The Committee will serve for two years, between the EABA conferences.
Past President - September 2017
Robert C. Mellon is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, where he directs the Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Behavior Analysis. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1987, where he trained in both the clinical psychology and experimental analysis of behavior programs; his master’s and doctoral research was directed by Richard Shull and Aaron Brownstein. He completed the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center. Mellon was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Developmental Psychobiology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an NIMH National Research Service Award fellow at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. For four years he travelled Asia, the Middle East and Europe teaching in the Overseas Programs of the University of Maryland. Since 1995 he has lived and worked in Greece, initially at the Hellenic Republic University of Crete. Mellon’s empirical and theoretical work, principally in behavioral variability, resistance to change and aversive control, and the implications of these processes in understanding the provenance and treatment of problematic patterns of behavior, has been published in both behavior-analytic and mainstream psychology journals; he is also author and translator of numerous behavior-analytic texts in the Hellenic language.
Zuilma Gabriela Sigurðardóttir
President - September 2017
Zuilma Gabriela, originally from Mexico, is currently associate professor of psychology at the University of Iceland. She teaches graduate students who are preparing to become licenced psychologists, but teaches also research masters-, doctoral-, and undergraduate students. She studied psychology in Iceland in the eighties, got an MA in Behavior analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and later a PhD in experimental psychology at Northeastern University-Boston. Her research during the 6 years of graduate studies was in the area of stimulus equivalence. After her return to Iceland in 1992, working as a licensed psychologist, she introduced behavior analysis into every part of society she could with dozens of re-education courses and lectures for psychologists, elementary school teachers, other school personel, and for health sciences and social welfare personel. She also taught various required and elective courses in behavior analysis at the University of Iceland and supervised students‘ research projects. In 1998 psychology graduates entered behavior analysis programs in the USA and that trend continued and increased rapidly. More recently, her students have also gone to study behavior analysis in Norway and the UK. Gabriela has lead and supervised over 100 students‘ research projects in several areas of behavior analysis. She has published articles in many of the leading behavior analysis journals, also in Icelandic journals. She has over 200 presentations at scientific conferences and has been active on the editorial board of EJOBA since the beginning. She is also on the board of the Journal of Behavioral Education, and has been guest editor for JEAB and many other scientific journals. She imported a behavior management course for parents that she has offered for 18 years to parents, teachers, and psychologists. She has a small private practice for the treatment of cohersion in intimate relations. She also runs the Behavior Analysis lab at the University of Iceland.
Secretary - September 2017
Studied psychology in Bamberg, Germany, and specialized on behavioral psychology. After MA in 1994 he worked mainly in the field of social work – first youth welfare, afterwards rehabilitation. Received a PhD in psychology in 2001. From 2003 on he did consulting with behavior based safety (BBS). From 2009 on he worked within the German federal administration. Christoph co-founded ABA-Deutschland, the official German chapter of ABA-International. He's authoring several articles, textbooks in the field of behavior analysis and psychology, and a blog (https://verhalten.wordpress.com) on behavior analysis. Since 2015 Professor (on general and clinical psychology) at the University of Applied Sciences in Wuerzburg, Germany.
Treasurer - September 2017
Karola Dillenburger is Professor of Behaviour Analysis and Education and the founding Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. She is involved in the distance learning approved Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) online course sequence/MScABA and supervises a large number of Doctoral students. She is a BCBA-D and Clinical Psychologist (HPC) and gained her undergraduate training in Germany and her PhD from the University of Ulster. Her research focuses on evidence-based early intervention for vulnerable children, parent education, and parenting across the lifespan. She has published five paper-copy books, and ibook and five multimedia training resources on DVDs and CD-ROMs, and over 60 academic peer-reviewed papers. She is a German national living in Northern Ireland with her husband 4 children (for further information and list of publications see www.qub.ac.uk/cba).
Applied Science Representative - September 2018
Christos K. Nikopoulos PhD, BCBA-D, MBPsS, CSci, FHEA, is a former member of the BACB® Board of Editors, who has served as a clinician, a University lecturer, an educator, a consultant, a researcher, and an author in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual and other developmental disabilities as well as neurological and behavioural interventions in special education for more than 18 years. He has been teaching in higher education for more than 10 years at a Research-Incentive University, but for the last couple of years, he has been the founder and director of Autism Consultancy Services Ltd in London, UK.
He has obtained extensive experience in the provision of behavioural consultation to families of children with ASD as well as to schools; provision of training parents, tutors, teachers or other therapists in a view of enhancing their knowledge in the theory and practice of ABA for the benefit of the child whom intervention is provided for; provision of consultation for the development and implementation of functional behaviour analysis and behaviour intervention plans at school-based programmes; provision of guidance for the development and implementation of school-wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans; provision of autism workshops and information sessions, program evaluations, case-based school consultations as well as other BCBA courses (e.g., RBT Courses, BCBA Approved Sequence Courses worldwide, supervision to candidates who pursue their BCBA or BCaBA accreditation etc.).
Christos has also served as a reviewer for a number of academic journals including the Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders and the Analysis of Verbal Behavior, as well as for British governmental agencies such as ESRC, EPSRC, NIHR and HSC R&D. Currently, he is an external examiner for MSc Autism and related conditions at Swansea University as well as an expert reviewer for research grants in the field of ABA and Autism for NHS, UK. He provides consultancy in the UK as well as worldwide (i.e., Russia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, South Africa, Australia etc.). He has lectured internationally on working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as has published widely on the topic. He has co-authored a book that has become a key reference text on subject of video modelling and autism as well as a few other book chapters and has been chosen to deliver keynote speeches at national and international conferences. His sincere interest, commitment to and knowledge about autism research has been a huge motivation to serve individuals with autism and their families
Basic Science Representative - September 2018
Associate Professor Torunn Lian was awarded her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Oslo and Akershus University College in 2013, with her thesis on Stimulus Equivalence. She is a social educator with postgraduate training in Behavior Analysis from Oslo and Akershus University College and in Training of Social, Emotional and Cognitive skills from Rogaland University College. She also have a Master degree in Behavior Analysis from OAUC from 2007. Her clinical practice includes hands-on supervision and consultation of interventions and teaching programs for persons with mental retardation and persons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Lian is a lecturer at the OAUC Bachelor and Master programs in Behavior Analysis, where she teaches a variety of subjects from introduction to behavior analysis to experimental research methods and complex human behavior. Dr. Lian has been part of the Complex Human Behavior Lab at OAUC since 2006 and stimulus equivalence and derived responding is her main research interest, including the applied implications of these research areas. She is also a co-worker in the Behavior in Schools Lab, where the research focus is behavior analytic educational programs and school wide interventions.
Dr. Lian has served as a board member in the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis from 2004 to 2014. She is currently an editorial board member in the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and she has been a reviewer for the Norwegian Journal for Behavior Analysis and The European Journal for Behavior Analysis for several years.