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Below are bios for six individuals who are being considered for two available ‘Member at Large’ positions on the BABAT board. Members will receive instructions on how to vote in the coming weeks.

Bios are presented in alphabetical order by the nominee’s last name.

Candice L. Colón-Kwedor

Bio:

Candice Colón-Kwedor, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. She received her Doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University. While obtaining her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, she fulfilled her graduate assistantship requirements at the New England Center for Children, Southborough, MA. Dr. Colón-Kwedor has 12 years of experience in the private school and residential setting and several 9 years of experience providing consultative services in home and public school settings. She is currently a Senior Clinical Director at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, MA as well as a consultant for Red House Behavior Resources. In addition, Dr. Colón-Kwedor serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and, more recently, at Endicott College. Her research interests include the treatment of automatically maintained behavior, verbal behavior, treatment integrity and the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and has been presented at national and regional conferences. Dr. Colón-Kwedor is also a contributing author to a BCBA supervision reference manual and has served as a guest reviewer for The Analysis of Verbal behavior (TAVB) and Behavioral Interventions (BI).

Statement of Interest:

I have committed to service as a volunteer for the annual BABAT conference for the past 10 years. As a member-at-large, I would show the same dedication by sharing my expertise and hands on experience in the field to assist in upholding the mission of the association. I would adhere to BABAT’s commitment to providing education opportunities, resources, and collaboration amongst behavior analysts to support improvements in the research we conduct and the services we provide. In addition, I would support an agenda to increase the public’s understanding of behavior analysis and increase our outreach and collaboration with other professions. BABAT members are some of the most prominent researchers and practitioners in the field, and I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve with them.

 

Stephanie Contrucci Kuhn

Bio:

Dr. Contrucci Kuhn graduate in 1993 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She continued her education in psychology at Louisiana State University, receiving her Master’s degree in 2000 and her doctorate degree in 2004. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After her training, Dr. Contrucci Kuhn continued as a faculty member at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she served as a Case Manager of the Neurobehavioral Unit for five years (position title now referred to as Senior Behavior Analyst). From 2008-2016, she was the Co-Director and then Director of the Behavioral Psychology Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). At WIHD, her responsibilities included management of program administration, supervision of program staff, training of pre and postdoctoral interns, and providing direct clinical services. Since January 2016, she has served as an Assistant Professor at Western Connecticut State University where she teaches in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program and where she is currently pursuing her research interests. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist in the states of Connecticut and New York. She also manages a small private practice. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council. She is a past president of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and has served the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dr. Contrucci Kuhn’s training, research and experience have focused on the application of behavior analytic principles to the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems and related concerns in individuals with developmental disabilities. She has contributed to multiple publications on the refinement of functional analysis and treatment methodologies and a more complete account of contextual variables. Her research interests also include caregiver training and bridge studies between basic and applied findings in areas relevant to treatment of behavior problems.

Statement of Interest:

I am interested in serving as Member at Large for the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) for several reasons. I have been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over 20 years and have had the privilege of working and training with leaders in the field of Behavior Analysis. While pursing my doctorate degree and studying under Dr. Dorthea Lerman at Louisiana State University, I experienced among the highest quality classroom instruction and research experiences available. I am now working and establishing myself in an ABA program at Western Connecticut State University. I believe that the Northeast region of the United States is fortunate to have a high concentration of quality Behavior Analysts. I take the responsibility of teaching graduate students very seriously. I recognize that the field is growing exponentially. While this growth is exciting, it brings challenges. I feel an obligation to continue to contribute to the field by teaching, conducting and publishing high quality research, engaging in clinical practice, and mentoring. In addition, I am very interested in becoming more involved in organizations such as BABAT in order to contribute to and continue the legacy of BABAT in providing a high quality regional conference as well as disseminating important policy and professional practice information to BABAT members. I believe that I am well suited to the this position based on my past experiences as a clinician with many years of experience, a researcher, past President of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, and resident in the region that BABAT serves. I would like to serve as Member at Large and as I become more familiar with the association, continue to serve in ways that are appropriate and of need to the organization.

 

Karly Cordova 

Bio:

Ms. Karly Cordova received her Bachelors Degree in Human Growth and Development in 1999 and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2001. Ms. Cordova is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership with a minor in Autism, and is in the final stages of her doctoral research comparing visual supports to video modeling in dental compliance of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Cordova has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) since 2001, consulting in schools, clinics, group homes, and private homes; and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004. Ms. Cordova has presented at statewide and local conferences, her focus in ABA is teaching client’s functional life skills and disseminating ABA through effective and systematic supervision and implementation.

Statement of Interest:

Ms. Cordova has served as the Vice-President, then subsequent President, of Gold Coast ABA, the local chapter of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) from 2011-2015. Ms. Cordova’s responsibilities included organizing quarterly CEU events, coordinating with local chapters to organize the annual conference, and writing quarterly updates for the FABA newsletter. Ms. Cordova is interested in continuing her work supporting local ABA chapters and disseminating effective ABA practices in the community through a position of Member-at-Large with BABAT.

 

Darlene Crone-Todd

Bio:

Darlene E. Crone-Todd (University of Manitoba, 2002) is a Full Professor in Psychology at Salem State University. She designed and coordinates the graduate program in Behavior Analysis, and has presented in over 50 symposiums at conferences worldwide, including time spent researching and presenting in Brazil. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals including, The Behavior Analyst TodayThe Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Substance Use and Misuse. Dr. Crone-Todd completed a post-doc at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Behavior Pharmacology in 2003. Her current research interests include human choice behavior, computer-mediated learning environments, higher-order thinking, basic and applied research in behavioral pharmacology, and shaping behavior. Ongoing projects involve behavioral interventions related to wellness, and to facilitating student success.

