Dr. Stacie Bancroft is running unopposed for the
open President position on the BABAT board. See
more information about Dr. Bancroft below.
Election for President
Stacie Bancroft, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
Dr. Bancroft has worked at the New England Center for Children (NECC) for the past 19 years. She received her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and her Doctorate in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University. She is a Program Director at NECC and is on faculty in the Western New England University graduate program in behavior analysis. Her research lab focuses on behavior analytic approaches to increasing quality of life and developing broad-based leisure repertoires for individuals with developmental disabilities. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Behavioral Interventions. She is also currently the President of BABAT, Massachusetts’ professional organization for Behavior Analysts.
STATEMENT OF INTEREST:
I have had the distinct pleasure of serving on the BABAT Board of Directors for 11 years and as the BABAT President for the past three years. What started as a way for me to volunteer and provide service to my field many years ago, has turned into one of the most challenging, humbling, and educational experiences of my career. The term for an elected board position, as written in our organization’s by-laws is three years with the opportunity to serve up to two consecutive terms. As I approach the end of my first term, I am proud of how far we have come as an organization and grateful for my experience. This role has provided me a front row seat to the ongoing evolution of one of the best professional communities I could imagine being a part of. Massachusetts behavior analysts are strong, educated, scientific, compassionate, and motivated. We deserve and need a strong state-level professional organization that can help unite us as a community, strengthen our collective voice, provide advocacy for our profession, provide updated information on current events in our field, give us platforms to share thoughts and ideas, support us in our ongoing educational growth, and ease the pressures and challenges of pursuing or maintaining a career in this field. We have come so far. In the past few years, I have worked diligently with the BABAT Board of Directors on many projects. A few include redefining our identify as a Massachusetts Professional Organization for Behavior Analysts (although we greatly appreciate our members from outside of Mass), updating our by-laws, creating committees and redefining our organizational structure to best meet our initiatives and give further opportunity for members to become involved as committee members, moving our annual conference from UMass Amherst to the DCU in Worcester where we were able to double our size, creating new opportunities for CEU’s including a half-day conference in April providing all necessary supervision and ethics CEU for the year, strengthening our presence and participation in legislative and regulatory matters that affect our profession or the people we serve, enhancing relationships with important groups and stakeholders across the state and in national circles, strengthening our revenue streams and hiring a financial management company that will help us give more support to our members, new platforms for communication, and new opportunities for students. A new membership system tallies our membership at over 2000. The people on our current and past Boards are some of the best people I’ve come to know, and it has been a great pleasure to work alongside them as we continually grow and strengthen. And it’s a good thing we have them, because there is still much to do. Our field is growing at an incredible rate and Massachusetts is no exception. Our professional needs are great. More continuing education is needed, easier access to information relevant to our careers, more representation at the state house and in Massachusetts government, and more supports for students…for starters. We’ll need more platforms for communicating, more support when we face challenges with our careers, and more volume to our collective voice. We can do more to grow as a community. To ensure that we hear each other and have the means to support each other and the good work we do. To have the strength to stand against threats to our profession. Support is needed for behavior analysts working with children with autism as well as behavior analysts in academia, research, or applications outside of developmental disabilities. Our science is strong. There is so much more good we can do. We can all do more to secure our profession and strengthen the field in Massachusetts. Please consider supporting me through your vote to help lead our organization for three more years.
Voting for Full Members will start on Feb 7th and will close on Feb 29th. Check your email for a ballot.