ABA & Autism Faculty and Adjuncts
Dana Reinecke, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Program Chair, Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Dana Reinecke is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her doctorate in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Reinecke provides consultation in behavior analysis to schools, school districts, and families of children with disabilities. She has co-authored books and book chapters in behavior analysis and autism, and published research in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Reinecke has presented workshops and research at local, national, and international conferences. She has also provided training and consultation in Mexico, Ireland, and Australia. Dr. Reinecke is currently conducting research on effective on-line learning and using technology to teach individuals with autism.
Lori Finn, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Lori Finn is a board-certified behavior analyst. She earned her doctorate in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Finn has more than 20 years of professional experience working with adults dually diagnosed with developmental and psychiatric disabilities in a variety of capacities. Before accepting the faculty position at the Sage Colleges, she served as the clinical director of a behavior-intensive adult day habilitation program in Brooklyn where she supervised a clinical team of behavior therapists, social workers, and medical professionals. She also has extensive experience designing and conducting staff and caregiver training. Dr. Finn has presented the results of her research at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Jennifer Lipton-O'Connor, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Jennifer Lipton-O'Connor is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cognitive Science and a doctorate degree in Psychology from Harvard University. Dr. Lipton-O'Connor provides consultation to schools and families with children with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral or emotional issues. She has worked in various settings including public schools, residential schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics.
Benjamin C. Mauro, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Mauro has nineteen years of professional experience in psychology and behavior analysis. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from Temple University, postdoctoral training in applied behavior analysis at the Biobehavioral Unit of the Childrens Seashore House, and served as a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Mauro was a Psychologist at the Northern Virginia Training Center for over five years, serving individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation. He has previously taught numerous online and face-to-face courses in psychology and behavior analysis at Temple University, Delaware County Community College, Rutgers University, University of Maryland University College, George Mason High School, and the Community College of Baltimore County.
Dr. Mauro is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Program at The Sage Colleges. Dr. Mauro is also the Founder and current Executive Director of the behavior-analytic firm, Positive Behavioral Dynamics, LLC. He is a Licensed Applied Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and the Virginia Psychological Association. Dr. Mauro has published behavioral research in prestigious scientific journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Behavior Analyst. He speaks nationally about his research and other professional interests at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on basic and applied behavior analysis.
Dr. Mauro is a strong instructive source on matters of functional assessment and treatment of challenging behavioral problems, especially for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and mental retardation. He likewise is a strong pedagogical source on developing, implementing and monitoring home-based and school-based ABA Programs for children with Autism and related disorders. Dr. Mauro maintains an informed professional interest in the assessment and treatment of noncompliance, preference assessment and reinforcer identification, behavioral momentum, and a systems approach to parent training, skills generalization, treatment integrity, and behavioral reliability.
Helen Bloomer, M.S., Clinical Supervisor
Ms. Bloomer, a board certified behavior analyst, was trained and affiliated for ten years at the Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation at SUNY Binghamton under the direction of Dr.Raymond Romanczyk.She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Crossroads School in New York and New England. Ms. Bloomer has done extensive work in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis, co-authoring and presenting at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally.She has consulted for schools in the United States, Ireland, Brazil and China. In addition, she produced the training video series "Bridges" which has helped families and educators throughout the world. Ms. Bloomer has been a member of the executive board for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) for approximately 10 years. She is currently the past president and previously has served in many positions including President, Member at Large, etc. Ms. Bloomer was a peer reviewer for the New York State Department of Health clinical practice guidelines for autism/pervasive developmental disorders.
Rocio Chavez, M.A., M.S.Ed., BCBA
Rocio Chavez is currently the Assistant Director for the Quality Services for the Autism Community’s (QSAC) After School Programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Applications from Queens College, and a dual master’s degree in General and Special Education, Birth-Grade 2 from Touro College. Rocio is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Rocio has co-authored a chapter in the book Behavioral Detectives: A Staff Training Exercise Book in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has presented on various topics including stimulus-stimulus pairing and reinforcer assessments at The New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) convention and The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention. Rocio has conducted research on self-management training in preschoolers with autism and stimulus-stimulus pairing. Rocio has worked with children and young adults on the autism spectrum for the last eight years. She has provided consultations in school and home based settings and has assisted in designing staff training and student curriculum. Rocio also currently facilitates a social skills group for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and a sibling support group.
Linda Cohen, M.S.
Linda Cohen, MS, SAS, SDA holds permanent certifications in elementary education, special education, reading, and building and district administration. She has worked with children with a variety of disabilities, including Autism. For the past fifteen years she has supervised over sixty special education teachers. Linda was instrumental in creating a highly individualized ABA program for students with autism within a typical school environment. This program gives students with autism the opportunity to interact with typical peers on a daily basis, and has been very successful in improving student behavior across a variety of areas. Linda has also emphasized parent training and support as a component of this program.
Cheryl Davis, MS Ed, BCBA
Cheryl received a Masters of Science Degree in Intensive Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA after attending The University of Connecticut where she received a bachelors degree in Human Development. With over 15 years of experience working with children and families with autism, developmental disabilities, and related disorders, Cheryl specializes in behavior management and is a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA). She has had experience as a teacher, job coach, home therapist, residential supervisor, public school consultant and staff trainer. Cheryl has extensive experience in developing training topics for both parents and teaching staff. She has presented at The National Associations of Applied Behavior Analysis conventions, and provided professional development trainings to over two thousand teaching staff. Currently, Cheryl owns and operates 7 Dimension Consulting Services and provides educational and behaviorally programming to public and private schools. Additionally, Cheryl is adjunct faculty at The Sage Colleges and Clinical Faculty at Boston College. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys cooking, reading, and being with her two children and spouse while they ski, play soccer and enjoy the outdoors!
Julia Keene, M.A., M.S.Ed., BCBA
Julia L. Keene is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who currently holds a Masters of Arts in psychology as well as a dual Masters of Science in general and special education. She has experience providing behavioral support across a variety of settings to both children and adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. Julia has also assisted in devising ABA based training curriculums for staff, providing professional presentations, and participating in different research efforts. Currently, Julia is the Clinical Director of The Mosaic School, a school for students with severe behavior problems.
Albert Malkin M.A., BCBA
Albert Malkin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received a Master of Arts degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, majoring in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has a decade of experience providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities, in a variety of settings for individuals ranging in age from toddlers to middle age. Albert is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of repetitive behavior in autism and interventions for improving exercise adherence for typically developing adults. He is currently a Clinical Services Supervisor for ErinoakKids Autism Services program and he also holds adjunct faculty positions at George Brown College and The Sage Colleges.
Laura Pajot Stolfi M.S., BCBA
Laura M. Pajot Stolfi is a certified Special Education teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has taught self-contained classes for children with autism in public and private schools, and provided programming and consultation for families of children with disabilities. Professor Stolfi has consulted with programs for children with autism and other disabilities in a variety of school settings and agencies, and designed and implemented staff and family training initiatives in these programs. Professor Stolfi currently teaches as an adjunct for CW Post Long Island University, as well as for the Sage Graduate School. She also provides supervision for students currently seeking board certification in Behavior Analysis.