2017 Conference Speakers

Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP

Behavior Analysis in the Mainstream of Everyday Life:  Multiple Examples and Recommendations  

Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine.  He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He is currently on the editorial boards of four peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 190 scientific articles and chapters and three books.  The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work in is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.  Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development.  He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness and pathways to success.  

The Washington Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA) is an independent, non-profit, professional organization affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International. We are dedicated to the science of behavior and its application to social issues, through ABA methodologies led by BCBA practitioners. Our members primarily live and work in Washington State.

Emily K. Sandoz, Ph.D

How Our Worlds get their Functions: An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory

Dr. Emily K. Sandoz is the Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences in the Psychology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Emily is the Director of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. She has co-authored three books on acceptance and commitment therapy for struggles with eating and body image, along with chapters and journal articles on ACT, Relational Frame Theory, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility. Emily has led more than 50 professional training workshops around the world, and serves as a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She also practices as a Clinical Psychologist, focusing on clinical behavior analysis of body-related difficulties. 

Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.

​​The Essential Eight Skills and A Primary Method of Speaking: Important Goals for Early and Lifelong Intervention

Patrick McGreevy received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Special Education from the University of Iowa. He was a special education teacher for eight years, working with children and young adults with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education from Kansas University under the guidance of Ogden R. Lindsley.  Dr. McGreevy has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Louisiana State University, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the founder and first editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting, and the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English, an Introduction to Precision Teaching, along with nine journal articles, including an important paper on the treatment of Lesch-Nyhan disorder, a book chapter on teaching verbal behavior, and Essential for Living, a functional skills curriculum, skill-tracking instruments, and professional practitioner’s handbook for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. For forty years, Dr. McGreevy has provided consultations for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities and hands-on training for their teachers, care providers, and families, specializing in the treatment of self-injurious and aggressive behavior, along with the teaching of communication skills and language.