School of Behavior Analysis

Faculty Profiles

The behavior analysis faculty at Florida Tech are dedicated and productive researchers and practitioners with a commitment to developing the field of behavior analysis and training the next generation of behavior analytic researchers and practitioners. All of our core faculty are Board Certified Behavior Analysts®.

Beaulieu, Lauren, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Beaulieu, Lauren, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor of Behavior Analysis

Dr. Beaulie will be based at our main campus and will work across all School of Behavior Analysis programs. Her duties will include a leadership role in academic effectiveness and compliance with accreditation standards.

Dr. Beaulieu earn her MS in ABA from Florida Institute of Technology, completed a post-master's internship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Kennedy Krieger Institute, and earned her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University.

Dr. Beaulieu comes to us from Regis College in Weston, MA, where she founded and directed their M.S. program in Applied Behavior Analysis for the past five years. Prior to that she had a faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's ABA program.

Dr. Beaulieu has been a practitioner and researcher in behavior analysis for more than 15 years across a variety of settings including preschools, grade schools, clients' homes, residential psychiatric hospitals, and group homes with individuals diagnosed with and without disabilities. She conducts research on improving compliance with young children and training parents to implement behavior analytic procedures. Lauren is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Blakely, Eb Ph.D. BCBA-D

Blakely, Eb Ph.D. BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Elbert Blakely received a Ph.D. in 1988 from Western Michigan in Psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, behavioral pharmacology, experimental analysis of behavior, organizational behavior management, and database design. Dr. Blakely has co-authored 25 articles and one book. The articles address research questions in the experimental analysis of behavior, conceptual issues, and behavioral pharmacology. He is an Assistant Professor at FIT and teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, radical behaviorism, and behavioral pharmacology.

Dr. Blakely also serves as Vice President of Behavioral Services for Quest, Inc. Here, he oversees the delivery of behavioral supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Blakely also provides a company-wide outcomes management system that monitors operational and clinical outcomes for Quest, Inc.

Brewer, Adam, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Brewer, Adam, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Dr. Brewer came to Florida Institute of Technology from Texas Tech University where he completed a post-doctoral experience at the Burkhart Center for Autism and also served as a visiting assistant professor of special education and applied behavior analysis. During his graduate work at the University of Kansas, he conducted translational research using both animal models and humans with intellectual disabilities and autism to better understand/treat the effects of aversive transitions on maladaptive behavior such as self-injury. During his postdoc at the Burkhart Center for Autism, he pursued translational research with individuals with autism on such topics as response persistence, and “insistence on sameness,” and also collaborated on several neuroimaging studies examining the neural correlates of reinforcement processes in autism and decision-making in typically-developing individuals. During his postdoc, he also developed clinical skills in autism, where he worked in an early intensive behavioral intervention classroom and taught social skills to adolescents. His current research interests are the assessment and treatment of transition-related problem behavior and fears/phobias. He is also interested in the behavioral economics of impulsive and risky decision-making.

Chong, Ivy M., PhD, BCBA-D, PY 8214

Chong, Ivy M., PhD, BCBA-D, PY 8214

Director of Autism Services & Training

Dr. Chong is the Director of Autism Services and Training at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and Assistant Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in behavior analysis under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Carr at Western Michigan University. Chong has specialized in the assessment and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities for close to 20 years, has extensive experience with center-based, home-based, and hospital based treatment programs for children with ASD’s.

Dr. Chong is a board certified behavior analyst and licensed psychologist. Professional interests include diagnosis and evaluation of autism, linking assessment to treatment, and development of training systems/ programs.

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Gravina, Nicole, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Gravina, Nicole, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicole Gravina is an expert in behavioral science and using behavior-based techniques to create positive change in organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Institute of Technology, she worked in the applied sector consulting with businesses in a variety of industries helping leaders to improve safety, performance, and engagement. Her research is focused on interventions to improve leadership behaviors, safety, employee performance, and self-management. Nicole has delivered presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses at national and international conferences and published numerous research articles. She earned her PhD from Western Michigan University and completed a research fellowship at Liberty Mutual Safety Research Institute.

