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The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria is an interview-based show that features conversations with innovative scientists and practitioners in the field of Behavior Analysis. The podcast covers topics such as Autism, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Communication Training, Verbal Behavior, and more!
 
Hi, I'm Jonathan Mueller and I believe that businesses don’t grow, PEOPLE grow. And people, in turn, grow their business. I started this pod to democratize access to the best business advice for owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) field.I have conversations every week with iconic names who provide deep insights about running a successful ABA practice. Only have time to listen to one thing? Check out the “Stop/Start” segment of every episode, in w ...
 
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Would you rather earn preferred items or get them for free? More technically stated, would you prefer response-contingent reinforcers over response-independent ones (and to further split hairs, if the preferred items are provided response-independently, are they really reinforcers?)? It turns out that there has been some basic and applied research …
 
Dissemination Through Podcasting with Matt Cicoria But for a chance encounter at ABAI Boston, I might not have met the guru of ALL things related to Podcast dissemination, Matt Cicoria. We dish on podcasting, the field and our mutual love for mountain biking :). Enjoy, kind listener! Resources Matt on LinkedIn Matt's Behavioral Observations Podcast…
 
Mandy's a freaking breath of fresh air on ANY topic: algorithims on clincial decision making, her entrepreneurship journey, weaponization of the ethics code, oxford commas, memes, you name it. Always a pleasure getting real with Mandy. Enjoy, kind listener! Resources Mandy on LinkedIn Why Entrepreneurs Need to Talk About Mental Health (Forbes artic…
 
I’ve always maintained that this is a show that is all about the listeners and the guests, and so it is with that in mind that I’m thrilled to share the following interview segments that were nominated by so many of you. We did have many entries, so I couldn’t fit all of them in, but I genuinely appreciate all of you who took the time to write in a…
 
If your social media consumption is anything like mine, you've likely seen some feel-good stories in the media as of late that report on non-speaking students - generally students with Autism - who are graduating from college, giving valedictorian speeches, and so forth. Unfortunately, what's often underpinning many of these cases is a form of Faci…
 
Ryan Gillian is the President/COO of Element RCM and a former ABA practice owner. He's spent portions of his career working with big hospital systems on optimizing their Revenue Cycle function so we get into the nitty gritty of what our ABA field can expect based on regulations he's lived in billing/insurance/compliance/cash collection in the hospi…
 
What a Janitorial Company Can Teach Us About Employee Retention, with Rami Paulus Rami is an extraordinarily thoughtful and articulate entrepreneur who fell in love with the ABA field as an adult. He's the Founder/CEO of Midwestern Janitorial (serving ABA organizations and medical providers) and he's taken an entirely different approach to building…
 
If you're anywhere in the upper part of the northern hemisphere, you already know that fall is in the air. And with that comes the annual return of students to their community schools. As such, I thought it would be fun to bring on fellow New Hampshire behavior analyst, Elissa Johnson, to talk about the work she's doing in school settings. Elissa i…
 
Lessons from a Recovering Private Equity-holic with Anirudh Sathya Anirudh saw the light after working insane hours in PE for causes that didn't align with his values. That inspired him to leave private equity to start Teamwork Healthcare in 2017 and his reflections on that transition are profound! Who else meets their future business partner throu…
 
Caregiver Collaboration, NOT Parent Training with Kelly Bermingham Kelly's perspective on social skills and caregiver training seems to me to be what the future holds for our field ... and especially how we create impactful relationships with the families we're honored to serve. Enjoy, kind listener! Resources: A 25 Year Look Across the Spectrum (K…
 
The full title of Merrill's talk is, "Whitesplaining Racism: Part Deux! Logic, Disproportionality, Avatars, Hate Crimes, and Uncomfortable Feelings." As you'll learn in this episode, Bruce was in the audience for most of Merrill's talk, and was so enthused with it, he wanted him to review its main points here on Behavioral Observations. So we did j…
 
