Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2022


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LIBAC 2022

December 2 and December 3, 2022
Marriott Melville Long Island

1350 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747




Invited Keynote Presenter:
Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D


I’d prefer my biography to reflect the most vital and meaningful things in my life, so I should prioritize writing about my family, friends, and love for heavy metal. Alas, this is a professional biography, so it is more appropriate to focus on the fact that I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical & School Psychology from Hofstra in 1998 under the supervision of Kurt Salzinger and Richard O’Brien. I am the founder of Pickslyde Consulting, an organization aimed at using evidence-based applications to improve performance, safety, and wellness in the workplace. I serve as an associate professor for Touro University in the Doctor of Psychology program in New York City. I am the past-president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International gave me the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014. I have several publications applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to clinical issues, leadership, and behavioral health, and appeared on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and The Oprah Winfrey Network discussing anxiety disorders and hoarding. I am also a Recognized ACTrainer and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Title: TBD

Invited Presenters:

Suzanne Letso, M.A. BCBA
Licensed Behavior Analyst in CT, MA, NY
Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne Letso is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Milestones Behavioral Services (formerly Connecticut Center for Child Development). Suzanne currently serves as the Vice President of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council, as a member of the the Scientific Advisory Board for the Organization for Autism Research, as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Marrakech, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Elijah Foundation.

Suzanne has also served as the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and has participated in the establishment and management of a number of other service organizations, autism-related initiatives, and state task forces. Suzanne was the recipient of: the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts’ 2016 Jerry Shook Award, which honors individuals whose achievements have enhanced the value of sound professional credentials in the practice of applied behavior analysis; the Marrakech Founders’ Advocacy Award in 2009; and Enterprising Women magazine’s Advocate of the Year Award in 2007. In recognition of Milestones 20th Anniversary, Suzanne received Milestones Going the Extra Miles Founders Award.

Suzanne is a registered lobbyist for the Connecticut General Assembly, and has worked as an advocate on a number of legislative issues in the states of Connecticut and Alaska. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed as a Behavior Analyst in New York and Massachusetts. She holds #000001 license in Connecticut as a Behavior Analyst.

As an expert in her field, Suzanne is invited to speak at large conferences and small events around the world. Through Milestones, Suzanne is part of the team that works to initiate or grow ABA schools and programs in other states.

She is also the parent of a son with autism.

Art Dowdy, PhD, BCBA-D

Art Dowdy, PhD, BCBA-D earned his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and his PhD in Special Education while concentrating in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently a faculty member at Temple University, who shares his time between the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education programs. Dr. Dowdy has been fortunate to experience the professions of special education and applied behavior analysis both as a practitioner and researcher. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Dowdy was a clinical Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) at a residential treatment facility where he implemented behavioral interventions to support children who displayed severe challenging behavior. Dr. Dowdy has developed behavior treatment plans to address challenging behavior and teach adaptive skills in the school, home, and community settings. He has also spent years as a certified special education teacher. Dr. Dowdy has presented his research at both national and international conferences and samples of his research can be found in The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Education and Treatment of Children among others. Moreover, he is frequently called on to review research submitted to the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Perspectives on Behavior Science, and Exceptional Children.


Mary E. McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. McDonald is a Professor in the Special Education Department at Hofstra University. She directs an online Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and the Advanced Certificate Programs including the advanced certificate in ABA and the Advanced Certificate in Severe and Multiple Disabilities. She currently teaches courses related to autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis and single subject research. Dr. McDonald serves as Associate Executive Director of Long Island Programs for Eden II/Genesis. She has over 30 years of experience directing programs for students with autism from early intervention through adulthood. Dr. McDonald completed her PhD in Learning Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level and a licensed behavior analyst in NY and Connecticut. Dr. McDonald serves on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice, Special Education, Research, Policy and Practice and The Journal of the Academy of Special Education Professionals as well as a number of advisory boards.   She presents at local, national and international conferences on the topics of autism and applied behavior analysis. She has received awards from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and The Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has published a book on including students with ASD as well as chapters on technology and evidence-based interventions.  She has published peer-reviewed and popular articles on topics such as: self-management, social reciprocity, PECS, scripts and semantic mapping, creativity and universal design for learning.

Title:  Promoting Conversation Skills Using Scripts, Mapping and Social Reciprocity


Individuals with ASD exhibit daily challenges in communication.  They may respond to initiations or initiate basic requests when communicating with an adult or peer, however, engaging in a conversation presents a much greater challenge. This presentation will focus on the use of scripts, semantic maps and social reciprocity to increase conversation skills.  Existing evidence-based research and potential strengths and limitations of interventions will be discussed.   

