Conference Speakers

VABA is Looking Forward to Welcoming our 2022 Conference Speakers!

VABA is excited to announce our speakers!  Click below for more information on each speaker

Dr. Joanne Gerenser BIO AND KEYNOTE

Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D.

Biography: Joanne is the executive director of the Eden II Programs in Staten Island, NY. She is an adjunct associate professor at Brooklyn College. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Ohio State University and her Ph.D.  Speech and Hearing Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center.  She is Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research.  She serves on a number of boards, including the Council of Autism Service Providers, the InterAgency Council of NY, and the Staten Island Not for Profit Association.  Dr. Gerenser is co-editor of the book ABA for SLPs: Interprofessional Collaboration for Autism Support Teams. She has authored several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities.

Keynote: Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Language Pathology: Intercollaboration for Enhanced Outcomes (1.5 CEUs)

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and professionals in applied behavior analysis (ABA) (along with many other disciplines, such as OT, teachers, etc.) frequently participate as members of support teams for children with autism. Collaboration between these professionals can enhance the team’s work, since each professional brings valuable resources to the table. However, overlapping areas of expertise, different terms used for similar instructional elements, and variations in addressing the same problems may complicate the collaborative process. This gap between ABA professionals and SLPs appears to be growing even wider and if not addressed, can begin to have negative consequences for individuals on the spectrum. This presentation will discuss the differences and issues that complicate collaboration. Examples of the widening gap will be provided from the field. Potential strategies to overcome these challenges and foster collaboration will be discussed.

Learner Objectives

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify areas of overlapping expertise and roles for the SLPs and behavior analysts
2. Describe at least 3 common misconceptions of applied behavior analysis
3. Describe at least 3 common misconceptions of speech pathology
4. Identify potential strategies to enhance collaboration between the speech pathologist and the behavior analyst

Dr. Gerenser WORKSHOP

Workshop: Risk Management: From Assessment to Intervention (3 CEUs)

Risk management is essential to identify potential problems before they occur or before they can have a negative impact on your program. Risks can range from those impacting the finances, the health and safety of staff and participants to the reputation of your organization. This session will describe important steps that need to be taken to develop a risk management program. Examples of data collection procedures will be discussed that help inform the risk management program at an autism service provider program. Case studies will be reviewed. These case studies will include risk identification, analysis, intervention as well as follow up.

Dr. SungWoo Kahng BIO AND KEYNOTE

SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Biography: Dr. SungWoo Kahng is Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, Director of Academic Programs in Autism and ABA, and an associate professor at Rutgers University. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at the University of Missouri (MU) where he was also the chair of the Department of Health Psychology, the Founding Director the MU Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also served on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Intervention and Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Kahng is the President of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, President-elect of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, and a member of several advisory boards. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 90 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating severe problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to employment and college supports for adults with autism spectrum disorder as well as obesity and aging. Finally, he has mentored numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.

Keynote: Why We Need to Place More Emphasis on Research with Adults with ASD (1.5 CEUs)

Interventions based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) have become the most common and effective interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Decades of research has supported the efficacy of ABA-based interventions to treat the symptoms related to ASD (e.g., language, social skills, problem behaviors). This has resulted in the recognition of ABA-based interventions by scientific and professional organizations such as NIMH, The U.S. Surgeon General, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Despite the wide-scale recognition, questions remain about the efficacy of ABA-based interventions with adults with ASD because most of the research has been conducted with younger learners. Adults with ASD present unique challenges given their physical size, different treatment goals, and long reinforcement history. Research focused on adults will provide additional evidenced-based interventions, which may provide data to provide more support for this population. This presentation will include examples of clinical research with adults with ASD in employment and college settings.

Dr. SungWoo Kahng WORKSHOP

Workshop: Functional Analyses of Problem Behavior: Procedural Variations and Ethical Considerations (3 Ethics CEUs)

Functional analyses are the gold standard in the assessment of problem behaviors. FAs are the most precise method of determining behavioral function, which informs the development of treatment. Despite the research supporting the efficacy of functional analyses, there continues to be reluctance on the part of practitioners to conduct the analyses on a consistent basis. This presentation will focus on procedural variations of functional analyses, which may make it more practical in specific situations. Additionally, it will present the argument that conducting functional analyses is the ethical choice.

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