Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG)

Chair: Megan Miller

Megan earned her masters degree in behavior analysis at Florida State University.  She actively engages in disseminating accurate and useful information by presenting in the local community, providing free workshops, and focusing on training parents and staff.  She also writes a blog and participates on the DBA-SIG listserv.  She is very excited to participate as an officer and assist in furthering the accomplishments of the DBA-SIG. 

Vice Chair: Melissa Engasser 

Melissa earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and is currently enrolled at Capella University where she is pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 13 years. Melissa's interests are in providing empirically-based research in the area of implementing behavioral technologies amongst neuro-typical early learners. She is also interested in providing teachers with the technology of ABA across the areas of not just classroom management but curriculum development and modification of the curriculum to tailor each students individual needs. If we can provide our early learners with the prerequisite skills they need to succeed at the school-aged level , we are increasing our chances of their success in the future. She is an actively mentors students of behavior analysis and is an active presenter for a few non-profit organization that provides free ABA training to parents and educators across the state of New Jersey.

Treasurer: Christy Evanko 

Christy took the non-traditional route to becoming a behavior analyst after her son was diagnosed with autism.  She has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas.  She is the co-owner of Snowflakes ABA and consults with a variety of organizations as well as involves herself in the community.   She is currently the President-Elect for the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis.  Christy has developed and updated various Web sites throughout her career beginning with the first Walt Disney World Web site in 1997.  She is very excited to do whatever she can for the DBA-SIG and can't wait until the world knows and loves behavior analysis as much as she does!

Secretary: Elizabeth Callahan

Elizabeth is currently a doctoral student in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience working with learners with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and emotional and behavioral disorders. She has worked in public and private schools, as well as in clinic, home, and community settings. Currently, she provides consultation to school districts in the New York, New Jersey area. Elizabeth also serves as the Past President of Caldwell University's Student Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (SAABA), a student-run organization that she helped to found, which promotes awareness of behavior analysis in the community. Mrs. Callahan also holds a volunteer position as Media Watch Coordinator for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, where she writes and edits responses to media stories pertaining to autism and autism treatment. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary for the Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis a Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalĀ® (ABAI). Elizabeth has presented at local conferences and has published online and in newsletters pertaining to autism and science-based treatment. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, desensitization procedures, and the use of stimulus equivalence-based instruction to disseminate scientific information. Elizabeth is a member of ABAI, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, New York Association for Behavior Analysis, and The Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.

Social Media Coordinator: Ashley Fiorilli

Dr. Ashley Fiorilli holds a doctorate degree in International Psychology. Her dissertation examined the experiences of South African caregivers raising a child with autism, within a cultural psychology framework. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has experience as an implementer and consultant. She has a Master of Science degree in counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis. Her Bachelor of Science degree focused on cultural perceptions and risk taking behaviors, building the foundation for an interest in social expectations and behaviors. Her background includes: case management for infants and toddlers with visual impairments and a Deaf and Hard of Hearing diagnosis, providing behavior consultation services for populations with intellectual disabilities and other behavior disorders, managing social group interventions, and instructing Masters level students in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has provided ABA treatment, mainly to individuals with Autism, since 2007. Dr. Fiorilli has provided consultation in homes, schools, and residential care homes. She has provided consultation and oversight internationally. She has presented at both state and national conferences. She is a member of California's Association for Behavior Analysis and Applied Behavior Analysis International.

Past President: Dr. Amanda N. Kelly

Amanda completed her Masters of Science Degree (2007) and her PhD in Behavior Analysis (2013) at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Over the past few years, Amanda has been actively disseminating the science of behavior analysis through her alter-ego, Behaviorbabe. Amanda and a colleague of hers are presently working on submitting publications on TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) to non-behavioral journals in attempts to reach a broader audience.  Amanda recently relocated to Oahu, where she has been dedicating her time to expanding access to and improving quality of behavior analytic services available for children and families in Hawaii. In 2014, Amanda will serve as Vice President for the Hawaii Association of Behavior Analysis (HABA).  In addition to her frontline efforts, Amanda has also created some clever ABA apparel aimed at helping to disseminate our science.  To browse the items available, go to Behaviorbuys by Behaviorbabe