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ABA NYC Conference 2019

Sign up for ABANYC 2019 on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at The Sheen Center in New York City. This annual conference brings together behavior analysts, educators, social workers, other professionals, and parents for a day-long conference on advanced material related to applied behavior analysis. Continuing education credits are offered for behavior analysts, social workers, teachers, teacher assistants, and school building leaders. Lunch is on your own, but a light breakfast will be provided as well as coffee and water throughout the day.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019
9:00am to 4:00pm
The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

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Keynote Address: Performance Management Leadership Training in Human Service Agencies

Alicia Alvero, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President of Research and Faculty Affairs, CUNY Queens College

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Dr. Alvero is is the associate provost and assistant vice president of research and faculty affairs at Queens College, where she applies her skills as a training, leadership, and performance management consultant to help strengthen the experiences of faculty, staff, and students within higher education. She has extensive experience teaching leaders across a number of domains, including human service agencies, how to utilize ABA principles to help solve organizational challenges.

Dr. Alvero received her BA in psychology from Florida International University, her MA in industrial-organizational psychology, and her PhD in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University (WMU). She was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship while at WMU for her research. She served as deputy chair for the Department of Psychology for six years and was a faculty fellow in the Provost’s Office.  She has published in JABA, JOBM, JEAB, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, to name a few. She is the author of several book chapters, and was an editorial board member for the Journal of Safety Research and an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.  Dr. Alvero has been an invited speaker across the country and also serves as an organizational consultant in the areas of training, leadership, and performance management.

Workshop: Performance Issues: Why Won't They Do It?

Anika Costa, M.Ed., BCBA
Regional Clinical Training Coordinator, Positive Behavior Supports Corp.

anikacosta.pngOnce introduced to applied behavior analysis in 2000 while working as a speech therapist, Anika quickly discovered her passion. Throughout her 18-year career, she has directly provided behavior and performance support to individuals, groups, and organizations across educational, private, and community-based agencies. A presenter at local and national conferences, Anika has used her extensive field experience as a platform for providing meaningful training, supervision, and mentoring to behavior analysts across the country. As a clinical training coordinator, student mentoring liaison, and manager of two large school district contracts at Positive Behavior Support Corp., she is currently focusing on deepening her knowledge and skills in the application of OBM.


Workshop: Skills For Success: Using Behavior Skills Training to Promote Independence

Clare Penny, M.A., BCBA
Associate Clinical Director, Autism Learning Partners

Head Shot.jpgClare serves as a board certified behavior analyst out of Santa Barbara, CA. Professionally, she has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder for the past nine years in Australia, New York, and California. She received her BA in psychology from California Lutheran University, and earned her MA in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. Her current research interests focus on structured work systems, staff training, and behavior skills training.


Workshop: Recent Advancements in Functional Assessment

Hester Bekisz, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Clinical Coordinator, Eden II Programs/The Genesis Outreach Autism Center

HB picture.jpgHester is a certified special education teacher and board certified behavior analyst.  She holds a master’s degree in childhood special education from the College of New Rochelle and has been working in the field of autism for 19 years.  She completed coursework for her BCBA through the Florida Institute of Technology.  She began working as a behavior specialist at The Genesis School and currently works as the clinical coordinator in Eden II Programs/The Genesis Outreach Autism Center.  Ms. Bekisz has presented at local, regional, and national conferences on topics related to autism and applied behavior analysis.  She has conducted and presented research in areas, such as, treatment options for individuals with ASD who engage in ritualistic behavior and increasing conversation skills, the use of a complex behavioral treatment package, and the use of schedules to promote on-task behavior.  Her research was presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference.

Conference Schedule

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Participants will be eligible for 4.0 CEUs (Live In-Person).
About Continuing Education at QSAC
QSAC is an approved provider of BCBA Type II CE credits. QSAC is approved by the New York State Education Department to sponsor Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). QSAC, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for license social workers #SW-0523.




This conference has been made possible with a generous grant from The Frederick S. Upton Foundation.