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15 BACB Continuing Education Units (2 Ethics & 13 Type-2) are included with registration of your ticket. In order to receive CEUs you must register for the event and complete the documentation requirements. 

In-Person: Sign-in and Sign-out Systems for each presentation are mandatory in order to receieve CEUs.

Online/Livestream: A multitude of procedures will be in place, including check-ins online, key words, and quizzes. 

*BehaviorMe is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider and the BACB does not endorse this event. 



Speakers have experience in one of these four tracks.

By purchasing your ticket (in-person or online) you'll have access to the entire 2-day event and each of the speakers below.




At its core, entrepreneurship is a complex set of skills – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. Passion, business, novelty, and creativity come together to solve real-world problems.




A science of everything that we do seems almost impossible. However, behavior analysis provides a framework for understanding why we do what we do, with diverse applications from education, technology, instructional design, training, systems analysis and policy design, performance improvement, and more.



We have all experienced the exponential rate of technology - for better or worse it's here, and it's evolving quickly. Technology includes the gadgets and devices that we use day-to-day, but it also includes the process or "how to." Data collection & design, virtual reality, instructional design, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are all up our alley,




At the end of the day there's a consumer facing an issue, whether it be behavioral, mental, or social. Our goal is to provide a framework of the first three areas that allows you to immediately provide more value in your personal professional situation. After all, that's why we all got into this field, right?




Students and RBT® receive 50% off the listed prices below by emailing proof of student status to Once confirmed, we will provide you with a code to apply to receive the 50% discount.


Anyone that is not an active student is a professional. Group rates are available at 20% for 3 or more, 25% for 4 or more, and 30% for 5 or more. Email to obtain a group code.



Registration & Check-In

Registration, Coffee & Bagels, & Meet ‘n’ Greet

This is where the excitement begins! You will go through a quick registration process and then work your way into the event space to find your seat. On the way there will be a number of volunteers, presenters, and sponsors to interact with as well as some light morning refreshments and snacks. Mingle, get oriented to the space, meet some like-minded people and buckle up for day one: Design Thinking and Behavior Analysis!



Ryan O’Donnell, Gina Richards & Andy Chavez

Dim the lights… it’s time to kick things off! Expect quick introductions from the organizing team, a shout out to sponsors who made this event even stronger, and a quick visual runthrough of the schedule.

9:30AM - 12:00PM (3 BACB® Type II CEUs)

Design Thinking Workshop

Luis Felipe Garcia & BehaviorMe

Design Thinking is a methodology used by companies and designers around the world to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for their clients. The NextGen Team believes strongly that Behavior Analysis comes equipped with many truly exceptional processes and tools (e.g., response definition, measurement, conceptualization, evidence-based practices). Yet, the world outside our field also attempts to understand human behavior and design solutions to some of the hardest problems humans face. This morning event is led by Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder of Antibiotic Adjuvant, Inc. Felipe is actively working with the BehaviorMe team (co-organizers of NextGen) to learn about our industry with the help of our social media channels (thanks to all of those who shared their perspective).

Luis Felipe Garcia, CTO & Co-Founder at Antibiotic Adjuvant, Inc

Luis Felipe Garcia, CTO & Co-Founder at Antibiotic Adjuvant, Inc

The 2.5 hour event is designed to be an interactive experience of exploring what design thinking entails, practicing the process with your colleagues (we’ll introduce you to others as well!), and start to draw the crossroads between the design thinking process and behavior analysis.  One component of this process includes interviewing locals and fellow attendees. Submerge yourself in Design Thinking with Luis and BehaviorMe, because we return from lunch with Janet Twyman focusing in on the Instructional Design process before diving into case examples and discussions around the intersection of these various disciplines.

12:00PM - 1:30PM


We’ll have a list of places recommended by locals for just about any dietary preferences or needs we could imagine. Organizers and volunteers will remain in the event space if you wish to bring your own lunch and enjoy it in the venue space.

