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The 18th Annual MABA Conference

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Virtual Format

Keynote Address

Shahala Alai-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CPBA-AP

Shahla Alai-Rosales, PHD, BCBA-D, CPBA-AP is a Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She has taught courses in Texas, Europe and the Middle East on a variety of topics, including ethics, early autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, technology transfer, behavior change techniques, and cultural diversity. Shahla has served on several boards and disciplinary committees and has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, and supervision and mentoring. Shahla has more than four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts. She has received awards for her teaching (SGA ‘Fessor Graham Award), her work with families (Onassis Scholar Award), and for her work in the community (UNT Community Engagement Award, TXABA Career Contributions Award & the GSU Lutzker Eminent Scholar Lecture). She is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and is co-author of Building and Sustaining Meaningful and Effective Relationships as a Supervisor and Mentor (LeBlanc, Sellers & Alai, 2020) and Responsible and Responsive Parenting in Autism: Between Now and Dreams (Alai-Rosales & Heinkel-Wolfe, 2022).

Invited Speakers

Florence DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA


Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed, a board certified behavior analyst, received a doctorate in school psychology from Syracuse University. She also completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Child Development and a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation and the May Center for Child Development. Presently, Florence is a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas where she serves as departmental chairperson and directs the Performance Management Laboratory. Her research examines effective and efficient staff training and performance improvement practices. Florence has published 90 articles and book chapters and two edited books on a variety of topics including training, performance management, assessment, and intervention. With co-authors Drs. Gregory Madden and Derek Reed, Florence recently published a textbook titled An Introduction to Behavior Analysis. Moreover, Florence has been an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. 



Sarah Richling, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Richling is an Associate Clinical Professor at Auburn University where she also serves as Director of the ABA Master’s Program and Director of Clinical Training. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Richling has been practicing in the field of behavior analysis for 20 years and has been Board for 13 years. Dr. Richling has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters and serves an Associate Editor for Behavior and Social Issues. She is the current President and Executive Director of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis, a Planners Board member for Behaviorists for Social Responsibility, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Dr. Richling recently completed a visiting professorship at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt in Germany. Her current scholarly interests include the dissemination and adoption of evidence-based practice and continuing education, the empirical evaluation of ritualistic clinical practices, organizational and scientific system-building, the integration of the philosophical bases of behavioral science, and community and social issues including criminal behavior, advocacy, activism, and accompaniment. Her primary research lines are in the area of performance criteria including acquisition, generalization, and mastery and the treatment of juvenile delinquents.

Mandy Rispoli, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Mandy Rispoli is the Quantitative Foundation Bicentennial Professor of Special Education at the University of Virginia and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Operating from a behavior analytic framework, Dr. Rispoli’s scholarship focuses on university-community partnerships to improve teacher and caregiver meaningful involvement in functional behavior assessment and intervention and to promote positive outcomes for young children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli has published over 130 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Jennifer L. Cook, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Jennifer Cook is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. She received a Master of Science from St Cloud State University and PhD from the University of South Florida, with a major in Applied Behavior Analysis for both degrees. Dr. Cook began practicing behaviour analysis in Toronto in 1999 serving in clinical, training, management, instruction, and research roles over the years. She has published several peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer across several behaviour analytic journals. Dr. Cook is on the Editorial Board and has served as Guest Associate Editor for the Psychological Record. She is the current President Elect for the Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis. Dr. Cook’s research evaluates conjugate schedules of reinforcement, assessments and interventions for improving sport performance and health behaviours, as well as the assessment and treatment for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders or those with other behavioral challenges.


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MABA Presents: Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D
MABA Presents: Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D
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Apr 04, 2024, 1:30 PM
U of Manitoba, P412 Duff Roblin Building
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The following hotels are conveniently located near the University of Manitoba. Please note that MABA does not partner with any hotels to offer special rates and we do not endorse the hotels listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs, at

Hotels Near the Conference Venue:

  • Best Western Plus Pembina Inn & Suites

1714 Pembina Highway
(204) 269-8888

  • Comfort Inn South

3109 Pembina Hwy
(204) 269-7390

  • Econo Lodge

1105 St Mary's Road
(204) 256-4315


  • Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg South

2935 Pembina Highway
(204) 275-7711

  • Holiday Inn Winnipeg-South

1330 Pembina Hwy
(204) 452-4747

  • Queen Bee Hotel

2615 Pembina Hwy
(204) 269-4666

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