Lori Finn, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Lori Finn, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Department:  Applied Behavior Analysis
Rank, Program:
  Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis
Contact Info:
  [email protected]

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Psychology (Learning Processes/Behavior Analysis), The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
  • Dissertation:  Peer Pyramidal Training:  Effects on Direct Support Staff Teaching Skills and Generalization of Trainer Skills
  • M.Phil., Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
  • M.A., Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York
  • B.A., Psychology/Special Education, Clark University

Professional Education Certifications:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (#1-04-2099, in Professional Certifications)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst, New York State:  License #:  001251-1

Courses Taught:

  • ABA 501: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 510: Clinical Practicum in ABA I
  • ABA 513: Clinical Practicum in ABA IV
  • ABA 525: Social, Communication, and Play Skills in Children with ASD
  • ABA 601: Professional Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 610: Advanced Topics in ABA


  • Pyramidal staff training
  • Improving staff performance using behavior-skills training
  • Decreasing restrictive interventions
  • Online Learning

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Finn, L. L. & Davis, C.  (2015).  Creating Interactive Video Lectures to Increase Student Engagement.  Workshop presented at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference; New Orleans, LA.
  • Reinecke, D., & Finn, L. L. (2015). Video lectures in online graduate education: Relationship between use of lectures and outcome measures. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 14, 113-121. Retrieved from http://www.jite.org/documents/Vol14/JITEV14ResearchP113-121Reinecke0439.pdf
  • Finn, L. L. (2014).  Pyramidal peer training: Effects on direct support staff teaching skills and generalization of trainer skills. Symposium presented at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis & Therapy, 35th annual conference; Amherst, MA.
  • Finn, L. L.  (2014)  Safety in Numbers: Making Behavioral Measurement Work For You.  Workshop presented at the Sage Colleges 2nd annual autism conference; Troy, NY.
  • Finn, L. L., & Kennedy-Brill, K.  (2013).  Using Collaborative Partnerships to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Workshop presented at the NYSATE / NYACTE Annual Fall Conference; Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Finn, L. L., & Lipton-O’Connor, J.  (2013).  DSM-5:  What do the upcoming changes to ASD mean?  Workshop presented at  The Sage Colleges 1st annual Autism conference; Albany, NY. 
  • Reinecke, D., & Finn, L. L. (2012).  Effective Strategies in Online Education.  Workshop presented at  the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, 23rd annual conference; Saratoga Springs, New York  
  • Finn, L. L., & Sturmey, P.  (2009) The effect of peer-to-peer training on staff interactions with adults with dual diagnosis.  Research in Developmental Disabiliites, 30, 96-106.
  • Finn, L. L., & Sturmey, P. (2009) An analysis of the distribution and social antecedents of restrictive behavioural practices in a community day service for adults with intellectual disabilities.  Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, 103-222.


  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Developmental Disabilities
  • Developed and maintain the CABA Student Mentor Program
  • Member of The Sage Colleges Program Review Committee
  • Member of The Sage Colleges Online Review Committee
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Behavior Modification


  • Lives in southern New Hampshire with husband and son.
  • Enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and collecting and selling antiques.