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Past Conferences

2021 MassABA Conference – May 14, 2021

Speakers & Presentation Titles:

  • Dr. Stuart Vyse (“The Latest in Autism Claptrap, and Why Science is Losing”)
  • Dr. Lina Slim-Topdjian (“The Right to Effective Supervision”)
  • Shannon Biagi (“Beyond Basic Behavioral Interviewing: Using OBM Strategies to Discover Star Performers for Your ABA Organization”)
  • Vincent & Jennifer LaMarca (“Designing Receptive Language Programs: Pushing the Boundaries of Research and Practice”)
  • Dr. Robert Ross (“Ethical Behavior on Social Media: The importance of Supporting Science and Combating Misconceptions Online”)

10th Annual MassABA Conference – May 14 – 15, 2020

Cancelled (COVID19)

9th Annual MassABA Conference – March 22, 2019

Featured Presenters:

Dr. Dorothea Lerman

Dr. Justin Leaf

MassABA Program Guide 2019




8th Annual MassABA Conference – May 11, 2018

Featured Presenter

Dr. Linda LeBlanc

President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting, Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice,

Literature Review Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

2016 Recipient of the American Psychological Association Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis

“Establishing Clinical Standards and an Ethics Network”

MassABA Program Guide 2018



8th Annual MassABA Pre-Conference Workshop – May 10, 2018

Featured Presenters

Amy Weinstock, MArch (Director Autism Insurance Resource Center)

Jodi Bouer, Esq. (Bouer Law, LLC)

Dr. Steve Woolf, BCBA-D (Butterfly Effects)

“Advanced Insurance Practice Workshop”

The passage of laws requiring private insurance and Medicaid to cover medically necessary ABA therapy has been a catalyst for systemic change in the system of care for thousands of people with autism in Massachusetts. This has created opportunities for behavior analysts, but has also had profound implications for the profession.

This three-hour advanced workshop will provide an overview for providers, explaining the laws that mandate coverage of ABA, the provider’s role and how it has evolved over the last eight years, and legal aspects that providers need to be aware of. Topics include:

  • Policy Background
  • Implications for Patients and Clinicians
  • Medical, Regulatory and Ethical Issues faced by providers
  • Legal Aspects, including:
    • Understanding your provider contract rights and obligations
    • How to support medical necessity appeals
    • How to respond and minimize risks related to Recoupments, audits, prepayment and retrospective reviews, and fraud investigations
    • Common coding and billing errors
    • Medical necessity appeals under state laws and federal parity protections

7th Annual MassABA Conference – May 4, 2017

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

Featured Presenter: Dr. Robert Horner

  • Alumni-Knight Endowed Professor, Special Education
  • Director-Emeritus, Educational and Community Supports
  • University of Oregon

“Implementing Applied Behavior Analysis at Scales of Social Importance: PBIS”

Click here to see the 2017 conference brochure

6th Annual MassABA Conference – May 6, 2016

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

Click here to see the 2016 conference brochure

5th Annual MassABA Conference – May 8, 2015

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel

Featured Presenters:

  • Carl Hart, Ph.D.
  • Mark Dixon, Ph.D.
  • Susan Schneider, Ph.D.

Click here to see the 2015 conference brochure

2nd Annual MassABA Conference – March 23, 2012

Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts

The conference featured talented local behavioral and nationally recognized speakers:

  • Dr. Robert L. Koegel
  • Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel
  • Dr. Jon Bailey
  • Dr. Julie Vargas
  • Dr. Ennio Cipani
  • Dr. Missy Olive

1st Annual MassABA Conference – March 11, 2011

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Aubrey Daniels
  • Dr. David Wacker
  • Dr. Keith Allen

Click here to see the 2011 conference brochure