BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D

President

Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D,  is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Marcus Institute at Emory University. He currently serves as the Director of Behavioral and Research Services at The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, where he supervises several doctoral students and staff providing behavioral consultation to programs within the Center. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology.  (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA-D

President – Elect

SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an associate professor and Director of Academic Programs in Autism and ABA in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at the University of Missouri (MU) where he was also the chair of the Department of Health Psychology, the Founding Director the MU Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to moving to MU, he was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also serves on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Intervention and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Kahng is on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging. Finally, he has mentored numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.  (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Mary Lou Kerwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Past – President

Mary Lou Kerwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Professor of Psychology as well as the Executive Director of the Center for Behavior Analysis at Rowan University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and is a licensed psychologist as well as a BCBA-D. Her research interests include pediatric feeding disorders, behavioral treatments for drug addiction, parenting interventions for mothers in drug treatment, and treatments for autism.  (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Meghan A. Deshais, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Treasurer/Finance Chair

Meghan A. Deshais, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Meghan A. Deshais, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She earned her doctorate in the experimental analysis of behavior from the University of Florida in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers,
she was an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a clinical supervisor at the Center for Autism and ABA at Caldwell University. She has held
clinical positions at a variety of programs for children with developmental disabilities including the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the New York Center for Autism Charter School. Her research interests include establishing critical skills in children with disabilities, group contingencies, and the application of behavior analysis to novel areas. She serves on the board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, has published research in a number of peer-reviewed journals, and has co-authored several textbook chapters. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Lindsay Keker, MAT, BCBA

Secretary

Lindsay Keker, MAT, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the co-founder and Executive Director of Positive Pathways Behavior Services, a private practice which delivers home based ABA services, supervision and training, and school consultative services. Lindsay has over 10 years of experience practicing in the field. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from New Jersey City University and went on to complete her coursework and experiential hours towards her BCBA at Rutgers University. Lindsay began her work as a fieldworker at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center during her undergraduate studies and returned as a teacher at the center after receiving her Master’s degree. She has taught special education at Freehold Township public schools. Lindsay has extensive experience working with clients with a variety of needs, training other professionals and collaborating on multidisciplinary teams. Currently, Lindsay provides home based services, serves as a consultant in New Jersey school districts and provides supervision and training for prospective Behavior Analysts. Lindsay has presented her clinical work at the Autism NJ Annual Conference in 2017. Her primary interests lie in spreading knowledge on and awareness of best practices in Behavior Analysis through parent training, teacher training, and increasing accessibility of services for clients throughout the state. (Term Ends: June, 2023)

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Eric Eberman, M.S.Ed

Government Affairs Chair

Eric Eberman, M.S.Ed is the Public Policy Director at Autism New Jersey where he is responsible for the planning, implementation, supervision and evaluation of the agency’s public policy activity.  In his role, he has helped lead successful advocacy efforts for the licensure of behavior analysts and Medicaid coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis in New Jersey.  Eric has close to 25 years of experience working with and advocating for children and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities, specifically those with severe challenging behavior.  He earned his Master of Science in Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Temple University under the tutelage of Dr. Philip Hineline.  He spent the first 20 years of his career working at Bancroft, a service provider for children and adults with autism, beginning with providing direct service to individuals with autism and challenging behavior to serving for 10 years on the executive team as the Vice President of Clinical Services and Acute Behavioral Health.  He has presented his work and research at numerous conferences, including the Association for Behavior Analysis, New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Berkshire Conference on Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis.  He has served as a member of the Executive Board for the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, has been honored by the Philadelphia 76ers with their “Heroes Among Us” award which is given to individuals in the greater Philadelphia-area who have made exceptional and overwhelming contributions to better the lives of children in the community and selected as one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Men of the Year” which recognizes men throughout Southern New Jersey that demonstrate a spirit of caring, giving, and making a difference in the lives of others. (Term Ends: June, 2023)

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Erin Richard White, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Events Chair

Erin Richard White, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a behavior analyst at the Child Development and Autism Center at Morristown Medical Center. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Adult & Transition Services at Alpine Learning Group in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. White has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders in employment, educational, community and home settings for over 20 years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds both teacher of the handicapped and elementary teacher certifications in New Jersey. Dr. White completed her doctorate and master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Caldwell University. She has published articles in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She regularly serves as a guest review of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. White has presented at many local and national conferences on a variety of topics including preparing learners for adulthood, assessing and reducing problem behavior, and ethics. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Patrick Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Membership Chair

Patrick R. Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D currently serves as Chief Clinical Officer:  International for Brett DiNovi and Associates. Patrick also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Rider University. Previous to this he served as the Executive Director of Princeton Child Development Institute for several years. Patrick also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell College (now Caldwell University). Patrick received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Patrick has served as a faculty member at several colleges and universities and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis at Children’s Seashore House of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Clinical and research interests involve staff training, functional assessment and functional analysis, choice behavior, behavioral economics, self-management, and a general interest in translational research.  (Term Ends: June, 2023)

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Crystal Harms, M.Ed., BCBA

Continuing Education Chair

Crystal Harms M.Ed., BCBA earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 1994, and a Master of Education in 2001 from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania — a program in which she later taught as an adjunct professor.  She became a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in 1997 in Florida, where certification in the field originated.  She is a charter certificant of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and served on the organization’s Board of Directors for 4 years. After 23 years of practicing as a BCaBA, Crystal sat for her boards last November and obtained her full BCBA. Crystal has also served as an adjunct professor for Rowan University in the Psychology Department since 2006.

