|SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Sung Woo Kahng is an associate professor in the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri and the Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He was recently appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also served on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors forBehavioral Intervention and has served as an ad hocreviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Missouri. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been invited to present at regional, national and international events, as well as to consult for numerous organizations. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging.
Jennifer McComas, Ph.D
Jennifer McComas is Professor of Special Education at the University of Minnesota. Dr. McComas was a special education teacher for students, grades 7-12, with high-incidence disabilities in rural Iowa before completing her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. She went on to complete her post-doctoral training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania and taught in the Psychology Department at the City University of New York and Queens College before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1999.
Dr. McComas holds the Rodney S. Wallace Professorship for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is head of the teacher licensure program in Emotional Behavior Disorders at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she co-directs the Urban Indian Education Partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Public Schools, a partnership aimed at improving outcomes for American Indian Youth. Dr. McComas teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctorate-level courses in emotional/behavior disorders, principles of behavior, and functional analysis of challenging behavior in academic and community-based settings.
Dr. McComas conducts translational research pertaining to the influence of principles of behavior on challenging behavior and using those principles to affect meaningful changes in behavior. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. She is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Education, was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and continues to serve on the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, The Psychological Record, andEducation and Treatment of Children.
Stephanie Hood, Ph.D., BCBA
Stephanie A. Hood, PhD, BCBA, is an Assistant Professor in the Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis program at Briar Cliff University. She earned a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Psychology and Special Education at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. She earned a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Luczynski, she received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Her current research and practice includes teaching advanced conversation skills and evaluating the efficacy of treatments to decrease the resurgence of destructive behavior.
Kevin Luczynski, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Kevin Luczynski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Director for the recently initiated Virtual Care Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Luczynski worked as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute where the intensity of the clinical services improved his understanding of within-subject methodology, environmental determinants of behavior, and the value of working within a community of clinical experts. During this period, he also earned a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Dr. Luczynski earned his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University under the supervision of Dr. Gregory P. Hanley in 2011 and completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher in the same year.
Currently, he specializes in leveraging web-based technologies to provide parent training, early intervention services, and assessment and treatment of sleep disturbances to families who live in areas where there are few or no professionals trained in applied behavior analysis. This direction for expanding services in applied behavior analysis is supported, in part, by a grant from the Department of Defense because access to high-quality services is especially important to military families with a child with autism who tend to serve in remote areas. In 2013, Dr. Luczynski and colleagues partnered with Autism Action Partnership to leverage web-based technologies to provide teacher training and assist in designing and monitoring skill-acquisition and behavior-management programs to schools throughout Nebraska.
Nicole Rodriguez, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Nicole Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Coordinator of the Early Intervention program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She has received training at some of the top institutions in which behavior analysis is taught and applied, including Post-Baccalaureate training in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida, clinical and research training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, graduate training under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson at the University of Kansas and Western New England University, and post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher where she currently resides at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She has authored several book chapters and published peer-reviewed research studies in top journals in our field, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She also serves on the editorial board of JABA and as a co-investigator on an NIH-funded grant.
Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests are largely guided by her clinical work in early intervention and autism spectrum disorders. Much of her research is applied in that it has a direct clinical impact on the children and families who serve as participants. However, she is also interested in translational research that allows for a better understanding of the processes that underlie the efficacy of procedures. Topics of current research projects include: understanding and treating invariant responding in autism, addressing faulty stimulus control, establishing divergent and convergent control in verbal behavior, developing a procedure for evaluating the efficacy of token systems, and developing a model for training caregivers whose primary language is Spanish.
Corey Stocco, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Corey Stocco, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis program at Briar Cliff University. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson, he received his Ph.D. from Western New England University. Dr. Stocco is a board member of Iowa ABA and an editorial board member of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has published articles inThe Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, andJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. His current research and practice includes understanding and treating dishonesty, improving the on-topic conversation of individuals with autism, and teaching interview skills to college students.