Time Ordered Agenda:

5 mins                 Discussion of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and

language ability

10 mins               Discussion of the behavioral research and application of scripts

10 mins               Potential strengths and limitations of using scripts

5 mins                 Discussion of the research and application of the use of semantic maps

10 mins               Potential strengths and limitations of using semantic maps

10 mins              The importance of social reciprocity          

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify several articles depicting use of scripts to increase conversation skills
  2. Identify potential strengths and limitations of scripts
  3. Identify potential strengths and limitations of semantic maps   
  4. Identify a use of social reciprocity in conversational programming

Amy Davies Lackey, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Director of Education, Manhattan Childrens Center

/Dr. Amy Davies Lackey received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University Teachers College.  She was the recipient of the Nelle Taylor Award in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst whose expertise is in the education of individuals with autism as well as their families.  Her diverse teaching experiences include regular education, incarcerated juvenile violent offenders in special education, mainstream settings, parent education and collaboration, and teaching individuals with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 25 years.  Her research has been presented at numerous conferences in the field. Her research has focused on observational learning, Direct Instruction, teacher training, parent education with student with autism and related disabilities. Dr. Davies Lackey is currently the Director of Education at Manhattan Childrens Center, an adjunct professor of education for several universities, currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Special Education Research, Policy & Practice and is a behavioral consultant to organizations and families.

Monica Howard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Executive Director, The ELIJA School

Monica 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D.,BCBA-D and Wayne Fisher, Ph.D., 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.

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 currentmembers of The ELIJA Foundation. Memberships purchased within 60 days of LIBAC do not qualify. Purchase membership here


Early Bird Registration

Until 10/13

Open Registration 10/14-11/15

Late Registration


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



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.

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 (Friday 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 - $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 2nd 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 2nd, 2022

Morning Address- 8:45am-9:00am

Morning Keynote- 9:00am-10:40am

Morning Breakout Session (A/B) 11:00am-12:15am

Lunch 12:15-1:15pm

Afternoon Keynote 2:15pm-3:05pm

Afternoon Breakout Session (A/B) 3:25pm-4:40pm

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

  • Morning Workshop-9:00am-Noon
  • Afternoon Workshop 1:00pm-4:00pm


To be announced


Marriott Melville Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747


LI-BAG was founded by Debora Thivierge, Bobby Newman, JoAnn Scanlon, and Karen Mulcahy-Walsh, who recognized the need to support Behavior Analysts in the Long Island area servicing children and adults with developmental disabilities. LI-BAG serves as a resource, a professional networking group, and a support to the professionals who provide support to families. Another vital role of LI-BAG is to provide a strong, unified body to represent its members in the professional community, to highlight the value of ABA and create standard bestpractice guidelines. The LIBAC Conference was a natural outgrowth of LI-BAG’s mission. The conference affords an opportunity for BCBAs practicing on Long Island and throughout the Tri-State area to learn from top experts in the field.

Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA Deb@ELIJA.org

Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Founder and CEO 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. She is currently serving as a board member for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council to help address the need for professional development opportunities within the field of Behavior Analysis. 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. Her most recent projects include inclusive housing initiatives and expanding work opportunities for people living with autism. She has a 24 year old son with Autism.

Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York and Tennessee, and Licensed Psychologist. Affectionately known as the Dark Overlord of ABA, Bobby is the first author on thirteen books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, utopian literature, and fitness. 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 Executive Director of Clinical Services for Proud Moments. Bobby is also a certified personal trainer, obstacle course racer and marathoner and is an Ambassador for the Great Sportsmanship Programme. Bobby teaches non-violent crisis intervention philosophy and techniques for agencies and families. Bobby was a final four finalist for the 2016 For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award.

JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA JScanlon@mksallc.com

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 25 years as a therapist, consultant and administrator. For 15 years, JoAnn was an adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Early Childhood Special Education program. She has been an active member of both the Nassau and the Suffolk Early Intervention (LEICC) Committee on Autism for 20 She 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 and has been affiliated with Elija from its inception. In partnership with Autism Care Partners, her company, MKSA now operates a clinic that provides services to individuals with Autism through private insurance. 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, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA Kwalsh@lidevcon.com

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 2022

December 2 and December 3, 2022
Marriott Melville Long Island

1350 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747




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