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Presenters and Chairs

2014 Presenters

Gail G. McGee, Ph.D., graduated with training in clinical psychology from Auburn University, following an internship in Connecticut at Norwich Hospital. She received postdoctoral training in autism and developmental disabilities at the Princeton Child Development Institute and at the University of Massachusetts — Amherst. She has served on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine for seventeen years, and she is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry (with joint appointments in Pediatrics and Psychology) and Director of the Emory Autism Center.

At Emory, Dr. McGee is engaged in research, clinical care and teaching. Her research interests are focused on early autism intervention, incidental teaching, and social behavior. She was the original developer of the Walden incidental teaching curriculum and founder of the Walden Early Childhood Program, which is a laboratory early childhood center serving children with autism along with a majority of typically developing peers between 15 months and 6 years of age. She has served as principal investigator on numerous research and training grants, and Walden replication procedures were developed in the course of a model demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. McGee supervises practicum placements, internships, residencies and postdoctoral training for trainees from various disciplines. She has been invited to lecture national and international audiences, and she has provided technical assistance on Walden replications in Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland and Texas. As a clinical psychologist within the Emory Healthcare system, Dr. McGee also contributes to a diagnostic clinic serving children and adults across the lifespan.

Dr. McGee is active in numerous professional organizations; she was named a Fellow of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and received a Significant Achievement Award from Hospital and Community Psychiatry. She was selected as an expert member of the working task force assembled by the National Academy of Sciences for study of evidence-based approaches for Education of Children with Autism ages birth to eight, and she has provided paid consultation to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the ABCNews. She has served on numerous editorial boards, peer review panels, and scientific advisory boards. In her spare time, she enjoys piano, swimming, sushi, and her Newfoundland dog named Rex.

Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Special Education, respectively, from the University of Iowa. He was a special education teacher for eight years, working with children and young adults with moderate-to severe developmental disabilities. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education from Kansas University under the guidance of Ogden R. Lindsley.

Dr. McGreevy served as an assistant research professor in the Institute for Community Studies and the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and as an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Louisiana State University. He taught courses in applied behavior analysis, as well as, curriculum and instruction for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English, an introduction to Precession Teaching, and the founder and first editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting. He is also the author of nine journal articles and a book chapter on teaching verbal behavior. He is also the first author of Essential for Living, a new functional skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner's handbook for children and adults with moderate-to severe disabilities.

For the past 30 years, Dr. McGreevy has provided consultations for children and adults with developmental disabilities and hands-on training for their families. He has also provided consultation and training for school districts, residential programs, and hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, specializing in the treatment of aggressive and self-injurious behavior in individuals with limited communication or language skills. Dr. McGreevy has also conducted workshops on teaching communication skills and language in the context of severe problem behavior, which are based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.

Since 2005, Dr. McGreevy has served as an assistant professor in the Behavior Analysis Program at the Florida Institute of Technology. He has taught on-campus courses and seminars, and online lectures, with an emphasis on the application of principles and procedures.

Carol Pilgrim, Ph.D., BCBA-D, received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1987 with a specialization in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. She is currently Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she has been honored with a Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the North Carolina Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, the Graduate Student Mentor Award, and the Faculty Scholarship Award. Her research contributions include both basic and applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis in human operant behavior, relational stimulus control, and the early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Pilgrim has served as editor of The Behavior Analyst, associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst, co-editor of the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, and as a member of the editorial boards of those and several other journals. She has served as President of ABA, SABA, Division 25 of the APA, and SEABA. Additionally, she has been Member-at-large of the Executive Council of ABA and Division 25, and member of the Boards of Directors of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Cambridge center for Behavioral Studies. She is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.


Chair of Instruction of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ron Allen Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1990. Dr. Allen was the Founder and Director of the Swansea Wood School and the Meadowridge Behavioral Health Center, both in Swansea, MA. For the past 17 years he has been the Director of the Ivy Street School, a residential facility for adolescents with brain injury and other neurological disorders, in Brookline, MA. He is currently the Regional Director of Behavioral Treatment Services for Riverside Community Care. He is an Advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and has spoken widely on experimentation in both laboratory and applied settings. His interests include complex stimulus control, adjunctive behavior, and the analysis of negative reinforcement.


Chair of Active Student Response

Gretchen Dittrich Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has over 16 years of applied and research experience in the field of behavior analysis. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, a master's degree in applied behavior analysis from Northeastern University, and received a Ph.D. from Simmons College in behavior analysis. Dr. Dittrich's research interests include: behavioral medicine, functional analysis of complex behaviors, social skill training, the application of behavior analytic methodologies to higher education, and verbal behavior. She is the current Chair of the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of the International Association of Behavior Analysis (ABA-I).


Chair of Equivalence

R.W. Maguire Ph.D., BCBA-D, 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 B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Ph.D. 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.

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