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2019 Annual ILABA Conference Speakers 
(abstracts will be posted as the conference date approaches)
Keep an eye on the Annual Conference page for the updated schedule!



Aaron Check, MS BCBA
Pre-Conference Workshop Presenter

Aaron received his B.S. in Child Psychology with a minor in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. After graduating, he worked with Essential for Living co-author Troy Fry in a clinical setting in Minneapolis implementing Applied Behavior Analysis for the treatment of children with Autism. In 2008 he moved to Columbia, South Carolina where he continued to work in clinical and home settings while completing a Master’s Degree and earning Board Certification in 2011.  In addition to working for Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates with Essential for Living, he currently practices in Charleston, South Carolina contracting with school districts and providing in-home services for children and adults.



Rob Aspholm, PhD
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Aspholm is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His book on street gangs and violence in Chicago, Views from the Streets: Gangs, History, and Resistance on the South Side of Chicago, will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2019. Rob is currently working on a violence prevention project in East St. Louis, the murder capital of the United States. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two daughters.




Jonathan K. Fernand, PhD BCBA-D
Invited Speaker

Dr. Fernand received his M.A. from the California State University, Sacramento under the advisement of Dr. Becky Penrod in 2012 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Timothy Vollmer in 2017. Jonathan is currently an Assistant Professor at Aurora University. He has served as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavior & Philosophy, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Jonathan has presented at regional, national, and international conferences as well as published several articles and book chapters pertaining to a range of topics including the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems, treatment of rigid and inflexible behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as assessing

preference for stimuli and learning in animals.



Lance Miller, PhD 
Invited Speaker

Dr. Miller is the Vice President of Conservation Science and Animal Welfare Research, received his graduate training in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, he held positions as a Research Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Scientist for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.  Dr. Miller focuses on animal welfare to help ensure that each individual animal within zoological facilities is thriving. He is currently a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Research and Technology Committee, Chair of the AZA Animal Welfare Committee, and a steering committee member for the AZA Behavioral Scientific Advisory Group.



Erin Abell, MS, BCBA
Invited Speaker

Erin received her undergraduate degree in Human and Educational Services from Illinois State University and has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Erin works as a behavior analyst at Garden Center Services, where she supports adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in both day program and CILA/ICF settings. She previously has served as an adjunct faculty in the department of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she instructed practicum students on merging concepts learned in their coursework with their applied experiences. 



Traci Cihon, PhD BCBA-D
Invited Speaker

Dr. Cihon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas. She received her MA in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada-Reno and completed her PhD in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Cihon  has worked internationally in several clinical and academic settings including public and private sectors in both school and home settings with a variety of individuals with and without disabilities. Much of Dr. Cihon’s clinical experience has focused on developing comprehensive treatment programs for children with autism that incorporate components of Direct Instruction (DI), Precision Teaching (PT), Skinner’s Verbal Behavior (VB), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET), Natural Language Paradigm (NLP), and other subsets of Applied Behavior Analysis and for children who are at-risk for school failure. More recently, Dr. Cihon has led several classroom-, clinical-, and research-based initiatives that explore the ideations of global citizenship, internationalization of the curriculum and institution and study abroad in the context of interdisciplinary learning communities. Her current research interests include behavior analysis and education, behavior and social issues, and verbal behavior. Dr. Cihon is the past chair of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association for Behavior Analysis-International and is the current chair for the TxABA Behaviorists for Social Responsibility SIG. She serves on the editorial boards for several major disciplinary and non-disciplinary peer-reviewed journals such as The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, the American Annals of the Deaf, and Behavior and Social Issues.





Sasha Long, MA, BCBA

Invited Speaker

Sasha is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc. She is a board-certified behavior analyst and certified special education teacher. After ten years of teaching in a self-contained special education classroom, Sasha now works full time as a consultant, writer, and behavior analyst. Sasha manages and writes The Autism Helper Blog as a way to share easy to use and ready to implement strategies and ideas. Sasha also travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists and administrators in the world of autism.