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Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference 2021

November 12

Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference 2021

Friday, November 12 – In-Person in Lawrence, Kansas OR Online Virtually

A one-day conference featuring leaders in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, Organizational Behavior Management, and Autism, to discuss critical issues in supervision important to Behavior Analysts (BCBA-Ds, BCBAs, BCaBAs & RBTs) and other professionals, such as psychologists, teachers, and special educators.

Raymond G. Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D

Presenter Bio:

Ray Miltenberger received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985 after completing a predoctoral internship in developmental disabilities and behavioral pediatrics from the Kennedy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University from 1985 to 2006.

He is currently a professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies and the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at the University of South Florida. Dr. Miltenberger is a former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Behavior AnalysisJournal of Behavioral EducationBehavioral InterventionsJournal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, and Education and Treatment of Children.

Dr. Miltenberger also has been the Literature Review Editor for Education and Treatment of Children, an associate editor for Education and Treatment of Children and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and a guest associate editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Dr. Miltenberger’s research in applied behavior analysis focuses on teaching safety skills to children and individuals with disabilities, ABA approaches in health, fitness, and sports, analysis and treatment of repetitive behavior disorders, and functional assessment and treatment of problem behaviors. He has published over 250 journal articles and chapters, has co-edited a text on analysis and treatment of tics and repetitive behavior disorders, and has written a popular behavior modification textbook, now in its sixth edition and published in six languages.

Dr. Miltenberger, a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the American Association for Advancement of Science, has received a number of awards for his teaching, research, and mentoring.

Lori Diener-Ludwig, PhD - Shaping Vital Behaviors of Leaders to Achieve Organizational Results

Chief Human Performance Engineer, Performance Ally

Shaping Vital Behaviors of Leaders to Achieve Organizational Results


The consistent, collective actions of leaders can significantly impact an organization’s results. In a meta-analysis of multiple organizations conducted by Dr. Laura Methot and her colleagues, results showed that behavioral variability in core leadership behaviors accounted for more than half of the variance in employee behaviors. Specifically, when 85% or more of leaders build fluency in performance-focused behaviors, up to a 52% increase in employee behavioral momentum can be realized (a measure of the rate of behavior change over time). The collective momentum of leadership and employee behavior change can generate superior results at the organizational level. Sustaining these results requires consistent performance coaching by leaders and alignment across leaders in the organization. This presentation will share some techniques to shape collective vital behaviors of leaders to create and sustain behavioral momentum and discuss future research opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three basic things employees need to align their behaviors to reliably execute business strategy that leaders struggle with.
  • Describe at least one technique to measure the quality of leader performance coaching.
  • Identify examples of leader vital behaviors.
Presenter Bio:

Dr. Lori Diener-Ludwig is known as a world-class expert in behavioral systems design because of her unique ability to help organizations manage complexity and execute their strategy with Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) solutions. She is the Chief Human Performance Engineer and a co-founder of Performance Ally, an organization whose mission is to create happy, high-performing workplaces with their app, Ally Assist, a real-time performance management enterprise solution. Her leadership in developing this app is indicative of her longtime efforts to mainstream the science of OBM in ways that help companies harness the tremendous power of human performance.

Prior to joining Performance Ally, Lori spent 20+ years working across numerous industries such as automotive, human services, medical diagnostics, non-profit, oil and gas, and print in companies of all sizes, from global Fortune 500s, creative start-ups, non-profits to local small businesses. The scope of her projects ranged from designing large scale performance-based learning strategies and programs for global clients to leading non-profit and small-business leaders in the development of strategic plans, impact metrics dashboards, and core strategies. She has transformed dozens of organizations by helping them build their value and grow their revenue, gain new strategic partnerships, develop compelling marketing messaging, increase collaboration, and focus on the execution of strategic plans.

Lori is also the founder of Performance Blueprints, an organization whose mission is to disseminate the science and practice of Behavior Systems Analysis to optimize the impact of organizations. Performance Blueprints nudges the science forward through numerous peer-reviewed publications, edited books, research, conference presentations, book chapters, and professional activities within the University of North Carolina and Western Michigan University systems, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Organizational Behavior Management Network, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. In 2014, Performance Blueprints was honored to receive the Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement from the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Lori earned her B.S. in Psychology and Creative Writing, M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, President for the Organizational Behavior Management Network, and a Board Member of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.