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Harvey, A. Celeste, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Harvey, A. Celeste, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Dr. A. Celeste Harvey has been working with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities for over 20 years, and has worked in a variety of settings, including supported living homes, supported employment, sheltered workshops, schools, developmental centers for individuals with ID, and EIBI programs. She previously served as the Director of Behavior Services for a 40-county region of Tennessee, working to deinstitutionalize individuals with ID. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, in the Applied Behavior Analysis program. Recent research projects include: (1) skill acquisition in elders with dementia, (2) functional analyses with individuals with dementia, (3) video self-modeling to teach communication and social skills to children and adults with Autism, (4) teaching verbal behavior to children in EIBI, and (5) preference assessment methods in individuals with and without disabilities.

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Kelley, Michael, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Kelley, Michael, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Professor and Executive Director of Scott Center for Autism Treatment

Dr. Kelley received his doctorate in School Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University in 2003. Dr. Kelley has held faculty positions at Marcus Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME, and The Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. His research interests include assessment and intervention for severe behavioral disorders, pediatric feeding disorders, the symptoms of autism, and treatment relapse. Dr. Kelley has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and has served as Associate Editor for JABA. He has also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for several federally funded grants.

Krebs, Christopher A., Ph.D, BCBA-D

Dr. Krebs came to Florida Institute of Technology from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston where he was a T32 post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Addiction Research. Here, he worked in a translational neuroscience lab with a team of scientists and clinicians in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary setting to advance understanding, prevention, and reinstatement of socially significant behavior problems such as drug abuse and relapse. The majority of his work here focused on elucidating some of the neurochemical and behavioral regulators of impulsivity, a behavioral risk factor and contributor to relapse and addiction; several of his findings were presented at national conferences in both oral and poster format. During his graduate work at West Virginia University he received specialized training in the experimental analysis of behavior and behavioral pharmacology while working to identify environmental drivers of impulsive choice and drug tolerance. This work led to 5 peer-reviewed publication; these findings were also presented at both national and international meetings. In addition, he was the primary instructor for several undergraduate psychology courses including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Human Development.

He also served as the 2011 West Virginia University student representative for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. In addition to the above activities, he served as a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at West Virginia University. Here, he worked at the Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities to deliver, train, and supervise undergraduates in intense, one-on-one discrete trial training with naturalistic and incidental teaching to children, aged 2-6, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Krebs research interests are varied, but he is especially interested in research examining the behavioral economics of choice and building lines of translational work bridging the gap between basic and applied behavior analysis. Some other research interests also include the treatment of problem behavior, weight and exercise management, and evaluation of didactic teaching methods just to name a few.

Martinez-Diaz, Jose, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Martinez-Diaz, Jose, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Professor and Associate Dean of School of Behavior Analysis

Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz is professor and Associate Dean of the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, which he founded. In addition, Jose is CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc. and an adjunct professor at Penn State's Department of Special Education. He is a Senior Consultant for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and serves as a member Florida’s Behavior Analysis Peer Review Committee. Jose was an officer and board member of the BACB for seven years. Jose is a past president of the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis and received its Charles H. Cox Award for Outstanding Service and Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida in 2005.

Jose earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis and therapy, from West Virginia University. His publications include a chapter on ethics in Cooper, Heron, and Heward, Applied Behavior Analysis (Second Edition) and an article on autism spectrum Disorders in the National Health Review. His principal areas of interest are professional issues, OBM in academic institutions, instructional design and technology, and the conceptual analysis of behavior.

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Nicholson, Catherine, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Katie Nicholson received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her interests in behavior analysis include the conceptual analysis of behavior, assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities, staff training and performance management, systems analysis in human services settings, and social justice and persuasion. She has developed lines of research in teaching verbal operants, tacting private events, efficiency of various trial arrangement procedures, use of technology to train staff, and building rapport with children. Dr. Nicholson has over 15 years of clinical experience in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) for individuals with autism and other disorders (age 1-87) across a wide variety of settings (public school, private school, university-based clinic, hospital, community, home).

