2018 Conference Speakers

George Sugai, PhD

Shaping of a Behaviorist: ABA, PBIS, and MTSS

Professor George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. His primary areas of interests are positive behavior support (PBS), systems change, personnel preparation, behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. He has taught graduate level special education courses in applied behavior analysis, emotional or behavioral disorders, behavioral consultation, social skills instruction, and classroom/behavior management. He is Research Scientist in the Center for Behavioral Education and Research in the Neag School of Education, which focuses on research and outreach activities related to promoting effective academic and social behavior supports. Sugai has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences and professional meetings, and has served as advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. His international work includes projects in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia, Spain, and Canada, and invitations to present in Japan, England, Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.



James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D

An Ethics Update from the Behavior Analyst Certification 

OBM Tips for Practitioners: Staff Performance Diagnostics and Organizational Process Analysis 

James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D is the Chief Executive Officer of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. His professional interests include behavior analyst credentialing, behavioral assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities, verbal behavior, and practitioner training. Dr. Carr has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics and this work has been cited over 5,000 times. Dr. Carr is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and received the 2017 Jerry Shook Award from APBA and the 2017 Azrin Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis Award from APA’s Division 25. He is the past editor-in-chief of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and has served on the editorial boards of 10 other behavior analysis journals, including 4 appointments as associate editor. Dr. Carr is the past president of the Colorado, Alabama, and Mid-American Associations for Behavior Analysis. He received his doctorate in 1996 from Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Bailey and previously served on the behavior analysis faculties at University of Nevada-Reno (1996-1999), Western Michigan University (1999-2008), and Auburn University (2008-2011).


Erin E. Barton, PhD, BCBA-D

Measuring and Increasing Toy and Social Play Behaviors in Young Children with Disabilities

Erin E. Barton, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for young children with disabilities and single case research design. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and directs research projects related to evidence-based practices for young children, policies and practices that support high quality inclusion, and effective professional development systems. Dr. Barton is an active scholar with over 70 publications in major journals, multiple chapters, and three textbooks related to evidence-based practices. Dr. Barton serves on several editorial boards and is the Editor-in-Chief of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Early Intervention. She has received many honors and most recently was honored with the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children.


Molli M. Luke, PhD, BCBA-D

OBM Tips for Practitioners: Staff Performance Diagnostics and Organizational Process Analysis 

Molli M. Luke, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Operations at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Luke received her doctorate in Behavior Analysis in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her professional interests include organizational behavior management, systems-level assessment and intervention, and packaging of systems interventions as means to improve behavior-analytic services and promote application to new populations and regions. Dr. Luke has served in leadership roles as a developer of sustainable and effective organizational systems within various organizations which have been diverse in size, funding sources, type of services provided, and has included two non-USA locations. Dr. Luke is on the editorial board for Behavior and Social Issues and has served as a board member for the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis and Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group.