1:30PM-2:20PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Affiliation: Center on Innovations in Learning & Univer. of Mass. Medical School/Shriver Center

Title of Talk: Process Makes Perfect

Description: The program rules. By “program" I mean the analytical arrangement of contingencies, designed to result in clearly defined changes in the behaviors and repertoires of learners. By “rules” I mean is pretty darned effective, successful almost all the time with almost all learners. (And it’s the occasions that aren’t successful that likely have the most to teach us, if we look and learn.) Many of us are in the business of changing behavior. Many of us want to design (instructional) programs. Many of us think we know how. ADDIE, SAM, Dick and Carey, are just a few stones in the avalanche of instructional design models available to us all. Yet in reality, the model is just part of the process. As noted by Layng, 2015, "For a program to be successful the thinking and analysis prior to actual program design has probably more to do with its success than any adherence to one exercise design philosophy or another.” Together we’ll deconstruct what goes into those analyses, why they are so important, and what magic we can do with them.


  1. Given a known instructional design model (e.g., ADDIE, SAM), participants will identify components that they use when engaging in design thinking and apply them to the design of a program.

  2. Having identified familiar components of an instructional design model, participants will identify and analyze behavior/repertoire components that are necessary for the design model to be successful.

Bio: Dr. Janet Twyman is a education innovator, thought leader, and expert, and founder of blast: a learning sciences company. She’s also the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Center on Innovations in Learning; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Mass. Medical School; and formerly the Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout. Her numerous articles and book chapters cover behavior analysis, instructional design, technology, and educational systems; she also co-edited two books on educational innovation and personalized learning. She has presented to and worked with education systems, organizations, and institutions over 40 states and countries, including speaking about technologies for diverse learners and settings at the United Nations. She serves on numerous boards and committees, co-chairs the education group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and was a President of the Association for Behavior Analysis. For her distinguished contributions to educational research and practice she received the 2015 Wing Award for Evidence-based Education and the 2017 American Psychological Association Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Technology

2:30PM-3:20PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

T. V. Joe Layng, PhD

T. V. Joe Layng, PhD

T. V. Joe Layng, PhD

Affiliation: Generategy, LLC

Title of Talk: It’s the Consequences Stupid.

Description: As behavior analysis matures there has been a recent tendency to adopt the position that humans are largely insensitive the consequences of their behavior as a result of their verbal behavior. For anyone trying to build large scale interventions and applications, this is a dangerous assumption. this talk will describe the need for paying close attention to the consequences of behavior. This includes consequences important to customers, end users, employees, managers, suppliers, etc. Several real world examples will be provided of the application of a nonlinear contingency analysis to, and lessons learned from, building behaviorally based businesses and organizations over the past 45 years.


  1. Participants will describe the importance of a nonlinear consequential contingency analysis to the development of any business.

  2. Participants will identify consequential contingencies important to building a successful business.

Bio: T. V. Joe Layng has over 45 years of experience in the experimental and applied analysis of behavior with a particular focus on the design of teaching/learning environments. He began by founding the Center for Innovative Design and Programed Instruction at Western Illinois University in 1971. Later Joe established a research/treatment program, the Personal Effectiveness Group, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical Center. He went on to found Enabling Technologies, a software firm that produced the first use of gamification to teach business software, as well as an array of business products and advanced 3D modeling software. In the 1990s, Joe was Director of Academic Support and then Dean at Malcolm X College in Chicago where her founded the award winning Personalized Curriculum Institute. In 1999, he co-founded Headsprout. At Headsprout, Joe led the scientific team that developed the technology that forms the basis of the company’s patented Early Reading and Reading Comprehension online reading programs, for which he was the chief architect. Recently, Joe co-founded ChangePartner, a company combining basic behavior analytic principles with artificial intelligence to integrate constructional behavior change at scale throughout large organizations such as hospitals where he now serves on its advisory board. He is currently a partner in Generategy, LLC, which publishes Music Learning Lab. Joe earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science (biopsychology) at the University of Chicago. At Chicago, working with pigeons, he investigated animal models of psychopathology, specifically the recurrence of pathological patterns (head-banging) as a function of normal behavioral processes. Joe also has extensive clinical behavior analysis experience with a focus on ambulatory schizophrenia, especially the systemic as well as topical treatment of delusional speech and hallucinatory behavior. Joe is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Technology

3:30PM-4:20PM (1 BACB® Type II Ethics CEU)

Shane Spiker, MS, BCBA

Shane Spiker, MS, BCBA

Shane Spiker, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: PBS Corp.

