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2012 Presenters & Chairs

Gary Pace Ph.D., BCBA-D, currently serves as a Supervisory Psychologist at the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation, and is in private practice. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a board certified behavior analyst. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Behavioral Interventions. His current research interests include the application of behavioral interventions and learning strategies for individuals with acquired brain injuries, antecedent interventions, and severe behavior problems

Tom Hall serves as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Wingate Healthcare, caring for persons with Acquired Brain Injury, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders in their skilled nursing facilities. His clinical work spans 32 years and began at the May Institute in the 80's with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He transitioned to the field of Acquired Brain Injury and neurobehavioral care in 1990. Tom received his Bachelors in psychology with a concentration in learning theory from U-Mass, and holds a Masters degree in Rehab Counseling from Assumption College. He is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and serves as Vice Chair of Governance for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. He has made numerous presentations on neurobehavioral topics at national and international conferences and is currently developing brain injury certification programs for Ireland and England.

Michael P. Mozzoni Ph.D/BCBA-D/CBIST, is the Director of Behavioral Services and Training for Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in Effingham NH. He is a board certified behavior analyst and certified brain injury specialist clinical trainer who has worked with people with brain injuries since 1985. He holds a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Florida State University and a M.A. in experimental psychology from Harvard University. He served as treasurer for both the ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and ACBIS (Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists). He is a reviewer for the NIH Center for Scientific Review panel and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Sarah Jane Brain Project. Dr. Mozzoni also serves as a member of the editorial boards of Behavioral Interventions and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis ad hoc. He has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of: Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Employee Turnover, Behavior Management and Skill Acquisition.

Kimberlee A Kusiak MD, practices psychiatry in Worcester, MA. Dr. Kusiak graduated with an MD from UMASS Medical Center 24 years ago. Her areas of specialty is addressing psychiatric issues in children with and without disabilities (ADHD, affective disorders, psychopharmacology) and providing these services in coordination with behavioral interventions. Dr. Kusiak currently maintains a private practice as well as consultation to public schools.

Joseph Ricciardi Ph.D., BCBA-D, currently is a Clinical Psychologist (and Clinical Director) at the Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester, MA. He received his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College and advanced degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Ricciardi is a highly respected Behavior Analyst specializing in the behavioral treatment of children with psychiatric disorders. In the past he has served as the Director, Child and Adolescent Developmental Disability Units at Hampstead Hospital and Executive Director (NAC) and Vice President of Autism Services (May Institute) at National Autism Center and The May Institute. Dr. Ricciardi also maintains a private practice.

M. J. Persson is a behavior analyst with ten years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She recently developed an Applied Behavior Analysis classroom in a public middle school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Persson received her B. S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Psychology, Sociology, and Business. She graduated from Simmons College in 2010 with an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Emily Leonard is a third grade teacher who holds a Masters Degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and is currently a doctoral student, at Simmons College, in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her area of research is the application of stimulus control protocols to establish complex academic performances (e.g., the formation of classes of equivalent stimuli) in applied settings (e.g., pubic school classrooms). To date, Ms. Leonard has presented her research at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy and the Association of Behavior Analysis, International.

Brian Macauley is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in the Applied Behavior Analysis program. Prior to joining the doctoral program Brian received his Masters degree in moderate disabilities from Lesley University and an Educational Specialist degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Brian works in a public school where he supervises two behavioral programs for student in grades 4-8 with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. Brian's research interests include stimulus equivalence in applied academic settings as well as decreasing challenging behaviors in an applied academic setting.

Francesca Persson is an undergraduate sophomore at Simmons College majoring in psychobiology and studying Applied Behavior Analysis graduating in spring 2013. She is a research assistant in the Perini Survivorship Clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She has presented at conferences including The Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis (2011) and the annual convention for The Association for Behavior Analysis International (2012) focusing in the area of stimulus equivalence with a concentration on complex samples.

Margaret L. Bauman, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and the Director of LADDERS, a private organization providing comprehensive services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism. She is international renowned for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. Since 1980 Dr. Bauman has been on the forefront of autism-related research and treatment and has published and presented countless articles on best practices for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Kathy Quill specializes in the integration of behavioral and developmental treatment models to enhance academic and social learning of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the founder and operator of the Autism Institute, a company devoted to implementation of best research practices to the treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in all settings. Dr. Quill is the editor of the popular book Teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization and author of the bestseller DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and communication intervention for children with autism. Her current projects focus on building innovative solutions to bridge the gap between research and practice to build and sustain quality education for students with autism.

Harry Mackay, Ph.D., is an international expert in the areas of stimulus control, conditional discrimination training and the formation of equivalence classes. His research examines behavioral processes that are relevant to teaching preacademic and academic skills to people with developmental disabilities, particularly children with Autism Spectrum disorders. He has published frequently on these topics in both experimental and applied journals. Dr. MacKay's current project is investigating the effect of allow student choice over the order of tasks during training trials. The result may be more rapid and accurate performances

Ron Allen Ph.D., BCBA, received his Doctorate in Psychology (emphasis in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior) from the University of Florida in 1990. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), and has published and spoken widely regarding experimentation from laboratory and applied settings. After graduation Dr. Allen founded and directed the Swansea Wood School and the Meadowridge Behavioral Health Center. He is currently the Director of the Ivy Street School in Brookline, MA, a residential school for adolescents with acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders. Additionally, he is a Graduate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and an Advisory for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. His interests include the analysis of complex stimulus relations, schedule-induced phenomena, behavior following brain injury, and radical behaviorism.

R.W. Maguire Ph.D., BCBA, is a Behavior Analyst with 35+ years of applied and research experience. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair for the department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons College. Dr. Maguire holds a BA in Psychology, a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis and a PhD in Experimental Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Maguire is a published researcher and frequent presenter at local, state and national professional conferences, particularly in the areas of stimulus control and stimulus equivalence.