Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

 

Daniel Conine: Danny received his B.A. from Denison University in 2008, and his M.S. from the University of Florida in 2017. Danny has been certified as a BCaBA since 2012, and as a BCBA since 2018. He has provided ABA services to children with autism and their families in various capacities, in home-based and center-based settings focusing on early intervention and skill development, the treatment of severe problem behavior, and caregiver training. His current research interests include verbal behavior, the evaluation of early intervention procedures for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and strategies that promote generalization, maintenance, and the emergence of untrained operants.
Meghan Deshais: Meghan received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Meghan served as a Research Coordinator for Dr. SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA-D at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her research interests include the evaluation of instructional practices used to teach early learner skills to children with developmental or intellectual disabilities as well as the assessment of problem behavior.
Emma Grauerholz-Fisher: Emma received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 2013 and her Master’s degree from the University of Florida in 2017. Her research interests include the application of behavior analysis to the behavior of organizations (OBM).
Faris Kronfli: Faris received his M.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014. Prior to entering the master’s program, he participated in Dr. John Borrero’s human operant laboratory where he collaborated on research related to the matching law. During the master’s program, Faris focused on the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior among children and adolescents within the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Unit, and as a research assistant in Dr. Iser DeLeon’s laboratory. His current research interests include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior with at-risk youth.
Sam Morris: Sam Morris received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and his BCaBA certification in 2016. Before beginning graduate school at UF he worked as a behavior therapist at the Florida Autism Center here in Gainesville. Sam’s main research interests are in evaluating reinforcer efficacy, more specifically the efficacy of social reinforcers for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Brandon Perez: Brandon received his B.S. from the University of Florida in 2013. After graduating, he worked for the Florida Autism Center in Gainesville, FL as the Assistant Clinical Director, working on skill acquisition and reduction in problematic behavior with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Brandon’s research interests include severe problematic behavior, toilet training, and stereotypic behavior.
Eliana Pizarro: Eliana received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and her M.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the advisement of Dr. John Borrero, Ph.D., BCBA-D. While in Baltimore, she worked as a Clinical Specialist II on the Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her current research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior.
Crystal Slanzi: Crystal received her B.Sc from the University of Victoria. She completed her graduate coursework in behavior analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She became a BCaBA in 2003 and a BCBA in 2008. Crystal has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in addition to teaching and supervising independent fieldwork in Canada, Italy and the United States. Her research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior and procedures to improve the efficiency of skills acquisition with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Jonathan Fernand: Jonathan Fernand received his M.A. from the California State University, Sacramento under the mentorship of Dr. Becky Penrod in 2012 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Vollmer in 2017. Jonathan has served as a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavior & Philosophy, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has also published and coauthored several papers in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Behavior Modification pertaining to a range of topics including his biggest passion, the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders.
  Vivian Ibanez: Vivian received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County under the supervision of Dr. Carrie Borrero while working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. She continued to specialize in the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and earned a doctorate in applied behavior analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center under the advisement of Dr. Cathleen Piazza. During her time as a doctoral student, she served as a feeding therapist and case manager in the intensive day-treatment and outpatient programs of the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. Her clinical research continues to focus on the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and on factors that influence generalization and maintenance of feeding intervention outcomes.
Kerri Peters: Kerri P. Peters received her Masters degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2013. She is currently the Clinical and Research Director of the University of Florida Behavior Analysis Research Clinic and Consultative Services and as such, she has been contracted as the Clinical Director of the Florida Autism Center. Her primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in the areas of developmental disabilities and autism, the effects of positive reinforcement, and parenting. Dr. Peters was the recipient of the Henry C. and Audrey S. Schumacher Fellowship demonstrating outstanding scientific promise, as reflected in the excellence of her dissertation project.