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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.

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 in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University. 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 SUNY Upstate Medical University. Currently, he holds faculty positions within the Department of Pediatrics and Behavior Analysis Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Cortland.

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 examining clinical problems 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. Additionally, he has co-authored several chapters on the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. Dr. Sullivan serves on the board of editors for Behavioral Development and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, and has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review, Behavioral Development, Disability and Health Journal, and Journal of Pediatrics.

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.

Jason R. Zeleny, MS, BCBA, faculty

Jason Zeleny, MS, BCBAMr. Zeleny earned his Master’s degree in 2014 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He previously served as a master’s-level board-certified behavior analyst at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program in Omaha, NE. Mr. Zeleny moved to the Syracuse area in 2020 to join Upstate’s Golisano Center for Special Needs and the Department of Pediatrics. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, with an emphasis on the generalization and maintenance of treatment gains made in specialized clinical environments to the natural setting through the use of telemedicine. He also has an interest in research on teaching chewing and lateralization skills to children diagnosed with moderate to severe feeding disorders and has published several scientific research articles in various journals throughout his career. Mr. Zeleny also functions as a practicum instructor and thesis advisor as part of Upstate Medical University’s Behavior Analysis Studies Program.

Christina Alaimo, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, faculty

Christina Alaimo, PhDDr. Christina Alaimo is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst with a NYS limited permit to practice psychology. She received her doctorate in behavior analysis from The Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2021, and joined Upstate Golisano Center for Special Needs and the Department of Pediatrics in February of 2022. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of a range of pediatric feeding disorders. Her research has primarily focused on staff and caregiver training in interventions to treat children’s food refusal and selectivity. Dr. Alaimo also has extensive experience in the treatment of clinical range maladaptive and challenging behaviors, as well as skill acquisition (e.g., functional communication) for children with developmental disorders.

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