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Board of Directors

2016 NJABA Election Results

Below are the results of our 2016 election:
President – Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D
President-Elect – Sandra R. Gomes, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D

President

Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Director of the Institute for Educational Achievement. Dr. Rozenblat earned his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. He has been working with individuals with autism for nearly 15 years. He has presented at conferences on various topics including differential schedules of reinforcement, staff training, promoting independence in learners with autism, teaching language and social skills to individuals with autism, and teaching joint attention skills to individuals with autism. Dr. Rozenblat has served as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Caldwell University. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has served as a guest editor for Behavior Modification. His research interests include teaching joint attention skills to individuals with autism, and using script and script-fading procedures to enhance the language repertoires of individuals with autism. Prior to his becoming president of NJABA, Dr. Ro enblat has served as a Representative at Large, the Publications Chairperson, and the President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA).  (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Sandra R. Gomes, Ph.D., BCBA-D

President-Elect

 

Sandra R. Gomes, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Assistant Director at the Somerset Hills Learning Institute and has worked in the field of autism treatment for over 10 years.  She earned her Masters and Doctorate Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University.  Her thesis entitled: Teaching a Generalized Repertoire of Joint Attention Skills to Children with Autism, won the ABAI Autism SIG Student Research Award in 2011.  She has presented at local, national, and international conferences on teaching joint attention skills to young children with autism.  Her book review, Effective Practices for Children with Autism: Education and Behavioral Support Interventions That Work, was featured in the newsletter of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis in 2009.  Her research interests include joint attention, social skills, food refusal, and stimulus control. (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Kevin J. Brothers, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Treasurer/Finance Chair

Kevin J. Brothers, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the founding Executive Director of the Somerset Hills Learning Institute. Dr. Brothers earned his doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1999. Having studied with Donald M. Baer, Ph.D., Patricia J. Krantz, Ph.D., and Lynn E. McClannahan, Ph.D., his research interests include issues in stimulus control, organizational behavior management, and incorporating digital technology in autism treatment. Dr. Brothers’ articles have been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He co-authored, with Dr. Anthony Cammilleri, the chapter: The Baer Necessities: Observation, Measurement, and Analysis, published in A Small Matter of Proof: The Legacy of Donald M. Baer in 2003. Previous positions include those held at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI), Bancroft, Autism New Jersey, Lawrence Kansas Public School District, and as an educational consultant to public schools and families. (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Kate E. Cerino Britton, M.S.Ed., M.A., BCBA

Secretary/Continuing Ed. Chair

Kate E. Cerino Britton, M.S.Ed., M.A., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified teacher of the handicapped, and has worked with individuals with autism since 1997. She is currently the Principal and Assistant Director at the Alpine Learning Group. She holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Caldwell College and Special Education from Long Island University. She serves on the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis Board of Directors as the Secretary and CE Chair and has presented at national and international conferences on increasing socialization, problem solving, promoting safety, and augmentative communication(Term Ends: June, 2017)

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Government Affairs Chair

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D is the Executive Director of Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field for more than twenty years. Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them. She has played a pivotal role in passage and implementation of the autism insurance law, facilitated the creation of a job code for BCBAs recognized by the Department of Education, and advises multiple state departments on the ethical and effective delivery of ABA services. She currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis and is the co-author of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism: An Introduction and other agency publications. (Term Ends: June 2017)

E. Dennis Machado, M.A.

Communications Chair

E. Dennis Machado currently serves as Assistant Director at Somerset Hills Learning Institute, a private, non-profit program, serving individuals with autism.  He has presented and participated on volunteer committees at state conferences, and presented posters at both state and national conferences, including NJABA, Autism NJ and the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Annual Convention.  He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. His current research interests include stimulus control, and concept formation.  He has worked with children in home, school and community settings for over 10 years. (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Emily Gallant, M.A.

Student Representative/Membership Chair

Emily Gallant, M.A. is a doctoral student in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University, where she also earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked in the field of autism treatment for 8 years as an instructional aide at the Somerset Hills Learning Institute. She has presented her Master’s thesis research entitled “Comparing Script Placement Positions for Children with Autism” at local, state, national, and international conferences and is currently preparing to publish these results in a peer-reviewed behavior analysis journal. Her research interests include concept formation, stimulus control, and stimulus fading procedures for children with autism. (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Elena Garcia-Albea, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Representative-At-Large

Elena Garcia-Albea, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and public school consultant in NJ. Dr. Garcia-Albea earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. She has been working with children with disabilities for over 15 years in both private and public schools. Her Master’s thesis, entitled: Using Audio Script Fading and Multiple Exemplar Training to Increase Vocal Interactions in Children with Autism, was recently published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences on teaching children with autism language and social skills, such as empathetic behavior. Her clinical and research interests include teaching prosocial behavior, perspective taking, empathy, observational learning, and food refusal. (Term Ends: June, 2018)

Leif Albright, MA

Representative-At-Large

Leif Albright worked at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center from 1995-2004 as a classroom instructor, home-school consultant, and program coordinator. Since 2004 he has worked as an independent behavior consultant and program coordinator for numerous public and private school programs throughout the tri-state area.

 

Leif received his BA in Psychology and Philosophy at Rutgers University, NJ; MA in Educational Psychology at Seton Hall University, NJ; and his board certification in behavior analysis at Rutgers University, NJ. Leif is currently working towards a PhD under Dr. Kenneth Reeve in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell College. Research interests include equivalence based instruction and functional analyses.

 

(Term Ends: June, 2018)

Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Events Chair

Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Marcus Institute at Emory University. He currently serves as the Director of Behavioral and Research Services at The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, where he supervises several doctoral students and staff providing behavioral consultation to programs within the Center. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology. (Term Ends: June, 2017)

Catherine Taylor-Santa

Representative-At-Large

Catherine Taylor-Santa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a certified teacher of the handicapped, and a consultant in several public schools in NJ. She has served individuals with developmental disabilities for 20 years in public and private schools, home settings, group homes, and job sites. Mrs. Taylor-Santa earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. She has presented at local and national conferences and is the current student group liaison to the council for the verbal behavior special interest group (VBSIG). She has won several awards for her master’s thesis which has been published in Behavioral Interventions, as well as the VBSIG student paper award for her literature review Perspective taking: A conceptual functional analysis and review of the literature. Her research interests include perspective taking, problem solving, tacting non-visual stimuli, bi-directional relations, learning history and its effect on skill acquisition, and establishing conditioned reinforcers. (Term Ends: June, 2018)