HABA's 13th Annual Convention
Dr. David Lennox, founder and President of QBS, Inc., received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 20 years of organizational, management, clinical, and marketing commitment, he has worked toward improving the services and outcomes for a vast array of healthcare organizations. 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. Dr. Lennox has served as Vice-President of Behavioral Health Services for one of the largest national healthcare providers, developing and directing a nationwide network of over 80 specialty programs. He has conducted hundreds of presentations, published numerous articles, and has appeared on the PBS series entitled "Abnormal Psychology." In addition, has taught at numerous colleges and universities, has served on governmental committees for clinical change, and is active in numerous professional and healthcare organizations and associations.
Dr. Mandy Rispoli is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Purdue University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level. Operating from a behavior analytic framework, Dr. Rispoli’s research explores: (a) improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and feasibility of functional behavior assessments and function-based interventions in school settings, and (b) innovations in professional development for teachers of young children with autism and challenging behavior. Dr. Rispoli has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Amanda N. Kelly (aka Behaviorbabe) holds a PhD in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. She was licensed as an elementary education teacher for 15 years and has maintained certification as a Behavior Analyst for over 10. Dr. Kelly has experience working in homes, public and private schools (k-12), residential placements, and community settings. Dr. Kelly works collaboratively with stakeholders to improve educational and legal systems for keiki in Hawai'i and has been instrumental in the passage of Autism Insurance reform and Licensure of Behavior Analysts, becoming the first behavior analyst to be licensed in Hawai'i. As part of her advocacy efforts, Dr. Kelly has served on several local boards, to include the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (2014-2016) and the Hawai'i Disability Rights Council (2017). In addition, Dr. Kelly also serves as the Director of Hawai'i ABA Cohort, through the University of West Florida (UWF). In 2012, Dr. Kelly became the first recipient of the "Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year Award" and in 2015, she was recognized by Autism Speaks for her advocacy work in Hawai'i.
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Dr. Kendra Newsome earned her PhD in 2010 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Nevada. She has served as the President for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis and is the past President of the Standard Celeration Society. Dr. Newsome is a Founding Director and Owner of Fit Learning, Reno - a Precision Teaching Learning Laboratory that has served over 1,400 families since 2004. Dr. Newsome is a regular contributor to scientific and professional communities on learning science and evidence-based instruction. She and her colleagues have pursued inquiries into the role of language and relational flexibility in the establishment of complex academic repertoires. Her research initiatives include applications of Relational Frame Theory to education, the incorporation of Precision Teaching into Response to Intervention frameworks, and contextual analyses in clinical settings through the use of Standard Celeration Chart. Dr. Newsome has given numerous invited presentations and lectures on science-based approaches to education and serves as a consultant to individuals practicing Precision Teaching in the academic domain.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed. Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program
As your state ABAI chapter, we are committed to providing our members with information pertinent to our practice here in Hawai’i. If you are not already a member for 2017 and would like to support our work here please consider joining HABA, anyone with an interest can be a member!