The Committee will serve for two years, between the EABA conferences.
President - September 2020
Dr. Erik Arntzen received his Ph.D. from University of Oslo, Norway, in February 2000. Arntzen’s dissertation focused on variables that influenced responding in accordance with stimulus equivalence. He also holds a degree in clinical psychology. He is currently a full-time Professor in Behavior Analysis at Oslo and Akershus University College (OAUC). His research contributions include both basic and applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis on research in relational stimulus control and verbal behavior. Lately, he has started a research project with a focus on remembering functions in patients with dementia. He has also been interested in ethical considerations and core values in the field of behavior analysis. Furthermore, he has ongoing research projects within the areas of gambling behavior and consumer behavior. He also runs a Behavior Analysis Lab at OAUC. Dr. Arntzen has published papers in a number of different journals including Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), The Psychological Record, Behavioral Interventions, European Journal of Behavior Analysis (EJOBA), Experimental of Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, Analysis of Gambling Behavior, the Analysis of Verbal Behavior, American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & other Dementias, and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Arntzen has served as the president and past-president of the European ABA (2008–2014). Dr. Arntzen has been a member of the board of the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis from 1987–1993 and from 2006 to present, holds the position as the secretary of international affairs. Dr. Arntzen is a trustee of Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He has presented papers at conferences worldwide. Dr. Arntzen has been recognized with awards, including the SABA award for the dissemination of behavior analysis, ABAI award for outstanding mentoring, the research award at Akershus University College, and publication award at OAUC. Dr. Arntzen is one of the founders and the editor of European Journal of Behavior Analysis. He has also served as the editor of Behavior & Philosophy. He has served on the editorials board of several journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Psychological Record, International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the Behavior Analyst, and The Behavior Analyst Today.
Zuilma Gabriela Sigurðardóttir
Past President - September 2020
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.
Hanna Steinunn Steingrímsdóttir
Treasurer - September 2021
Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir graduated with a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Oslo and Akershus University College (OAUC) in 2015. She is currently affiliated as associate professor at OAUC, teaching among other an introductory course in Behavior Analysis at the bachelor program in social education. She is a member of the Experimental Studies of Complex Human Behavior lab at the university college. Her interest is in general issues related to stimulus control, and particularly in stimulus control in older adults and adults with neurocognitive disorders. Hanna Steinunn is currently a secretary for the ABAI Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest group. She has been a guest reviewer for European Journal of Behavior Analysis and for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and is currently in the editorial board for the former. She has been in the program committee for the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis since 2014, along with serving as editorial assistant in 2014-2016 for the Journal of Behavior and Philosophy, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Secretary - September 2019
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.
Basic Science Representative - 31/08/2020
Ricardo Pellón got the degree in Psychology in 1980 and in 1987 defended his PhD in the area of Experimental Psychology, both at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He has held research positions at University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK (1981-1984) and the Addiction Research Centre of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, USA (1990-1991). In 2005-2006 he spent a sabbatical leave at Arizona State University, USA. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain, where he directs an Animal Learning and Behaviour Lab working predominantly (but not exclusively) on animal models of excessive behavior, such as schedule-induced polydipsia and activity-based anorexia, both using laboratory rats as experimental subjects. He has published in international journals in the areas of learning and behavior, behavioral pharmacology, and neural substrates of behavior. He has supervised 11 PhD Thesis in different Spanish universities and is currently supervising 6 PhD students at UNED. He has served as external examiner in many committees, including 40 PhD dissertations. He is a full member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International since 1991 and founder member of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis. For more information, please check his website.
Applied Science Representative - September 2020
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