Amanda Nicolson received her master’s from University of Nevada, Reno and Ph.D. from Florida State University. After this diverse education she worked at ABC school in Sacramento, was lead Behavior Analyst for the Reno School District and became associate professor at Fresno State where she developed the ABA master’s program and on-campus Autism Center. She has since been in private practice running services for children and families affected by ASD. Amanda is currently the CEO for Swan Consulting in the Fresno area.
I have over 46 years of direct experience with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the 1980’s-90’s, I worked with over 500 families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For 17 years, I worked as an adjunct instructor at California State University- Los Angeles and taught courses on behavior analysis. I was owner/licensee of several residential facilities that served children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and autism who presented with severe problem behavior for 15 years. Over the years, I have provided a number of presentations, talks, lectures and workshops on a diverse range of topics including ethics, self-injurious behavior, working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, understanding behavior phenotypes, designing ethical behavior interventions plans, and more recently, social and cultural diversity in ABA. I have also had the opportunity to mentor over 20 individuals and continue to look for opportunities to advance the professional skills of those who are newer in our field.
Dr. Lisa Britton’s current interests revolve around the delivery of quality supervision for trainees completing their fieldwork experience, supporting BCBAs who are building their skills as supervisors, and ethics within the field of behavior analysis. She obtained her B.S. from the University of North Dakota. She then completed her graduate training at the University of Nevada, Reno under the direction of Dr. James Carr. Upon graduating, she worked at Spectrum Center Schools and Programs for over 15 years where she focused on supporting the Senior Behavior Analysts who provided behavioral supports to students with Special Education needs in their educational environment. In 2015 Dr. Britton launched Britton Behavioral Consulting, a company designed to provide fieldwork supervision for people working to become a BCBA/BCaBA. Her primary focus is on the delivery of remote supervision for those who are unable to obtain quality supervision in their immediate community. In the spring of 2019, Lisa coauthored a book on the topic of remote supervision with The Behavioral Observations host, Matt Cicoria.
I have a great amount of passion for the field of behavior analysis that was sprouted in my childhood watching my mother use behavior principles in the first residential setting in Nevada for adults with developmental disabilities. My passion was further cultivated watching her also apply behavior principles to improve the behavior of foster children with severe behavior problems. I later pursued my formal training in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I learned to appreciate the experimental analysis of behavior and the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of behavior analysis.
I have had the privilege of working with a variety of populations and a variety of settings for more than 20 years. I have professional experience in the areas of organizational behavior management, gerontology, acquired brain injury, autism, dual-diagnoses, severe behavior problems, and both children and adults with developmental disabilities. One of the areas that is nearest to my heart, is my work with families who have experienced domestic violence and are experiencing child custody issues.
I am currently a Professor and Assistant Chair for the San Diego Department of ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to this position, I was the Regional Vice President for one of the largest and fastest growing non-profit organizations in Southern California that provides services for individuals diagnosed with autism. Both experiences have granted me the opportunity to work closely with numerous aspiring behavior analysts and board-certified behavior analysts throughout California. As a result, I have learned to understand the different experiences, interests, and diverse needs of our community.
I have contributed to research and conceptual/theoretical analyses that have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences in diverse areas, including sexual assault and prevention, domestic violence, psychoneuroimmunology (classical conditioning of the immune system), modified functional analyses, non-contingent reinforcement, learning assessments, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, complexity theory, and Interbehaviorism.
Additionally, I served on the 2018 CalABA conference committee and I am continuing my service for the 2019 committee. I also served on the conference committee for the first annual Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis conference. Being involved with the first conference for a newly formed association provided me with a wealth of experience and knowledge that I will be able to use in this role.
I have been presented with a variety of opportunities throughout my career that will allow me to support the CalABA community as Conference Chair-elect by supporting and developing an annual conference program that will be aligned with the diverse interests and values of our community.
Conference Chair Elect
Conference Chair Elect
I joined the field of applied behavior analysis serendipitously in 2009 and fell in love with the science, the philosophy, and the immense impact of our field in empowering individuals to create meaningful and long-lasting behavior change. My passion for behavior analysis continued to grow with each new clinical and academic experience, and I obtained my doctorate in ABA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology under the advisement of Dr. Henry Schlinger. Over the last decade, I have cultivated expertise in the areas of autism and developmental disabilities, organizational behavior management, and the dissemination of behavior analysis. My professional experience spans across a variety of clinical settings, populations, and age ranges along a spectrum of mild to severe challenging behaviors and skill strengths/deficits. I have also developed expertise as an organizational consultant, working with ABA-based agencies to improve their systems for optimal clinical and organizational outcomes. I am currently a Clinical Professor and the Associate Program Director of the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Pepperdine University as well as a lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles. Being an educator has been a lifelong dream, and my mission in the classroom is to create an atmosphere of curiosity and intellectual stimulation to motivate my
students to evaluate content objectively, think critically, and apply their knowledge within their professional, academic, and personal lives. Our field is currently experiencing a pivotal moment where we must rise to demand antiracist policies, hold institutions accountable for their commitments to diversity and multiculturalism, and teach students to have greater cultural understanding, appreciation, and humility. Working alongside my colleagues, I am passionate about our work in reimagining graduate program training methods to establish and raise the standard of personal and professional responsibility, aiming to use this as an opportunity to advance the field of behavior analysis forward toward cultural humility, to uphold our shared values of equity and inclusion, and to provide effective services and support to our communities. In considering the direction and tone of our 2022 annual conference, my vision is to highlight the diverse voices, interests, and values of our CalABA community. Having participated on the CalABA conference committee since 2018, I hope to be considered for the role of conference chair-elect. Given my professional experience, I feel well prepared to create a strong and positive conference experience for our community. I value the tireless work of our CalABA board and membership and would be honored to have the opportunity to work alongside them in this role.