Terry McSween, PhD

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Terry E. McSween is President and CEO of Quality Safety Edge, an organization that helps improve business success and profitability through behavioral safety and safety leadership. Dr. McSween has received numerous awards for his work in safety improvement.  He received the 2009 Life Time Achievement and 2001 Significant Contribution awards from the Organizational Behavior Network. The American Society of Safety Engineers awarded him the Johnson & Higgins Scrivener Award for the outstanding technical article on safety.  His book, The Values-Based Safety Process, second edition, was published in 2003 by John Wiley & Sons of New York, NY and remains the best book on implementing behavior based safety in organizations. He also started and maintained the Behavioral Safety Now conference for over 25 years and represents the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in working to integrate BSN into the Safety In Action conference.

Amber Valentino, PsyD, BCBA-D - On Being a Banded Mongoose: Elevating supervisory practices for the next generation of behavior analysts

On Being a Banded Mongoose: Elevating supervisory practices for the next generation of behavior analysts


The way in which supervision is delivered and experienced in our profession can influence the quality of services behavior analysts provide, funding, and the impression of our sciences to the general public.  This influence is particularly evident for the supervisory experience that occurs prior to an individual becoming professionally certified, though it is relevant for any supervisory relationship. The supervision experience should be considered one that is far-reaching—above and beyond simply meeting a necessary requirement. Behavior analysts should honor the gravity of the role of a supervisor and take direct responsibility for ensuring supervision is of the highest quality. In the past 7-8 years, we have made great strides in defining and further conceptualizing the role of a supervisor. However, especially when compared to other professions, our literature base on supervision is still quite new and our ideas still evolving.  In this presentation, I will review pertinent literature on behavior analytic supervision and its implications. Then, I will provide recommended supervision practices to help elevate your supervision to the next level.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List at least 3 recommended supervision practices.
  • Describe 1 category of supervision research.
  • List at least 2 areas that quality of supervision can impact.
Presenter Bio:

In 2008, Amber Valentino received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. After completion of her postdoctoral training, she remained at the Marcus Autism Center, serving as program coordinator of a community autism parent training program and as a senior psychologist in a language and learning clinic.

In 2012, she transitioned to Trumpet Behavioral Health where she has held various leadership positions. She currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Trumpet Behavior Health. In this role, she oversees clinical services, all research and training initiatives and builds clinical standards for the organization. Dr. Valentino’s clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of verbal behavior, primarily in children with autism. She is also interested in evaluation of programming to address unique adaptive skill deficits, and in developing standards for effective supervision in the field.

Dr. Valentino, BCBA-D, currently serves as an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and previously served as an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She serves as a frequent guest reviewer for several behavior analytic journals.

Timothy Ludwig, PhD - Dysfunctional Practices that Kill Your Work Culture (and What to do About Them)

Dysfunctional Practices that Kill Your Work Culture (and What to do About Them)


Our tendency is to blame workers for errors and label their personal failings as the cause of the error. Labeling does not solve problems that cause error and, frankly, it may all be an illusion of human perception leading us to false conclusions. Our human tendencies result in interactions that hurt the culture among our workers and the effectiveness of the systems we put in place to support them.  These tendencies build dysfunctional management practices that create fear associated with your workplace programs. I want to teach you a better way to analyze the behaviors of your employees to understand why they were put in a position to engage in the behaviors related to errors in the first place. Your system may be perfectly designed to promote risks and create error traps. We will build alternatives to labeling with dispassionate and actionable analyses to help build systems that help workers discriminate the best behaviors for the situation.  By analyzing the context of behavior we can discover ways to change your system to optimize behavior related to employee performance.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the dysfunctional practices that harm work cultures including labeling, blaming, single data-point management, and instilling fear through negative reinforcement.
  • Define behavior in the context of the work environment. We first define behaviors in a way that are as open to unbiased analysis as the elements of physics and chemistry. We define behavior as a dynamic variable, reacting every moment along predictable paths in the context of environmental events.
  • Describe sources of Behavioral Variance such as behavioral variants of productive work behavior; those alternative competing behaviors that put your products and services at-risk.
  • Discriminate the context when analyzing the causes of behavior.  We analyze the work context behaviors to understand why the worker was put in position to take the risk and/or avoid the desired behavior.
  • Determine the system variable that need adapting to change behavior on a permanent basis across all workers.  We determine the management systems that need to be abolished, adapted, or built to change work contexts that encourage risk to ones that influence desirable decisions.
Presenter Bio:

Timothy Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement.  Dr. Ludwig is a past Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and former president of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.  His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services.  Dr. Ludwig serves on the Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) where he leads the Commission on Behavioral Safety that reviews and disseminates best-in-industry safety practices.

Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig’s teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Dr. Ludwig is the author of over 50 scholarly articles in Organizational Behavior Management that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior systems design. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving (2001), Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations (2010), Behavioral Science Approaches to Process Safety: A Response to Industry’s Call (2018), Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (2018), and The Science and Practice of Behavioral Safety: Reducing Injury on the Front Line (in press).

Dr. Ludwig has over 30 years experience in research and practice in Organizational Behavior Management where he integrates empirical findings into his consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped assess, design, and implement behavioral systems, behavioral safety and quality improvement programs in over 50 companies worldwide.  Dr. Ludwig has delivered over 50 of his popular keynote presentations in 15 countries worldwide.

Dr. Ludwig’s book Dysfunctional Practices is available on Amazon and Audible.


PANEL - Moderator Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D

Panel Moderator: Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of Online Behavior Analysis Programs
University of Kansas. Department of Applied Behavioral Science

Panel 3rd Annual Behavioral Science: Applications in Leadership & Supervision Conference

Claudia L. Dozier, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Pamela L. Neidert, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Jomella Watson-Thompson, PhD, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Panel Bios:

Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization of Autism Research, a group that raises money to fund innovative research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Zane has been past President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include teacher training, learning, evidenced-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism.

Claudia L. Dozier, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Claudia Dozier is a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Dozier received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and her doctoral degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Dozier’s areas of research include assessment, treatment, and prevention of behavior disorders, as well as schedules of reinforcement, and preference for and reinforcer efficacy of stimuli (e.g., social interaction). Dr. Dozier is Co-Director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center at the University of Kansas. In addition, she and her graduate students provide consultation services to a large residential program serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities where they also have a clinical research lab. She has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of several other behavioral journals. In 2020, Dr. Dozier received the Steeples Service to Kansans Award for her service to the people of Kansas as a purposeful extension of her teaching and research. Recently, she and her colleagues received a $2.5 million federal grant to provide telehealth services to families with children with autism who engage in disruptive repetitive behavior.

Pamela L. Neidert, PhD, BCBA-D

My experience prior to joining the KU Faculty in 2008 generally has involved assessment and treatment of problem behavior and skill acquisition in children and adults with developmental disabilities.  As a result, I am very interested in early intervention and prevention.  Currently, my research focuses on strategies to facilitate development of critical skills in very young children and evaluate the effects of proactive approaches to prevent the emergence of problem behavior.  Specific areas of interest include facilitative strategies for the development of language, social skills (imitation/attention), and self-help skills (sleeping, toileting, feeding) in both typically developing children and those at risk for, or diagnosed with, disabilities.

Jomella Watson-Thompson, PhD

Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. She applies behavioral science methods and interventions to improve how communities address issues related to community health and development. Her research has focused on neighborhood development, healthy youth development, and prevention, including substance abuse and violence prevention. Dr. Thompson supports community capacity-building efforts to address social determinants of health through community-based participatory research in urban neighborhoods and disparate communities. She has researched the effects of community-based processes and intervention to promote mobilization and change in communities. Dr. Thompson has extensive experience providing training, technical support and evaluation for community-based initiatives. Dr. Thompson has co-authored articles on community capacity-building, youth development, and prevention. She has been a consultant for several community coalitions and community-based initiatives.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education opportunities:

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

BACB® SUPERVISION Learning CEs (6.0 anticipated): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Learning CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer  Supervision Learning CE units for this conference. 


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. 


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


This is a hybrid event with a smaller in-person gathering or a virtual attendance offering.


Woodruff Auditorium
University of Kansas
KU Memorial Unions
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


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Local Hotels

We do not have a roomblock available but there are several hotels nearby the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Oread
1200 Oread Ave
Lawrence, KS 66044

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lawrence
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66044

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