Throughout her career, Crystal has worked as a behavior analyst, teacher, program director and learning consultant in public and private facilities and in homes.  She has treated children with autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and many other conditions, working in partnership with their parents and educators. She has had the privilege of providing these services in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nova Scotia, Canada before returning to New Jersey in 2016. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Jenna Glennon, MAT, BCBA

Communications Chair

Jenna Glennon, MAT, BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been independently consulting to school districts and families since 2004. Her work in the public schools has provided her the opportunity to work closely with administration to train staff and parents, support staff in creating skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs, and create materials and data collection systems to monitor progress and conduct FBAs. Her work with families focused on quality of life issues and providing support and training for ameliorating challenging behavior in the home and community. As an independent consultant, she has been able to focus on home-school collaboration to support positive outcomes across settings.

Early in her career, Jenna served on the NJABA Development Committee and as Secretary from 2005-2007). She also served on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and was a consumer liaison for the Parent-Professional Partnership Special Interest Group (PPP SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and a committee member for the Autism Special Interest Group. These experiences have shaped Jenna’s career and she is excited to again be involved in these efforts to help families and professionals access credible information about science-based intervention.  (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NSCP, LBA (NY)

University Program Liaison 

Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NSCP, LBA (NY) is a partner at North Jersey Behavioral Health Services and a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Jason completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. He has published 75+ peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters spanning his research interests in early behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum and related disorders, increasing the efficiency of academic instruction, staff and caregiver training, equivalence-class formation, and mainstream applications of behavior analysis. Jason is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Behavioral Interventions, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Development, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. He is on the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board and was the 2020 recipient of the APA (Division 25) B. F. Skinner New Applied Researcher Award. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Craig Domanski, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Service Delivery Chair

Craig Domanski, Ph.D., BCBA-D has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders using ABA for almost 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University while working at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Dr. Domanski then went on to receive his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University, where his research focused on parent-training and optimizing teaching conditions for learners with ASD.

Dr. Domanski co-founded and has been serving as the Clinical Director of The DATA Group for almost 10 years. The DATA Group is an NJDOE-approved agency for ABA service delivery, focusing primarily on using ABA programming to build skills towards increasing independence in the home and community environments. By implementing programs in learners’ actual natural environments, generalization and maintenance of skills is more likely, and there are more opportunities for training caregivers and
providing support for families where they need it most.

Aside from his work in The DATA Group, Dr. Domanski also currently serves as the Chair for the NJABA Insurance Provider Workgroup, which aims to disseminate information about providing services through health insurance plans to the behavior-analytic community. He is an active member of NJABA, ABAI, and APBA and has served as an adjunct lecturer at Georgian Court University and Kaplan University. Dr. Domanski places a high value on the importance of promoting the science of ABA to both the behavior-analytic and mainstream communities and will bring that same dedication to the Representative-at-Large position. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Emily Gallant, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Representative-At-Large

Emily Gallant, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and an instructor and researcher at Somerset Hills Learning Institute. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University and has enjoyed working in the field of autism intervention for 13 years. She currently serves as a member of the NJABA communications committee, and previously served as the NJABA membership chair for three years and student representative for four. She has presented her own and Somerset Hills Learning Institute’s research at local, state, national, and international conferences and has published one scholarly article (with more on the way). She enjoys working with others to advocate for the science of behavior analysis, improve autism intervention technologies, and develop effective behavioral systems in organizational behavior management.(Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Pierre Louis, BCBA

Representative-At-Large

Pierre Louis, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently serving as Executive Director of Training and Leadership Development at Brett DiNovi and Associates. Pierre has 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, behavioral disorders, and other behavioral challenges in schools (private and public), homes, and residential settingsthroughout New Jersey. As a thought leader, he presents regularly at conferences and workshops on leadership and organizational management and has taught ABA courses at local colleges and universities. His current interests include using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) to improve the coaching and mentoring repertoires of analysts. (Term Ends: June, 2022)

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Vanessa Bethea-Miller, M.A., BCBA, LBS

Representative-At-Large

Vanessa Bethea-Miller, M.A., BCBA, LBS is the founder of Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting and Shaping Tomorrow Child Care Services, an ABA based daycare and preschool, and the co-founder of the ABA Task Force and Behavior Analysis University. She is also the author of “I Know What I Want to Be”, a sweet children’s book about a young girl exploring different careers in science before deciding she wants to be a Behavior Analyst. Vanessa is pursuing her doctorate of philosophy in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and currently holds a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology with a concentration in ABA, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.

Vanessa has dedicated her time to working with children and adults with Autism and/or Developmental Disabilities, with or without a co-occurring mental illness. She is passionate about providing quality and effective ABA services to this population as well as children in need of behavior supports. In addition to this, Vanessa provides coaching and mentoring to other individuals starting their own ABA practices. Vanessa has presented internationally on various topics and taught at the college level. Lastly, Vanessa has utilized components of school-wide positive behavior support with an emphasis on behavior analysis and applied them to a juvenile detention center during a practicum experience. (Term Ends: June, 2023)