The Committee will serve for two years, between the EABA conferences.
I am a Prof. of Behaviour Analysis at the School of Psychology, Ulster University, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I have over 60 publications in a wide range of areas including both lab-based and community-based research. My most recent community focused publication targets events in the courtroom where parents fight for the right to access ABA services (Defending the rights of children diagnosed with autism translations available within the article).
I am the founder of the registered charity Parent’s Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT; www.peatni.org), and a Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. I spearheaded the first Masters course in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Ireland at Ulster University and, with funding from the European Commission (www.stamppp.com), I led the development of an online multimedia training course in Applied Behaviour Analysis (www.simplestepsautism.com) that has been translated into ten languages, the most recent one being Canadian French. For my community work I have received numerous awards including the Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity (The British Psychological Society), the Distinguished Community Fellowship (University of Ulster), the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Personal Achievement Award, Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the Michael Hemmingway award from the BACB, Award for International Dissemination of Behaviour Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the first International Advocacy Award from Autism Speaks.
EABA has many to thank for where it is now and, if elected, I will continue with the vision we all share of having Behaviour Analysis become a recognised discipline across Europe. However, I believe we now need to be more strategic in how we get there. As President, I would have 3 major priorities.
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.
Catherine Storey graduated from her PhD at Ulster University Coleraine (UUC) in 2016. She obtained her MSc degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2013 and completed her fieldwork at the New England Center for Children, Boston MA. Catherine has a special interest in Educational Technology and its symmetries with behaviour analysis and verbal behaviour. She has published in Behavioral Interventions, Journal of Behavioural Education and the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Catherine has taught on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Queens University Belfast since 2016 where she supervises a range of dissertation projects and PhD students. She is a module convenor in Ethical and Professional Conduct and Assessment in Behaviour Analysis.
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.
Javier Virues-Ortega is a Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an honorary associate professor at The University of Auckland (New Zealand). Previously, he has served as associate professor of psychology and ABA programme director at The University of Auckland, as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba (Canada), and as a postdoc researcher at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Spain). His research focuses on the< evaluation of interventions based on applied behavior analysis for people with and without disabilities. He has an interest in transferring mainstream outcome research methods into applied behavior analysis. He is author of over a hundred specialized publications.
His work has been cited over 2,500 times and has been summarized in the medical policies of several major health insurance providers in the US. Virues-Ortega has held editorial appointments in eight leading journals including the flagship journal of his field, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He has also served as member of the board of directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in the capacity of international representative for two consecutive terms. He is founding member and president of ABA España, an NGO with a following of over 18,000 people focused on the development of educational, research, editorial, and advocacy initiatives for ABA professionals and service users across the Spanish-speaking world.
Professor of Psychology
University of South Wales
I received my PhD in Psychology from the Florida State University, where I had the privilege of studying under the supervision of Prof Jon Bailey. For over 20 years, I have 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. I currently serve as Professor of Psychology and Head of Behaviour Analysis at the University of South Wales, where I direct the MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy and PgDip Behaviour Analysis Supervised Practice programmes.>My 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.
I have 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. I have 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.
As EABA Experimental Representative, I hope to use my experience to support the organisation in advancing current priorities aimed at promoting quality behaviour analytic research across Europe, as well as working to develop new initiatives to support these endeavours. I also am mindful that changes in behaviour analytic certification structures have clear implications for the growth of behaviour analysis outside North America, and will need careful attention so that we can maintain university support for our training programmes and continue to advance behaviour analysis across Europe. I hope that the leadership roles I have played in other organisations, and within the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis in particular, will be beneficial to EABA as it navigates the best way to promote sound behaviour analytic research and practice across Europe.
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