Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

To educate, advocate for, and support both providers and consumerof 
Applied Behavior Analysis.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard "Dick" Malott

Dr. Richard Malott is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty at Western Michigan University. He coauthored Principles of Behavior (the book previously known as Elementary Principles of Behavior). He is now (and has been for many years) working on two books, I'll Stop Procrastinating when I Get around to It and Applied Behavioral Cognitive Analysis. He has presented in 13 countries and has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. James "Jim" Carr

Dr. Jim Carr received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). In this important leadership role, he has advanced the status of applied behavior analysis and its parent discipline, behavior analysis, to new levels of visibility, acceptance, and respect. His professional service record is long and varied, comprising work on behalf of several state, national, and international behavior analysis organizations as well as some autism service programs and the BACB. 

Presidential Address

Dr. Amanda N. Kelly

Dr. Amanda N. Kelly, 2015 HABA President, received her her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and currently serves as Executive Director for Keiki Educational Consultants, Inc. She has been licensed as an elementary education teacher for the past 15 years and certified as a Behavior Analyst for the last 10.  Dr. Kelly published two articles this year: Effects of Presession Pairing for Children with Autism (Behavioral Interventions) and Blurred Lines: Ethical Implications of Social Media (Behavior Analysis in Practice). Dr. Kelly is also a proud co-author of the 2015 Hawaii licensure for behavior analysts state law.

Featured Speaker

Carter Keegan

At 21 years old Carter Keegan is an inspiration! As an individual on the Autism Spectrum, Carter had severe sensory sensitivities and speech difficulties, and was unable to speak in full sentences until age six. Through countless hours of dedicated work by Carter himself, family, friends and his small Colorado mountain community he grew into the person he is today. A constant thread woven into every challenge he faced then and now, is his profound relationship with animals. In 2014 Carter received A.S in Animal Shelter Management from Colorado Mountain College. His current interests include working on artisanal farms and fine art photography.

HABA 2015 Partner: CCBS
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies 

Invited Speaker

Dr. Rob Holdsambeck

Dr. Holdsambeck has over 35 years of clinical experience delivering ABA services to people with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. He served his country as a Captain in the USAF-R; his community as a professor of behavior analysis for over 25 years; and his field as Executive Director of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He was selected as the 2010 distinguished colleague by the Chicago School LA's department of ABA. In 2011, he received the outstanding service award from the Cambridge Center for his work in bringing evidence based practices to California.

Invited Speaker

Lorri Unumb, JD

Lorri Shealy Unumb, JD, is a lawyer and wrote ground-breaking autism insurance legislation for South Carolina (“Ryan’s Law”) that passed in 2007 and served as the catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform. Lorri was recruited by the non-profit Autism Speaks, where she now advocates full-time on behalf of individuals with autism.Lorri also teaches a health care law seminar at The George Washington University Law School called “Autism and the Law.” HABA is pleased to welcome Lorri Unumb as an Invited Speaker at #HABA2015.

Lorri advocating on behalf of families in Hawaii

Invited Speaker

Dr. Dave Lennox

Dr. David Lennox, founder and President of QBS, Inc., received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Lennox has developed, directed, and consulted in organizations and programs treating children, adults, and geriatrics in a variety of settings including schools, community and group homes, long-term care, academic research programs, day treatment programs, and hospitals. He has managed services for individuals with a variety of rehabilitation and behavioral needs resulting from developmental disabilities, autism, head injury, Alzheimer's, psychiatric conditions, and a number of neurological disorders.

Invited Speaker

Dr. Neal Miller

Neal Miller earned a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, a M.S.Ed in Behavioral Education from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. in ABA and Special Education from The Ohio State University. He has been a BCBA since 2007, and was a founding member of the Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis. Neal has worked with children and adults with disabilities form over 15 years, as a consultant, therapist, and behavior specialist. He has primarily worked with individuals with moderate to severe disabilities, particularly autism. His current research interests include behavioral variability, generalization, environmental sustainability, and teaching verbal behavior.

Invited Speaker

Molly Benson began her career in data collection in high school on a whale watch boat out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Molly’s journey then took her to San Diego where she lived for 9 years, working in public and non-public school settings. In 2008, Molly returned to Massachusetts in a teaching capacity, while working towards her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA), which she obtained in 2012. Molly is thrilled to be making her return to Hawaii, where she joined HABA’s grassroots efforts earlier this year, to ensure passage of autism insurance legislation in our state. Dedicated to people and the environment, Molly is blazing her own path in the field of behavior analysis: seeking ethical treatment of all people and exploring the role legislation, public policy, and social interactions play in determining behavioral outcomes. Her story is a wonderful work in progress…

Molly Benson

Invited Speaker

Thea Davis is the Founder and Director of Autism Bridges, Inc., and Social Bridges of NE, private clinics located in Bedford, NH. Autism Bridges specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and other related disorders. Social Bridges of New England offers individual and group therapy services that address the social and organizational issues of children, ages preschool and K through 12. Thea is also the President of the New Hampshire Association for Behavior Analysis (NHABA).

Thea Davis

Selected Submission

Anne Lau

Anne Lau is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has lived in Hawaii since 2004. She earned her Master's in Education (Counseling) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2008. Anne joined ABC Group in 2010. She assisted in opening the clinic and presently serves as Clinical Director in Aiea. In her role as Clinical Director, Anne is responsible for overseeing the Early Intervention and the Accelerated Academics programs. Anne is also a Past President of HABA (2012) and currently serves on its Board of Directors as Legislative Co-Chair. 

Video Guest Appearance

E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He is past Editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-92), and current Associate Editor (since 1983) of Environment and Behavior, and consulting editor for Journal of Safety Research, Behavior and Social Issues, Behavior Analyst Digest, and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. 

Dr. E. Scott Geller

Anti-Bullying: Workshop Presenter

Jennifer Yakos, MA, BCBA, is a senior clinical supervisor/trainer for the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT).  Some of her current interests include teaching functional communication skills to non-vocal learners, as well as teaching advanced social and cognitive concepts in order to facilitate social success.

Anti-Bullying: Workshop Presenter

Cecilia Knight, MA, BCBA, is the Director of the Institute of Behavioral Training (IBT). She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with children and young adults diagnosed with autism, PDD, and Asperger’s syndrome since 1996.