JUSTIN LEAF, PH.D., BCBA-D, Director of Research and Training
Dr. Justin Leaf is the Director of Research and Training for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Justin worked directly under the mentorship of Dr. James Sherman and Dr. Jan Sheldon.
Justin has over ten years of clinical and research experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.His research interests include looking at ways to improve social skills for children and adolescents with ASD, developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, and evaluating long term outcomes for children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD. Justin has taught graduate level courses in applied behavior analysis and research methodologies. Additionally, Justin has published several articles in peer reviewed journals; has presented at national and state conferences and invited events; and has consulted on research projects nationally and internationally.
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Joseph H. Cihon, M.S., BCBA, Assistant Director of Research, CABA Supervisor
Joe Cihon is the Assistant Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Fontbonne University. Upon graduation he enrolled in the master’s degree program in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas. Joe worked under the mentorship of Dr. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, and Dr. Manish Vaidya. Joe is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Endicott College under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Jane Weiss. Joe has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. His research interests include evaluating approach based interventions, shaping, increasing favorable interactions among children, their families, and interventionists, developing contingencies to promote generalization and maintenance, and improving mealtimes for selective eaters. Joe has published and served as a reviewer for several prominent journals and presented research at national and international conferences.
You can reach Joe Cihon at firstname.lastname@example.org