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13th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

April 24

13th Annual Conference on Autism

A one-day conference featuring leading experts in fields of Science, Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Registration Fees (Subject to change)
Registration Type
Early Registration Ends 4/01/20*
Onsite & After 4/01/20
Professional Group (5 or more)

Continuing Education credits/units desired: $40 for Each Certificate requested.

Groups: For groups of 15 or more registering, we will offer a discount from early registration fees. All groups need to complete a Group Registration Form.  Contact Rebekah Pavlik through pavlik@behavior.org or (978) 369-2227 Ext. 3. The Center will need all registration information prior to March 31, 2020.


Invited Speaker Biographies (Titles Coming Soon)

Judah B. Axe, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
Presenter Bio:

Judah B. Axe, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Education and Behavior Analysis at Simmons University in Boston, MA, where he has taught for 12 years. Dr. Axe directs the master’s program in Special Education and teaches in the on-ground and online master’s programs in Behavior Analysis and in the Ph.D. program in Behavior Analysis. He conducts research with children with autism in the areas of verbal behavior, social skills, and challenging behavior. Dr. Axe serves on the editorial boards of five behavior analytic journalsHe is a trustee and past CE Coordinator of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and has held leadership positions with the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Program Committee of ABAI, and the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.

Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Rehfeldt holds a BA in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA (1993), and  masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nevada (1998), where she was a student of Dr. Linda J. Hayes. Dr. Rehfeldt has published well over 100 articles and book chapters in behavior analysis, most of which have focused upon language interventions for persons with developmental disabilities. She co-edited a book with Yvonne Barnes-Holmes entitled, “Derived Relational Responding: Applications for Learners with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities,” and recently co-edited a text entitled, “Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition,” with Mitch Fryling, Jonathan Tarbox, and Linda Hayes, due to be released in 2021. Dr. Rehfeldt served as the editor and business manager for The Psychological Record for 12 years, a journal started by J. R. Kantor and for which B. F. Skinner was one of the first editorial board members. She is or has been an editorial board member for a number of behavior analytic journals, including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has held a number of leadership positions within the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. Rehfeldt has been a professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program at Southern Illinois University for nineteen years where she has won a number of teaching and research awards and served as PI on several state and federal training grants. Some recent accomplishments include being elected to serve as at-large representative on the ABAI Council, being awarded ABAI Fellow designation, a recognition granted to outstanding contributors in research and scholarship, and co-authoring a chapter on relational framing which was published in the highly anticipated Cooper et al 3rd edition text (the “white book.”)

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment, is the Series Editor of the Elsevier book series Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and Other Behavioral Challenges, and an author of well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts.  His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism and applications of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) inside of applied behavior analysis. 

Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is President of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. She is past Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She also serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. Active in the autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is a national and international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions to behavior analysis and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.

Rachel Taylor, PhD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Rachel Taylor (formerly Dr. Tarbox) is Founder & CEO of the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis. She has supported individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders for more than 20 years. Dr. Taylor started her career working in several prestigious institutions including the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After earning her PhD she held numerous executive-level management positions in behavioral health agencies including Co-Director of Research and Development for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Founder and Director of CARD’s Specialized Outpatient Services, and Chief Clinical Officer for Intercare Therapy, Inc..

Dr. Taylor was also the founding Department Chair for the ABA Masters and PhD programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles and an Associate Faculty member in Psychology at California State University Los Angeles and Channel Islands. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and her research is also featured in the seminal textbook Applied Behavior Analysis, by Cooper, Heron and Heward.

In addition to her research, clinical and academic positions, Dr. Taylor previously served on the Executive Council for the International Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI). More recently, she was named as an Advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Taylor also serves on Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) as the 2020 Conference Chair.

Her current interests include 1) protecting against a potential divide between science and practice and 2) demonstrating how ABA produces socially significant improvements regardless of age or diagnosis. Dr. Taylor is especially proud of CABAs reputation for providing high-quality ABA services to adolescents and adults across settings (e.g. community-based and residential) and she is currently increasing her focus on helping other organizations to expand the scope of their ABA practice.

Coleen R. Sparkman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Presenter Bio:

Coleen Sparkman is President of Therapeutic Pathways, The Kendall Centers. She received her Masters degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fresno. She is a Speech and Language Pathologist and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech – Language – Hearing Association. Ms. Sparkman is the former director of the speech pathology clinic, The Speech Path.

Ms. Sparkman has provided early intervention services to children and technical assistance to school personnel and regional center staff since 1979. In that capacity she has evaluated or worked with more than 600 children with autism.

Ms. Sparkman’s work has been presented at numerous professional meetings including the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the European Associaiton Behaviour Analysis. Her work with children with pervasive developmental disorders is recognized throughout the western United States. She is the co-author of two outcome studies on early intensive behavior analytic intervention with children published in 2005 & 2014 in the journal of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Sparkman was a member of the Advisory Committee on the State of California Developmental Disabilities Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guidelines for Effective Interventions and a conceptual reviewer for the National Standards Project, a national task force devoted to the identification of evidence-based treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Psychology (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists) and BACB® CEs.

An additional $40 fee is required for continuing education.

APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

Psychology CE Credits (To be determined): Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. *Attendees must be present during the entire conference.

BACB® Type II CEs (To be determined): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Type 2 CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer  CE units for this conference.

*It is attendee’s responsibility to check with their State and Professional organization to confirm all CE offerings.


NEW Location! The spectacular Hotel Corque

Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93464

To get the conference rate guests need to call in: 800-624-5572, Cambridge Center Autism Conference. Deadline: 3/27/20.

Our special rates:
Thursday Night: $135.00
Friday and Saturday Nights: $235.00
Includes wifi and parking. No resort fees nor breakfast.

Lunch is sponsored by friends at CoastHills Credit Union!

Coast Hills Credit Union

Your lunch is included thanks to our friends & supporters at CoastHills Credit Union! 

With a little help from (y)our friends

The CoastHills Community Foundation was formed in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) guided by a board of internal and external volunteers to provide funding and support of our community outreach initiatives. Since 2011, members new to CoastHills have contributed a one-time $5 membership fee to support the reach of the Community Action Sponsorships, making the program a true neighbors-helping-neighbors initiative.

Presented by

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ in cooperation with Holdsambeck Behavioral Health.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Holdsambeck Behavioral Health


Special thanks to Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC and the University of West Florida, Office of Applied Behavior Analysis for expanding our continuing education offerings.

Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC

University of West Florida Center for Behavior Analysis

Call for Student Research Posters

Poster presentations are a channel to disseminate empirically based ABA research in visual format.  Due to facilities, the format of the posters is a tri-fold display. Tables will be provided. Get application here.

Call for Student Research Posters

Poster presentations are a channel to disseminate empirically based ABA research in visual format.  Due to facilities, the format of the posters is a tri-fold display. Tables will be provided. Get application here.

Invited Speakers:

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