President: Erick M. Dubuque, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Erick Dubuque is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dubuque also serves as the Accreditation Administrator for the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board (BAAB). Prior to his work at the University of Louisville, Dr. Dubuque served as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for Spalding University’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program. He earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 under the advisement of Linda J. Hayes, Ph.D. Dr. Dubuque is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya) and is the President of the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. As an active member of the behavior analytic community, Dr. Dubuque has served as the Student Representative to the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and on the organization’s Education Board. He is past Academic Coordinator for the Jordan University of Science and Technology Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Health Analysis, the first graduate degree program in behavior analysis founded in the Middle East. Dr. Dubuque’s scholarly interests extend across the philosophical, experimental, applied, and professional domains in behavior science. A general theme across all of his interests is the understanding of technology and complex human behaviors, especially as they relate to the topics of education and social justice. Dr. Dubuque is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Past President: Brandon Franklin, M.S., BCBA, LBA
President-Elect: Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Robert Pennington PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Special Education. He is a co-director of UofL’s programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis, served as a past director of the Kentucky Autism Training, and is a past president of the American Council on Rural Special Education. He has over 25 years of experience implementing behavior analytic practices with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010, and has had accepted for publication over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability. Robert is passionate about the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided well over 200 refereed and invited presentations to practitioners, parents, and researchers. He currently sits on seven journal editorial boards and on multiple advisory panels and committees including Governor’s Advisory Council on ASD, Jefferson County Public Schools ECE advisory board, and Kentucky Peer Support Network. He also has served on the KYABA executive committee since 2013. His current research interests involve behavior analytic communication instruction and developing high quality programs for students with significant intellectual disabilities.
Representative: Molly L. Dubuque, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Molly L. Dubuque received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her M.A. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) from UNR in 2008. Molly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed Behavior Analyst, and is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, the Nevada Association of Behavior Analysis, and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. Molly has over 15 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities in the United States and overseas. Molly has worked as an assistant director for a day treatment and habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities and has held various positions in the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program. She has taught master’s level classes at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, the first behavior analysis program in the Middle East, and developed behavioral programming for Jordanian children at the Autism Academy of Jordan. As a Behavior Analyst with Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, she provided consultation to parents and teachers of children with and without disabilities, conducted teacher and parent trainings, and managed home-based EIBI services for young children with Autism. Molly currently works as a Behavior Analyst at the University of Louisville Autism Center and serves as the Practicum Director in the University’s M.Ed. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Program. She serves as a representative to the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA) and is an active member of Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).
Representative: Lauren Elliott, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Lauren Elliott received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University, where she was awarded the Egan Graduate Award, in 2013. Lauren has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2003 at various ABA centers in Washington, DC, New York City, Florida, and Kentucky. Currently she serves as the Program Director for the Bluegrass Center for Autism MidCity campus. Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and related disorders as well as experience supervising graduate students, BCaBAs, and RBTs. Lauren is honored and excited to serve as a representative to the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis.
Representative: Becky L. Nastally, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Becky L. Nastally, owner of Bloom Behavior Therapy in Paducah, is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Kentucky. Since relocating here in 2010 she has worked diligently to advocate for greater proliferation of applied behavior analytic services in the western part of the state. As a business owner she has been at the forefront of securing increased sources of funding for ABA, including Kentucky Medicaid and the private insurance market. Dr. Nastally has collaborated with school districts, community foundations, local medical providers, and other human service organizations to increase awareness of behavior analysis and its important application to children with autism spectrum disorders. She brings to the table close to 15 years of experience working with children with ASD and their families, practicing in several different states and positions. She served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University from 2010 to 2013 where she received the honor of non-tenure track (NTT) teacher of the year. She received her M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) from Southern Illinois University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University. Her current interests lie in early and intensive behavioral intervention for autism and she also has several years of research experience in the field of behavioral addiction. She has authored 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and 26 professional presentations in the field of applied behavior analysis. She has served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Focus on Autism and Other Disabilities, Analysis of Gambling Behavior, and The Psychological Record.
Student Representative: Amy Hall, M.Ed.
Amy Hall received a B.S. in Special Education from Murray State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Louisville in Teacher Leadership with a concentration in Learning and Behavior Disorders. Recently, she finished her ABA and Autism certificate and is looking forward to completing supervision hours and sitting for boards within the year. Currently, she is enrolled in the Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction program at U of L where she has a focus on classroom interventions for individuals with EBD. Amy is a Special Education teacher at a middle school in Jefferson Country Public Schools where she works mostly with adolescents who exhibit severe problem behaviors. At her school she also serves as the step team coach, ECE department chair, KTIP mentor, and PBIS team lead. She recently accepted the position of president for the Behavior Analysis Student Association of Louisville (BASAL.) Amy is excited to be a part of KYABA and is honored to serve as the student representative for the upcoming year.
Director of Operations: Cody Carraro, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Cody received his Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Kentucky. He is a member of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA). Cody currently works as a Clinical Supervisor for Clinical Behavior Analysis in Louisville, KY. There he works with a range of adults, children, and families, as well as providing supervision to fellow Behavior Analysts.