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The mission of the VBC is to highlight, support, and mentor practitioners and researchers who utilize the theoretical, practical and empirical information about verbal behavior in their professions. The conference is organized and hosted each year by the Central Texas Autism Center and its founder, Kelle Rich, BCBA, LBA.


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Dr. Patrick McGreevy | Ph.D, BCBA-D

Dr. McGreevy will describe how Essential for Living teaches pragmatic, verbal and non- verballanguage to children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities, including but not limited toautism. These children may be ‘stuck in level 2’ of the VB-MAPP, may have difficulty acquiringabstract concepts and conditional discriminations, and may seldom experience verbalmediati ... Read More + on, generalization, or equivalence relations. Essential for Living guides users to teachmands, listener responses to mands and text, and multipli-controlled tacts and intraverbals incontexts similar to those that occur in everyday living, without the addition of grammar andsyntax. Download Abstract

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Dr. Vincent J. Carbone | Ed.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst. He received his graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and graduate programs in Behavior Analysis offered by IESCUM, Parma, Italy, ... Read More + and at the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. He has provided the requisite university training and supervision to hundreds of board certified behavior analysts in the U.S. and overseas. He is the 2017 recipient of the “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from The Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. Currently, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinics in Rockland County, a northern suburb of New York City and in the Boston, MA, area. Additionally, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinic in London, UK, and Dubai, UAE.

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Henry D. Schlinger, Jr. | Ph.D, BCBA-D

Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology a ... Read More + t Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published more than 80 scholarly articles, chapters, and commentaries in more than 30 different journals. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B. F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project (https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org/advisory-board/). He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.

Dr. Nicole M. Rodriguez | Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Nicole Rodriguez is the Director of the Early Intervention Program in the Integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) at the Munroe-Meyer Institute as well as an Associate Professor in, and Director of, the Ph.D. program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has received training at arguably some of the top instituti ... Read More + ons in which behavior analysis is taught and applied. This includes Post-Baccalaureate training in applied behavior analysis at the University of Florida, clinical and research training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, graduate training under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson at the University of Kansas and Western New England University, and post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher. She has authored several book chapters and published peer-reviewed research studies in top journals in our field, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She received the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Education Stand-Out Award in 2017 and Researcher Stand-Out in 2019. In 2019, she also received the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Outstanding Teacher Award for her instructional excellence and outstanding achievements in teaching. In 2020, she initiated her term as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests are versatile and largely guided by her clinical work in early intervention and autism spectrum disorders. Much of her research is applied in that it has a direct clinical impact on the children and families who serve as participants. She is also interested in translational research that allows for a better understanding of the processes that underlie the efficacy of procedures. Topics of current research projects include emergent responding and generalization, faulty stimulus control, multiply-controlled verbal behavior, and safety skills.

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Dr. April N. Kisamore | Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Kisamore has been working in the field of behavior analysis for over 15 years. She worked and trained at the Marcus Institute, received her M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and completed her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Programs in Applied Behavior An ... Read More + alysis at Hunter College. Dr. Kisamore is also a co-owner and Director at North Jersey Behavioral Health Services, a center designed to provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families. Dr. Kisamore has published in areas such as verbal behavior, problem solving, social skills, functional analysis, and parent training in books and several peer-reviewed journals and presented her work at local, national, and international conferences. She is currently Past-Chair of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group, on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of Behavioral Education, has served as a guest associate editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and has served as a reviewer for several journals including The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Interventions, The Psychological Record, Education and Treatment of Children, and Learning and Behavior.

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Dr. Alice Shillingsburg | Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Shillingsburg currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Children’s Clinical Services and Training at May Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed her predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute. She previously served as the Director of the Language and Learning Clinic at the Marcus Autis ... Read More + m Center and held an appointment of Associate Professor at Emory University in the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shillingsburg is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Her clinical expertise includes the development of language and behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties and social communication deficits associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has published over 50 empirical papers and book chapters on interventions for children with autism and related developmental disabilities. She is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, editorial board member of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and is past associate editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

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Matt Cicoria | BCBA - Panel Moderator

Matt Cicoria is a behavioral and educational consultant in private practice, providing services to school and community settings in New Hampshire and Vermont. Matt earned his B.A. in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, and then his M.S. in Psychology at Auburn University under the supervision of Dr. Jim Johnston. After graduate school, Matt went to work in the f ... Read More + ield of Developmental Disabilities, with tenures at large organizations such as AdvoServ and the Institute of Professional Practice. In 2002, Matt earned his BCBA certificate, and in 2007, he started an independent consulting practice, Positive Behavioral Outcomes, LLC. His clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of problem behaviors in public school settings, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Precision Teaching. As a dissemination project, Matt created The Behavioral Observations Podcast in February of 2016. The podcast publishes long-form interviews with leading behavior analysts where current topics in the field are discussed in a casual format. Since its launch, the show has been downloaded almost 2.3 million times, and has reached audiences in over 100 countries. Matt, along with Dr. Lisa Britton, is also the author of Remote Fieldwork Supervision for BCBA© Trainees. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.


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