As the Events Co-Chairs, Erin Richard White, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Marlene Brown, M.S., BCBA, LBA-NY compiled this information. Please feel free to reach out with your ideas, questions, and more.

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Welcome to the 2024 NJABA Conference!

NJABA will be hosting our 19th Annual Conference on April 26, 2024, with Keynote Speaker, Florence DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D., BCBA-Dat The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.  This event will be offered again in a hybrid format with all presentations  being available for online attendees to view.


We are also offering a pre-Conference Workshop on April 25, 2024 with Invited Speaker, Nicole Gravina, Ph.D., from 2-5pm. Immediately following the workshop, we invite you to join us for a Reception from 5-6:30pm.  Both events are available for in-person attendance only.


All events will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park.

Conference Schedule Full Conference Program

Keynote Speaker: Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed received a doctorate in school psychology from Syracuse University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Child Development and a pre-doctoral internship at the May Center. Presently, Florence is a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas where she serves as departmental chairperson and directs the Performance Management Laboratory. Her research examines effective and efficient staff training and performance improvement practices. Florence has published nearly 100 articles and book chapters and two edited books on a variety of topics including training, performance management, assessment, and intervention. With co-authors Drs. Gregory Madden and Derek Reed, Florence recently published a textbook titled An Introduction to Behavior Analysis. Moreover, Florence has been an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Presentation: Training Complex Professional Repertoires of Human-Service Staff


To effectively deliver services and support clients and their families, human-service staff must acquire a complex professional repertoire. Unfortunately, the literature lacks guidance on the best way to operationalize and train many important skills. This presentation will describe research-supported procedures and share experimental data supporting the effectiveness of a behavior-analytic approach to staff training and professional development. The presentation will emphasize how to best train a complex professional repertoire, such as how to effectively train others, lead meetings, advocate in the workplace, and deliver uncomfortable feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The participant will be able to define various complex professional repertoires.
  2. The participant will be able to describe the benefits of evidence-based training approaches.
  3. The participant will be able to identify and describe the components of evidence-based training, including behavioral skills training, video modeling, computer-based instruction, and pyramidal training.
  4. The participant will be able to discuss the results of studies evaluating ways to effectively train complex professional repertoires.

Pre-Conference Workshop

OBM Strategies for Improving Staff Performance

This workshop is aimed at supervisors and leaders in clinical settings seeking to improve staff engagement and performance. Nicole will highlight practical, research-based strategies for identifying and assessing performance concerns in the workplace and offer actionable steps leader can take to address those concerns. She also will describe how to design work environments that support high levels of performance and job satisfaction. This workshop will be interactive, and attendees should come with questions and examples of performance issues that can be discussed during the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to describe common assessment strategies used in organizational behavior management and when they should be employed.

Attendees will be able to list leadership behaviors that promote high levels of performance and job satisfaction.

Attendees will be able to describe best practices for feedback conversations.


Nicole Gravina, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicole Gravina is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. Nicole serves on five editorial boards including serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. In 2019, Nicole was honored with the APA Early Career Impact Award in Consulting Psychology and in 2021 she was granted the OBM Network Outstanding Contributions Award. Nicole specializes in designing behavior-based workplace interventions that improve employee safety, healthcare delivery, and supervision practices. In addition to her faculty appointment, Nicole has consulted in a variety of industries, including healthcare, human services, manufacturing, public utilities, insurance, and construction.

Distinguished Service Award

This annual award honors a behavior analyst from NJ who has contributed to the profession for 15+ years. These contributions may fall into the realm of university instruction, clinical services, practitioner training, research, and advocacy for the field of behavior analysis.

This year’s awardee is Mary Louise Kerwin, Ph.D.