Gulf Coast ABA Conference
The Sheraton on Canal
Aubrey Daniels, PhD - Keynote Speaker
Dr. Daniels is a thought leader and internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, safety and workplace issues, and is considered an authority on human behavior in the workplace. As founder and chairman of the board of directors of his consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International, he and his staff help organizations employ the timeless principles of behavioral science to re-energize the workplace. Dr. Daniels was the founding editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and continues to serve on the editorial board. Dr. Daniels is a best-selling author; his books are widely recognized as international management classics. His numerous awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Management Network and the Outstanding Service Award from the International Association for Behavior Analysis, which also named him a 2005 Fellow. Daniels received his doctorate from the University of Florida, where he also earned his masters degree and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Furman University. Daniels has been honoured by both Furman University and the College of Health Professions at the University of Florida as Alumnus of the Year.
Jon Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D -Invited Presenter
Dr. Bailey received his PhD, from the University of Kansas in 1970 and is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Florida State University where he was on the graduate faculty for 38 years and produced a record 63 PhDs. He is currently Director of the FSU Panama City Masters Program in Psychology with a Major in Applied Behavior Analysis and teaches Ethics & Professional Issues, Skinner’s Theory of Behaviorism, and Research Methods in ABA.
He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis: International and the American Psychological Association, and Treasurer for the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, which he founded in 1980. He is the Director of the ABA Master’s Program at the FSU Panama City Campus and Chair of the popular ABAEthicsHotline.com
Dr. Bailey received the Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award and the University of Kansas Applied Behavioral Science Distinguished Alumni Award as well as the prestigious Nathan H. Azrin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis from the American Psychological Association. In 2017, he received the Murray Sidman Award for Enduring Contribution to Behavior Analysis from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, is past-Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is co-author of 11 books including Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd Edition published in 2018 and his most recent book Analyzing Ethics Questions from Behavior Analysts published in 2019.
Peter Gerhardt, EdD - Invited Presenter
Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Co-Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
Mike Dorsey, PhD, LABA, BCBA-D - Invited Presenter
Dr. Dorsey is a Massachusetts Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst, a Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Dorsey earned his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 1979 under the supervision of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Dorsey is the Senior Clinical Manager of Amego Inc., Attleboro, MA. He has authored/co-authored over 35 professional publications and book chapters, including the development of the Functional Behavior Analysis methodology. Dr. Dorsey now serves as the Board Coordinator of the ABAI Affiliated Chapters Board. He previously served as a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Accreditation Committee of the Education Board, was appointed as one of the original members of the ABAI Practice Board, where he served as Chair from 2009 to 2012, and most recently as the Chair of the ABAI Licensing Committee. Dr. Dorsey’s first experience in consumer advocacy came in 1978, when he assisted Marcia Burgdorf, J.D. of the National Center for Law and the Handicapped, in drafting an Amicus Curiae Brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in the Connecticut--ARC Case. Dr. Dorsey has been a Gubernatorial appointee to the Developmental Disabilities Councils of both Florida and Massachusetts, and chaired the Massachusetts MDDC Governmental Affairs Committee for over six years. In 1992 he represented the National Developmental Disabilities Council at the First Papal Congress on Developmental Disabilities hosted at the Vatican. Dr. Dorsey has co-authored several bills related to the protection of ABA consumers and the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis, including the ABA Licensing Bill in Massachusetts. Dr. Dorsey was appointed to serve as one of the original members of the Massachusetts Licensing Board for Applied Behavior Analysts. He has testified on numerous occasions at both the federal and state level concerning proposed legislation, policies and budgets, and as an expert witness in Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases, as well as in various Probate, Superior, and Federal Court cases involving the education and treatment of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Dr. Dorsey has been married to his wife Meg for over 49 years. They have two sons and four wonderful grandchildren.
Jennifer Fritz, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA - Invited Presenter
Dr. Fritz is an Associate Professor of behavior analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and she serves as Director of the Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic and Co-Director of the Connecting the Dots program at UHCL's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at Texas Children's Hospital's Autism Center. Dr. Fritz serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, as the Program Chair for the Professional Track of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the TxABA Public Policy Group. In the past, she has served as President of TxABA and Secretary of the TxABA Public Policy Group, as well as Program Chair of the Autism Track for the TxABA and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.