Joanna has been practicing in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2006. Joanna received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Joanna presented her Master’s Thesis on teaching mands for information at the CalABA conference in 2014.
Joanna obtained her Board-Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2014. She has been overseeing clinical cases in the home, clinic, school, and community setting since. Joanna’s areas of interest include Organizational Behavior Management, Practical Functional Analysis, and Skill Based Treatment. She is committed to increasing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the field of Behavior Analysis. Her background in Ethnic Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis brings a unique perspective to her work. At her current position as Senior Case Supervisor and Diversity Officer at Evolutions ABA, she has worked to develop and implement inclusive policies at an applied level.
Professional Standards Chair
Professional Standards Chair
Dr. Valerie Rogers, BCBA-D, is the Clinical Director of Santa Clara County Services for The ABRITE Organization. Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University in 2004. Dr. Rogers graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2008 and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology in 2011.
Throughout her educational and professional experiences, Dr. Rogers has held multiple roles within behavior analytic organizations including Behavior Specialist for the Nevada Center for Severe Behavior Problems, Staff Trainer at the Person-Centered Assessment Treatment and Habilitation program, and as the Associate Director of UNR Early Childhood Autism Program. In 2011, Dr. Rogers joined The ABRITE Organization in her role as Clinical Director of Santa Clara County Services, where she has helped to establish and grow ABRITE’s clinical work within home, school, and community locations across Silicon Valley as well as ABRITE’s research and training practices throughout the organization.
Dr. Rogers has served on the California Association for Behavior Analysis conference committee since 2019. She has also created and implemented many continuing education trainings for BCBAs. Dr. Rogers has served as a guest reviewer for various behavior analytic journals and recently co-authored two articles on the implementation of telepractice during the pandemic. In addition to telepractice, her research interests also include response variability and extinction effects relating particularly to the behavior of children with autism, clinical outcomes related to ABA intervention, habit reversal procedures with children with autism, and the acquisition of relational responding and executive functioning skills. She has presented her research at several national and regional conferences.
Public Policy Chair
Public Policy Chair
Michelle joined the field of behavior analysis in 2006 through assisting parents of children with developmental disabilities and lecturing throughout the disability community to both parent and professional audiences. She then received her Master’s degree and BCBA in May 2012. Since beginning work in the field, Michelle has had opportunities to provide direct intervention to clients of all ages and has also provided supervision to BCBAs and other professionals. In 2010, Michelle became an active member of several professional committees in behavior analysis including education and training, ethics, and public policy. Through her public policy work she has met with legislators, testified before both Senate and Assembly Committees, and built relationships with legislators and others in Sacramento. Michelle has also become a community legislative educator providing trainings to professionals in behavior analysis, regional centers, parents, and consumers of behavior analysis services. This legislative involvement has allowed Michelle to stay up to date on legislation and changes that are impacting the field of behavior analysis and advocate for quality services for the clients receiving behavior analysis services.
Professional Association Liaison
Professional Association Liaison
Jocelyn Thompson is a Vice President of Clinical Services for LEARN Behavioral based out of Sacramento, CA. Jocelyn currently manages services in Northern and Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico and Louisiana. For the last 15 years, Jocelyn has worked with diverse populations in multiple settings as a behavior analyst and a social worker. Jocelyn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA where she studied under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas and completed an internship at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention. Jocelyn then received her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Los Angeles, where she also completed graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jocelyn has actively promoted the field of applied behavior analysis through her involvement and work with local, state and national organizations. In 2013, she was selected by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to be part of the workgroup that developed and piloted the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. She currently serves as the marketing/outreach chair for Autism Speaks-Sacramento Walk, is a committee member of the Autism Intervention Network at the UC Davis MIND Institute and is on the ABA advisory panel for EQ Health Solutions. Jocelyn is also a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) stakeholders advisory committee and was elected to the CalABA Board as their Professional Association Liaison. Jocelyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Daniel Mendoza is the Clinical Director for Special Needs Network Applied Behavior Analysis program. Over the last six years, he has been part of an interdisciplinary behavioral health team; including behavioral analysts, clinical psychologists, social workers, and pediatricians, providing behavioral health treatment to children diagnosed with autism. During his 20-year career in he has provided services to individuals diagnosed with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders. In his time, he has developed skill sets ranging from direct behavior intervention to program development, management, and leadership. At Special Needs Network Daniel has headed programs such as Youth Employment Leadership and Empowerment Program (YELEP) targeting youth in underserved communities and introducing them to careers in behavioral health. Through this program, Daniel has introduced, mentored, supported youth through their undergraduate and graduate careers in behavior analysis with the eventuality of becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Developing leaders from within the community to provide behavior analytic services in the community is one of his career priorities. His efforts have been pivotal in developing other programs such as Camp JPAC, providing summer enrichment activities to children diagnosed with autism and their typically developing peers. He has extensive experience training and managing large teams of professionals while developing cohesiveness and maintaining operational efficiency. Daniel seeks to make a change in South Los Angeles where he grew up through providing high-quality evidence-based services and continual leadership development of future behavior analysts. Most recently he has joined the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion SIG leadership board and Public Policy Committee for California Association of Behavior Analysis with the goal of creating equitable spaces for individuals from underserved communities and bringing about change in systems through policy/boots on the ground engagement.
