Guest Presenters

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA

Reducing Anxiety-Related and Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
June 2018 Quarterly meeting

Current Interests

  • Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.

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Minahan, J. & Rappaport, N. (2012) The Behavior Code A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students. Cambridges, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Minahan, J., & Rappaport, N. (2013).Cracking the Behavior Code: Effective Interventions for Students with Anxiety. In A. Honigsfeld & A. Cohan (Eds.), Breaking the mold of classroom management: What educators should know and do to enable student success (pp. 77-85). Lanham, MD: R&L Education.

Minahan, J. (2017/2018)  Helping Anxious Students Move ForwardEducational Leadership.  75(4), pp. 44-50.

Francesca degli Espinosa, PhD, BCBA-D

Teaching Complex Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism
March 2017 Quarterly meeting

Personal Pages

Current Interests

  • Francesca Degli Espionosa, PhD, BCBA-D, has co-authored numerous articles and presented at conferences such as Penn State’s National Autism Conference and ABAI 2015. Dr. Espinosa learned about ABA in 1996 during her first year as a psychology undergraduate at Goldsmith’s College, London. In 2001, she obtained a position at the University of Southampton to design the clinical supervision for SCAmP, a research project that resulted in publication of the first UK–based EIBI outcome study (Remington et al., 2007). While leading this intervention, she developed an instructional curriculum based solely on the functional analysis of language — work that later came to form the central focus of her doctoral thesis (Degli Espinosa, 2011). Her research and clinical work in the United Kingdom and Italy continue to prioritize development of effective procedures for engendering complex and generalized verbal behavior in individuals with autism and/or language disorders, and she remains committed to broadening knowledge and understanding of how ABA can improve people’s lives. She enjoys teaching behavior analysis across a number of European master’s courses and has had the honor of mentoring many of the certified BCBAs in Italy, her home country.

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Remington, B., Hastings, R. P., Kovshoff, H., degli Espinosa, F., Jahr, E., Brown, T., Alsford, P., Lemaic, M., & Ward, N. J. (2007). A field effectiveness study of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention: Outcomes for children with autism and their parents after two years. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 112, 418-438.

Charman, T., Howlin, P., Aldred, C., Baird, G., degli Espinosa, F., Diggle, T., Kovshoff, H., Law, J., Le Couteur, A., MacNiven, J., Magiati, I., Martin, N., McConachie, H., Peacock, S., Pickles, A., Randle, V., Slonims, V., Wolke, D. (2001). Research into early intervention for children with autism and related disorders: methodological and design issues. Report on a workshop funded by the Wellcome Trust, Institute of Child Health, London, UK, November 2001. Autism, 7, 217-225.

Hastings, R. P., Kovshoff, H., Brown, T., Ward, N.J., degli Espinosa, F., Remington, B. (2005). Coping strategies in Mothers and Fathers of pre-school and school age children with Autism. Autism, 9, 377-391.

John Borgen, PsyD, BCBA-D

Introduction to Pediatric Feeding Disorders
January 2017 Webinar

Personal Pages

Current Interests

  • Currently Dr. Borgen is currently faculty and ACS coordinator at Oregon Tech.  Dr. Borgen is looking to grow behavior analysis programs at Oregon Tech as well as provide pediatric feeding and other behavior analytic services to residents of Klamath Falls and the rest of Oregon.

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Sharp, W. G., Berry, R. C., McCracken, C., Nuhu, N. N., Marvel, E., Saulnier, C. A., Jaquess, D. L. (2013). Feeding Problems and Nutrient Intake in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Meta-analysis and Comprehensive Review of the Literature. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 2159-2173. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1771-5

Sharp, W. G., Jaquess, D. L., Morton, J. F., & Herzinger, C. V. (2010). Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A Quantitative Synthesis of Treatment Outcomes. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 13, 348-365. doi:10.1007/s10567-010-0079-7

Gina Green, PhD, BCBA-D

Upholding Professional Standards in the Regulation of ABA Practitioners
October 2016 Webinar

Personal Pages

Current Interests

  • Currently Dr. Green is the Executive Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, a nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting and advancing the science-based practice of behavior analysis through public policy advocacy and informing, supporting, and protecting practitioners and consumers.

