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, PhD, BCBA
Dr. Yulema Cruz received a PhD in Education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral with over 20 years of experience in the field. Dr. Cruz is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Rutgers University. Her academic interests include ethics and supervision in ABA. She also teaches ABA courses in Spanish. Dr. Cruz is an ABA consultant, supervisor, speaker, and author. She works in the development of supervision systems and the dissemination of ABA to other countries and languages. Dr. Cruz was elected to serve on the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis’ (FABA) board for over 6 years, holding the positions of Member-At-Large, President, and co-chair of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee. She co-authored The Supervision Handbook: A Guide to Quality Fieldwork Experience and The Consulting Supervisor Handbook: Helping Newly Certified BCBAs Navigate Supervision, among other publications. Dr. Cruz has also presented over 40 talks at regional and national conferences. As an ethics hotline consultant, Dr. Cruz provides advice in the area of ethics in supervision.
Michele Silcox, CPMA, CMRS
Michele Silcox, with her 25-year career in accounting, quickly learned that the basic principles of Accounting apply across all industries. She developed a keen sense of controls, checks, and balances and was able to successfully manage large teams of accounting staff in meeting and 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 she has worked with. For the last decade, Michele has focused her career on ABA Therapy billing and insurance funding sources, founding ABA Therapy Billing and Insurance Services and MKS Consulting, LLC, nationally recognized Autism Services billing, consulting, credentialing, and auditing companies, supporting the provider just starting out through the large ABA agency ﬂourishing with multiple providers, clients, and funding sources. Additionally, her software background puts her in a position to help providers maximize the use of the practice management software they have chosen. As a Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor, she can provide an in-depth risk assessment 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. Michele is coauthor of Revenue Cycle Management for ABA Therapy.
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.
HUGH J. EIGHMIE II, Attorney
Hugh J. Eighmie II has been practicing law for 27 years. He is the founding member of the EIGHMIE LAW FIRM, P.A. located in Port St. Lucie, Florida where he practices civil trial law.
Hugh graduated Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. Hugh then went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Thomas Cooley Law School located in Lansing, Michigan. While in law school, Hugh was an assistant editor for case notes for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.
After law school, Hugh was commissioned in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate. Hugh served with distinction as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for the United State Marine Corps while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
After Hugh’s military service, Hugh entered into private practice focusing on civil trial law including personal injury, family law and probate.
Hugh is the past president of the St. Lucie County Bar Association, and has served on several boards of directors.
Hugh is licensed to practice law in Florida and North Carolina. He is also licensed for the U.S. Federal District Courts in South Florida and Mid-district of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Veterans’ Court, U.S. Court of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hugh has strived to assist ABA clients in the past through pro bono work with the Florida Rural Legal Services (Legal Aid). As well as work with Helping People Succeed, Inc. and children’s foster care for the Treasure Coast of Florida.
Rosemary A. Condillac, PhD, C.Psych. BCBA-D
Rosemary Condillac is an Associate Professor and incoming Department Chair and Graduate Program Director in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, which houses the largest ABA graduate program in Canada. She also serves as the ABAI VCS coordinator for the BCBA course sequences embedded in their ABA Master’s Degree Programs. Dr. Condillac conducts research in ABA, supervises her graduate students’ research, and teaches ABA ethics and professional conduct at the graduate level. Dr. Condillac has worked in the fields of Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and ABA for over 30 years in different roles including direct care professional, behaviour analyst, researcher, psychologist, and professor. She received her PhD in School and Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2002. She is a Past President of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). She remains an active member of the ONTABA Advisory Committee, is Lead on Professional Regulation on their Education and Advancement Committee; and is contributing to their government funded project to develop Ethics and Jurisprudence training materials. Dr. Condillac has authored the, “What would you do?” ethics advice column for The ONTABA Analyst newsletter since 2017, answering questions and responding to pertinent shifts in policy and practice in Ontario, Canada.
Chris McGinnis, PhD, BCBA-D
Chris McGinnis, PhD, BCBA-D is a Florida-based licensed psychologist in private practice (email@example.com). He practices behavioral pediatrics with emphases in pediatric sleep health, behavioral compliance, anxiety disorders, and behavioral parent and educator training and consultation. Dr. McGinnis has over 25 years of experience in the field and has worked to popularize non-psychopathological, behavior-analytic theoretical and procedural models of understanding why children do what they do and what we may do to help them find more success. He has served as a postdoctoral fellowship trainer and as a Boys Town outpatient clinic director and continues to offer mentorship experiences for undergraduate ABA students. His areas of expertise include the business of private practice, behavioral pediatrics, and collaboration with community professionals.
Terri Wright, M.ED., BCBA
Terri Wright is the Coordinator of Behavior Services for Mesa Public Schools, which is the largest school district in Arizona. In this role she leads a team of BCBAs and instructional assistants in applications of Applied Behavior Analysis within the school setting. She also serves as an Academic Associate with Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, in the online graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in Special Education from Arizona State University. She is an experienced teacher, with 18 years of classroom experience, both as a general educator and special educator, and holds Arizona teacher certification in elementary education, special education, and middle school math. Terri’s areas of interest include ethical practices within the school setting, BCBA supervision in the school setting, and training teachers on implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Loren Eighmie, MS, BCBA, LBA
Loren Eighmie works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently provides services for children in their homes, schools, and community, while also providing supervision for RBTs and graduate student trainees. Loren received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and received her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a major in Behavior Analysis from FSU in 2020. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked as a RBT at an ABA agency in Tallahassee, FL. and worked full time for one year prior to graduate school; she continued practicing as an RBT while accruing hours to sit for the BCBA exam and maintained her RBT credential for the next four years. At Florida State, Loren consulted on the first RBT Ethics book with Dr. Bailey and continues to provide input on the daily service requirements of behavior analysts for his writing projects. Loren’s interests include supervising RBTs and graduate students, maintaining ethical practice for RBTs, as well as teaching and mentoring graduate students in best ethical practices.
Christen Russell, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Christen Russell is the founder and Executive Director of Affecting Behavior Change (ABC). She founded ABC from her passion and commitment to education, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, ethical behavior and decision-making, and behavior analysis. Through continual personal and professional growth, Christen’s mission is to help systematically fill the gaps in areas of continuing education, professional development, and research. In addition to direct service in educational and organizational settings, Christen has been actively involved in the field of behavior analysis through academic instruction, training and supervision of staff, as well as the design and dissemination of applied research. Christen holds adjunct faculty positions teaching masters and doctoral level students at Endicott College and Capella University. Christen received her PhD. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College, an M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. Christen received the Exceptional Contribution to DEI Initiatives award from Endicott College’s Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.
Zachary Stevens, MS, LBA, BCBA
Zachary “Zack” Stevens is the owner and Clinical Director of Practical Behavior Analysis, LLC (PBA), a small ABA business located in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Science degree in Psychology and a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Zack oversees a team of 25 Board Certified Behavior Analysts and 10 Registered Behavior Technicians. He currently acts as the Committee Chair for two Human Rights Committees and assists colleagues with ethical concerns and questions on behavior analysis. Zack’s experience in serving diverse populations and observing inequities in service quality has developed into a true passion for expanding the understanding and practice of ethics and professionalism in ABA.