.
2019 OHABA Conference Invited Speaker: Shannon Biagi.
Shannon Biagi is an entrepreneur and CEO of Chief Motivating Officers, LLC, an organization designed to help spread the science of human behavior within and beyond human service companies through the quality supervision of upcoming behavior analysts in OBM. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, organizational behavior management (OBM) consultant and supervisor, a writer and frequent public speaker, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the OBM Network. She is a co-author on the four-volume series, OBM Applied! A Practical Guide to Implementing Organizational Behavior Management