BHCOE is looking forward to our workshop at the 25th Annual Maryland Applied Behavior Analysis Annual Conference & Workshop.

Conference Details

When: December 1st-3rd, 2022
Where: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD, 21204

Presentation Details

Workshop: Caring & Transparent Leadership

Date & Time: Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 9:00 am – noon Eastern
Presenter: Ellie Kazemi, PhD, BCBA-D
Location: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, Fitzgerald Ballroom
Event Type:
Invited Workshop, 3 hrs.
CEU Eligibility: 3 credits

Abstract: Organizations are facing tremendous labor shortages with millions of more job openings than qualified workers to fill them. The pandemic has accelerated a demographic problem that was predicted to hit the workforce, and now behavioral healthcare providers must deal with it immediately. The workforce shrinkage has exacerbated what organizations providing behavior analytic services already felt with the higher turnover rates of professionals implementing treatments for individuals with autism. In this presentation, I will discuss ways that leadership can shield against the tremendous loss of qualified clinicians and professionals and increase the quality of care, maintenance of staff, and recruitment of talent in their organizations.

Learning Objectives:
After the talk, participants will be able to
1. Describe how staff turnover impacts the organization and patient care
2. Identify three predictors of staff satisfaction based on staff self-reports
3. Explain how to develop feedback loops to nurture growth across the organization
4. Describe how to provide feedback that results in behavior change
5. Describe the importance of, and mechanisms for, continuing to grow and learn as a leader

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.


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