About the conference: The 17th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support will feature over 200 oral presentations, posters, pre-conference and skill-building workshops highlighting empirical findings, assessment and intervention methods, current topics, and other aspects of Positive Behavior Support.
Meet Robert Schalock, Ph.D.,
Thursday General Session speaker Robert Schalock, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Hastings College (Nebraska) where he chaired the Psychology Department and directed the Cognitive Behavior Lab from 1967 to 2000. He currently has adjunct research appointments at the University of Kansas (Beach Center), University of Salamanca (Spain), Gent University (Belgium), and University of Chongqing (Mainland China).
Bob has been involved in the field of intellectual disability for the last 40 years. Initially, he was a research psychologist studying the biochemical and behavioral basis of cognitive disabilities. Since 1972, his work has focused on the development and evaluation of community-based programs for persons with disabilities and the key roles that the concept of quality of life and the supports paradigm play in planning and delivering individualized supports within a service delivery system. Bob has published widely in the areas of personal and program outcomes, the supports paradigm, adaptive behavior, clinical judgment, quality of life, and the transformation of disabilities organizations.
Meet Caryn Ward, Ph.D.,
Friday Keynote speaker Caryn Ward, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Education and Measurement of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. At NIRN, she is the Director of the State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence Based Practices (SISEP) Center funded by US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.
Dr. Ward has extensive experience in leading and developing infrastructure and capacity development with state and local education agencies as well as early childhood programs nationally. Within NIRN, Dr. Ward leads the development of implementation capacity measures and fidelity measures for use within education as well as other disciplines. Dr. Ward has served in a leadership role for the National Center for School Turnaround and currently serves on the advisory board of the National School Climate Center and research council for Communities in Schools - NC.