Ellie Kazemi

Ellie Kazemi

Although the profession of Applied Behavior Analysis is young, we have already accomplished so much together in such a short period of time. The growth of behavior analysis has been remarkable. Now, it is time for us to take a step back, think of what has made us successful thus far, and consider the power of why we have grown exponentially, so that we can extend our reach.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this talk, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify hallmarks that have made the profession of behavior analysis successful thus far.

2. Discuss the importance of communication skills among leadership.

3. Explain the difference between disseminating behavior analysis through relaying “what we do” and “why we do what we do” as behavior analysts.

4. Describe ways behavior analysts can win more friends and influence more people.


Dr. Kazemi is a Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she has developed and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in behavior analysis for the past 10 years. She founded the Masters of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010 and has collaborated with the CSUN community to provide graduate students high quality supervision experiences. She currently has two different primary lines of research. Her applied research interests involve identification of efficient, effective strategies for practical training, supervision, and leadership. Her laboratory research involves leveraging technology (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality) for optimal simulation-based training. She is currently working on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective, efficient training and behavioral outcomes. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award.  She has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including training, staff turnover, and the use of technology in behavior analysis. She is the leading author of a handbook for supervision titled, Supervision and Practicum in Behavior Analysis: A Handbook for Supervisees.