Chair/Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis

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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)

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
  • ABA 615: Research Seminar 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

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 SPCE Curriculum Committee

Chair of The Sage Colleges Online Review Committee

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Behavior Modification