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15th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

April 30

15th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions

You may attend this year’s conference in-person* in wine country or virtually through a virtual online Zoom format. Recordings will be available for 10-days post-conference for home-study.

*In-person attendance is limited to those willing to provide proof of vaccination.


Jill C. Dardig, EdD (Presenting with Dr. Heward): Contracting: A Positive Way to Improve Parent-Child Relationships

Professor Emerita of Education, Ohio Dominican University

Presenter Bio:

Jill C. Dardig, Ed.D., is Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio Dominican University where she trained special education teachers for 30 years. During a sabbatical, Jill was a consultant at Centro da Vilariñha, a program that taught daily living and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities, in Porto, Portugal. She has been a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and presented workshops for teachers and parents in Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr. Dardig has written several books and other publications about and for parents including Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008).

William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA (Presenting with Dr. Dardig): Contracting: A Positive Way to Improve Parent-Child Relationships

Professor Emeritus
College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Presenter Bio:

William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He has taught at universities in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore and given lectures and workshops in 22 other countries. A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Bill’s publications include co-authoring the books, Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd ed., Pearson, 2020) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (12th ed., Pearson, 2022). Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to education and behavior analysis include the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 25, the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and the Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University.

Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, BCBA-D

Sr. Vice President, Children’s Clinical Services and Training, May Institute

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.

Joyce Tu, EdD, BCBA-D: Taking A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intensive Case Management of Severe Behaviors in Individuals with Profound Autism and Other Disorders

Vice President of Clinical Transformation, Easterseals of Southern California
President, B. F. Skinner Foundation

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Joyce C. Tu is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a doctorate in educational psychology from West Virginia University, specializing in applied behavior analysis (ABA).  She has over twenty years’ experience as both a behavior analysis professor and a practitioner — teaching behavior analysis in universities and providing ABA services, training, workshops and supervision for parents and professionals working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Tu’s specialization and research interests are chiefly in verbal behavior, specifically, joint control and its role in listeners’ behavior.  She has authored several peer-reviewed publications and serves as a behavior analysis journal reviewer.  Additionally, in 2011, Dr. Tu co-authored a Chinese-language textbook published by Peking University Press, including chapters on topics such as shaping, prompting/fading, chaining and generalization.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Tu has held workshops and speaking engagements for national and international professional organizations such as the Ai You Foundation, ABA International (ABAI) and the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).  Dr. Tu has served on CalABA’s Board of Directors, including as its President, and she currently serves as President of the B.F. Skinner Foundation.

In the private sector, Dr. Tu was founder and director of Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc. for 16 years.  CBS was an ABA provider with over 100 employees throughout California.  The company was acquired by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) in 2019, and Dr. Tu became ESSC’s Vice President of Clinical Transformations, Autism Services.

Dr. Tu is also the founder and director of ABA Unlimited, Inc. (ABAU), a behavior analysis consulting and continuing education provider.  In 2021, ABAU entered a contract with Peking University School of Medical Education in Beijing to develop a new verified ABA course sequence, with Dr. Tu designing and teaching the courses.

In 2003, Dr. Tu co-founded Applied Behavior Consultants-China, which trained approximately 200 administrators, teachers, parents and behavior interventionists to provide behavioral services to children with autism. Through this organization, ABA classrooms in China were established for children with autism aged three to 12, an underserved population otherwise assigned to general education.  

Tara Fahmie, PhD, BCBA-D

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Severe Behavior Program at the University
Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Tara Fahmie, BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Severe Behavior Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Fahmie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2005. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley in 2007. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in Behavior Analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata in 2012. Between 2012 and 2020, Dr. Fahmie was a faculty member of the Psychology Department at California State University, Northridge. In 2021, Dr. Fahmie joined the Severe Behavior Program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute as an Associate Director. The Severe Behavior Program clinics provide assessment and treatment services to children with severe problem behaviors. The aim of services is to provide evidence-based behavioral assessment, intervention, and training to individuals and their caregivers, focusing on decreasing problematic and maladaptive behaviors and teaching functional, alternative behaviors using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Fahmie specializes in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and has experience providing these behavioral services in various settings (homes, schools, residential programs, clinics). At California State University, Northridge, Dr. Fahmie directed the Functional Assessment and Healthy Behavior (FAHB) clinic and research lab, which provided low- or no-cost access to assessment and treatment services in an outpatient university setting and in collaboration with local schools and autism agencies. In addition, Dr. Fahmie regularly consults with service providers in her local community and internationally to assist in the development and implementation of evidence-based, best practice strategies for the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie focuses on training and consultation models that are culturally informed and sustainable. Dr. Fahmie also investigates assessment and intervention strategies that will prevent minor forms of problem behavior from escalating in severity.