Wake up! Achieving Your Best Sleep as a Leader with Emily Varon I do a deep dive on my sleep habits with sleep expert Emily Varon, BCBA (spoiler alert: I have terrible habits; but I'm committed to changing them!). I learned so much about optimizing my own night-time. Find out how you can improve your sleep as a leader. Enjoy, kind listener! Resourc…
 
If you care about the future of ABA, it's important to understand not only its strengths, but also the myriad challenges the field faces. And to that end, I can't think of a more difficult challenge the field of Applied Behavior Analysis has right now than figuring out how to adequately measure outcome quality, and how this relates to funding ABA s…
 
5 Scientific Laws of Life & Leadership with Dr. Paulie Gavoni Some people, when you finally meet them, make you think "why the heck haven't our paths crossed until now?" That's Dr. Paulie Gavoni for me. He brings a lifetime of boxing, MMA, education, ABA, leadership #1 best selling author and so much more. And when he speaks it's like listening to …
 
Operational & Profitability Benchmarks in ABA with LONGTIME Besties Lani Fritts and Dr. Rohit Verma I dish on layoffs, a seminal operational/profitability survey, which organizations "win" in any given industry and much more with two of my biggest life mentors, Dr. Rohit Verma and Lani Fritts. Resources: Lani and Rohit on LinkedIn Sponsored by Elem…
 
In the fourth installment of the Apollo Case Study Series, Dr. Jim Moore and I are joined by his fellow Apollo clinician, Jennifer Freedman. Jen is a newer BCBA, and we spent most of this episode talking about the advanced training and professional development she's received while working in Apollo's unique clinical model. Apple Podcasts | Spotify …
 
Stop Using Facebook for Recruiting with Reece Epstein Reece Epstein is the founder and CEO of Reputation Elevation, a digital marketing agency that specializes in the ABA field. This conversation fascinated me - and reminded me how much more experts know than the layperson ABA owner/operator. I couldn't believe his feedback on why Facebook doesn't …
 
According to the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, Code Element 1.07 states: "Behavior analysts actively engage in professional development activities to acquire knowledge and skills related to cultural responsiveness and diversity," and that "they evaluate their own biases and ability to address the needs of individuals with diverse needs/ backgr…
 
Dr. Linda LeBlanc single-handedly taught me more about ABA than anyone else in the world. I've known her since 2012 when I started working with her at Trumpet Behavioral Health and she's been foundational in teaching me about supervision, mentorship and what it means to be a lifelong learner. It was a pure honor to have this long-form conversation …
 
If you've been tuning into one of the many Inside JABA Series I've done over the last few years, you're undoubtedly familiar with today's guest, Dr. Claire St. Peter. Claire is a Professor as well as the Director of Graduate Training at West Virginia University. According to her university bio, Claire's "primary research interest is the assessment …
 
Dr. John Austin is THE guru when it comes to psychological safety and organizational safety: "It’s a basic human right to have a safe place to work.". This all boils down to one thing our ABA field hasn't studied much: relationships. John is also my LinkedIn OG mentor and a skilled bassist (we talk Top 3 bassists of all time!). Enjoy, kind listener…
 
Trauma-Informed ABA with Saundra Bishop Saundra Bishop has seen it all owning and leading an ABA practice, especially through COVID ... and she's reflective of everything that she's learned. She also helps me understand what "Trauma Informed ABA" really means, freely giving of her wisdom based on the keynote speeches she does. Enjoy, kind listener!…
 
Dr. Jim Moore returns in the third installment of the increasingly popular Apollo Case Study Series (which by the way, is also Session 192). In this episode, we cover quite a lot of ground, such as: Jim and his team's practical approach for language intervention How Jim encountered Relational Frame Theory by accident How rigid language repertoires …
 
