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: Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP

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 the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He is currently the Book Review editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and on the editorial boards of six 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. 

Keynote Speaker: Caio F. Miguel, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Caio Miguel is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento. He holds adjunct appointments at Endicott College, MA., and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is the past-editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) Dr. Miguel's research focuses on the study of verbal and verbally-mediated behaviors. He has given hundreds of professional presentations in North America, South America and Europe, and has had over 60 manuscripts published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is the recipient of the 2013-2014 award for outstanding scholarly work by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State, and the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Student Committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Invited Speaker: Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Associate Professor of Special Education and Director of the HEDCO Autism Research and Training Center at the University of Oregon. Her scholarship focuses on assessment and intervention to address the challenging behavior of young children with autism with a specific focus on the use of telecommunication technology to support parents, teachers, and other professionals to implement and sustain use of evidence-based strategies.

Invited Speaker: Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, LBA 

Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, LBA(NY) is a partner at North Jersey Behavioral Health Services, an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University and a Clinical Supervisor in the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Dr. Vladescu completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. His research interests include early behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum and related disorders, increasing the efficiency of academic instruction, staff training, applied applications of equivalence-based instruction, and mainstream applications of behavior analysis. He has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Psychological Record, Behavior Modification, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, and the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. Jason has served as a guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He is currently on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Development, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, and School Psychology Quarterly. 

Invited Speaker: Tara A. Fahmie, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Tara Fahmie is an associate professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Fahmie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, where she became inspired by the faculty to pursue a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Kansas, under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley, and her PhD from the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Fahmie is a BCBA-D and has over 10 years of experience implementing behavior analysis with various populations in clinics, schools, and residential settings. Dr. Fahmie currently conducts research in several preschool classrooms and in collaboration with local autism agencies. She has published on the functional analysis of problem behavior and on the acquisition of social skills in young children. These two initial research interests have led to her emerging passion for research on the prevention of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie also contributes to the field as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and as the membership chair of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. 

Invited Speaker: Dan Almeida, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dan Almeida is the District Supervisor of ABA Services for Newton, MA Public Schools, a school system of 12,700 students. He has provided ABA services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities for over 30 years. He has conducted professional development workshops in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 1998 and currently is adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, teaching classes in certificate and graduate degree programs in ABA. Dan has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Behavioral Education. His areas of interest include preference assessment, OBM, treatment of challenging behavior, and culturally responsive practices in ABA.

Invited Speaker: Christine Almeida, MSEd., EdS, BCBA

Christine received her M.S.Ed. in special education from Simmons College in 2003 and her Ed.S. in Behavioral Education in 2004. She has been a practicing BCBA in the Boston area since 2004. Christine has worked in both private and public school settings. She has presented at various conferences in the areas of assessment, social skills, and inclusion. She is the co-author of the assessment and curriculum guide, "Socially Savvy: An Assessment and Curriculum Guide".

Invited Speaker: Daniel Unumb, Esq.

Dan Unumb, Esq. is President of the Autism Legal Resource Center LLC, a national legal consulting firm assisting providers, families and associations with insurance, Medicaid, and other coverage-related issues. Dan is also founder of the recently established nonprofit National Autism Law Center, providing information, litigation and legal policy support, and advocacy on behalf of the autism community. Previously, Dan was Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. He has briefed autism issues in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law” and has presented on autism legal topics at numerous national conferences. Dan graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country in private practice in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston; as Director of Litigation for his state’s legal services program; and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.

Selected Speaker: Melaura A.E. Tomaino, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Dr. Melaura Erickson Tomaino has focused her education and career on educating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.  She received her bachelor's’ degree in Psychology from UCLA in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from CGU in 2011. She was certified as a BCBA-D in 2010 and received her license in Clinical Psychology in 2017.  She has worked as an Interventionist, Behavior Supervisor and Clinical Director in home and school settings. Currently, Dr. Tomaino serves as the CCO of Port View Preparatory Schools overseeing campuses in Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  She has conducted extensive research in ASD and has published and presented her work in a variety of professional forums. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Azusa Pacific University and the Claremont schools. Dr. Tomaino not only brings an extensive knowledge base to her work but a true love and passion for the individuals she serves. 

Selected Speaker: Edward S. Miguel, EdD, BCBA

Dr. Edward Miguel has dedicated his career to serving students and individuals with disabilities. He has worked in domestic violence shelters, residential treatment centers, group homes, and non-public schools. Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of Port View Preparatory Schools, overseeing two campuses in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. In addition to running one of the best non-public schools in the country, Dr. Miguel spends his time advocating for students with special needs, including pursuing changes at the governmental level. Dr. Miguel faced disabilities as a child after a childhood illness but recovered with the help of dedicated professionals in this field, motivating him to dedicate his life to this work.

Presidential Address:  Kathleen Penland

Kathleen is the Clinical Educator for BAYADA’s Behavioral Health Division in Hawai’i. She holds a Master’s in Special Education and completed post-graduate education in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Penn State. Kathleen is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) specializing in treatment of autism and developmental disabilities. She has a passion for parent and community training in ABA as well as supervision of trainees pursuing Certification. Kathleen has served on the board and committees of the Hawai’i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) since 2015.