Prof Mickey Keenan
Prof Mickey Keenan FBPsS BACB-D (Ulster University, N. Ireland) is past President of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. He has a record of 70+ publications in a broad range of topics (e.g., autism, gerontology, precision teaching, bereavement, sex abuse, video modeling, stimulus equivalence, schedules of reinforcement with humans and non-humans, philosophy of science, teaching about behavior analysis) as well as four books and 30+ invited presentations world-wide. He has received numerous awards for his community work in helping parents of children with autism including the Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity (British Psychological Society), the Distinguished Community Fellowship (Ulster University), the Personal Achievement Award (New York State Association for Behavior Analysis), Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis (Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis), the Michael Hemmingway Award (Behavior Analysts Certification Board), Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis (Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis), and the first International Advocacy Award from Autism Speaks. He is the founder of the registered charity Parent’s Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT; www.peatni.org ), and is a Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (www.behavior.org ). He spearheaded the Masters course in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Ulster University and lead two European projects to develop an online multimedia training course in Behaviour Analysis (www.simplestepsautism.com ) that has been translated into nine languages (www.stamppp.com).
Two of his recent publications expose the obstacles to the uptake of ABA in the UK and Ireland (https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/8/2/29) and across Europe (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40489-014-0045-2).
Mickey is a visiting Prof. at University College Dublin and at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.
Prof Karola Dillenburger
Karola Dillenburger is Professor of Behaviour Analysis and Education and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at Queens University Belfast. She is the Course Director of the MSc in Autism Spectrum Disorders (MScASD). She has led the development of and is teaching on the MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis (MScABA). She supervises numerous Doctoral Research Students.
Her research focuses on evidence-based interventions for vulnerable children and adults, including those diagnosed with autism, behavioural parent training and advocacy, and parenting children with disabilities across the lifespan.
Professor Dillenburger is a Clinical Psychologist (HCPC) and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). She worked with families and children in education, and therapeutic settings. She has published widely, including numerous books, peer-reviewed papers, and multimedia resources. She frequently is invited to deliver national and international keynote addresses in USA, India, Europe, and Australia.
Dr Stephen Gallagher
Dr Stephen Gallagher is a senior lecturer in behaviour analysis in the School of Psychology at Ulster University. He is Course Director of the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and has been involved in numerous EU and internationally funded projects. His research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gerontology, and using eye tracking equipment as a tool to teach appropriate gaze behaviours (in relation to areas such as food labelling and teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to attend to social stimuli). He has also published research in using eye tracking equipment to assess clinicians gaze behaviour during paediatric crash simulations and predicting operator performance during cardiac catheterisation. He is currently involved in the SAFEWATER project using behaviour analytic principles to assess and increase end user engagement with low-cost water disinfection technologies in Central and South America.
Before joining Ulster University, Dr Gallagher was Consultant Behaviour Analyst for the charity ‘Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists’ (P.E.A.T.). During his 7 years with P.E.A.T. he was responsible for designing and implementing behaviour analytic home- and school- based programmes for 120 families ensuring that P.E.A.T. was at the forefront of pioneering highly effective behavioural interventions through quality training by teaching parents and professionals the scientific and experimental principles underpinning behaviour analysis. He also designed and delivered regular community workshops and training courses in ABA for parents and professionals throughout Northern Ireland. Through his contact with families, he played a key role in the development of the “SIMPLE STEPS” package through curriculum design and script writing.
Ass. Prof. Karel Pančocha
Ass. Prof. Karel Pančocha is a senior researcher focusing on autism, applied behavior analysis, social inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society. He teaches courses in research methods in special education, single-case experimental design and concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis.
Dr. Sheri Kingsdorf
Dr. Sheri Kingsdorf an Assistant Professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Since 2002, she has actively worked in the fields of behavior analysis and special education. Her projects have included working in the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS) model, teaching in the US public school system in conjunction with her studies at Columbia University in New York City and the University of Miami in Miami-Dade County, providing early intervention services to a bilingual student population, using behavior analytic home-based and school-based direct and consultative services across the US, Australia, Africa, and Europe, educating youth and adults from diverse and underserved communities, consulting with adult service providers assisting clients with developmental disabilities, and providing international transdisciplinary research contributions.
Dr. Jacqueline Schenk
Jacqueline Schenk is a psychologist with a PhD in Developmental Psychology (Leiden University, 1996) with a special interest in Experimental and Applied Behavioural Analysis involving typically and atypically developing individuals (0-23 years) in changing developmental contexts. In her current position as Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, she promotes the science of Behaviour Analysis in both teaching and research projects, in close collaboration with youth care and educational professional organisations in the Netherlands.
Prof Paolo Moderato
Paolo Moderato is Professor of Psychology at IULM University of Milan. President of IESCUM – the Italian Chapter of ABA International and EABA. President of CBT- Italia, Past-President of the European Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Therapies. Fellow of ACBS (Ass . for Contextual Behavior Science) Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. SABA Award 2002 for the International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis. Editor of the Series Behavior and Cognitive Practice – FrancoAngeli Publisher.
His publications on Behavior Analysis can be viewed here: http://www.iescum.org/doceboCms/index.php?special=changearea&newArea=80
Prof Lise Roll-Pettersson
Lise Roll-Pettersson is professor of Special education at Stockholm University, director of the master of science program in Applied Behaviour Analysis with a focus on autism. She has a broad international network and has organized international summits and conferences focused on behaviour analysis and autism in Higher Education. Research interests include quality of learning environments, evidenced based interventions, and systemic policy affecting the learning and development of children with autism and developmental disabilities. In collaboration with FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and KIND (Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institute) she is principal investigator of a four-year project funded by the Swedish Research Council. In this project, the Autism Program Environmental Rating Scale-Preschool – APERS-PE (Odom, Cox et al., 2013) has been translated and culturally adapted to the context of the Swedish support system and includes a quasi-randomized design study testing whether a competency-based training model will improve the quality of preschool learning environments for learners with ASD. Additional research interests include cultural aspects affecting supports and services to children with autism, as well as, the needs and perceptions of parents and extended family. Together with the Psychology department at Stockholm University, she initiated the first master program in behaviour analysis in Sweden of which the content meets Behaviour Analytic Certification Board standards.
Dag Strömberg is a licensed speech-language pathologist, board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA), doctoral student at the Department of Special Education, Stockholm University, and president of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a course coordinator in the master program in applied behavior analysis and autism at Stockholm University. For more than 20 years, he has worked within habilitation services for individuals with autism, intervening directly with children and caregivers, as well as, providing supervision and in-service training to staff members in preschools, schools and habilitation centers. Dag is also involved in various international projects, mainly in France, Russia and India.
Dr. Robert C. Mellon
Robert C. Mellon, Ph.D, BCBA, is professor of experimental and clinical psychology at the Department of Psychology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, where he established a seven-semester undergraduate course of studies in behavioral philosophy and science, and directs the Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Behavior Analysis as well as the lifelong learning program in behavior analysis. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where completed both the clinical psychology and experimental analysis of behavior tracks. He interned in clinical psychology at the New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Developmental Psychobiology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an NIMH National Research Service Award fellow at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Mellon has taught at the City University of New York, the University of Maryland and the University of Crete. He is president of the Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis and has served as president of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the European Journal of Behavior Analysis.