Title of Talk: Act Like an Analyst: Forgotten and Underused Skillsets

Description: Behavior analysts are more than practitioners, and it seems that we often forget that. How can we be creative if we don't recognize our own potential? How can we continue to grow if we reach this significant barrier related to our own skillset? This talk is designed to remind you of how you can be more within your own practice.


  1. To identify and describe the complete role of the behavior analyst in practice.

  2. To develop skills related to self-assessment and self-monitoring regarding domain-related practitioner behavior.

  3. To evaluate and target new skills for improvement regarding complex areas of behavior change.

  4. To demonstrate goal-setting and monitoring related to new or underdeveloped practitioner skillsets.

Bio: Shane T. Spiker is a board certified behavior analyst in Ormond Beach, Florida. Shane received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 and his Master of Science of Psychology in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. At present time, he is a PhD candidate through Walden University. He has been deeply immersed in the field of behavior analysis for 7 years, with the majority of his experience with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since starting in the field, he has served over 300 families across the state of Florida. Shane specifically specializes working with teens and adults with significant and dangerous problem behavior as well as medically complex individuals. Currently, Shane is serving as the secretary of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice special interest group through ABAI. He has written and published several articles related to behavior analysis and practice. Additionally, he services as a co-instructor at Arizona State University and Florida Institute of Technology, where he teaches graduate level behavior analytic coursework for those seeking certification.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Application

4:40PM-5:30PM  (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Tom Buqo, MA

Tom Buqo, MA

Tom Buqo, MA

Affiliation: Hofstra University

Title of Talk: Applying Behavior Science: Lessons and Barriers in the Application of Behavior Science in Clinical Psychology

Description: In this talk, the speaker will discuss his own journey in the systematic application of behavioral science to the field of clinical psychology. Specific barriers will be discussed, as well as emerging technology that seeks to overcome these barriers. A broader discussion will begin around the application of behavioral science to other fields and how to identify and overcome barriers and the role technology may play in that. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss these barriers with each other, clarify values that lead them to apply behavior science to a new domain, and identify goals to assist in moving toward those values.


  1. Identify barriers to the application of behavioral science in a new field

  2. Clarify values that lead them to apply behavior science to a new domain

  3. Identify goals to assist in moving toward those values in the application of behavior science to a new domain

  4. Understand scope of practice issues and identify resolution for any ethical concern

Bio: Tom is a current graduate student in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Hofstra University. Tom's passion is the application of behavior analysis and precision measurement to the field of clinical psychology, particularly for individuals experiencing adversity in life. Tom fell in love with behavior analysis when receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was involved in multiple research laboratories and gained experience with acting as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the introduction to psychology course. Tom's current issues revolved around the application of behavioral psychotherapy to trauma and grief, behavioral accounts of self and identity, and the understanding of psychotherapy as applied behavioral science.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Psychology

5:40PM-6:30PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Panel: Design Thinking & Behavior Analysis

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Ryan O’Donnell, MS, BCBA

Louis Felipe Garcia

Andy Chavez, MS


Description: We’ll end day 1 of NextGen with an opportunity to recap and reflect upon the lessons learned during the day. We’ll begin with a discussion among key speakers and then open for group discussion and Q&A.


  1. Participants will identify at least 2 themes throughout the day related to how design thinking and behavior analysis can co-exists and leverage each other.

  2. Participants will identify areas of future opportunity for design thinking and behavior analysis within and outside the current industry.


Informal Networking Event


We’ll meet at a local watering hole to share stories, network, and continue any discussions that may not have been finished at the event.

Please enjoy Las Vegas responsibly.


Check-In & Wake Up

Check-In & Coffee & Bagels

Welcome back! After a super quick check-in process you will work your way into the event space to find your seat. On the way there will be a number of volunteers, presenters, and sponsors to interact with as well as some light morning refreshments and snacks. Mingle, finish waking up, and meet some like-minded people and buckle up for day two: Applications for Expanding Behavioral Science.