Organizational Culture is like Bigfoot: Frequently Talked About, Often Misunderstood, and Rarely Measured with Dr. Robbie El Fattal Robbie's the consummate entrepreneur, founding 3 ABA practices over the past 10 years (including Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education). Robbie and I hit it off the moment we met: we're both passionate about organiza…
 
"Ubuntu": Humanity Through Community with Naa Ameley Garrido Naa is a dear friend and a Cohost with me on PodCASP. When you were 4 years old what were you doing? Naa was raising her infant brother. Her journey from Ghana to Behavior Analysis to becoming a CASP board member is an inspiration. I'm lucky to bask in her wisdom this episode on self-awar…
 
Why do people lie? It's an age-old question that's been asked for perhaps as long as our species has had verbal capabilities. In this episode, Dr. Corey Stocco from The University of The Pacific joins me to discuss the existing scholarship in this area, as more specifically, the work that he and his colleagues have done in this area. Specifically, …
 
Data Driven Solutions for Performance Management and Treatment Integrity with Tricia Glick After six years of founding, growing, and selling an ABA practice, Tricia reflected on challenges facing our field (and took a life-changing trip to Iceland) and Behavior Science Technology was born. It was super fun dishing on the power of aggregating treatm…
 
My Podcasting Mentor and Long Time Bestie, Tim Crilly I have the distinction of being one of three people who called Tim when he worked at Magellan to yell at him about a policy I didn't agree with :) That cemented a friendship that's lasted nearly 9 years. We did something for the first-time in this episode: a mutual Top 5 sports moments list. Jus…
 
Have you ever felt the thrill of rolling a 20-sided die? If you're in the general demographic of a Behavioral Observations listener, I'd guess probably not. However, it may not surprise you to learn that being the cosmically uncoordinated and socially challenged kid of the 80s, I certainly have. Which is why I jumped at the chance to speak with Ses…
 
High-Impact Marketing in ABA with Andy Mullins Andy is the Marketing Director for The Shandy Clinic and has been a friend for nearly 10 years. He is steeped in all facets of marketing at all sizes of organizations and I love his focus on 1) understand your organization's goals 2) talk to your customers 3) simple KPIs. Enjoy, kind listener! Resource…
 
The Difference between Search Funds and Financial Investors in ABA with Dillon Friedman Dillon's personal journey with his brother Chase, who was diagnosed with ASD at age 16, inspired Icosian Capital and their search for a values-aligned ABA practice to invest in. This is the first investor I've spoken to on the Pod and Dillon's wisdom was enlight…
 
Oh boy, as the kids these days say, this show is a straight up banger. Dr. Jim Moore joins me again in our second installment in the Apollo Case Study Series, where we go deep into all things functional assessment. Right out of the gate, I want to note that we do spend time reviewing both functional analysis and treatment data of clients that Jim h…
 
Selling Your ABA Practice with Rachel Boynton Rachel is unique as a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Adviser: she owned and operated Lifeshare, an IDD services business, for 18 years before joining Vertess. Check out her practical and powerful advice for ABA owners considering a sale. Enjoy kind listener! Resources: Vertess Brook's Law (throwing more s…
 
This was a fun one for sure. In Session 188, I chatted with Drs. Jill Dardig and Bill Heward about a whole host of topics, including their new book, Let's Make a Contract: A positive way to change your child's behavior. In this conversation, we covered: How Jill and Bill discovered Behavior Analysis, especially at a time when it wasn't as ubiquitou…
 
From Bootstrap to Multi-State, Meaningful Impact with Brad Zelinger Ever wonder what it's like to get cold-called to share your ideas about a question that you may not have prepared for ... in front of 90 people? Brad and I caught up on what it's like to get your MBA, his personal connection to developmental disabilities through his sister, and how…
 
In Session 187, Steve Ward joins me to discuss how to help individuals - in particular, individuals with severely limited communicated repertoires - who demonstrate challenging repertoires that are colloquially referred to as Anxiety. Given that tortured sentence, you can probably already imagine that in this episode, we discuss how Steve conceptua…
 
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