Our Advisory Board
Linda A. LeBlanc
Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist is the President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. She previously served as a professor at Claremont MeKenna College, Western Michigan University and Auburn University and as the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on topics such as behavioral treatment of autism, technology-based behavioral interventions, behavioral gerontology, and systems development in human services. Dr. LeBlanc is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and the Literature Review Editor for Education and Treatment of Children. She has previously served as an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Wayne Fisher is the H.B. Munroe professor of behavioral research in the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and served as executive director of the Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Marcus Behavior Center at the Marcus Institute, where he built clinical-research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with national reputations for excellence. Fisher’s methodologically sophisticated research has focused on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders, that have been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement, which have become more commonplace in clinical research primarily as a result of his influence. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed research studies in over 30 different behavioral and/or medical journals, including: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Psychological Reports; American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Journal of Pediatrics; the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Pediatrics; and The Lancet. Fisher is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a past president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis, and recipient of the Bush Leadership Award, the APA (Division 25) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award, and the University of Nebraska system-wide Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity.
Heather M. McGee
Heather M. McGee is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Chair of the Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management graduate programs at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her B.S. (1998), M.A. (2003), and Ph.D. (2004) from WMU. Dr. McGee is also co-founder of Performance Blueprints, a performance improvement consulting firm specializing in helping small businesses, non-profits & human service settings by providing a variety of consulting and training services. Dr. McGee has designed, developed and implemented organizational performance solutions in a variety of industries and settings, including autism service providers, the pharmaceutical industry, education, and health and human services. These solutions have included performance-based instruction, performance management, behavioral systems changes, and lean sigma initiatives. Additionally, Dr. McGee is the former Executive Director of the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM) and on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.
Janet Twyman received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She currently holds the positions of Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of Innovation and Technology for the Center on Innovations in Learning, having served previously as Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, and Implementation for Headsprout. Dr. Twyman is widely recognized as an authority on instructional design, fully informed by behavior analytic research and conceptualization. Her leadership contributions at Headsprout were pivotal in managing a project of more than $6 million, which reached more than a million children with effective reading instruction. Similarly impressive were her contributions and her leadership at the Fred S. Keller School, where she served as executive director for eight years, arranging a behavioral approach to every aspect of the school’s functioning and inspiring many students, staff members, and parents in doing so. Dr. Twyman has also provided significant service to the field, with leadership roles within the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Research and for ABAI, where she served as president, Executive Council member, and chair of several important boards and task forces.
Jane Howard is a Licensed Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Howard received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is a member of the Psychology Faculty at California State University, Stanislaus where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Howard served as the Co-Coordinator for special education teacher credential training programs at California State University, Stanislaus, from 1980 – 1986. In that capacity she was the Co-author and Project Director of three special education teacher training grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling more than $500,000. She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Direct Instruction, an on-campus clinic at California State University, Stanislaus that serves children with a range of behavioral and academic needs. Since 1995 she has provided home-based, early intervention services to children and families. Dr. Howard co-authored the Applied Behavior Analysis textbook, Human Behavior: Analysis and Application with Ellen Reese. She is also the co-author of research studies on teaching and language training for children with special needs that have been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She is the lead author of two outcome studies on early intensive behavior analytic intervention with children published in 2005 and 2014 in the journal of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Howard has made numerous presentations on language and educational applications of Applied Behavior Analysis, including those designed particularly for children with autism, at national and international conferences including the Association for Behavior Analysis and The American Psychological Association. She served continuously as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association for Behavior Analyst Board of Directors from 1996-2008. In 2008 Dr. Howard was elected to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. She has also been a guest reviewer for The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.
Andrew Fritts is currently a Technology Director at The Home Depot. He has been in software development for over 20 years and specializes in building and leading development teams who create and maintain high-quality customer-centric software applications. Andrew has been with The Home Depot since 1999 where he has held various positions in store systems, supply chain systems, and most recently Omni-channel. He is currently responsible for Customer Delivery applications which focus on customer and associate interactions spanning on-line, in-store, supply chain, and in-home experiences. Previous to The Home Depot, he held various supply chain positions for Toys ‘R’ Us and then implemented supply chain solutions for KPMG where he fell in love with software and the usefulness of it. Andrew’s core belief on building great software is that the user comes first. He seeks to understand the person who needs the software and focuses on what will make them smarter, better, and faster at what they do. He believes that great software delights with ease of use, requires little or no training, and integrates seamlessly into the user’s life. Andrew holds a BS from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Georgia with additional undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained his career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst^® (BCaBA®^) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology and acquired his BCBA. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University. When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandchildren and two wonderful labradoodles.