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

Dr. Patrick McGreevy received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Special Education, respectively, from the University of Iowa. He was a special education teacher for eight years, working with children and young adults with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education from Kansas University under the guidance of Ogden R. Lind ... Read More + sley. He has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Louisiana State University, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English, an introduction to Precision Teaching, and the founder and first editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting. He is the author of ten journal articles and a book chapter on teaching verbal behavior. He is the first author of Essential for Living, a functional skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner’s handbook based on B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. For the past 30 years, he has provided consultations for children and adults with developmental disabilities in school districts, residential programs, and hospitals, specializing in the simultaneous management of aggressive and self-injurious behavior and the teaching of communication and language skills to individuals with limited repertoires. He is board certified behavior analyst, has given hundreds of presentations and workshops around the world, and is the recipient of the Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award of the Standard Celeration Society. He is the President and Director of Consultation and Training Services for Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates. Download Abstract

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Dr. Einar Ingvarsson | Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Einar T. Ingvarsson is the Director of Training and Research at Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA), where he oversees staff training, professional development, and research projects. Einar holds a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas. He completed a post-doctoral fellowshi ... Read More + p at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia. He currently teaches behavior analysis courses at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. Einar has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters. He previously served as associate editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB), and currently serves on the editorial boards of JABA, TAVB, Behavioral Interventions, and European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Download Abstract

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Dr. Andresa De Souza | Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Andresa De Souza is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and currently serves as the Dissemination Coordinator for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB SIG). She received a Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebras ... Read More + ka Medical Center. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Marcus Autism Center and Emory University in Atlanta. During her studies, Dr. De Souza gained valuable experience in early intervention applications for children with autism, the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and autism diagnosis. She has supervised behavior analysts and worked as a consultant for international sites. She has published several peer-reviewed articles on the applications of Skinner’s verbal behavior for the intervention of children with autism and serves on the Editorial Board of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research focuses on strategies for teaching verbal behavior, the arrangement of conditions that can facilitate the emergence of novel language and decrease restricted stimulus control, and parent and teacher training. Download Abstract

Sarah Frampton
Dr. Sarah Frampton | Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Sarah Frampton is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the Psychology Department. Before accepting a faculty position, Sarah served in leadership roles in organizations providing ABA services across the country including the May Institute, Inc. and the Marcus Autism Center. Sarah has published research on interventions related to teaching new s ... Read More + kills to learners with and without disabilities across the major behavior analytic journals. Sarah has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis in Practice and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She was recognized with student research grants from 3 different Special Interest Groups within Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the award for Excellence in Behavior Analytic Research from Simmons University, and the Researcher of the Year Award from the Language and Learning Clinic at Marcus Autism Center. Download Abstract

Troy Fry
Troy Fry | BCBA

Troy Fry received his B.A. in Science and Mathematics from North Dakota State University and M.S. degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. Troy attended the University Of Kansas doctorate program in the Department of Human Development and Family life for four years. He has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for the past 25 years. Troy ... Read More + continues to work with children and adults with significant developmental disabilities in schools, clinics, hospitals, and residential programs across North America and Europe. Over the years, he has held the positions of teacher, consultant, clinical director, and chief executive officer. He is the second author of Essential for Living, a functional skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner’s handbook based on B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. Download Abstract

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Dr. Samantha Bergman | Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Samantha Bergmann is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She co-directs the Training and Research: Autism Intervention Laboratory housed in the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center and co-directs a peer-mentoring program in Housing and Residential Life called UNT Collaborative Action for the Neurodiverse ... Read More + . Her research interests include applied and transitional questions related to procedural integrity, instructional efficacy and efficiency, stimulus control, and verbal behavior. Dr. Bergmann serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and is an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Dr. Bergmann has presented at state, regional, and national conferences and has published research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Psychological Record, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and Learning and Motivation. Download Abstract

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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, working in both community and residential settings. In 2002, Matt earned his BCBA certificate, and in 2007, he started an independent consulting practice, Positive Behavioral Outcomes, LLC. Through this company, Matt has consulted with hundreds of students’ teams across northern New England. 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 2.9 million times, and has reached audiences in over 100 countries. Matt, along with Dr. Lisa Britton, is the author of Remote Fieldwork Supervision for BCBA© Trainees. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.

