Every year, the UW ABA program invites a scholar from another university or part of the country who we believe is doing exciting or thought-provoking work in Applied Behavior Analysis to come visit our program. The scholar meets with faculty, talks with students, and showcases his or her own scholarly work through a presentation to both students and BCBAs from the broader Puget Sound community. 

2020 Visiting Scholar

Tyra Sellers, J.D., Ph.D., BCBA-D

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020 

Time: 9:30-12:30pm

Location: Foege Auditorium, University of Washington

Cost: Free (1.5 ethics & 1.5 supervision BCBA CEUs available for $40) 

RSVP: nancyr@uw.edu 

Directions: http://www.gs.washington.edu/office/directions.htm 


Supervision: Strategies for Incorporating Ethics Content and Problem Solving 

The field has been experiencing significant growth. The number of individuals holding some level of certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) continues to grow (as of October 2019, there are over 36,000 BCBAs, 3,700 BCaBAs, and 66,000 RBTs). This growth relies on a supervisory model to shape future practitioners and supervisors. Board certified individuals must comply with requirements set forth by the BACB to provide supervision, including adherence with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, the RBT Code of Ethics, and accruing continuing education units specifically in supervision each renewal cycle. However, many behavior analysts receive little, if any, direct instruction on how to be an effective supervisor and how to systematically incorporate ethics and effective problem solving into the supervised training experience. This talk will focus on discussing critical components of effective supervisory practices, including taking a structured competency-based approach and the importance of, and strategies for, incorporating ethics and problem solving into supervision.

Scholar Biography 

Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Ethics at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her professional and research interests focus on professional ethics, training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, variability, and verbal behavior. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. Tyra has served as a board member in various positions, for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals and is on the editorial board for a third.

Past Scholars

2019 Elizabeth Fong, M.A., BCBA [+]

Ms. Hughes Fong has over a decade of experience in the fields of behavioral health, education and management. Her educational background is in clinical and counseling psychology and applied behavior analysis. She is currently a PhD candidate studying Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. 

In 2011, Ms. Hughes Fong founded the Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts (MultiABA) which is a special interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She is also the founder of Diversity in Behavior Analysis, a section in Behavior Analysis Research and Practice, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal. This section focuses on the diverse application of behavior analysis. Ms. Hughes Fong serves on the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 35 as the website coordinator. She has been an invited reviewer for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. She is also a "Distinguished Scholar" with the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion Task Force. Her primary areas of interest are in the application of ABA to multicultural populations, telehealth, social validity, health and behavior analysis, and examining child custody and parental competency when a child has developmental disabilities.

Presentation: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Field of Behavior Analysis 

2018 Joseph Lucyshyn, Ph.D., BCBA-D [+]

Joseph Lucyshyn is an Associate Professor and BCBA-D in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr.Lucyshyn has extensive experience working in collaboration with families and professionals to develop and implement behavior support plans in home and community settings for children with autism and other developmental disabilities who engage in severe problem behavior. He has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Between 2004 and 2010, he served as Principal Investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded longitudinal study entitled Transforming Coercive Processes in Family Routines. His current research focuses on designing and implementing culturally responsive, FC-PBS services with families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Presentation: Building Survivable Behavioral Interventions in Family Contexts: Addressing Issues of Effectiveness, Contextual/Cultural fit, and Ethics in Behavior Support


2017 Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D [+]

Matthew T. Brodhead is an assistant professor at Michigan State University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. His research examines behavioral determinants of response variability, choice, and independent social skills in children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. He is on the editorial boards of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior and Philosophy, the Review Journal ofAutism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally.

Presentation: A Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Supervision

2016 Samuel Odom, Ph.D. [+]

Samuel L. Odom, PhD, is Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. He is the author or co-author of over one hundred publications and editor or co-editor of eleven books on early childhood intervention and developmental disabilities. His research has addressed topics related to early childhood inclusion and preschool readiness although most of his current research focuses on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dr. Odom was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Educational Programs for Young Children with Autism, which published a report on effective educational programs for young children with ASD. He also was a member of the committee that developed the 10-Year Roadmap for Autism Research coordinated by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. His recent research articles have addressed the efficacy of a variety of focused intervention approaches (e.g., peer-mediated interventions, sibling- mediated interventions, parent-mediated approach to promote children’s joint attention, independent work systems approach to promote learning) for children with ASD. Dr. Odom is the Principal Investigator of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the ASD Toddler Initiative: Promoting the Use of Evidence-based Practices for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Center on Secondary Education for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In 2007, Dr. Odom received the Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and in 2011, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Washington College of Education. He also received the 2013 Arnold Lucius Gesell Prize from the Theodor Hellbrugge Foundation. In September 2016, Dr. Odom was awarded an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University.

Presentation: Autism and High School

2015 Kevin Ayres, Ph.D., BCBA-D [+]

Kevin M. Ayres is a former middle school teacher for students with moderate to severe autism and intellectual disability. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in 2005 where he is currently an associate professor. His research focuses primarily on behavioral application of technology to support instruction and independence of individuals with intellectual disability and/or autism. The Institute of Education Sciences has funded part of this work related to development of mobile technology supports for teaching adaptive skills. In his role at UGA he directs the Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis program as well as the Applied Behavior Analysis Support Clinic on campus that serves the Athens community. He also directs an Office of Special Education training project to prepare educators as behavior analysts to work in school system. He is currently a co-editor of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Presentation: A Behavioral Analysis of Functional Curriculum and Transferring Stimulus Control

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