Expert Speaker Series

Melmark offers educational programs for parents, staff, and professionals in the communities we serve throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern regions. Our Expert Speaker Series in behavior analysis draws speakers from the top of the field, who present on a variety of topics.



Expert Speaker Series Events

September 2021 - May 2022

*In-person attendance for September-October is limited to Melmark staff only.
All other attendees will be virtual.

All events are from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

September 23, 2021: Melmark New England
Organizational Behavior Management: From Individual Employees to Organizational Outcomes

  • Jill Harper Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Jennifer Ruane M.S., BCBA, LPC
  • 3 Learning credits

October 14, 2021: Melmark New England
Dyad Assessment: Evaluating Students Instructional Needs

  • Kylee Formento, M.A., BCBA
  • Silva Orchanian, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA
  • 3 Learning credits

November 18, 2021: Melmark Carolinas
Implementing Effective Secondary Transition Programs and Practices for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

  • Valerie L. Mazzotti, Ph.D.
  • 3 Learning credits

February 17, 2022: Melmark Pennsylvania
Moving from Colonial to Participatory Research Practices: Searching for Cusps

  • Malika Pritchett, PhD, BCBA, LBA
  • 3 Learning ethics credits

March 10, 2022: Melmark Pennsylvania
Strategies for Successful Supervision – Some Critical but Often Overlooked Skills

  • Tyra Sellers, J.D., Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • 3 Learning supervision credits

April 14, 2022: Melmark Pennsylvania
Leadership: Creating the Right Environment for Success

  • John Austin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • 3 Learning credits

May 18 2022: Melmark New England
Promoting Equity Through Our Practice

  • Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH
  • 3 Learning Credits

Contact Information

Melmark New England / Melmark Carolinas

Jill Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA

Senior Director of Professional Development, Clinical Training, and Research
Melmark New England
461 River Road
Andover, MA 01810


Melmark Pennsylvania

Jennifer Ruane, MS, BCBA, LPC
Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training
Melmark Pennsylvania
2600 Wayland Road
Berwyn, PA 19312


Past Speakers

Below, you’ll find a video from recent Expert Speaker Series events held at Melmark. Click on “play button” to see the full presentations.


Jill Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Bridging the Gap: Application of the Scientist-Practitioner Model



Mandy Rispoli, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Keeping the Analysis in Applied Behavior Analysis: Strategies for Individualizing Challenging Behavior Assessments and Treatments



Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Organizational Ethics



Jonathan C. Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Western Michigan University Applied Behavior Analysis and Aging



Peter Dams, Ph.D.
Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management and Strategic Planning



Paul H. Wehman, Ph.D.
Applied Behavior Analysis and Vocational Interventions:
Promoting Competitive Employment for Individuals with
Severe Intellectual Disabilities and Autism



Chris M. Schaub, MS Ed., BCBA,
The role of behavior analysis in managing complex neurobehavioral sequelae following brain injury: Considering all components of the four-term contingency



Valbona Demiri, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Interdisciplinary Collaboration



Justin Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Using Evidence-based Practice to Increase Social Skills in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 



Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D Executive Director of Research, Melmark PA
The Ethical Code for Behavior Analysis: Key Themes and Examples of Applications



Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP
Dealing with Difficult People



Sean Casey, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assessment and Treatment of Children with Feeding Problems



David J. Cox, Ph.D., M.S.B., BCBA
Exploring Ethical Decision-Making



Jessica E. Frieder, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Transforming Your Classroom with Response to Intervention