Northern CA Liaison
Northern CA Liaison
I am excited for the opportunity to support the California Association for Behavior Analysis’ mission of advancing, promoting, and protecting the science and practice of behavior analysis by serving as the Northern California Professional Liaison. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) I have worked with varied populations including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Down syndrome, Intellectual Disability, and Fragile-X Syndrome. I have served as the HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer at a behavior analytic services agency and led the company-wide implementation of the HIPAA rules and regulations. In my current role as a regional Clinical Director for a behavioral health services provider, I directly oversee the clinical experience of new BCBAs and how the BACB requirements fit into the medical model of service delivery confronted by BCBAs providing insurance-funded services. I serve as a BACB Subject Matter Expert and on the CalABA Public Policy Committee, where I work with members of the Board of Directors to ensure behavior analysts maintain and protect their right to practice in our state. Finally, I attend and regularly lead information sharing sessions at the Council of Autism Service Providers Annual Conference on topics such as parent policies, and termination and discharge criteria. As a new board member, I would look forward to continuing to pursue the needs of my fellow CalABA members while protecting consumers and all BACB certificants.
Southern CA Liaison
Southern CA Liaison
Dr. Allison Bickelman received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, in 2010 and her M.S. in Psychology (emphasis in applied behavior analysis) with honors from California State University, Los Angeles, in 2014, and her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Endicott College in 2019. Dr. Bickelman’s masters' thesis was titled “The Effects of Bonus Points on Homework Submission” and doctoral dissertation was titled “The Use of Discussion Forums in Asynchronous Behavior Analysis Masters Courses”. Dr. Bickelman is an active member of both the California Association of Behavior Analysis and the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has presented her research at both organizations' annual conferences. In April 2016 Dr. Bickelman traveled to Kenya with the Global Autism Project to assist and train staff at the only ABA center-based program for kids with autism in all of East Africa. Since then, she has continued to volunteer with the project as a mentor and Discovery fellow. Dr. Bickelman began working with children with autism in 2009 while she was completing her bachelor's degree; she fell in love with the science of behavior analysis and evidence-based autism treatment. Dr. Bickelman has worked at Autism Behavior Intervention since the summer or 2011. In her current role as the Director of Quality Assurance, Dr. Bickelman’s primary duties include training and mentoring program supervisors and new BCBAs, overseeing Masters Students accruing hours towards their certification and mentoring clinical interns, and ensuring that all clients programs are of high quality. Dr. Bickelman is a practicum site supervisor for three local Masters programs, and is Adjunct Faculty member for two masters programs in behavior analysis.
Southern California Academic Liaison
Southern California Academic Liaison
A licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Debra Berry Malmberg is an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Malmberg teaches courses on behavior analysis and clinical psychology to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Malmberg is the founding director of the CSUN Autism Clinic, a research and treatment clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Dr. Malmberg received her BA from Davidson College and Master’s and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, and her research focuses on parent education and behavioral interventions to teach socio-communicative skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Malmberg has served as a member of the California Senate Select Committee’s North LA Task Force on Autism and Related Disorders, CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Fellow, a Leadership Los Angeles Fellow, and received the CSUN Extraordinary Service Award.
Northern Californa Academic Liaison
Northern Californa Academic Liaison
Steven Payne, Ph.D, BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and part of the Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Payne’s primary area of interest is Applied Animal Behavior, with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior of shelter animals. He has served on the CalABA science board for the past two years and is the outgoing Vice President of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group of ABAI.
McAlear has dedicated his 20-year career to successfully developing and leading programs focused on the needs of individuals with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. He has worked as a special education teacher and principal of a non-public school, a behavior analyst, and program administrator. In addition, McAlear is a speaker and consultant at the national and international level. McAlear holds a bachelor’s of social work from Marist College, a master’s of special education from San Francisco State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.