Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Associates

 

Janelle received her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2015 and her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2017. Since entering the field of behavior analysis in 2013, her clinical experience has included working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, community, and clinic setting. Her main research interests involve evaluating staff preference for different training procedures, efficient staff training models, and the assessment of effective teaching procedures for children with ASD.
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.
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.
Lindsay Lloveras: Lindsay received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2015. She then obtained her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Jason Bourret in 2018. While completing the requirements for the master’s program, Lindsay worked on the Intensive Treatment Team at the New England Center for Children. Her focuses during the master’s program included assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, mathematical modeling, and translational models of effort.
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, 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 ASSOCIATES​

 

  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. She currently serves on the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis board as a Member-at-Large and is also a board member of the Bnai Israel Day School.

Recent Awards

  • Faris Kronfli, 2018. B.F. Skinner Graduate Research Award. Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.
  • Cindy Cahill, Daniel Conine, and Timothy Vollmer, 2018. Best Overall – Poster Award. Florida Association for Behavior Analysis..
  • Brandon Colvin, Samuel Morris, and Timothy Vollmer, 2018. Best Experimental Analysis – Poster Award. Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.
  • Eliana Pizarro, 2018. O. Ruth McQuown Graduate Research Award. University of Florida.