Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

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

Convention Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker: Philip N. Hineline, Ph.D., BCBA-D

After completing his BA at Hamilton College and Ph.D. at Harvard University, Philip N. Hineline spent 3 years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research before moving to Temple University, where he is now a professor. He routinely teaches at both basic and advanced levels and is very much involved with the Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, which he co-founded with Dr. Saul Axelrod, of Temple's College of Education. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching: In the spring of 1999, he received the Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching, from the Alumni Association of the College of Arts and Sciences of Temple University. The following year, he received Temple's university-wide "Great Teacher Award," and the "Distinguished Teacher Award" from the College of Arts and Sciences. More recently (2007), he received the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Also outside the University, he served first as associate editor, as editor, and then as review editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 

Keynote Speaker: Byron Wine Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Byron Wine worked in early intervention and taught English as a Foreign Language to adults while in graduate school.  He then served as a  behavior analyst , and later a senior behavior analyst, in a residential setting for adults with disabilities.  Since 2013, he has worked as an assistant professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. Byron joined Faison in January 2016 as a senior behavior analyst and continues to function as the Virginia site director for the Florida Institute of Technology. Byron received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Temple University, and completed both his master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.  He is a Virginia-licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has published over 20 research articles and book chapters on behavior analysis.  

Invited Speaker: Justin B. Leaf., Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Dr. Justin Leaf is the Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Justin worked directly under the mentorship of Dr. James Sherman and Dr. Jan Sheldon. Justin has over ten years of clinical and research experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.His research interests include looking at ways to improve social skills for children and adolescents with autism, developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, and evaluating long term outcomes for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. Justin has taught graduate level courses in applied behavior analysis and research methodologies. Additionally, Justin has published several articles in peer reviewed journals; has presented at national, state conferences, and invited events; and has consulted on research projects nationally and internationally.

Invited Speaker: Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D   

Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Ethics at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her professional and research interests focus on professional ethics, training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, variability, and verbal behavior. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. Tyra has served as a board member in various positions, for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals and is on the editorial board for a third.

Invited Speaker: Ellie Kazemi PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Kazemi is a Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she has developed and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in behavior analysis for the past 10 years. She founded the Masters of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010 and has collaborated with the CSUN community to provide graduate students high quality supervision experiences. She currently has two different primary lines of research. Her applied research interests involve identification of efficient, effective strategies for practical training, supervision, and leadership. Her laboratory research involves leveraging technology (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality) for optimal simulation-based training. She is currently working on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective, efficient training and behavioral outcomes. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award. She has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including training, staff turnover, and the use of technology in behavior analysis. She is the leading author of a handbook for supervision titled, Supervision and Practicum in Behavior Analysis: A Handbook for Supervisees.

Invited Speaker: Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D,

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the incoming Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of five major scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment and well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts.  His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, treatment of feeding disorders, and technology in autism treatment.  He is a frequent presenter at autism and ABA conferences worldwide, and a regular guest on television and radio.