We look forward to heading down to the desert and presenting at the AzABA 2022 Annual Conference, the largest ABA-specific event in Arizona.

Conference Details

When: October 28th-29th, 2022
Where: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Presentation Details

Outcomes, Assessment, Framework, Measurement Tools

Date & Time: Saturday, October 29th, 2022 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific
Presenter: Dr. Ellie Kazemi, BHCOE Chief Science Officer
Abstract: Transparency and accountability surrounding patient outcomes call for a uniform approach to the assessment of treatment outcomes. Reporting on quality outcomes is rapidly becoming the norm and expected by healthcare patients worldwide. For behavior analysts, this increased attention on treatment outcomes calls for practitioners to demonstrate that their treatments work and to become more accountable for the costs of treatment. In this presentation, I will propose a systematic approach to assessment by reviewing the best available research evidence and summarizing expert opinion regarding instrument selection for assessment and treatment planning for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Earn 1 BACB CEU. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why behavior analysts need to adopt a framework for outcomes assessment
  • Describe what it means to take a comprehensive approach to assessment
  • Describe the three components that influence the selection of assessment tools for individuals with ASD.
  • Identify which assessment is best suited for measuring treatment outcomes based on the patient’s demographics and reasons for referral.

Dr. Ellie Kazemi is the Chief Science Officer at Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), an accrediting organization focused on improving the quality of behavior analytic services. She is also a professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where she founded the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, and has been teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in research methodology, organizational behavior management, and behavior therapy for over 15 years. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award. Her interests involve the identification of efficient, effective strategies for practical training and supervision of staff, which includes leveraging computer technology and Artificial Intelligence (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality). She has worked on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective training and measurement of intervention outcomes. Currently, she leads BHCOE’s efforts in quality measure development and conducting reliable, valid evaluations for accreditation.

Panel Discussion

Date & Time: Saturday, October 29th, 2022 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Pacific
Presenters: Mari Cerda, Ph.D., TR-BA, BCBA, LBA, Diana Davis-Wilson, DBH, LBA, BCBA, Danyelle Goita Beal, Psy.D., BCBA and Ellie Kazemi, PhD, BCBA-D

Stay tuned as we announce additional details. 


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