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Friday, October 6

1-4 Workshop- Dr. Megan Miller

1-4 Panel, Presentation and Symposium

4-5 Behavior Analyst Board Presentation

5-7:30 Conference Social and Poster Session

Saturday, October 7


Keynote Address- Dr. Pat Friman

Invited Presenters- Dr. Mary Jane Weiss, Dr. Denise Ross-Page, Dr. James Moore, Technician Track, Symposia

LaBAA Member Meeting


We are so excited Dr. Friman is able to join us in person this year! 

Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, in three divisions of the American Psychological Association, and of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and chapters and three books. The majority of his scientific and clinical work is in Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development. He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness and pathways to success.



Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA is the Dean of Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and Director of the Ph.D. Program in ABA at Endicott College, where she has been for 12 years. She also does research with the team at Melmark. She has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for 38 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice and humane ABA techniques, integrating compassionate care and cultural responsiveness into ABA service delivery, exploring ways to enhance the ethical conduct of practitioners, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction and at collaboration, understanding and partnering with neurodiverse voices, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She is passionately committed to empowering parents as interventionists in their Gulf Coast ABA Virtual Conference 2023, Oct 6-7, New Orleans Oct 6-7 PRESENTER INFORMATION FORM child’s treatment. She is also interested in finding interventions that parents find to be acceptable, enjoyable, and accessible. She serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the board of Association for Science in Autism Treatment, is a regular contributor to the ABA Ethics Hotline, is on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in practice, and is an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

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Dr. Megan DeLeon (Miller) is a renowned behavior analyst, author, and speaker. As the creator of the Do Better Movement and founder of the Do Better Collective, she is dedicated to advancing the field of behavior analysis. With a Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University, and years of experience as an adjunct professor, Dr. DeLeon is a respected expert in her field. In addition to co-authoring several journal publications and book chapters, she is the co-author of the influential book "7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control." Her passion for empowering others in the field led her to launch the #dobetter professional development movement in 2018, offering training and resources through an online community, webinars, and a podcast. As an invited speaker for organizations worldwide, Dr. DeLeon shares her expertise in best practices for early intervention and addressing challenging behavior. She is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the field of behavior analysis and the lives of those it serves.

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Currently Dr. James Moore is the Chief Clinical Officer at Apollo Behavior Services in the greater Atlanta-metro area. From January 2019 through August 2021, he was also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the online hybrid Professional Behavior Analysis program at the Florida Institute of Technology. More recently, Dr. Moore served as a Visiting Professor for the University of Kansas.


Prior to this, Dr. Moore served as Director of Autism Solutions for Canopy Children’s Solutions in Jackson, MS. Previously, Dr. Moore was the Director of Training for the Master’s Training Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Moore has had the great fortune to train under some of the best mentors in the field of ABA, including Drs. Wayne Fisher, Cathleen Piazza, Jim Carr, and Gina Green, to name a few.


Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. During his time in graduate school, Dr. Moore was awarded the Sideny and Janet Bijou Fellowship through the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He completed a pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Psychology from the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and the Marcus Behavior Center through Emory University.


He has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level (BCBA-D®) since 2002 and became Mississippi’s first Licensed Behavior Analyst in 2015.


His research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavior Modification, Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Proven Practice, Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, School Psychology Review, and School Psychology Quarterly.


In 2015, he was appointed as the first chair of the Mississippi Behavior Analysis Licensure Board; the licensure and regulatory board for behavior analysis in the state of Mississippi. In August 2019, Dr. Moore became a Director for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) that governs the certification of behavior analysts. As a Director on the BACB, Dr. Moore served as Chair of the Elections Committee and as a member on the Michael Hemingway Award committee. He was appointed for a second three-year term in 2021.

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Denise Ross, PhD., BCBA-D, is Chair of the Depa rtment of Inclusive Education at
Kennesaw State University and a researcher with the University of Wisconsin-
System’s Institute for Urban Education. She is a certified special education teacher
and a former elementary school principal who has established more than 20
professional development partnerships with school districts in Wisconsin, New York, Chicago, South Florida, and Michigan. She conducts community-engaged research focused on the development and dissemination of effective language and literacy instruction for children with and without disabilities. She is co-author of the book VerbalB ehavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays and associate editor of the journal Behavior and Social Issues. Dr. Ross is a graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University.

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