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14th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

April 30

14th Annual Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

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

Registration Fees
Registration Type Fee
Student/Non-professional (No CEs)
Student/Non-professional – CEs Included
Professional – CEs Included
Group discounts available. Contact Rebekah Pavlik at pavlik@behavior.org.


NO CANCELLATION FEE. We will refund your fee up to 3 hours prior to the event. No cancellations will be accepted within 3 hours of start time or during the event. If you miss live you can access the recording for 10 days.

Location - Now Live Online

Now an Online Live Conference* 

We are so happy to be able to continue to offer this incredible opportunity to see some of the world’s top experts in the field present together on one day. Presented through our strategic partner, ABAC, participants will have a fully inclusive experience with no links to worry about with a personal portal where they will enter the conference. Certificates are available in the portal, no waiting for an email. Limited access recordings of the events will be available in addition to the resources provided by our speakers.

We are confident that our partner ABAC, a company with over 6 years experience and close to 400 live events hosted, will provide a high-quality experience our conference attendees expect from CCBS.

Join us for what will be a truly unique Supervision conference experience with our six invited speakers!

*Powered by: ABAC’s Learning Management System and Webinar Platform

Save time and money on travel. Register early to reserve your seat for this unexpected but great opportunity! 


Invited Speakers

Eric V. Larsson, PhD, LP, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Larsson is the Executive Director of Clinical Services at the Lovaas Institute Midwest, where he implements the renowned program of intensive early intervention services with families of children who suffer from autism. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is on the Clinical Faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota and has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, where he has supervised three successful doctoral dissertations. He served as Associate Research Director of the NIMH Multi-site Replication Study of the UCLA Young Autism Project. He is conducting a systematic research evaluation of the effects of the high intensity EIBI program, with multiple emphases on parent training, dynamic program management, natural language development, schedules of reinforcement, and generalization of complex social behavior.

Dr. Larsson is the current President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and serves on numerous local boards and committees. He actively supports advocacy efforts to increase access to ABA services for autism. In 2013 he received the Provider of the Year Award from Autism Speaks in Washington, DC, and the Leadership Award from the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), in Anaheim, CA.

Robert C. Pennington, PhD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Robert Pennington PhD, BCBA-D is the Lake and Edward J Snyder, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Special Education. He has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. His primary research interests are in the application of behavior analytic principles and procedures to the development of written communication repertoires and the improvement of educational programming for students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. He contributes regularly to the research and practitioner literature in both areas. Robert is passionate about both serving his community and the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided hundreds of refereed and invited presentations to researchers, practitioners, and families and has contributed as a member of numerous journal editorial and advisory boards. 

Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova, PhD
Presenter Bio:

Assistant Professor Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova wants to know why some animals are adopted into new homes while others are left behind.

As the inaugural BC SPCA Chair in Companion Animal Welfare, she wants to understand how adopters make choices in animal shelters and what can be done to increase adoptions. With a PhD and MSc in Behaviour Analysis (Psychology) at the University of Florida and two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (one in Pre- Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the other in Neuroscience), Protopopova aims to improve the welfare of companion animals in shelters, pet homes and service work.

As a new faculty member at UBC, she is excited to collaborate with our leading animal welfare experts and to mentor the most enthusiastic students she has met thus far.

One of her current projects, led by PhD student Allison Andrukonis, is to validate a new, non-invasive measure of cat stress in animal shelters, and find out if this measure can predict success in foster homes. Another project, led by PhD student Megan Arant, investigates the effect of various handling techniques of therapy dogs on dog welfare outcomes, as well as the children’s received benefits from these dogs.

Her most fulfilling research projects combine community engagement with applied research.

“Last year, my lab organized 10 community pet adoption events, in which we collected marketing data on consumer perception of various variables within the event,” said Protopopova. “The aim of the study was to establish best-practices for conducting off-site dog adoption events with the goal of understanding how adopters make choices to increase adoption rates and decrease unnecessary dog euthanasia.” Not only did they collect lifesaving data, but 40 dogs were also successfully adopted.

