NJABA Workgroups



The NJABA Public School Workgroup is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in public schools and increasing public schools’ capacity to provide high-quality behavioral services to all students.

Leadership Committee

Marissa Gynn-Ricafort, M.A., BCBA, Chair

Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA, Secretary

Irene Cook, Ed.D., Administrators Liaison

Dania Bober, Ed.M., BCBA, Southern New Jersey Region

Denise Kerth, Ph.D., BCBA-D, FAQ Coordinator

Current Activities

We are developing committees on the following topics:

Programming including standardized and individualized assessments, curricula, best practices/quality indicators, home and community-based programming.

Safely and effectively reducing challenging behavior including functional behavior assessments, consent, crisis, behavior plans, oversight.

Staff training

Collaboration with related services

Collaboration with administrators

Legal issues related to ABA services

Employment-related issues

NJABA’s Public Schools




DOE Job Code – With the effective advocacy of NJABA and Autism New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) created a job code for BACB Certificants. Read the DOE Broadcast here.

New Assessment – The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM®) project offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System. DynamicLearningMaps.org

NJABA Public School Workgroups first Open House on November 13th, 2014


  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

All meetings will begin at 4:15pm (unless otherwise noted)

Bergen County Special Services
540 Farview Avenue Paramus, NJ

Meetings will be held in the Central Office meeting room (2nd Floor)

Video-conferencing will be available for all meetings.

Please RSVP to Marissa Gynn-Ricafort, M.A., BCBA, Chair.

Interested, but Unsure if You’d Like to Officially Join?

Come to a meeting to learn more and network with colleagues. All are welcome! For general inquiries, contact Stephanie Summers, info@njaba.org, or 609-910-0394