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 was launched in 2018 by Kelle Rich, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Founder of the Central Texas Autism Center (CTAC, est. 2003), an ABA center in Austin, TX. Kelle is a former associate of Dr. Vince Carbone, and colleague of Dr. Patrick McGreevy and Dr. Mark Sundberg who speak each year as our “VBC Founding Fathers.” The CTAC team serve as the conference hosts and planning committee.
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
Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. He is the author of the VB-MAPP, and co-author of the original ABLLS and the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He has published over 50 professional papers ... Read More + and 6 book chapters. He is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, a past-chair of ABAI’s Publication Board, and has served on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation. Dr. Sundberg has given hundreds of conference presentations and workshops nationally and internationally, and taught 80 college and university courses on behavior analysis, verbal behavior, sign language, and child development. He is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience. His awards include the 2001 “Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award” from Western Michigan University, and the 2013 “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from ABAI’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. Download Abstract
Dave Palmer earned bachelor’s degrees in geology and English in 1969, but he immediatelyabandoned all pretense of getting a responsible job. He stumbled on the book Walden Twoand spent the next decade on a soap box talking about Skinner,trying to start an experimentalcommunity, and reading the rest of the Skinner canon. Eventually he despaired of saving theworld and entere ... Read More + d graduate school in behavior analysis under John Donahoe at the Universityof Massachusetts. His main preoccupation in graduate school was extending Skinner’sinterpretations of complex behavior. In particular, he wondered how behavior analysis couldexplain memory and language, and he has spent the rest of his professional career on thesame question. Download Abstract
Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. She is currently an associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she teaches courses and supervises doctoral students in Experimental Psychology. She also holds an appointment as a part-time lecturer at Reykjavik University. ... Read More + Anna is a previous editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a previous associate editor of JABA and a current associate editor of JEAB. She is president-elect of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, a board member of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a member of the ABAI science board, and a past president of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Anna’s research encompasses both basic and applied interests and focuses primarily on verbal behavior acquisition and the relationship between verbal behavior and derived stimulus relations.
Dr. Caio Miguel is a professor of psychology and director of the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento. He holds adjunct appointments at Endicott College, MA., and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is the past-editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and past-Associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Dr ... Read More + . Miguel's research focuses on the study of verbal and verbally-mediated behaviors. He has given hundreds of professional presentations in North America, South America and Europe, and has had over 70 manuscripts published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is the recipient of the 2013-2014 award for outstanding scholarly work by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State, the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Student Committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of ABAI, and the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Barbara Esch is a behavior analyst and speech pathologist with over 30 years experience in behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked in school, home, clinic, and hospital settings. Her workshops, training symposia, and research have been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and focus on the use of behavioral ... Read More + procedures to improve speech, language, and feeding skills for individuals of all ages with a wide range of medical and educational diagnoses. Dr. Esch received her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Michigan State University. She is the author of the Early Echoic Skills Assessment, part of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008). She is the founder and past chairperson of the Speech Pathology Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research on behavioral treatments for early speech acquisition appears in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Esch is co-owner of Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC, a consulting company specializing in behavioral treatments for individuals with severe communication delays.