PennABA Executive Council

  • Executive Officer / Treasurer - Richard M. Foxx, Ph.D., BCBA
  • President - Jonathan Ivy, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Secretary - Lacey R. Bailey, M.A., BCBA
  • Member at Large - Christopher Perrin Ph.D., BCBA
  • Student Representative - Jackelyn Hart B.S., BCaBA

Executive Officer & Treasurer

Dr. Foxx is a Professor of Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg. He is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Foxx has written eight books and five have been translated into other languages. He has co-edited two books Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism and Controversial Therapies for Developmental Disabilities. His latest book is Interventions for treating the eating problems of children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. He has written over 130 scientific publications, has made 13 training films, and has given over 1700 talks on the use of behavioral principles to treat individuals with autism, mental retardation, mental illness, emotional disturbances, and typical development.

Dr. Foxx is an internationally recognized expert in treating behavioral problems. He has lectured in 17 foreign countries and 47 states throughout the United States. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Behavioral Interventions and is on the editorial board of seven scientific journals. Dr. Foxx is a Fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, The Association for Behavior Analysis- International and the American Association on Mental Retardation. He was the President of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis; the Association for Behavior Analysis; and the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of the American Psychological Association. In 1998 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and was made an honorary member of the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis. In 2001, he received an award from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis for significant contributions to behavior analysis. In 2003 he received the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis Award for Effective Presentation of Behavior Analysis in the Mass Media.In 2007 he received the inaugural John Jacobson award from Division 33 of the American Psychological Association. He helped found the Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis, was its first President and serves as its executive director. He also was president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association on Mental Retardation. He has served as an expert witness in a number of court cases involving individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, including Youngberg vs. Romeo which was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. One of his books has sold over two million copies and has been translated into seven languages and one of his training films, "Harry" (the treatment of a self-abusive man), has won numerous cinematic awards.


Jonathan W. Ivy, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the director of the Mercyhurst University Applied Behavior Analysis Master's program and an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Studies. Dr. Ivy received his Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from the Ohio State University in 2011 and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University in 2005.

Dr. Ivy has worked with individuals who engage in severe challenging behaviors, at the group and individual level, for over a decade. He has helped parents and professionals develop and implement comprehensive behavior change programs designed to increase functional skills and decrease challenging behaviors. He has served as a consultant for school districts, youth residential programs, and partial hospitalization programs to address a wide range of need.

In 2013, Dr. Ivy was nominated President of the Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis (PennABA). Dr. Ivy regularly gives professional presentations at national conferences, workshops, and has an active research agenda with multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals. His primary research interests include group-oriented contingencies, token reinforcement, behavioral economics, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Dr. Ivy also enjoys following the research interests of his students.

Conference Manager & Secretary:

Lacey R. Bailey completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA and her Master's in ABA at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, PA. Lacey has been working in the field, utilizing behavior analysis since 2004. Since 2007, Lacey has served as member, volunteer, and Secretary in PennABA's executive council. Currently working in Pittsburgh, PA analysis implementing ABA programming for students with behavioral needs. Areas of interest include motivating operations, applied verbal behavior approach, self-injury, ADHD and autism

Student Representative:

Jackie Hart obtained a Bachelors of Science dual degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She completed ABA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and became a BCaBA in 2011. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis to become a BCBA. She has worked at Wesley Spectrum Services in Pittsburgh, PA since 2009 working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD). She serves as the Staff Development Coordinator where she is responsible for training and consulting with staff who work with individuals with ASD and their families.