Dr. Fahmie thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and professionals from various backgrounds and strives to provide an inclusive training environment that embraces diverse perspectives.

Chunying S. Jin, PhD, BCBA-D

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, California State University, Northridge

Presenter Bio:

Coming soon.

Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D

Executive Director, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ and
Founder, Holdsambeck Behavioral Health

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Holdsambeck is a licensed psychologist with 45 years of clinical experience delivering services to people with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. He was one of the first in the nation to become board certified in behavior analysis (#0007). The company he founded, Holdsambeck Behavioral Health, employs over 100 clinicians serving 1000+ individuals annually in California and Hawaii.  Previously he served his country as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves and his community as a tenured professor of psychology. He was selected as the 2010 distinguished colleague by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s department of applied behavior analysis. In 2011, he received the outstanding service award from the Cambridge Center for his work in bringing evidence-based practices to California. Dr. Holdsambeck is an author and frequent keynote speaker at International, National and State conferences.  His most recent publications are the highly acclaimed books, “Behavior Science: Tales of Inspiration Discovery and Service” (Holdsambeck and Pennypacker Eds., 2017, Omnibus as well as volumes I, II, and III).  In addition to the activities mentioned above, Dr. Holdsambeck is currently serving in his 9th year as the Executive Director of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education opportunities:

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

This is a hybrid in-person and virtual conference. Recordings will be available for 14 days. (For those seeking Psychology CE Credits, there is an additional testing process to be completed for asynchronous/home-study completion.)

BACB®  Learning CEUs (6.0 Anticipated): 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. Continuing Education Provider No.: OP-04-0058

Attendees must complete all six presentations in-person, virtually or through recordings available for 14 days post-conference for asynchronous home-study to earn CEs. (Partial credit will not be issued.) An evaluation and code quiz with a 100% score needs to be completed for issuance of continuing education.


APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

Psychology CE Credits (6.0 Anticipated)*: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 complete all six presentations in-person, virtually or through home-study* to earn Psychology CE Credits. (Partial credit will not be issued.) An evaluation and code quiz with a 100% score needs to be completed for issuance of continuing education. *If you are completing the conference through recordings for home-study, there is a DIFFERENT process through Amego Prepare for those seeking a certificate for Psychology CE Credits. Contact Michael Weinberg at MWeinberg@amegoinc.org.

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



400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93464
(805) 688-8000
Website: www.hotelcorque.com

To book a room: Call the Hotel Corque Customer Care Center at 800-248-6274 and ask for the Cambridge Center for Autism rate. The Center is open 6:00am – 11:00pm, 7 days a week.

Deadline:  April 1, 2022

Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy: 

In-Person Registration: If you are unable to attend after registering for in-person attendance, you are welcome to send a substitute. Written cancellations received on or before April 10, 2022 will be accepted, minus a $25 cancellation fee. Contact Rebekah Pavlik at pavlik@behavior.org

Virtual Registration:

Please pay attention to time zone differences. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received less than 24-hours of our conference start time.  

We are offering access to the recording of the presentations for two weeks after the conference date. It is your responsibility to view the recording within that time frame and complete the attendance verification process through evaluation and code-submission quiz completion. CCBS will not offer refunds to individuals who missed the virtual conference or did not view the recordings and satisfactorily complete the required attendance process.

Event Recording Access Period Extension Requests:

We understand that personal issues sometimes interfere with the ability to finish watching and completing the attendance verification process of an event within the recording access period (14 days).

If an extension is due to medical illness or other serious circumstances that would prevent a person from contacting CCBS, no charge will be assessed for the extension. If the request is not submitted within 14 days of the conference we will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee availability. Contact Rebekah Pavlik at pavlik@behavior.org.


Through our associates at the University of West Florida, Center for Behavior Analysis, we are now accepting your poster presentations!

Invited Speakers:

Speakers are subject to change.


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