Statement of Interest:

I am honored to be considered for the position of Member-at-large for BABAT. I believe that my background and experience qualifies me for this role in the following ways. First, I have a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, in which I conducted both experimental and applied research in behavior analysis. Second, in my career since earning my doctorate, I have experience in contingency management with drug addiction populations, using behavior analytic methods and conceptual frameworks to develop undergraduate and graduate programs in behavior analysis, and I currently coordinate a graduate program in the field at Salem State University. My current research includes complex human behavior, including higher education applications, behavioral economics, use of technology in applications, and shaping behavior. Third, I have 14 years of experience in the role of Executive Director for the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB), in which I worked with several people over the years to create and set up the convention meeting. Currently, I serve as a program coordinator for the Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues area in the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). If I am selected for this role in BABAT, I intend to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined in the position: (a) provide consultation to the Board on matters of concern in the field within my areas of expertise; (b) participate in conference planning related needed interests and concerns related to members’ interests; and (c) attend and participate in Board meetings and special initiatives/projects. One special initiative that I have discussed with Judah Axe is the possibility of BABAT providing a venue for graduate programs to share their “pearls and perils” of ensuring effective undergraduate and graduate training in terms of quality education and adherence to external bodies such as the BACB and the MA licensing board. This arises out of discussions with others in the field who are looking for a place to meet, take workshops, and present data. Of course, I am happy to work within BABAT on projects that are of more immediate interest to the Board as well.

 

Jorge Reyes

Bio:

Jorge Reyes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Westfield State University, and serves as the director of the Masters program in Applied Behavior Analysis. He received his Masters degree from the University of North Texas in 2000 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2008. His primary area of research has focused on behavioral approaches to the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities. He was the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 25 Dissertation Award for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. He has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has served on the editorial board or as a guest editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Behavior Analyst, and the Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Statement of Interest:

I attended my first BABAT in 2008 after having just started my faculty position at Westfield State University.  I was immediately impressed with the number, quality, and the diversity of the presentations. I think it’s generally rare to find a regional conference in which basic research and philosophical issues are well represented in the program. I think that is one of the factors that makes BABAT such an important conference, and I continue to be impressed year after year. I know that many people throughout Massachusetts contribute their time and efforts to making BABAT what it is today, and I would like the opportunity to help. This is one of the primary reasons I decided to run for the Member-at-Large position.  I believe that this would be a great way to contribute to not only BABAT, but to the field of Behavior Analysis in general. As director of the graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Westfield State University, I play an important role in representing our field and educating future behavior analysts in western Massachusetts. If elected, I will do my best to continue to improve BABAT, and also do my best to represent issues and concerns relevant to behavior analysts in western Massachusetts.

 

Lindsey Snider

Bio:

Lindsey Snider, BCBA, LABA is the Vice President and Clinical Director of Proven Behavior Solutions, an ABA company providing Home-based (and soon Center-based) services throughout the South Shore and Upper Cape. She has more than 15 years of professional experience working with children; almost 10 years of that with young children & adolescents diagnosed with ASD. Lindsey has worked for various private and not-for-profit organizations providing direct ABA services and supervising teams of therapists in Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, and overseas in the United Kingdom. In December 2016, Lindsey served as the keynote speaker for the Autism Insurance Resource Center’s annual “Insurance Update” event, delivering an address on Improving Provider Quality to a large audience of ABA providers from across Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular blog post for Exceptional Lives, “Ask these 10 questions when searching for a quality ABA provider,” which has become a go-to parent resource for Boston Children’s Hospital, the AIRC, and other organizations. Furthermore, Lindsey is the Co-Founder of the new South Shore BCBAs Association, an informal group committed to providing a venue for professional development and the fostering of cooperation among local BCBAs. She is also the creator & moderator of the Massachusetts Behavior Analysts Collaborative group on Facebook. Lindsey lives with her husband and two young children in Norwell, MA.

Statement of Interest:  

The first time I saw the power of ABA to transform lives was when I was working at the direct-level in Florida. I was young, inexperienced, wasn’t well-trained, and of course knew nothing about the theory or science behind the interventions I was doing. But I saw what it did. I saw through the application of ABA that I could positively affect life outcomes, even with little understanding of what I was actually doing at the time, and from that moment on I was hooked. I have devoted my entire professional life since that moment towards becoming an expert in the application of ABA, and along the way, promoting the field to those around me. This path has taken me to multiple states and across to the UK, giving me the opportunity to develop a clinical perspective framed by best practices in various physical and fiscal environments. Now back in Massachusetts, I’ve learned even more as Co-Founder and Clinical Director of a very fast growing ABA company in the South Shore. I know the pressures facing providers as they launch their own businesses post-ARICA. I know the challenges of dealing with insurance and Medicaid, the hurdles in finding and developing the right staff, the struggle to create and refine effective processes. I also know the pressures out there for many small agencies to cut corners and act unethically, especially in a very dynamic market where there is little regulation. I can bring that perspective to the Board of BABAT to help guide future initiatives with individual BCBAs, small- and medium-sized organizations in mind. In summary, I am not a researcher, nor an academic. I am a practitioner and a leader that commits every day to improving myself and those around me, because the work that we do is too important for us to fail.

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