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Podlesnik, Chris, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Podlesnik, Chris, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor

Chris received his BA in psychology from West Virginia University, his Master’s and PhD in psychology from Utah State University, and gained postdoctoral research experience in behavioral pharmacology at The University of Michigan. He was a faculty member at The University of Auckland in New Zealand and still holds a position of Honorary Academic there. His research interests mainly involve understanding the role of fundamental learning processes in behavioral persistence and relapse, with an emphasis on translational research. His clinical research interests are in understanding the behavioral processes involved in the maintenance and treatment of severe problem behavior. Chris is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He also is program chair and president-elect of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, board member of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and received both the 2011 B.F. Skinner Early Career Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and the 2016 Federation of Associations in Behavior and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award for the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

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Szabo, Tom Ph.D., BCBA-D

Szabo, Tom Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor & Site Director

Dr. Szabo completed his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he participated in the research labs of W. Larry Willams and Steven C. Hayes. His current research interests include a) relational frame theory applied to the development of complex verbal repertoires in children with autism and b) behavioral flexibility training with a variety of populations such as parents, children, organizational leaders, fitness trainees, and therapists in developing nations.

Weatherly, Nicholas, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Weatherly, Nicholas, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor & Chair of Hybrid M.A. Program

Dr. Nicholas Weatherly is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis and chair of the Master of Arts program in Professional Behavior Analysis. He is based at our main campus and oversees programs across the USA and our new site in Abu-Dhabi. He came to FIT from Aubrey Daniels International where he led their instructional systems projects and consulted in numerous areas of business and industry including manufacturing, energy, banking, health insurance, and clinical services. He earned his MA and PhD in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Weatherly's expertise is in developing and providing efficient training and leadership solutions designed to maximize performance and create sustainable impact. He has held advisory roles and served on the board of directors for a number of professional associations, advocacy groups and service facilities, including one of the first behavior analyst licensing boards. Most recently he has served as the President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Past-President of the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis, and works on various ethics committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. His research centers on developing sustainable business solutions that maximize training initiatives and strategically integrate organizational assessments and internal coaching systems.

Webbe, Frank, Ph.D.

Webbe, Frank, Ph.D.

Professor

Frank Webbe earned his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida and was on the faculty of the University of Mississippi before joining the Florida Institute of Technology, where he is professor of psychology. The Research Director at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, Dr. Webbe has studied standard and computerized methods of early assessment of Alzheimer's disease, and also Applied Behavior Analysis interventions with family caregivers and Alzheimer patients. Through the Florida Tech Sport-Related Concussion Project he has studied the risk factors for concussion in sport, as well best practices for assessing and managing concussion. Dr. Webbe teaches courses in Physiological Psychology, Learning and Motivation, and Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior.

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, chairman of the State of Florida's Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee, and chair-elect of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment. He is a former president of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Webbe is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Florida Tech, and is the president-elect of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.

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Wilder, David, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Wilder, David, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Professor and Chair of On-Campus Behavior Analysis Programs

Dr. Wilder received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Kennedy Krieger Institute. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of behavior problems, skill acquisition, and organizational behavior management. He has published over 75 articles and book chapters, currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. He also serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Interventions and Education and Treatment of Children. Dr. Wilder has worked and consulted in hospitals, schools, clinics, business, and home settings. He teaches graduate courses in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management.

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Wine, Byron, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Wine, Byron, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wine earned his B.A. in psychology and M. S. in applied behavior analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. He then received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Temple University. Dr. Wine's experience is primarily with adults with developmental disabilities, curriculum development, and managing employees. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst he spent several years working as a behavior analyst and then as a senior behavior analyst in residential facilities. He has also developed training curricula and employee incentive plans for organizations both as a consultant and as an internal employee.

Dr. Wine's research interests primarily include topics related to Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). He is also interested in spreading behavior analysis to underserved populations outside of developmental disabilities.

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