Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2018


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LIBAC 2018

November 30 and December 1, 2018
Long Island Marriott

Uniondale, NY




Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2018


Iser DeLeon, PhD, BCBA-D​
, President, Behavior Analyst Certification Board & Professor at the University of Florida

Iser DeLeon earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, where he is now Professor in the Department of Psychology. Recent prior positions include Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of Research Development for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. DeLeon is also the current President of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and has served as Associate Editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. His research has focused on assessment and treatment of aberrant behavior in persons with neurodevelopmental disorders, identification of preferences and determinants of choice, and translation of basic behavioral processes towards enhancing therapeutic and instructional outcomes.

Social Motivation Theories of Autism: Is Insensitivity to Social Reward Really the Problem?

Abstract: Some theories of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) implicate a neurobiologically driven insensitivity to social reward as the basis for social deficits, and less directly, other core diagnostic symptoms of ASD. This is sometimes referred to as the Social Motivation Theory of Autism and has, on occasion, been used as a basis for avoiding social reinforcers when working with children with ASD. In this talk, I will review and discuss evidence, from my lab and others’, for and against this insensitivity. I will specifically consider: 1) studies on identifying or verifying socially-mediated reinforcers in ASD; 2) studies that compare social and non-social reinforcers in ASD; and 3) studies that compare social reward in persons with and without ASD. I will conclude with questions that need to be answered to make sense of these theories.


Nicole DeRosa, Psy.D., BCBA-D, LBA, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Functional Communication Training: Unique Considerations in Applied Settings

Abstract: Functional communication training (FCT) is one of the most commonly used reinforcement-based treatments for challenging behavior. Generally, FCT involves three stages: 1) identifying the reinforcers that maintain challenging behavior via a functional analysis (FA), 2) selecting and teaching an alternative, communication response to replace challenging behavior, and 3) generalizing the treatment to the individual’s natural environment. Decades of research have identified several procedural considerations that affect the success of FCT across the various treatment stages previously noted. In this presentation, I will review the literature on the variables that affect FCT, as well as discuss examples from my own clinical work. Discussion will highlight areas of focus for practitioners implementing FCT treatments in addition to considerations for future research.


  • Monica R. Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Associate Executive Director, The ELIJA School
  • Bryan Blair, PhD, LABA, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor, Long Island University-Brooklyn
  • Joshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Queens College
  • Carol Fiorile, PhD, BCBA-D, CUNY Queens College
  • Ilana Slaff MD, Ilana Slaff Medical PLLC
  • Benigno Alonso Alvarez, PhD, BCBA-D, LIU Post
  • Lauren Hyman, MA., BCBA, LBA, Senior Behavior Analyst, The ELIJA School
  • Colleen Kocher, MA., BCBA, LBA, Senior Behavior Analyst, The ELIJA School

Gerald Lachter Scholarship Fund: This fund exists to honor the memory of Dr. Gerald Lachter, our dear friend and colleague. Each year at LIBAC, one promising individual will receive a grant to help further his or her education in Behavior Analysis at LIU Post or Queens College. Please consider making a donation to the fund.








The ELIJA Foundation is an approved provider of BACB Type II CE credits. BACB® Provider OP-07-0143



  Early Bird Registration (until 10/15/; ELIJA & NYSABA membership accepted) Open Registration (10/16-11/16; ELIJA & NYSABA membership accepted)

Late Registration (11/17-11/28; ELIJA membership accepted)

Walk in Registration (ELIJA membership accepted)
1 Day non-member $130 $155 $180 $200
1 Day member $105 $105 $105 $105
2 Day non-member $230 $280 $305 $325
2 Day member $180 $180 $180 $180


  • Attendees belonging to school districts that will be paying the registration fee should contact Kim Hoffman at Kim@ELIJA.org directly to register.
  • To be eligible for member pricing, attendees must be a member of The ELIJA Foundation at least 60 days prior to conference date, or a member of NYSABA. NYSABA Member pricing expires on November 16.
  • Organizations who register 10 people or more will receive a 10% discount. Payment must be made under one purchase order to receive the group discount. Please call Kim Hoffman at 516-216-5270 to register with a group discount.

Sponsorships (Click here for Sponsorship and Vendor Packet)

SOLD OUT! Continuous Reinforcer - $10,000
Logo Displayed Alongside LIBAC, Logo Displayed on promotional giveaway, Signage Displayed During Conference, Verbal Recognition During Conference, Outside Back Cover Ad, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Vendor Table (Fri & Sat), Conference Registration for 14 People.

Primary Reinforcer - $7,500

Logo Displayed Alongside LIBAC, Signage Displayed During Conference, Verbal Recognition During Conference, Inside Front Cover Ad, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Vendor Table (Fri Only), Conference Registration for 10 People

Conditioned Reinforcer (Professional Networking Event & Poster Session) - $5,000
Signage Displayed During Conference, Full Page Ad, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Vendor Table (Friday Only), Conference Registration for 4 People

Premack Reinforcer - $2,500
Signage Displayed at Lunch and During Conference, Full Page Ad, Logo on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Vendor Table (Fri Only), Conference Registration for 2 People

Generalized Reinforcer - $1,000
Signage Displayed at Lunch and During Conference, Full Page Ad, Logo on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Vendor Table (Fri Only)

Conference Program

  • Inside Front Cover - $1,000  
  • Inside Back Cover - $750 
  • Full-Page - $500
  • Half-Page - $250
  • Quarter Page - $100

Tote Bag Insert Option ($250 per inserted item) - Send us your brochures, flyers, pens, etc. We will make sure that your goodies are in every attendees bag. Please provide us with 300 of each item you want inserted.

