european association for behaviour analysis
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The Committee will serve for two years, between the EABA conferences.

  1. President: with overall responsibility for the development of EABA, calling meetings, organising working parties to deal with specific issues, organising a committee to hold bi-annual conferences, and organising EABA committee elections. At the end of his/her term, the President remains for one extra year as Past President to ensure continuity.
  2. Past President: the previous President who remains for one or two extra years to ensure continuity.
  3. Treasurer: with responsibility for managing the EABA account, collection of membership fees and conference registration, and to liaise with other organisations and providers with regard to any financial matters.
  4. Secretary: with responsibility for maintaining the membership list, organising and maintaining the EABA web site, informing EJoBA of members’ addresses, and minuting EABA committee meetings.
  5. Basic Science Representative: with responsibility for maintaining and forwarding the basic science objectives of the organisation through links with other academic institutions.
  6. Applied Science Representative: with responsibility for maintaining and forwarding the applied science objectives of the organisation and liaising with accreditation boards, etc.
Mickey Keenan


President 2020

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.

  1. Professional recognition of behaviour analysis: Given the recent changes by the BACB it has become increasingly urgent for EABA to bring people together from different countries to support and protect the integrity of our discipline in Europe. While some countries have an established base, many others struggle because professionals are isolated. I would like to create a forum that promotes a new collective vision, one that engages in the design of social contingencies for targeting deficits in the uptake of training in our discipline by promoting a common European standard.
  2. Linking with stakeholders: I believe EABA needs to become more cognisant of the role that could be played by parents and other service users in lobbying for training in Behaviour Analysis at Masters level. If elected, I would seek to provide a platform that invites them to help EABA become more visible in dealing with obstacles to the uptake of our discipline.
  3. Teaching behaviour analysis: Why are there so few members of EABA? The answer to this question must somehow be related to how we inspire students when we teach our science, and how teachers themselves value the role of EABA. I would like to establish a working group to solicit views on how we should explore creative ways to make membership of EABA something to which people aspire.
Erik Arntzen


Past President - September 2018 - 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.

Hanna Steinunn Steingrímsdóttir


Treasurer - 2019

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


Secretary - 2019

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


Basic Science Representative - 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.

Javier Virues-Ortega


Applied Representative -2020

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.

Jennifer Austin


Experimental Representative - 2020

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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