Ryan O’Donnell, Gina Richards & Andy Chavez

You know the process… we’ll dim the lights and kick things off! Expect quick welcome back, maybe a joke or two, shout outs to sponsors who made this event even stronger, and a quick visual run through of the schedule.

9:00AM-9:50AM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Sara Gershfeld Litvak, BCBA

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Affiliation: Behavior Health Center of Excellence® (BHCOE®)

Title of Talk: ABA & Entrepreneurship for Pirates: AAARGH!

Description: What do THINX Underwear, Yelp, Snapchat, and Accreditation have in common? A lot! This presentation will demonstrate that behavior analysts possess a unique skill set that enhances our ability to be successful entrepreneurs in any industry. Through personal stories and case studies, we will detail how the science of behavior, and saying “AAARGH!,” can be used to start a new business and offer an innovative product or service. Summary of purpose, content and expected outcomes of participants: As behavior analysts, we already have the tools needed to produce meaningful behavior change. The same techniques can be applied outside the field of developmental disabilities. The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an understanding of how the science of behavior can help bring their innovative idea to life. We will share inspirational stories and strategies of three women who have used their training in behavior analysis to start businesses that offer a variety of products and services to new markets. You will walk away feeling empowered and ready to tackle the day-to-day challenges the way only a behavioral analyst can!


  1. Recognize the need for more businesses that are based on the

    principles of behavior analysis (outside of the field of autism).

  2. Learn how to apply behavior analytic strategies to launch a new

    business, product or service.

  3. Compare business practices to behavior analytic principles.

Bio: Sara Gershfeld Litvak is an entrepreneur and behavioral scientist who currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Pepperdine University. She has served as a systems consultant for numerous funders designing Quality Assurance processes to ensure that ABA service providers provide clinically sound services. Currently, Sara is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BHCOE Accreditation, the only ABA-specific accrediting body. She is an education blogger for the Huffington Post, has served as past Co-Chair of the Autism Special Interest Group at ABAI, on the Board of Directors for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). In her free time Sara enjoys anything tech, traveling, baking, yoga and spending time outdoors.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

10:00AM-10:50AM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Jamie Waldvogel, MS, BCBA

Jamie Waldvogel, MS, BCBA

Jamie Waldvogel, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: Behave Your Best

Title of Talk: "Why are we waiting for behavior to get 'bad enough'?"

Description: Normand and Kohn (2013) argued that “the field of Behavior Analysis would be best served if behavior analysts worked to extend the reach of behavioral services into a more diverse range of settings and with more varied populations.” I will share how I've used behavior analysis to build strategic business relationships with private and public child care centers, preschools, and school districts to successfully design, market, and deliver a brief, fee for service, behavioral consultation business model to parents and teachers of typically-developing children ages 2-10.


  1. Participants will identify at least 2 ways in which to use behavioral principles to build strategic partnerships with other businesses.

  2. Participants will identify at least 2 ways to use behavioral principles to market their business.

Bio: Jamie is a wife, mother of two sons, child behavior expert, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and the founder and owner of Behave Your Best! After becoming a mother in 2011, she realized the need to share behavior analytic strategies with parents and teachers of typically-developing children or parents and teachers of children with special needs whose behavior isn't "bad enough" to warrant a behavioral expert. As a result, she founded Behave Your Best. She is passionate about educating this generation of parents and teachers with behavioral strategies before "normal" unwanted behavior gets "bad enough". She believes with the right tools, all parents and teachers can enjoy childhood behavior at all stages! She attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. She later obtained her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. Jamie has been board certified as a behavior analyst since 2003.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

11:10AM-12:00PM (1 BACB® Type II Ethics CEU)

Megan Kirby, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA & Barbara Kaminski, PhD, BCBA-D

Megan Kirby, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA

Megan Kirby, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA

Barbara Kaminski, PhD, BCBA-D

Barbara Kaminski, PhD, BCBA-D

Affiliation: Uncomfortable X

Title of Talk: Uncomfortable? How Provocation can Lead to Supportive Community Development

Description: Uncomfortable X began in 2017 as a response to perceived limitations to action by the behavior analytic community to political and social events. Using social media, a forum was developed to disseminate information and provide support to those in the behavior analytic community who face uncomfortable situations, inspire action in the behavior analytic community, and reach other communities who have common goals for positive social and behavior change. This presentation will discuss recent events that have been catalysts for the growth of our community, review data related to engagement both within the community and other groups (both within and outside of behavior analysis), and discuss plans for future work and advancement to help the next generation of behavior analysts.


