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CABA Autism Conference 2017

Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis

Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Early Registration Apr 27, 2017 $175.00 $0.00

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2nd Annual

CABA Autism Conference 2017


Distinguished experts in the field of ABA and ASD join together for a day of education, discussion and reflection



  • TBD



Behaviorists, Educators, Psychologists, Speech & Language Pathologists, Parents


Anyone dedicated to ensuring children with ASD have access to effective and quality treatment



Continuing education units (CEUs) are offered for: 

  • BACB*  (8 units , Type 2)
  • BBS  (7 hours)
  • APA  (7 credits)
  • ASHA (0.7 units   Level:  Intermediate)  PENDING 


*includes 1 hour ethics CEU


  • $175 - Early Registration 
  • Price includes lunch and cost of CEUs

Refunds can be requested up to 15 days prior to the event.  A $25 processing fee will be withheld.  For refunds, contact Joe Cihon via email at:




The conference will be held in the Rossmoor neighborhood of Seal Beach.   Here are two hotel options near the conference venue. 


AYRES HOTEL 12850 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740  (562) 296-1430


For special rates, mention:  Group Name:  Autism Partnership   Group Code:  1779  


OR use this link:



HAMPTON INN 2401 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740   (562) 594-3939



Space is limited!!!   Seats fill very quickly for this event and pre-registration is required.  To guarantee your attendance, register now!

When registering, you will choose your free lunch option for the day.   If you are requesting CEUs, have your license or certification number ready.  You will need to enter it during the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Cihon at:





Topic: TBD

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. is currently serving as Executive Director of The EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and coauthored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.




Sandra L. Harris is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor of clinical psychology (Emeritus) and executive director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, a university-based program for the treatment of children with autism. Her research and clinical interests focus on people with autism and their families. She has written extensively in this area, including several books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Harris consults nationally for schools and organizations that serve people with autism and has served as an expert witness in legal cases concerning the rights of people with developmental disabilities. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, a fellow in the APA divisions of Clinical Psychology and Child and Youth Services and a fellow in the American Psychological Society. Dr. Harris is a licensed practicing psychologist. Her book, Siblings of Children with Autism, received the 1995 Autism Society of America Award for Literary Achievement.  Dr. Harris is still active in the work of the GSAPP Clinical department including being an advisor, directing dissertations and providing support for students.




Dr. DiGennaro serves as the Director of the Performance Management Laboratory at KU where, along with her students, and I conduct translational and applied research. A majority of her research is conducted within a behavioral consultation model with community organizations and seeks to identify effective and resource-efficient practices to promote behavior change of employees, educators, volunteers, and other consultees. In addition, her research facilities include on-campus laboratories that allows them to answer translational questions in a highly-controlled setting.  Dr. DiGennaro’s primary research interests fall within Organizational Behavior Management, a subfield of applied behavior analysis, and Behavioral Consultation. She is interested in evaluating the degree to which treatment integrity influences client outcomes, developing efficient and effective training procedures, quality improvement systems, and performance management within service delivery settings.


Dr. Digennaro Reed has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Journal of Behavioral Education, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and School Psychology Review and is an Associate Editor for Journal of Behavioral Education. In addition, she is a Board Member for Community Living Opportunities where she chairs the Children’s Services Committee and serves as the Education Program Co-Chair for the annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. DiGennaro Reed has been involved with the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy as a member of the Student Relations Committee, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment as Vice President and Secretary, the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis as conference program chair, and served on the Board of Governors and conference program co-chair for the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis. She has a strong interest in mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served as a mentor for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute and the University Scholars Program.




Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Co-Director of Autism Partnership. He has over forty years of experience in the field of ASD, receiving his doctoral degree at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Lovaas. During his professional training at UCLA, Dr. Leaf served as Clinic Supervisor, Research Psychologist, Lecturer, and Interim Director of the Young Autism Project. Dr. Leaf continued his work in the field of Autism over the next 4 decades, consulting nationally and internationally to families, school districts, and service providers world-wide. He is co-author of several key works in the field of Autism and behavioral treatment, including A Work in Progress; It’s Time for School! Building Quality ABA Educational Programs For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders; Sense And Nonsense In The Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said; and Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Along with Dr. John McEachin, Dr. Leaf’s commitment to the continued evolution of behavioral treatment through research and quality training led to the founding of the Autism Partnership Foundation.




John McEachin, a licensed clinical psychologist and BCBA-D, has been providing behavioral treatment to individuals with autism for more than 40 years. He received his graduate training under Professor Ivar Lovaas at UCLA on the Young Autism Project. During his 11 years at UCLA, Dr. McEachin served in various roles including Clinic Supervisor, Research and Teaching Assistant, and Acting Director. His research has included the long-term follow-up study of young autistic children who received intensive behavioral treatment, which was published in 1993. In 1994 he joined with Ron Leaf in forming Autism Partnership, which they co-direct. In 1999 they published A Work in Progress, a widely used behavioral treatment manual and curriculum for children with ASD. Dr. McEachin has lectured throughout the world and co-authored numerous books and research articles. He consults regularly to families, agencies, and school districts nationally and internationally, assisting in the development of treatment programs and providing training to parents staff, and classroom personnel. Dr. McEachin’s dedication to the advancement of behavioral treatment through research and quality training led to the co-founding of the Autism Partnership Foundation with Dr. Ron Leaf.




Justin Leaf, Ph.D., is the Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin began working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2000. Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from 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. Currently, Justin leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and develop friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Justin has over 40 publications in either peer reviewed journals or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has been a guest reviewer for several additional prominent behavior analytic and autism journals.




Mitchell Taubman is a licensed clinical psychologist and a co-director of Autism Partnership. Dr. Taubman attended the University of Kansas, studying with such founders of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as Dr. Donald Baer, Dr. Todd Risely, Dr. James Sherman, and his doctoral advisor, Dr. Montrose Wolf. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Taubman returned to UCLA and served as adjunct assistant professor of psychology and as co-principal investigator with Dr. Lovaas on a federal grant directed at autism treatment. One of his special interests in Teaching Interactions which he brought from the Kansas model to autism treatment. After his post-doctoral work, Dr. Taubman obtained his license as a clinical psychologist and served as clinical director of Straight Talk, a program providing residential and day treatment services to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He currently serves as Director of Autism Partnership, where he provides treatment oversight, training and consultation around the world. Dr. Taubman is the co-author of It’s Time for School! Building Quality ABA Educational Programs For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense And Nonsense In The Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said and Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Seal Beach
Old Ranch Country Club
3901 Lampson Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis

The Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis is committed to furthering the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder by promoting expertise in the application of behavioral treatment.  CABA is dedicated to promoting accessible and effective Autism treatment, training the next generation of professionals, educating those impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, disseminating empirically suppported information, and advancing the science of quality ABA.

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