Lina Slim
Dr. Lina Slim | Ph.D., BCBA-D, SLP-CCC

Dr. Lina Slim is a dually certified SLP & BCBA-D with over 30 years-experience, specializing her clinical practice on supporting families and their children with autism, neurodevelopmental and behavioral challenges, speech and language differences and apraxia, providing training, supervision, and consultations to practitioners across professional disciplines, cultures ... Read More + and countries. She is Founding Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, Adjunct Professor at Endicott College ABA Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, ABA Online Program, and Teaching Faculty at Behavior Momentum India (BMI) ABAI ® approved VCS course. Her clinical and research interests focus on disseminating best practices in the application of the science of behavior analysis to support persons with autism and their families, establishing and maintaining effective functional verbal behaviors while promoting Interprofessional Culturally Aware, Responsive and Person-Centered Collaborative Practices (AICARe-Collaboration). Dr. Slim presents and consults nationally and internationally and has published several peer-reviewed research and book chapters. Dr. Slim is the recipient of the 2005 Children Empowerment Award and the 2014 New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award. She is past-Chair of NJSHA Interprofessional Autism Conference, Board of Directors Member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT), past co-chair and current member of the NJSHA-NJABA Collaborative Practice Group, Chief Communication Officer Liaison of Behavior Analysis SIG on Supervision to the ABAI (BASIGS), Board Member of ABAC, Inc., Internal Continuing Education Committee, Executive Member of the Speech and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) ABAI SIG, and BACB ® Subject Matter Expert on the Item Review Committee. Dr. Slim brings a unique personal and behavior analytic perspective on interprofessional collaboration, cultural responsiveness, and humility, by drawing from her diverse cultural, linguistic, and professional background, as well as from her extensive clinical practice working with culturally and linguistically diverse families nationally and internationally.

Schedule

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THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2023

DAY 1

7:15-8:15

Registration, Breakfast Tacos, and Coffee Bar (in person)

8:15-8:25

Opening Remarks, Kelle Rich, BCBA, LBA

8:30-9:30

Dr. Lina Slim, 'Speech Production: There is More Than What the Eyes Can See and the Ears Can Hear!', Part 1 (1 BACB Learning CEU)

9:35-10:35

Dr. Andresa De Souza, 'Language Intervention for Minimally-Verbal Children: Establishing Verbal Behavior Foundation' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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10:35-10:50

BREAK

10:55-11:55

Dr. Einar Ingvarsson, 'Revisiting Topography-Based and Selection-Based Verbal Behavior' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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11:55-12:55

LUNCH

1:00-2:00

Dr. Sarah Frampton, 'Getting More with Less Using Matrix Training' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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2:05-3:05

Dr. Samantha Bergman, 'Will Intraverbals Emerge Following Instructive Feedback?' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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3:05-3:25

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3:30-4:30

Troy Fry, 'An Overview of the EFL Program Analysis Tool (P.A.T.) and Review of Early Results' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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4:35-5:35

All Presenters, Mediator - Matt Cicoria of Behaviorial Observations Podcast (1 BACB Learning CEU)

5:45-7:45

Poster Presentations/Cocktail Party

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

DAY 2

7:15-8:15

Coffee Bar (in person)

8:15-8:25

Opening Remarks, Kelle Rich/Matt Cicoria

8:30-9:30

Dr. Lina Slim, 'Speech Production: There is More Than What the Eyes Can See and the Ears Can Hear!', Part 2 (1 BACB Learning CEU)

9:35-10:35

Dr. Andresa De Souza, 'Emergence of Verbal Operants and the Development of Advanced Repertoire in Children with Autism' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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10:35-10:50

BREAK

10:55-11:55

Dr. Einar Ingvarsson, 'The Functional and Ethical Implications of Behavior-Speak, or: How to Talk About Behavior Analysis Like a “Lay-person” Person' (1 BACB Learning Ethics CEU)

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11:55-12:55

LUNCH

1:00-2:00

Dr. Sarah Frampton, 'Applications of Skinner’s Analysis of Problem Solving to Teach Complex Behaviors' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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2:05-3:05

Dr. Samantha Bergman, 'The Cat is Being Brushed by the Dog: The Role of Automatic Reinforcement in Grammar' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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3:05-3:25

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3:30-4:30

Dr. Patrick McGreevy, 'Four Essential Components of Instruction and Eight Elemental Teaching Procedures for Children and Adults with Limited Skill Repertoires and the Need for Extensive Levels of Support' (1 BACB Learning CEU)

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POSTER PRESENTATION

We will be hosting a Poster Session at this year’s conference. For poster submission information, please click here.

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