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Henry S. Roane, PhD, BCBA-D, Chair

Dr. Henry S. Roane

Dr. Henry Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Roane has held previous clinical and faculty positions at the Marcus Institute/Emory University School of Medicine and the Munroe-Meyer Institute/University of Nebraska Medical Center. At present, Dr. Roane is the Gregory S. Liptak MD Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY. In addition to serving as Chair of the Behavior Analysis program at Upstate, Dr. Roane also serves as the Chief of the Division of Development, Behavior and Genetics where he directs medical and behavior analysis clinics that provide treatment services for children affected by autism and related disorders.

Dr. Roane is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Development, an academic journal published by the American Psychological Association. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals in the field. Dr. Roane serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and he has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Dr. Roane has co-authored over 75 research articles and chapters as well as three academic texts on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in children with autism and related disorders. He also has been the principle or a co-investigator on grants funded by National Institute of Health, the US Department of Defense, and the New York State Department of Health and serves as a consultant to programs nationwide.

Nicole M. DeRosa, PsyD, LBA, BCBA-D, faculty

Dr. Nicole DeRosa

Dr. DeRosa received her Psy.D. in School Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Maine.She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and a post-doctoral internship at the Family Behavior Analysis Program within the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, where she currently holds a faculty appointment and is the Director of the Severe Behavior Disorders Clinic. Dr. DeRosa has co-authored several research articles and chapters related to the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in children with autism and related disabilities, as well as presented at several local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. DeRosa currently serves on Editorial Boards for Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Behavioral Development. Additionally, Dr. DeRosa serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.

William E. Sullivan, PhD, faculty

Dr. William Sullivan

Dr. Sullivan received his Ph.D. in School Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Syracuse University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship within the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, where he currently holds a faculty appointment. Previously, Dr. Sullivan held an adjunct faculty position in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Syracuse University and served as a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Sullivan primarily conducts bi-directional translational research. That is, he is interested in translating findings from basic operant research into effective interventions for challenging behavior, as well as taking applied phenomena and analyzing them under basic paradigms to better understand the mechanisms responsible for behavior change. Dr. Sullivan's studies have been published in a number of reputable peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He also has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review, Behavioral Development, Disability and Health Journal, and Journal of Pediatrics.

Valdeep Saini, PhD, BCBA-D, faculty

Dr. Saini is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. He graduated with his doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of Nebraska Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Wayne Fisher in 2016 and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric and Behavioral Psychology at Upstate Medical University under the supervision of Dr. Henry Roane in 2017. Dr. Saini's primary research interests include (a) improving functional analysis and function-based intervention practices for children with severe behavior disorders, (b) the translation of basic operant phenomena to areas of social importance, and (c) the experimental analysis of human behavior. This research is executed in both applied clinical contexts such as with children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, as well as in human-laboratory settings. Dr. Saini's studies have been published in a number of reputable peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He currently serves as a reviewer for Behavioral Development.

Heather J. Kadey, MS, LBA, BCBA, faculty

Heather J. Kadey

Ms. Kadey received her Master’s degree in 2006 from Georgia State University in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. She received the outstanding thesis award for her work in the treatment of feeding disorders. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Kadey worked at the Marcus Institute at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. The majority of her time was spent as a therapist in the feeding program supervised by nationally known expert, Dr. Cathleen Piazza. In 2006, she was recruited by Dr. Piazza to help develop and administer the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2009 she was recruited to develop the Family Behavior Analysis Program (FBA) at Upstate Medical University, where she is currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor and Research Scientist. Her primary role is to manage the pediatric feeding clinic and supervise the feeding practicum experience for the program. She has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her primary research interests include staff training, parent training, and treatments of pediatric feeding disorders.

Andrew Craig, PhD

Dr. Henry S. Roane

Dr. Andrew Craig earned his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in experimental analyses of behavior from Utah State University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, where he gained experience applying behavior-analytic principles to the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders in children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Craig currently is a postdoctoral research associate in the Family Behavior Analysis program at Upstate Medical University and coordinator of the Behavior Analysis Murine laboratory.

Dr. Craig’s research focuses on understanding why behavior persists when faced with challenges that deter it and why behavior comes back (or “relapses”) after it has been eliminated. He is particularly interested in bi-directional translational research, wherein novel approaches to intervention are developed in controlled laboratory settings, assessed in clinical applications, and further refined in the laboratory to maximize treatment efficacy and minimize barriers to treatment. Dr. Craig has published over 20 articles and book chapters on these and other topics, with several other manuscripts under review or in development. He currently serves on the board of editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behaviorand has served as an ad hoc reviewer for The American Journal of Additions Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioural Processes, the European Journal of Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Perspectives of Behavioral Science.

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