Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2019
December 6 and December 7, 2019
Long Island Marriott
Invited Keynote Presenter:
Louis Hagopian, PhD
Dr. Louis Hagopian is director of Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with severe behavioral dysfunction. These programs seek to integrate the activities of clinical service, research, training, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Hagopian holds the rank of professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed psychologist. He has consulted with the federal government, state agencies, disability service organizations, professional organizations for guidance on matters related to persons with autism and intellectual disabilities. This work includes the development of legislation supporting applied behavior analysis, position statements, best practice guidelines, and expert consultation. Dr. Hagopian's research has been continuously supported through several research grants from the National Institutes of Health. His research crosses disciplines, and has been published in 30 different journals covering topics including functional analysis and treatment of severe behavior disorders, the classification and treatment of automatically maintained self-injurious behavior, and methods for examining the generality of clinical procedures.
Monica Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Howard began her career at The ELIJA School in 2006 when she started as one of ELIJA’s first instructors. She quickly rose to the top as one of the most talented and dedicated ELIJA staff members. Monica’s BCBA supervision was under Dr. Bridget Taylor, BCBA-D. She received her Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at the prestigious Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center under the supervision of Keith D. Allen, PhD, BCBA-D. She completed a 6-month internship in the Severe Behavior Department as well as a 6-month internship in the Early Intervention department under the supervision of Michael Kelley, PhD, BCBA-D and Wayne Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D, some of the top names in the field. Monica also received two years of training in the Behavioral Pediatric Psychology department at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Monica has experience with consulting to home programming, clinic-based programming, school-based programming, and outreach programming.
Bobby Newman, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Joshua Jessel PhD, BCBA-DJoshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Joshua Jessel completed his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also worked with children with severe problem behavior as a clinical specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute on the neurobehavioral inpatient unit. He went on to earn his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley at Western New England University with his primary research focusing on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior exhibited by children with autism. Dr. Jessel continued to extend this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at a clinic in Fort Worth, Texas where he oversaw nearly 100 children with autism admitted to an outpatient program. Dr. Jessel has currently published over 15 articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including the flagship journal, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, where he is serving on the editorial board. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at four universities and he is currently an assistant professor at Queens College.
Suzanne Letso, BCBA
Carol Fiorile PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Fiorile holds a PhD from Teachers College Columbia University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level since May 2001, and is a NYS LBA. She is a New York State Certified Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, and holds her SAS Credential as a School Administrator. Carol has worked with students with developmental deficits and disabilities for more than 20 years, primarily with student with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Presently she works as an Adjunct Professor at City University of New York at Queens College. Carol provides Educational Consultation and Programming services to school districts in the Metropolitan New York City area in several capacities, including training staff in the implementation of the principles and strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to educational programming, as well as conducting independent Educational Evaluations, ABA Assessments, Functional Behavioral Assessments/Analyses, and developing Behavior Treatment Plans. Carol works directly with parents of children with disabilities, providing staff training to home programmers and Parent Counseling. Carol has presented at behavior analysis conferences in the United States and Europe and has several publications. She speaks fluent Italian and has traveled extensively in Europe.
Judith Ursitti- Autism Speaks
Jason Craig Harris
Jason is a 21 year-old, young adult working as a farm intern at the ELIJA Farm. He is currently exploring career options through diverse coursework at LIU and hopes to establish a major in the near future. Jason has given multiple presentations and is the star of a YouTube video -viewed nearly 5000 times- that discuss his personal educational journey and the role applied behavior analysis has played and continues to play in his transition to adulthood. Jason's passion is flight and he hopes to one day work in the airline industry.
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 a 21-year-old son with Autism.
Judge Rotenberg Educational Center
Long Island University
Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
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
*Member pricing only applies to current members of The ELIJA Foundation. Memberships purchased within 60 days of LIBAC do not qualify.
|Early Bird Registration (until 10/13/; ELIJA & NYSABA membership accepted)||Open Registration (10/14-11/15; ELIJA & NYSABA membership accepted)||
Late Registration (11/16-12/5; ELIJA membership accepted)
|Walk in Registration (ELIJA membership accepted)|
|1 Day non-member||$135||$160||$185||$215|
|1 Day member||$110||$110||$110||$110|
|2 Day non-member||$235||$285||$310||$340|
|2 Day member||$185||$185||$185||$185|
LIBAC Pre-Pay discount BACB CE's Fri & Sat: 14 credits $110 (normally $140) Fri or Sat: $60 (normally $70)
(YOU MUST DROP OFF YOUR SIGNED FORMS AT REGISTRATION DESK AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE AND CEU CERTIFICATE WILL BE MAILED TO YOU)
- Attendees belonging to school districts that will be paying the registration fee should contact ELIJA at 516-216-5270 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 15.
- 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 ELIJA at 516-216-5270 to register with a group discount.
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)
- Inside Front Cover - $1,000
- Inside Back Cover - $750
- Full-Page - $500
- Half-Page - $250
- Quarter Page - $125
Tote Bag Insert Option ($300 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 15.
Vendor Tables for Friday, December 6th Only
Vendor: $525; Non Profit: $325. Includes one 6-foot table with tablecloth and two chairs, plus one conference registration. Vendor
Table Registration deadline is November 15.
Friday, December 6th, 2019
- 7:30am-8:45am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
- 8:45am-9:00am - Welcome
- 9:00am-10:40am- Morning Keynote
- 11:00am-12:15pm- Morning Breakout Sessions
- 12:15pm-1:30pm- Luncheon and Gerald Lachter Scholarship Recipient Presentation
- 1:30pm-3:10pm- Afternoon Keynote
- 3:25pm-4:45pm- Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
- 8:30am-9:00am- Registration and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00am-12:00pm- Morning Workshop
- 12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch (on your own)
- 1:00pm-4:00pm- Afternoon Workshop
To be announced!
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, PhD, 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.
December 6 and December 7, 2019
Long Island Marriott