She is collaborating with Wesley Dotson, an autism expert and behaviour analyst from the Texas Tech University Burkhart Centre for Autism Education and Research. They are in the middle of a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial on the effect of therapy dogs in social skills group classes for children with autism spectrum disorders.

With her educational background in behaviour analysis, Protopopova relies greatly on single-subject experimental designs control for experimental variability, which is ideally suited to investigate any interventions that affect behavioural change in humans and animals.

In such designs, each participant experiences both the experimental and control (baseline) conditions repeatedly until data differentiation is seen. “We can be convinced of the effect or lack thereof of the intervention on that specific individual,” she said. “We repeat these studies across individuals to obtain generalization. In the end, one can say, ‘for seven out of 10 people, this intervention was effective,’ rather than saying, ‘this intervention was, on average, effective,’ which is less precise.”

Some of the planned projects she will do in collaboration with the BC SPCA span various topics such as pet dog import, behaviour and welfare of rabbits and pet rats, rehabilitation of cats from hoarding cases, and the human aspect of the animal-human bond.

“A close collaboration with the BC SPCA is a dream come true,” said Protopopova. “I get to focus on applied research while making a real difference in the community.”

Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, BCBA-D
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Shillingsburg serves as Senior Vice President of Children’s Clinical Services and Training at May Institute, providing clinical leadership to all children’s programs including the May Center Schools and our home- and center-based services. She holds a joint appointment as Assistant Director of the National Autism Center at May Institute.

Dr. Shillingsburg received her PhD in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center. She previously served as the Director of the Language and Learning Clinic at the Marcus Autism Center and was Associate Professor at Emory University in the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Shillingsburg is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the doctoral level. Her clinical expertise includes the development of language and behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties and social communication deficits associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Dr. Shillingsburg has published over 45 empirical papers on interventions for children with developmental disabilities. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and an editorial board member for Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. She is a a former Associate Editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Kerri Milyko, BCBA-D, LBA (NV)
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kerri Milyko joined CentralReach as the Director of Curriculum Programming as of October 2019. In this role, she and her team create a fully digital, integrated, evidence-based curriculum to service the needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), CR Elements. She brings to this her expertise in precision teaching, measurement and analysis, instructional design, and working with a wide array of learners in ethical and humane ways. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Research and Development of The Learning Consultants, and Director of Development and Outreach of Agile Learning Solutions (formerly known as Precision Teaching Learning Center). Dr. Kerri is also adjunct faculty at the University of West Florida where she created and teaches their VCS, master’s-level Instructional Design class.

Finally, Dr. Kerri volunteers on various boards. In 2019, she was elected to serve 3 years on the Board of Directors for the Standard Celeration Society. In the same year, she was appointed by the governor of Nevada to serve on the first-ever Board of Applied Behavior Analysts to creat ABA practice regulations for the state for licensure where she served as Chair/President for 2019. Personally, Kerri values quality time with her three children, her husband, and dear friends. She loves wine and butter, true crime podcasts, and a good sci-fi novel while tinkering n her backyard.

Continuing Education Opportunities

BACB® Learning CEs and Psychology CE Credits (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists)

APA Approved Sponsor

BACB® Learning CEs (To be determined – 6.0 Expected): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Learning CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer 6.0 SUPERVISION Learning CE units for this conference. Attendees must complete all six presentations to earn CEs.

APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

Psychology CE Credits (To be determined – 6.0 Expected): Amego Prepare is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Amego Prepare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. *Attendees must be present during the entire conference.

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

Presented by

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

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Holdsambeck Behavioral Health


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

University of West Florida Center for Behavior Analysis

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Invited Speakers:

Welcome Videos

Dr. Andy Bondy

Dr. Mickey Keenan

Dr. Amanda Laprime

Dr. James Carr

Luca Giana – Italy

Dr. Eitan Eldar – Israel


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