Intersectionality in ABA Panel with Shaneeria Persaud, BCBA, Camille Morgan, BCBA, and Guests

Shaneeria Persaud, BCBA, & Camille Morgan BCBA

Breaking Barriers, Building Understanding: Outlining the Road to becoming a Culturally Responsible and Humble Practitioner

Behavior Analysts from different intersectional and marginalized groups join together at a round table to discuss their experiences within the field of ABA, and collaborate with audience members to identify practical everyday practices to be culturally responsive practitioners.

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome a diverse panel of BCBA’s for a Roundtable Discussion on intersectionality in Behavior Analysis! This presentation will begin with panelist responses to a selection of pre-submitted questions from the audience, followed by a live Q&A session for further discussion.

This event will be recorded for later viewing in case you register but are unable to join in live.

About the Presenters

Camille Morgan, BCBA

My pronouns are she/her. I reside in Honolulu, HI by way of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan with my fiancé. I am a Black, lesbian, cisgender woman. I say this because each of my identities shows up in my work every single day, and it is important to me to show others that may identify with any of my identities that they too can do great things as they live out loud in various ways. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University where I studied Psychology and Gender & Women’s studies. After graduating, I began my journey into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I earned my master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University where I studied Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduating, I continued my studies, and I am now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) working with scholars with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and advocating for racial and social justice. I currently work as a school-based behavior analyst and I am a remote supervisor for ABA students through ReadySetABA. I have a few special interests in the field of ABA, including race, diversity, culture, and inclusion training, severe problem behaviors (i.e., aggressions and self-injurious behaviors), and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). I am a 14-year ovarian cancer survivor, so my work also includes spreading awareness about the “silent killer”. In my free time, I binge watch teenie-bopper shows on Netflix (Riverdale and The Originals are my faves), hike scary looking trails here on Oahu, and online shop as a mode of therapy.

Shaneeria Persaud, BCBA is a Black and Guyanese Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Florida and a UWF alum. She has been in the field for eight years and specializes in child and adolescent behaviors. She serves as a Behavior Specialist within a school district in Florida, and is the President of United Behavior Analysis, Inc. a company who specializes in proving remote supervision to trainees of the field and professional development that is behavior analytic in nature. She enjoys spending time with family, motivating others, and cooking.

Joy Johnson, BCBA

I am a Behavior Analyst, Inclusion Specialist, and Autism Advocate who partners with organizations, individuals, and families to improve the lives of  Autistic people. After spending years working in clinical settings, non-profits, and schools, my experience enables me to truly serve  and represent autism community members in various contexts. I hold a Masters in education, a Masters in psychology with a specialization in ABA, and I am currently a PhD  student .

In addition to my extensive education and  professional experiences, I have a great deal personal experience. I am Autistic  myself, which provides me with a unique perspective, knowledge, and source of passion.

Darren Aitchison, BCBA is currently the Director of Training and Innovation at the Restorative Justice Alliance International.  He is also a doctoral student at National-Louis University in Chicago, Il (USA) in the Disability and Equity in Education program.  He is credited with the first-ever published work on the use of behavior analysis to study and improve restorative practices, and also the first single-subject analysis of a restorative program. He is one of the first-ever to suggest the use of mindfulness, ACT principles, and cognitive flexibility to improve and influence outcomes of restorative practices. He studied under and continues to be mentored by the legendary Dr. Ron Claassen, from the Center for Conflict & Peacemaking Studies at Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, CA, USA), one of the early pioneers of restorative justice science along with Dr. Howard Zehr, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on victim-offender mediations and school-based restorative justice programs. Darren is a certified teacher, administrator, behavior analyst, and school restorative justice trainer.  He continues to research how ACT can influence the outcomes of victim-offender mediations, as well as how relational frame theory can be used to study and promote cultural diversity and equity.

Katelyn E. Kendrick is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is currently the Clinical Supervisor of two Early-Intensive Behavioral Intervention clinics in the north Denver-Metro area. She has worked in education since 2009, and specifically, behavior analysis since 2013. In 2015, she received a BA in History, with a concentration in United States history. She subsequently received her master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Behavior Analysis, from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology. For over 10 years, she has worked with a variety of diverse families, providing home, clinic, and community-based intervention services for individuals on the autism spectrum and a wide variety of other diagnoses. She frequently provides ACT-based parent training and has presented professionally on topics such as Decolonization and the ACT Framework, Behavior Analysis and ACT, and cultural competence in Behavior Analysis. Outside of behavior analysis, ACT, and RFT, Katelyn enjoys musical theatre, advocacy work, genealogy, talk radio, cooking, and radical politics.

Shawn Thomas Capell, MS., BCBA, LBA holds a Master of Science degree in psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is currently working towards a Ph.D. within the same field. In addition to his current full-time position Mr. Capell is the Owner and Executive Director of Covenant 15:16 LLC, an agency with the mission to ensure all families, regardless of socioeconomic status receive the highest quality ABA care possible. Mr. Capell’s clinical and research interests include parent/staff training, multicultural and diversity issues within the field of ABA, and physical aggression within adult learners. With a love and passion for the field of ABA Mr. Capell has adopted as his personal/professional mission to increase the presence and impact of minority professionals within the field of ABA.
Dr. Capell was unable to attend this event due to weather-related events.

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA (they/them pronouns) is a researcher and educator at Upswing Advocates and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Precision ABA. For the past several years, Worner has also served as a sex educator with a focus on expanding affirming sexual education, consent and assent education, body autonomy education, and harm reduction in behavior analysis. Worner is also a Past President and the current Research and Dissemination Liaison of the ABAI Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG.

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Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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