PennABA Executive Council

  • Executive Officer / Treasurer: Richard M. Foxx, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Incoming Executive Director: Keith Williams, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • President: Jim Chok, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Member at Large:
    • East: Nina Carraghan, M.A., BCBA
    • Central: Tim Caldwell, M.Ed., BCBA
    • West: Jeff Everly, Ph.D., BCBA
  • Secretary: Melinda Desmarais, M.A., BCBA
  • Strategic Planning & Outreach: Jonathan W. Ivy, Ph.D, BCBA-D
  • Student Representative: Alli Aquilla

Executive Officer & Treasurer

Richard M. 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.

Incoming Executive Director

Keith Williams, Ph.D., BCBA-D

President

      

James Chok is a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Chok received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed a one year internship and two year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chok previously served as the Senior Director of Clinical Services for the Residential Treatment Facility at Melmark Pennsylvania, which specializes in the treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and severe challenging behavior. He now maintains a private practice in West Chester, PA. Dr. Chok previously served as the Vice President of the New Hampshire chapter of the International OCD Foundation is a graduate instructor for UMASS Boston. He is a published author in peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly presents research findings at professional conferences. In 2011, Dr. Chok was the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award given by the Berkshire Association for Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy.

Member at Large

East

Nina Carraghan has her master’s from Penn State Harrisburg in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She has experience working with Dr. Richard Foxx consulting for multiple agencies and school districts in the Central Pennsylvania area. In 2016 she relocated to work with Dr. Bridget Taylor at the Alpine Learning Center in Northern New Jersey as a Clinical Supervisor for the Adult Day Program.  Currently, she has started her own business in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, ABA Child Developmental Center, LLC.  With her large network and intensive work experience she hopes to bring better services to families in need in the Lehigh Valley area.

Central

Tim Caldwell serves as the Director of ABA Services for WellSpan Philhaven, overseeing the clinical development and implementation of ABA-based intervention to over 200 individuals throughout Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin counties. Tim has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006 and is currently a third year Ph.D. student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His main areas of clinical work are development of staff training and programming implementation systems, as well as ongoing supervision of BCBA candidates and BCBA’s. His research interests include, staff training, parent training, advanced verbal behavior, derived relational responding, stimulus equivalence, verbal self-prompting, and verbal problem-solving. Tim’s research has included an analysis of script training and recall of past events. His Doctoral research involves the examination of stimulus equivalence technology to improve parent training outcomes. In addition, Tim has served on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America Lancaster County from 2008-2014, including serving as Board President, 2012-2014. Tim also currently serving on the Penn State Harrisburg ABA Master’s Advisory Board.

West

Jeff Everly is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the Behavior Analysis Program at West Virginia University, where he conducted both basic and applied research. As a post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Everly studied operant treatments for substance abuse. He has published articles on substance abuse treatment and stimulus control. In addition, he has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and New Ideas in Psychology. Dedicated to the dissemination of behavior analysis, Dr. Everly helped to create a minor in behavior analysis at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. There he teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, assessment and treatment, drugs and behavior, and research methods. His current research interests include choice and stimulus control in humans.

Secretary

Melinda Desmarais is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2012 and has practiced behavior analysis in applied settings since 2007. Her primary area of focus has been Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and she has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults across a variety of settings. Most recently, she worked under Dr. Richard Foxx providing behavior analytic consultation for individuals with high-risk and complex behavioral needs. Currently, Melinda provides services to individuals participating in PA's Adult Autism and Consolidated Waivers and has assisted in starting a provider agency designed to serve the needs of individuals with complex behavioral issues, with a mission to expand opportunities for skill development, independence, and community inclusion.

Strategic Planning & Outreach

Jonathan W. Ivy, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Student Representative

Alli Aquila obtained a Bachelors of Science dual degree in Elementary and Special Education from West Chester University in 2012.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg to become a BCBA. She has worked as a Life Skill Support teacher in the public school setting from 2012 to early 2017 serving individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). She now works on Dr. Foxx's team of behavior analysts, H.E.L.P. Services.  This includes working in a variety of setting to create and implement behavior change programs as well as completing staff and family trainings as needed.