  1. Discuss history Uncomfortable X as it pertains to confronting events in our field related to discrimination, harassment, racism and the barriers to expanding one’s limits of professional competence, without having communities such as Uncomfortable X

  2. Promote advancement of our field through engagement in the Uncomfortable communities, supporting professional development and personal growth as citizens in line with B.F. Skinner’s definition of the Uncommitted, in order to expand the impact behavior analysis has in other fields and to support those already engaging in social justice, equality and human rights activities

Bio: Barbara Kaminski received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Behavior Analysis Training Program at West Virginia University and postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM). Subsequently, during her time on the faculty at JHUSOM, she was involved in grant funded research in behavioral pharmacology, exploring the behavioral factors in drug use and abuse. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Virginia Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).  Currently, she is Clinical Director and co-owner of an agency providing ABA therapy services and teaches graduate level courses in applied behavior analysis for both George Mason University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A proponent of the impact that behavior analysis can and should have on public policy, she is is co-founder (along with Megan Sullivan Kirby) of "Uncomfortable X," which is devoted to providing a forum for sharing information and providing support to individuals in the behavior analysis community who find themselves in "uncomfortable" situations, both on the job and at the intersection of profession and society.

Bio: Megan Sullivan Kirby is the co-founder of Uncomfortable BCBA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and graduate degree in special education at The University of Virginia. Ms. Kirby is currently a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of South Florida’s Rightpath Research and Innovation Center in Tampa, FL. She has been the Secretary of Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA) since 2013.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Applications

12:00PM - 1:30PM



We’ll have a list of places recommended by locals for just about any dietary preferences or needs we could imagine. Organizers and volunteers will remain in the event space if you wish to bring your own lunch and remain in the venue space.

1:30PM-2:20PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Affiliation: Autism Partnership Foundation

Title of Talk: Addressing the Need for Qualified Professionals in Autism Intervention through Research and Training

Description: The market demand for qualified professionals providing and overseeing behavioral intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exceeds the supply. A potential side effect of attempting to meet this market demand is modifying the training experience such that training is expedited or the criteria for “qualified” are reduced. The purposes of this presentation are 1) to outline how these modifications could contribute to a decrease in the quality of services available for individuals diagnosed with ASD and their families and 2) to outline how Autism Partnership Foundation is attempting to address the problem of decreased quality within ASD intervention through the development of an internship program and conducting and disseminating research. The internship was designed to develop/extend behavior analytic conceptual knowledge as well as develop/extend clinical skills. Lessons learned, changes made since the development of the internship and research lab, and future directions will be discussed.


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

  1. Identify how the increased need for qualified professionals can lead to decreased quality in practice,

  1. Identify why standards in training are important, and

  2. Identify at least two ways in which we, as a field, can enhance the quality of interventions available for diagnosed with ASD and their families.

Bio: Joe Cihon is the Assistant Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Fontbonne University. Upon graduation he enrolled in the master’s degree program in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas. Joe worked under the mentorship of Drs. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, and Manish Vaidya. Joe is currently a doctoral candidate at Endicott College under the mentorship of Drs. Mary Jane Weiss and Justin B. Leaf. Joe has over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. His research interests include evaluating approach-based interventions, shaping, increasing favorable interactions among children, their families, and interventionists, developing contingencies to promote generalization and maintenance, and improving mealtimes for selective eaters. Joe has published and served as a reviewer for several prominent journals and presented research at national and international conferences.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Application

2:30PM-3:20PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Brendan Böhr, MS, BCBA

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Affiliation: St. Amant

Title of Talk: Talking About Behavior Science without Freaking People Out !

