“BACA is about connecting leaders and learners. We take great pride in the level of supervision that is provided by our clinical team.”-Dr.Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Carl Sundberg, Ph. D., BCBA-D, is the chief clinician and co-founder of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. He received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU. He has taught Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior at Ball State University. Dr. Sundberg has publications in The Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. He has also been a guest peer reviewer for JEAB and TAVB and is a past president of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA). Dr. Sundberg has over 30 years of experience using behavioral interventions to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He oversees the training of all the staff at BACA and consistently spends time with the clients. Eighty percent of his time is spent contributing to the training of staff and addressing specific client programs.
Troy Fry, M.S., BCBA
Troy Fry, M.S., BCBA, received his M.S. degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Troy has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in various settings across the US and Western Europe for the past 25 years. He is also the co-author of Essentials for Living with Dr. Patrick McGreevy.
Bob Ryan, M.S., BCBA
Bob began learning about ABA and practicing as a therapist at a residential treatment facility in Florida called Threshold when it was under the Clinical direction of Dr. Eb Blakley. Upon graduation with a B.A. in Psychology from UCF, (University of Central Florida), he became a Public school teacher at The Magnolia School in Orange County Florida and was the Chair of the Behavior Department at that school which consisted of 5 classrooms working with children with developmental delays and behavior issues. During this time, Dr. Pat McGreevy was his classroom consultant. He was recruited by Dr. Vincent Carbone to work as a Behavior Specialist for Osceola High school and quickly moved to a district level Behavior Analyst position for Osceola County Public Schools. He continued to work alongside Dr. Carbone as a behavior analyst for Osceola County public schools and they began to consult on VB programs across the state of Florida. He then became a District Behavior Analyst for St Lucy Schools in Florida. After about 3 years with St Lucy County, he became the Education and Training Director of the Jericho School in Jacksonville FL. During that time, he began the ABA program at Florida Institute of Technology graduating in 2007 with an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. He currently acts as a consultant to schools and families, co-instructs for FIT ABA on-line program, and works with Dr. Carl Sundberg at the BACA Center in Fishers Indiana focusing on the verbal behavior and academic repertoires of children diagnosed with Autism. Bob demonstrates expertise in the following areas: Discrete Trail Training (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Precision Teaching (PT), Direct Instruction (DI), Verbal Behavior (VB), and Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). Bob provides consultation services at BACA.
BACA’s staff have been intensively trained by:
Dr. Mark Sundberg, BCBA-D
Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. He is the author of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), and co-author of the original ABLLS and the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He has published over 50 professional papers and 4 book chapters. He is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, a past-chair of the Publication Board of ABAI, and has served on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation. Dr. Sundberg has given hundreds of conference presentations and workshops nationally and internationally, and taught 80 college and university courses on behavior analysis, verbal behavior, sign language, and child development. He is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience who consults for public and private schools that serve children with autism. His awards include the 2001 “Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award” from Western Michigan University, and the 2013 “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from ABAI’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group.
Dr. Pat McGreevy, BCBA-D
Dr. Patrick McGreevy is a BCBA with over 30 years of experience with children and adults of all ages with developmental disabilities. Dr. McGreevy received B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa and his Ph. D. in Education from Kansas University, where he was a student of Ogden R. Lindsley, who in turn, was a student of B.F. Skinner. He was a special education teacher for eight years and served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Louisiana State University, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English and nine journal articles, and is the founder of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting. For the past 30 years, he has served as a consultant to school districts, residential programs and private schools in North America and Western Europe. In 2000, he was among the first group of board certified behavior analysts. He is the first author of Essential for Living, a curriculum, assessment, skill-tracking instrument, and professional practitioner’s handbook for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. He is transitioning to retirement, but still a great contributor to BACA.
Dr. John Esch, BCBA-D
Dr. John Esch is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 30 years of experience as a psychologist, teacher, and consultant. He has worked with individuals of all ages whose diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, emotional impairment, mental impairment, brain injury, hearing loss, learning disability, and ADHD/ADD. He is co-owner of Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC, a private consulting practice specializing in behavioral treatments that address severe disorders of behavior, speech, and language. His current research interest is in speech acquisition and his research on this topic is published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has given workshops and presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia on topics that include verbal behavior, classroom management, functional assessments, challenging behaviors of difficult-to-manage students, vocal variability, and establishing ABA classrooms in public schools. Dr. Esch is the past chairperson for Florida’s Area 15 Local Review Committee where he was responsible for reviewing and approving behavior plans for persons with developmental disabilities. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University and is currently one of its adjunct faculty members. Dr. Esch is a former faculty member in the Departments of Special Education and Psychology at the University of Costa Rica where he and another colleague introduced the first classes in Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Barbara Esch, BCBA-D
Dr. Barbara Esch is a behavior analyst and speech pathologist with over 30 years experience in behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked in school, home, clinic, and hospital settings. Her workshops, training symposia, and research have been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and focus on the use of behavioral procedures to improve speech, language, and feeding skills for individuals of all ages with a wide range of medical and educational diagnoses. Dr. Esch received her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Michigan State University. She is the author of the Early Echoic Skills Assessment, part of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008). She is the founder and past chairperson of the Speech Pathology Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research on behavioral treatments for early speech acquisition appears in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Esch is co-owner of Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC, a consulting company specializing in behavioral treatments for individuals with severe communication delays.
Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a variety peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD, adaptive behavior, behavior assessment and sexuality. He has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.