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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.

11th Annual Autism Conference

Invited Presenters

ABAI is pleased to announce the invited presenters for our 2017 conference! 



Teaching Complex Language and Cognition to Individuals With Autism

Chair: Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University)

Ian T. Stewart (National University of Ireland, Galway)

R. Douglas Greer (CABAS Schools)

Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University)

Jonathan Tarbox (First Steps for Kids)


Training Parents and Technicians to Implement Behavioral Protocols With High Integrity

Chair: Wayne Fisher (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)

Rebecca MacDonald (The New England Center for Children)

Cathleen C. Piazza (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)

Lynn G. Bowman (Kennedy Krieger Institute; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)


Keynote Presentations

Evidence for Neural Circuitry Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sophia A. Colamarino (John and Maria Goldman Foundation, Stanford University School of Medicine)


How Is It That People With Autism in Peru are Economically and Meaningfully Supporting Their Families?

Liliana Mayo (Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru [CASP])


Observational Learning and Children With Autism: Clinical Applications Across the Age Span 

Bridget A. Taylor (Alpine Learning Group)


Breakout Sessions

Improving the Efficacy and Practicality of Functional Communication Training 

Brian D. Greer (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)


Effective Strategies for Promoting Complex Social Play in Children With Autism

Thomas Higbee (Utah State University)


Graphical Practices in Behavior Analysis: Adverse Effects of Nonstandard Line Graphs 

Richard M. Kubina, Jr. (Pennsylvania State University)


Sex Education for Individuals Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorders: What to Do, What to Avoid 

Bobby Newman (Room to Grow)


Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Mark F. O’Reilly (University of Texas, Austin)


Behavior Analytic Services in Puerto Rico:  Hard Work, Bright Future

Marta Riviere (Arcoiris de Esperanza)  


The Concept of Automatic Reinforcement: Implications for Assessment and Intervention 

Timothy R. Vollmer (University of Florida)


Modifed by Eddie Soh