Description: Collaboration between disciplines is both a great challenge and a colossal opportunity for innovative behavior analysts in the 21st century. We have at our disposal a singular technology with the demonstrable power to influence behaviour with incredible precision and on a scale that the world has never seen before. And yet, even our most accomplished and successful behavior analysts often have great difficulty forging genuine relationships between organizations and across disciplines. The struggle is real! In this breakout session, viewers will be introduced to a simple and intuitive approach to sharing behavioral concepts and technologies with potential business partners, clients, specialists, and families. Whereas behavior analysts can often be perceived as cold, robotic, and lacking compassion by the general public; this approach is warm, effective, and authentic. This approach has three basic tenets:

  1. Embrace behaviorism

  2. Shut up and listen

  3. Learn to seek and appreciate these three emotional reactions:

    1. Astonishment

    2. Relief, and

    3. Oh, I guess this stuff isn't so bad after all


After attending this presentations, participants will:

  1. Be able to effectively disseminate behaviour analytic concepts, principles, and technologies by embracing the philosophy of behaviorism in their formal presentations as well as in casual conversation.

  2. More effectively share behavior analytic content with potential partners, clients, specialists, and families by improving their listening skills and by learning to value specific, qualitative reactions in listeners.

Bio: Brendan is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst from rural Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc. (hons) in psychology in 2008, and later moved to sunny Florida to get a dual Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2014.

Brendan has been providing behavioural support to families, children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and autism since 2005. He has practiced applied behaviour analysis in Manitoba, Florida, and Washington State; and he’s filled many roles, including autism tutor, senior tutor, behaviour technician, behaviour analyst, graduate teaching associate, and independent contractor.

Brendan currently serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Education and Training at St.Amant, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In this role, his primary responsibilities include the delivery of presentations and workshops in the community on topics related to applied behaviour analysis, and he helps to facilitate training and staff development within St.Amant. He is also a strong proponent and frequent project leader for the application and integration of burgeoning new technologies (you’ll have to ask him for examples). He is a proud member of Bx+.

His academic interests include applied behaviour analysis for the treatment of individuals with and without disabilities, the experimental analysis of human and other behaviour, unusual applications of behavioral science to address problems of social significance (or personal interest), and organizational behaviour management. His personal interests include camping, exploring, art, technology, and science in general.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Applications

3:30PM-4:20PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Megan Miller, PhD, BCBA-D

Megan Miller, PhD, BCBA-D

Megan Miller, PhD, BCBA-D

Affiliation: PEAK ABA Solutions / Navigation Behavioral Consulting

Title of Talk: The Constant Quest to Do Better

Description: Behavior analysts work in an ever changing environment where it is crucial to maintain interaction with peers and mentors to provide the most effective access to our science as possible. The purpose of this presentation is to explore a few stories of how specific clients or "problems" have resulted in important personal discoveries within the science of behavior analysis. Broad scale technological advancements are an incredible feat to achieve for our science. However, sometimes the most important accomplishments come from the technologies we develop specific to a certain client or experience that we can then more broadly apply to the work we do as behavior analysts. Most often the problem you seek to solve is vastly different from the actual reason for lack of progress in the first place. Attendees of this presentation should leave with a sense of how to pinpoint the relevant problem and develop solutions for solving it.


  1. Attendees will be able to describe how to approach at least 1 barrier to learning

  2. Attendees will be able to describe why the analysis in behavior analysis is a crucial component of the work behavior analysts do day in and day out

  3. Attendees will be able to describe at least 1 option for developing a client or problem specific technology

Bio: Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA is the co-founder of Navigation Behavioral Consulting and CEO of PEAK ABA Solutions. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from John Carroll University in 2004 and obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University in 2007. Megan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a volunteer/intern in 2003. Since that time, she has provided services to over 100 children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Miller has taught courses in behavior analysis and special education at the University of Mary Washington, University of West Florida, The Ohio State University, Florida State University, and Southern Illinois University. She has co-authored journal articles published in the Journal of Developmental Physical Disability, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also co-authored “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” with Robert Schramm, BCBA. Megan has provided over 40 presentations to numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Emerald Coast Association for Behavior Analysis.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Application