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Ahearn, W. H., Green, G., Riordan, M. M., & Weatherly, N. L. (2015). Evaluating the Quality of Behavior Analytic Practitioner Training Programs. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 8(2), 149–151.

Ennio Cipani, PhD, BCBA-D

Supervising the Conduct & Writing of Functional Behavior Assessments
September 2016 quarterly meeting Webinar

Personal Pages

Current Interests

  • Dr. Cipani teaches at National University, authors many articles and books, and is actively practicing as a licensed psychologist providing behavioral interventions to parents and educators.

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Cipani, Ennio. 2009. Punishment on Trial, a resource guide to child discipline

James Carr, PhD, BCBA-D

An Update on the BACB & Changes to the BACB Ethics and Disciplinary Systems
February 2016 quarterly meeting

Research Projects

  • Dr. Carr is currently engaged in a variety of research projects conducted by the BACB regarding the profession, education, certification of behavior analysts.

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Geiger, K.B., Carr, J.E., LeBlanc, L.A., Hanney,N.M., Polick, A.S. & Heinicke, M.R.(2012). Teaching receptive discriminations to children with autism: a comparison of traditional and embedded discrete trial teachingBehavior Analysis in Practice (2014) 5(2): 49-59.

Sarah Hansen, MA

Joint Attention: presentation of a single case study
October 2015 quarterly meeting

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Hansen, S. G., Blakely, A. W., Dolata, J. K., Raulston, T. & Machalicek, W. (2014). Children with Autism in the Inclusive Preschool Classroom: A Systematic Review of Single-Subject Design Interventions on Social Communication Skills. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, (2014) 1:192–206. DOI: 10.1007/s40489-014-0020-y

Tony Biglan, PhD

The Nurture Effect: how the science of human behavior can improve our lives and our world
July 2015 quarterly meeting


The Psych Report

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Biglan, A., Hayes, S. C., & Pistorello, J. (2008). Acceptance and Commitment: Implications for Prevention Science. Prevention Science : The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 9(3), 139–152.

Biglan, A., Flay, B.R., Embry, D.D., & Sandler, I. N. (2012). The Critical Role of Nurturing Environments for Promoting Human Well-Being. American Psychologist, May-June 2012, 257-271. 

Embry, D. D., & Biglan, A. (2008). Evidence-based Kernels: Fundamental Units of Behavioral Influence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 11(3), 75–113.

Tim Hackenberg, PhD

Token Economy: bridging the gap between science and application
March 2015 quarterly meeting

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Hackenberg, T.D. (2009). Token reinforcement: A review and analysis. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 91, 257-286.

Ryan Olson, PhD

Behavioral Interventions for Total Worker Health
November 2014 quarterly meeting

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The COMPASS pilot study: a total worker Health™ intervention for home care workers

Travis Thompson, PhD, LP

Compulsive Behavior and Anxiety in Autism: Management and Treatment
May 2014 quarterly meeting


Amazon List

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Thompson, T. (2014) Autism and Behavior Analysis: History and Current Status. Frances K. McSweeney and Eric S. Murphy (editors) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Thompson, T. (2013) Impressions of consequences. A review of the Science of Consequences by Susan M. Schenider. The Psychological Record, 63, 1-12.

Thompson, T. (in press) A Review of Radical Behaviorism for ABA Practitioners by James M. Johnston. The Psychological Record, 2014, 64.

Thompson. T. (2013) Autism research and services for young children: History, progress and challenges. Journal of Applied Research on Intellectual Disabilities, 26 (2): 1-27.

Scott Harrington, PhD, BCBA-D

Transitioning adults with developmental disabilities into community-based employment
April 2014 quarterly meeting


Enabled Nevada

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Harrington, S., McKinlay, G., & Rock, S. (2010). 2010 Employment Policy Summit. (Tech. Rep. No. 1). Reno, Nevada: Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDD).

Kurt Freeman, PhD, ABPP

Putting Childhood Sleep Problems to Bed: using behavior analytic principles to address bedtime resistance
January 2014 quarterly meeting

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Freeman, K. A.; Duke, D. C. (2013). Power of magic hands: Parent-driven application of habit reversal to treat complex stereotypy in a 3-year-old. Health Psychology, Vol 32(8), Aug 2013, 915-920.