Sponsorship Registration deadline is November 12.

Vendor Tables for November 30th Only

Vendor: $500; Non Profit: $300. Includes one 6-foot tbale with tablecloth and two chairs, plus one conference registration. Vendor

Table Registration deadline is November 12.


Friday, November 30th, 2018

  • 7:30am-8:45am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45am-9:00am - Welcome: JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA, Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA, Karen Mulcahy-Walsh, BCBA, LBA
  • 9:00am-10:40am- Morning Keynote: Iser DeLeon, PhD, BCBA-D
  • 11:00am-12:15pm- Morning Breakout Sessions
    • Session A: Joshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D
    • Session B: Carole Fiorile, PhD, BCBA-D, Ilana Slaff MD
    • Sesssion C: Monica Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
  • 12:15pm-1:30pm- Luncheon and Gerald Lachter Scholarship Recipient Presentation
  • 1:30pm-3:10pm- Afternoon Keynote: Nicole DeRosa, Psy.D., BCBA-D, LBA
  • 3:25pm-4:45pm- Afternoon Breakout Sessions
    • Session A: Monica Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
    • Session B: Bryan Blair, PhD, BCBA-D
    •  Session C: Benigno Alonso Alvarez, PhD, BCBA-D - NEW! See below for details.
  • 5:30-7:30pm- SPECIAL EVENT! Professional Networking Event & Poster Session

NEW this year! An Introduction to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy. Presented in Spanish with Benigno Alonso Alvarez, PhD, BCBA-D. 

Register for this session HERE if you are not already attending LIBAC.

Abstract: This talk is an introduction to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. The first goal of the talk will be to describe its main characteristics. I will discuss the scientific evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of this therapy. I will compare ABA therapy to other therapies whose efficacy is not proven. I will also try to clarify some myths and misunderstandings about ABA therapy. Finally, I will discuss the difficulties for Spanish-speaking families to access ABA therapy. This talk is for caregivers of people with developmental disorders. It is also for people interested in training and certification in ABA therapy.

Abstracto: Esta charla es una introducción a la terapia ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). El primer objetivo de la charla será describir sus principales características. Discutiré la evidencia científica que demuestra la efectividad de esta terapia. Compararé la terapia ABA con otras terapias cuya eficacia no está probada. También intentaré aclarar algunos mitos y malentendidos sobre la terapia ABA. Finalmente, discutiré las dificultades de las familias de habla hispana para acceder a esta terapia. Esta charla está dirigida a los cuidadores de personas con trastornos del desarrollo. También es para personas interesadas en capacitación y certificación en terapia ABA.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

  • 8:30am-9:00am- Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am-12:00pm- Morning Workshop- Supervision
    • Monica Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Lauren Hyman, BCBA, LBA Colleen Kocher, MA., BCBA, LBA
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm- Afternoon Workshop- Ethics


  • LIDC
  • Autism Speaks
  • Proud Moments
  • Life's WORC Family Center for Autism
  • QBS, Inc.
  • New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc.
  • Judge Rotenberg Educational Center

Hotel: Long Island Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553. Please call 516-794-3800 or 800-228-9290 to make your hotel reservations by November 8th. ELIJA has reserved a block of rooms from November 29th-November 30th

Your LIBAC Committee:

Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA
Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Executive Director and Founder of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation,  the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA's Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. For the past 18 years, she has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. She has an 20 year old son with Autism.

Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. Affectionately known as the Dark Overlord of ABA, Bobby is the first author of ten books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, and utopian literature. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles and has hosted two series of radio call-in shows. Bobby is the Past-President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. He is the director of Room to Grow. Bobby teaches non-violent crisis intervention philosophy and techniques for agencies and families.

JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA
JoAnn received her BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany and her MS in Special Education from Adelphi University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst. JoAnn is the co-owner and Executive Director of MKSA LLC, an agency that provides services to children with autism and other developmental delays. She has worked in this field for the last 20 years as a therapist, consultant and administrator. JoAnn is currently an adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Early Childhood Special Education Program. She has been an active member of both the Nassau County and the Suffolk County Early Intervention (LEICC) Committee on Autism for 16 years and chairs the Suffolk committee. She has presented numerous presentations and workshop for parents and professionals; school districts and the Departments of Health. JoAnn serves on the Board of Directors of the ELIJA School. She volunteers her time to various organizations in support of children with special needs, and professional organizations striving to improve the quality services provided to those children. She is also the parent of an adult son with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Karen Mulcahy-Walsh, MS Ed, BCBA, LBA
Karen Mulcahy-Walsh, MS.Ed, BCBA is a NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst and currently Executive Director at LIDC, a consulting and service provision agency on Long Island. She completed her Masters of Science in Education from Dowling College as well as receiving a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Technology. As an educator for over 20 years, Karen has devoted her career to working with children with autism. She works continuously with school districts to develop and provide appropriate programming for students with autism. In addition to working with LIDC, Ms. Walsh is an adjunct lecturer at St. Joseph’s college and educational program consultant to the multimedia firm of Launch Into Learning, LLC.

LIBAC 2018

November 30 and December 1, 2018
Long Island Marriott

Uniondale, NY



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