Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Invited Panel #436
CE Offered: BACB
Licensing of Behavior Analysts
Monday, May 26, 2008
2:30 PM–3:50 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Henry S. Pennypacker (University of Florida)
CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D.
Panelists: T. V. JOE LAYNG (Headsprout), JAMES A. MULICK (The Ohio State University), MICHAEL F. DORSEY (The Vinfen Corporation and Gordon College), JOSEPH D. CAUTILLI (Children Crisis Treatment Center/St. Joseph's University)

In recent years, the need for qualified behavior analysts meeting has been growing nationally. A particular need area for services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, and Aspergers syndrome is on the rise. There appear to be many more individuals, providers, and schools in need of services by qualified behavior analysts, which is exemplified by the data indicating alarmingly high rates of autism in the United States. Thus, there has been a strain on systems that are unable to provide needed services, in part due to fewer available BACB certificants than need may dictate. Additionally, behavior analysts typically are not eligible for third party payment by Medicaid or managed care, and there is a need to ensure consumer protection and adherence to ethical standards. One approach that has been proposed to address these concerns is pursuing licensure for behavior analysts. Proponents of licensure believe it would permit service delivery by qualified behavior analysts, will allow for greater assurance of meeting ethical standards and enhanced consumer protection, and increase likelihood of third party payment. The panel will present both pro and con views, and permit the audience to form its own opinions on this important issue.

T. V. JOE LAYNG (Headsprout)
Dr. T. V. Joe Layng co-founded Headsprout and serves as the company's Senior Scientist where he led the scientific team that developed Headsprout’s patented Generative Learning Technology. This technology forms the basis of the company’s Headsprout Early Reading program, for which Joe was the chief architect. From 1991 to 1996, Joe was the Director of the Academic Support Center, and then Dean of Public Agency and Special Training Programs and member of the President's Executive Committee at Malcolm X College in Chicago. At Malcolm X College, Joe founded the Personalized Curriculum Institute (PCI), based on the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction, for those students with high school diplomas who had skills below the eighth-grade level. He served as CEO for a computer software development and publishing firm in the 1980's. Joe has extensive experience in instructional design, both animal and human learning sciences research, and clinical behavior analysis. His clinical practice has focused primarily on adult therapy, though not exclusively. Joe, along with others at the Behavior Analysis Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago, collaborated with Israel Goldiamond in the development and application of Systemic versus Topical functional analysis and treatment. He has provided training and served as a learning science and clinical behavior analysis consultant to corporations, universities, public agencies, and mental health facilities for over thirty years. With Dr. Paul T. Andronis and Dr. Israel Goldiamond, Joe helped perform and publish the basic experimental work and lay the conceptual foundation for contingency adduction. Contingency adduction provides an account of how behavior shaped in one set of circumstances can be recruited for an entirely different function in another set of circumstances. He also performed and published basic experimental research on some of the variables leading to the relapse of clinically significant behavior, as well as on constructional approaches to clinical intervention. Joe holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science (Biopsychology) from The University of Chicago.
JAMES A. MULICK (The Ohio State University)
Prof. James A. Mulick received his B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, and then completed graduate studies at the University of Vermont, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in general psychology, specializing in learning and behavioral development. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the Child Development Institute, Division for Disorders of Development and Learning, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has held clinical supervisory positions at Murdoch Center, Butner, NC, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, MA, and the Child Development Center of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Dr. Mulick has taught and held graduate faculty appointments at Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island, and the Brown University Program in Medicine, and presently has a joint appointment as Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychology at The Ohio State University, Columbus. Professor Mulick has published over 100 articles, chapters and books in the areas of learning, developmental psychobiology, behavior analysis, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, policy analysis, and curriculum development for advanced and postdoctoral professional education. He is co-editor of the award winning Handbook of Mental Retardation, as well as the books Parent-Professional Partnerships in Developmental Disability Services, Manual of Diagnosis and Professional Practice in Mental Retardation, and Prevention of Developmental Disabilities, Controversial Therapies for Developmental Disabilities, Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He was the Series Editor of the four-volume Transitions in Mental Retardation monograph publication sponsored by Northeast Region X of the American Association on Mental Retardation. He is a member of the editorial review boards of Disability and Health Journal and Behavioral Interventions and reviews for many scientific journals. Dr. Mulick has served in elected and appointed leadership roles in several scientific and professional societies, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology, and the American Psychological Society, and a Clinical Fellow of the Behavior Therapy and Research Society. He has been elected to the APA Council of Representatives representing the Division of MRDD. He served as a founding board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment until 2002 and continues in an advisory role, and he serves on the advisory board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Professional Psychology from APA in 1998. Research interests include basic and applied behavior analysis, ecological methods in behavior analysis, early childhood and developmental psychopathology, mental retardation, psychopharmacology, and policy analysis relating to children and the handicapped.
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (The Vinfen Corporation and Gordon College)
Dr. Michael F. Dorsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and a licensed Psychologist. He is the Director of Clinical Services in the Mental Retardation Division of the Vinfen Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Director of Graduate Instruction for the Summit Academy Institute at Gordon College. Additionally, Dr. Dorsey is the Founding President of the Greater Boston Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Dorsey earned his Ph.D. in Psychology, with a specialization in applied behavior analysis, from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979, where he was one of Dr. Brian Iwata’s first doctoral students. During his career, Dr. Dorsey has had the unique privilege to serve on the faculty of several prestigious Universities and Colleges, including The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an author/co-author of many professional publications, including participating with Dr. Iwata in the seminal article in the development of the Functional Analysis/Assessment methodology. Currently Dr. Dorsey spends much of his professional time conducting Independent Educational Evaluations for parents and school districts. He has testified as an Expert Witness in numerous Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases, as well as an Expert Witness in various Probate, Superior, and Federal Court cases involving the education and treatment of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Dr. Dorsey is an authority in the area of functional analysis, the education of children diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and the treatment of severe challenging behavior.
JOSEPH D. CAUTILLI (Children Crisis Treatment Center/St. Joseph's University)
Dr. Joseph D. Cautilli received his first masters from Temple University in Counseling Psychology and his second through Temple University’s Applied Behavior Analysis program in Special Education. He completed his Ph.D. in 2005 in school psychology from Temple University. He is licensed in Pennsylvania as a counselor and is board-certified in behavior analysis. Dr. Cautilli has served as adjunct professor at two major universities. At Temple, he taught over a dozen courses in regular education, special education, and applied behavior analysis including courses on Behavioral Consultation over the course of seven years. Currently, he serves as faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis Masters sub-track within the Criminal Justice Program at St. Joseph’s University, a program he designed. Dr. Cautilli has extensive editorial experience and severed as the Lead and founding editor for 6 journals to date. Dr. Cautilli has extensive experience in both the clinical and managerial aspects of behavioral health rehabilitation programs for children. He has written numerous articles on the subject. Dr. Cautilli also serves as an appellate due process officer in the state of Pennsylvania. He has decided on more than 100 opinions and has written more than 30. He is an active member of the behavioral community and has founded over 10 list serves on behavior analysis. In addition, he has been an active ABAI member founding three Special Interest Groups and serving as the chair of an additional special interest group.



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