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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Nicole A. Heal

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Margret Murphy Center for Children



Dr. Heal received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and an M.A. in Human Development and Family Life from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). Dr. Heal is dedicated to the teaching of behavior analysis in college classrooms and in clinical settings. She was an Assistant Professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University and has held Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Endicott College, and UMF. Dr. Heal was the Director of Professional Development, Training, and Research at Melmark New England and served as a district-wide behavior analyst in the Biddeford School District. She is currently the Director of Training at the Margret Murphy Center for Children in Maine. Dr. Heal serves as the Autism Area Co-coordinator for the Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention and has held an editorial board member position for the Behavior Analysis in Practice, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests include designing efficacious and preferred educational environments for young children with and without developmental disabilities, the extension and refinement of preference assessment methods at the individual and group level, and assessment and treatment of problem behavior.

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