Board members will serve for two years, with offices staggered across election cycles.
I am a lecturer in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway where I direct the MSc and PhD in Behaviour Analysis. I have worked with educational settings and disability services for fifteen years with much of my clinical work initially focused on early intervention and positive behaviour supports for children and adolescents with autism. After graduating with a PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis, specifically in the area of Precision Teaching, my research and clinical focus expanded to include an emphasis on behavioural approaches to accelerate learning for students at risk in mainstream classrooms. I believe that dissemination and integration of evidence-based approaches and supports in educational settings is of the utmost importance.
I have a special interest in Precision Teaching and currently serve as the Vice President for International Relations for the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) in the US. This involves facilitating international collaboration amongst the Precision Teaching community and bringing people together to share expertise and knowledge on an international level. The first international conference of the SCS will be in Galway, Ireland in 2022. I am a Chartered Behavioural Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), and a committee member of the PSI Division of Behaviour Analysis which promotes and guides the development of behaviour analysis as a professional field in Ireland. I have published in, and review for, a number of international journals and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Education.
I believe the EABA is an important organisation for promoting and advancing behaviour analysis on our continent and serves a valuable role in bringing researchers and practitioners together to promote common goals and values. I have been privileged to be a part of EABA initiatives to date having received an invitation to speak at the upcoming EABA conference in 2022 and having supervised the research which received the EABA BF Skinner Foundation Student Research Award for 2019. Given the recent changes to certification pathways for behaviour analysts, it has become increasingly important for EABA to play a continued role in bringing our communities together, fostering inclusivity and collaboration, and providing support to advance our field in Europe.
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.
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.
I am a behavior analyst located in the French region of Switzerland. It is an absolute honor that my nomination for Secretary Board Member of the European Association for Behavior Analysis (EABA) has been accepted. I earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Experimental Behavior Analysis (EAB) from Florida International University in 2011 and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) & Autism from the Sage Colleges in 2013. I have worked in the field of ABA for over 12 years, providing services to individuals (from infancy to adulthood) with behavior problems, autism, and other related disabilities. I obtained board certification at the assistant level (BCaBA) in 2012 followed by becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) in 2013. I have subsequently been licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) since 2013. Additionally, I hold the International Behavior Analyst (IBA) certification with the International Behavior Analysis Organization (IBAO) where I have been serving as a member of the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) and Chair of their Ethics Committee since its creation in 2020. My professional interests include disseminating behavior analysis globally (especially in Switzerland/Europe), early intervention, and ethics. I also have interests in expanding my professional competencies and expertise to include geriatrics and criminology.
I received my education and professional training in the USA, specifically in Florida, Virginia, and California. After gaining work experience in Switzerland and France as a behavior analyst following my return to Europe in 2019, I have learned first hand the extent to which the field of ABA is lacking and have encountered the many challenges ABA practitioners face attempting to work in, grow, and develop ABA practices in this part of the world.
Dr. Sveinbjörnsdóttir received her PhD in behavior analysis from Western New England University. While completing her PhD, she worked at the New England Center for Children as a program specialist. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University (RU) and the director of the MSc program in Applied Behavior Analysis at RU. In addition, Berglind has a part-time position at Landspitali-The National University Hospital of Iceland and is a member of the professional council for Heilabrot, a rehabilitation center for individuals with acquired brain injury and challenging behavior. Her primary research focus is mainly in the area of problem behavior, sleep, pre-school life skills, and virtual reality. She also specializes in consultation regarding assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. Berglind has served as guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Research in Developmental Disabilities and is currently the president of the Icelandic association of Behavior Analysis (ICEABA).
Since moving back to Iceland in 2015 one of my goals and emphasis has been in disseminating the science of behavior analysis. In 2018, I was part of a team that set up the first MSc program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Iceland. The program is also the only one in Iceland that meets the BACB coursework standards. Because there are few behavior analysts in Iceland and misconceptions about the practice of ABA are still common, one of the emphasis and goal of the program is to disseminate the science of behavior analysis. To accomplish this goal we have focused on highlighting applied research as well as collaborating with clinicians in the field and established practicum opportunities in various settings in Iceland.
Throughout my work in Iceland I have been a strong advocate for the ABAI/BACB curriculum and practicum standards for behavior analysts. As the president of ICE-ABA I have served as the ACE provider as well as collaborated with other professionals in the field in setting standards for behavior analysts in Iceland. Equally, I have been a part of a group of behavior analysts from the Nordic countries who are setting up academic/practicum standards and certification/licensure for behavior analysts in the Nordic countries.
Prof Austin receieved her PhD in Psychology from the Florida State University, where she had the privilege of studying under the supervision of Prof Jon Bailey. For over 20 years, she has worked as a behaviour analytic researcher and clinician, whilst also playing a key role in the development of behaviour analysis programmes in the United States and the United Kingdom. She currently serves as Professor of Psychology and Head of Behaviour Analysis at the University of South Wales, where she directs the MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy and PgDip Behaviour Analysis Supervised Practice programmes. Her research and clinical interests have focussed primarily on behaviour analytic applications in mainstream education, as well as applying our science to populations that are relatively underserved by the field, including children who have experienced trauma and prisoners.
Prof Austin has played a leading role in the development of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis, which seeks to protect consumers of behaviour analysis whilst also working toward professional recognition of behaviour analysts in the UK. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and am a former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Education and Treatment of Children.
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