Who We Are
Jon Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Bailey has been teaching ethics at FSU for nearly 20-years and answering questions online for nearly a decade. In that time he has responded to thousands of inquiries from behavior analysts, consumers and other professionals from all over the world. He has become known for his personal touch and individual attention to each question as it comes in. As a semiretired, emeritus professor he views helping others understand ethical solutions to difficult problems as his passion. Dr. Bailey has written three books on ethics and a fourth is on the way (they can be found in the Resources section of this website).
Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. Dr. Zane is the Past-President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. He has presented extensively on ethics at state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Zane is particularly interested in why some behavior analysts drift from the code, and the importance of adhering to choosing scientifically-supported treatments in clinical and educational work.
Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D
Mary Jane Weiss is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism and is a mentoring faculty member in the Doctoral program in ABA. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. She serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Board of Advisors for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and is a regular reviewer for a variety of professional journals. She is a frequent member of service committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, including many years of service on Disciplinary Review Committees and serving as the inaugural chair of the Code Compliance Committee for the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. Dr. Weiss authored the Ethics Corner column for APBA for over two years. She is a Past President of the Autism Special Interest. Group of ABAI, a former member of the Board of the APBA, and a former Board Vice President for Autism New Jersey.
Yulema Cruz, MS, BCBA
Yulema has been an ABA supervisor for almost a decade. In that time, she has supervised both undergraduate and graduate ABA students, as well as therapists. Yulema has also developed, conducted, and participated in research projects in the areas of academic supervision, and Autism. Additionally, Yulema has presented at state and national conferences on the areas of mentorship, supervision, sexual harassment, and communication. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Education at Nova Southeastern University. Her academic interests include ethics and supervision in ABA, the latter of which is the topic of her dissertation. Yulema is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the current President Elect of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA). She is also an adjunct instructor for Purdue University Global and Florida International University, where she teaches undergraduate courses in ABA. In addition, Yulema is an ABA consultant. In this role, she provides school consultations and parent trainings. Also, Yulema works in the development of supervision systems and the dissemination of ABA to other countries and languages, as an active participant of the FABA Multicultural Special Interest Group. As current President Elect for FABA, she co-chairs the Legislative and Public Policy Committee.
Michele Silcox, CMRS
Michele, with her 25+ year Accounting career, quickly learned that the basic principles of Accounting apply across all industries. She developed a keen sense of controls and successfully managed teams of accounting staff in exceeding goals for all levels of back ofﬁce functions. With her experience and desire to help others, she is a seasoned, natural leader and trainer for employees, executives, and colleagues. For the last 9+ years, Michele has focused her career in ABA administrative services, founding ABA Therapy Billing and Insurance Services, a nationally recognized Autism Services billing, consulting, and credentialing company as well as MKS Consulting LLC where she provides remote and on-site audit, training and education providing in-depth risk assessments for providers to support compliance and profitability of their practice. With tighter regulations on healthcare services, providers need to know when they are at risk for non-compliance and remain out of harm’s way of fraudulent activity. Helping providers find that peace of mind is her goal.
Devon Sundberg, MS, BCBA
Devon Sundberg is the CEO of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism and Director of the Women in Behavior Analysis annual conference. In leading these two projects, Devon has discovered the enjoyment of supporting her clients, employees, and colleagues in the field of behavior analysis. Through experiencing this field as a clinician, entrepreneur, business-owner, and administrator her strengths lie in providing information in the matters of insurance billing, service provision, recordkeeping and ethical dilemmas that arise within and across these areas. Devon Sundberg received her bachelors in psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, IN, and her masters in applied behavior analysis from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Devon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been practicing ABA as a behavior technician, parent trainer, clinical director, administrator and CEO for over 15 years. Devon and her husband, Dr. Carl Sundberg, opened the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) in 2009 and since then have experienced hundreds of client, family, and employee relationships. Devon served as the Conference Co-Chair in 2015 for the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis and was a founding board member of the trade association, Indiana Providers for Effective Autism Treatment.
Noor Syed, PhD, BCBA
Dr. Noor Syed is a Professor of Practice and the Clinical Director of Lehigh University Autism Services (LUAS), which opened in July 2018 within Lehigh University’s College of Education. In this role, Dr. Syed supervises BCBA candidates through an intensive practicum course and oversees programming for all clients served through LUAS. Prior to this role Dr. Syed was an Assistant Professor of Special Education with Manhattanville College, during which time she directed BCBA and New York State behavior analyst licensure approved coursework. Dr. Syed is a NYS certified general and special education teacher, birth through grade six, a BCBA-D, and a licensed behavior analyst in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. She has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities for over 10 years from early intervention through adulthood as teacher, Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), ABA therapist and supervisor, and subsequently an administrator. Dr. Syed received her B.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis with Dr. Raymond G. Romanczyk through the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University and completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in ABA with Dr. R. Douglas Greer at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Syed was appointed as a Top Tier International Discovery Fellow, inaugural class, with the Global Autism Project where she now serves as the Director of Partnerships. In this role, Dr. Syed has consulted with autism clinics around the world including in Uganda, Romania, and Indonesia.