4:40PM-5:30PM (1 BACB® Type II CEU)

Panel: The Past, Present, and Future of Behavior Analysis

Diah Askari, MS, BCBA


Mystery Speaker

Ryan O’Donnell, MS, BCBA


Description: We’ll end day 2 of NextGen with a blend of dreamy and realistic visions of the future. Topics will vary between technology, entrepreneurship, behavior analysis and clinical applications. We’ll begin with a discussion among key speakers and then open for group discussion and Q&A.


  1. Participants will identify at least 2 potential tools, ideas, or industries ripe for design thinking and behavior analysis applications.

  2. Participants will identify areas of future opportunity for design thinking and behavior analysis within and outside the current industry.


Organizers & Panel Discussants 

Two co-organizers are responsible for this year's event. Both will be interacting with the event attendees and have booths at the event; however, they will not be presenting this year while they focus on a well-delivered event.

Andy Chavez

Andy Chavez

Chris Medina

Chris Medina

Annie Escalante

Annie Escalante

Andrea Villegas

Andrea Villegas



Affiliation: BehaviorMe, Inc.


Andy Chavez

Andy Chavez is CEO and co-founder at BehaviorMe, a startup merging virtual reality and behavioral sciences for the greater good of mental health care. Mr. Chavez received a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to co-founding BehaviorMe, Mr. Chavez ran an experiential marketing startup and was project manager for two award winning design and build creative agencies based out of New York City. Mr. Chavez instills creative thinking and business processes in an attempt to recognize scalable and sustainable opportunities across all fields of thought, industry, and populations.

Chris Medina

Chris Medina is a co-founder of BehaviorMe, where he serves as Chief Financial Officer and giver of quiet moral support. He was born and raised in Miami, FL where he studied at Florida International University, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Criminal Justice in 2014. In January of 2015, Chris entered the M.S. in Entrepreneurship (MSE) program at the University of Florida, where he co-founded BehaviorMe, served as Chairman of Gator Innovators (UF student government agency), and graduated in May of 2016. BehaviorMe develops virtual reality simulations for behavior analysts to teach basic life skill acquisition in their clinics.

Annie Escalante

Ana “Annie” Escalante is a BCBA with a BS in Psychology and a MS in Counseling and Behavior Analysis. Born and raised in sunny South Florida, she has experience working in clinical settings, in-home therapies, IDTs, and group homes. Her interests include disseminating behavior analysis in and out of the field, applying behavior analysis principles to everyday concerns and collaborating with other professionals to create new and exciting content. In her endeavor to disseminate ABA, she co-founded BehaviorMe, a mission driven startup, who is determined to meld technologies, such as virtual reality and behavior analysis, to help with a wide variety of behaviors.

Andrea Villegas

Andrea Villegas is a graduate student at the University of Florida where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Behavior Analysis, focusing on health behavior change, under the mentorship of Dr. Jesse Dallery. She received her B.S. in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Florida, during which she gained experience addressing severe problem behavior in research and clinical settings, primarily with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Andrea is also co-founder of BehaviorMe, a start-up dedicated to expanding the field of behavior analysis using cutting-edge technology.

Tracks: Behavior Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Technology




Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: RYANO, LLC

Bio: Ryan O'Donnell hails from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada . He likes his climate like he likes his data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. He is a master of science; that is, he has a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however he has since grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. He has used this degree to work with a lot of great people to help organizations and families in Florida and Nevada that support people with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently he leads product development and distribution for High Sierra Industries as a Learning Systems Development Specialist. His focus outside this role is on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. His interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do ( In his spare time you can find him consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with his camera in his hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with him on most all social platforms via TheRyanoDotCom and let him know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.

Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

The Next Gen Collaborative consists of RYANO, LLC and BehaviorMe, Inc.  Each fueled by behavioral science, technology, entrepreneurship and doers with the aim of creating transparency of behavior analytic technologies and a platform for interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems.

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