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Behaviorbabe

87 EpisodesProduced by Behaviorbabe Website

Behaviorbabe (aka Dr. Amanda Kelly) is an ethical advocate for the accurate dissemination and application of behavior analysis. Dr. Kelly is a PhD-level, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D); the first to be licensed in the state of Hawai’i. This podcast features conversations, discussions, and… read more

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Jay Cage on Personal Change

December 6th, 2019

18:48

In this episode, Dr. Kelly is joined by Jay Cage, who describes her journey on the path to personal, sustainable behavior change. Jay emphasizes the …

Martha Gabler on TAGteach

December 4th, 2019

34:44

In this episode, Martha Gabler discusses her experiences as an autism mom, detailing her difficulties and discoveries along the way. Martha shares …

Who knew science could be this exciting?

December 1st, 2019

0:46

All things ABA, including discussions on Supervision, Ethics, Public Schools, Adult Services, Military life, OBM, Sustainability, and more!!

Dr. Megan Miller on Motherhood

November 30th, 2019

26:17

In this episode, Dr. Megan Miller talks with Dr. Kelly about managing motherhood while maintaining a career as a successful behavior analyst. Hear …

Josh Cobbs on Advocacy, Parenting, and Putting Joy into Life

November 29th, 2019

23:33

In this episode, Josh Cobbs joins Dr. Kelly and shares his journey in the world of advocacy and parenting. Josh shares his self-care strategies as well as his no nonsense “nothing will stop me” attitude, which led to …

Dr. Tomaino on Crisis Prevention (Part 2)

November 27th, 2019

19:32

In the second part of this two part series, Dr. Tomaino joins us to discuss crisis prevention. In discussions with Dr. Tomaino, listeners will learn …

Dr. Miguel on Crisis Prevention (Part 1)

November 26th, 2019

16:23

In the first part of this two part podcast, Dr. Edward Miguel talks about crisis prevention, specifically on shifting the mindset on physical intervention. Dr. Miguel noted that must first start with the belief that …

Jessica Minahan on Treating Anxiety & Trauma in Public Schools

November 22nd, 2019

44:00

In this episode, Jessica Minahan talks with Dr. Kelly about treating anxiety and trauma in public school settings. Jessica discusses the challenges …

Kim Wolff on Consultation

November 21st, 2019

17:08

In this episode, Dr. Kelly sits down with Kim Wolff, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has experience working in Boston, Korea, Kentucky, …

Bethany Patterson on Being a BCBA and a Military Spouse

November 19th, 2019

28:07

In this episode, Bethany Patterson joins Dr. Kelly to discuss life as a BCBA and a military spouse. Bethany shares with listeners her journey and …

Shari Adler on Trauma Informed Treatment

November 17th, 2019

21:03

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses trauma informed treatment with Shari Adler. Shari provides listeners with definitions, descriptions, and an in-depth discussion on the topic of trauma informed care.

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Dr. Nicole Davis on Using ABA in Online Instruction

November 16th, 2019

24:05

In this episode, Dr. Kelly talks with Nicole Davis talks about her role as a professor of online instruction in behavior analysis. Nicole details …

Lara Bollinger’s back: Updates from Law School

November 14th, 2019

21:15

We welcome back guest speaker, Lara Bollinger for a second episode and an update on law school. Lara is Licensed as a Behavior Analyst in Hawai’i and …

Christine Almeida on ABA and Public Preschools

November 12th, 2019

31:34

In this episode, Christine Almeida discusses ABA and Public Preschools. Christine describes the supports and services she oversees in public school …

Shannon Biagi on OBM

November 10th, 2019

22:00

In this episode, Shannon Biagi joins Dr. Kelly to discuss Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): what it is and what it is not. Shannon describes for listeners some parallels between clinical practice and OBM …

Carter Keegan on Life on the Spectrum

November 6th, 2019

23:19

This episode features a very special guest, Carter Keegan. Carter is a young adult with autism who shares with us his journey: from diagnosis to …

Dr. Antonio Harrison on Turning On the Lights

November 6th, 2019

39:10

In this episode, Dr. Antonio Harrison discusses with Dr. Kelly difficult topics; such as diversity, discrimination, and debating divorce with ones …

Dr. Tyra Sellers on Supervision & Stopping to Smell the Roses

November 3rd, 2019

34:18

In this episode, Dr. Tyra Sellers joins Dr. Kelly to discuss supervision in behavior analysis. Dr. Sellers addresses topics such as what we mean by supervision and who needs a supervisor, as well as, what a supervisor …

Science or Pseudoscience?

November 3rd, 2019

17:18

Dr. Kelly describes some clear indicators, which are cause for concern when evaluating treatment options. Whether we are talking about autism interventions, weight loss approaches, or ways to decrease baldness, there …

Reinforcement or Punishment

November 2nd, 2019

7:41

In this episode, Dr. Kelly describes the differences between reinforcement and punishment. She provides examples of both positive and negative reinforcement as well as positive and negative punishment. To learn more …

Dr. Mary Barbera on Turning Autism Around

November 1st, 2019

32:40

In this episode, Dr. Mary Barbera joins Dr. Kelly and discusses her mission to “Turn Autism Around”. Dr. Barbera shares her personal journey as a mom …

Dr. Rob Pennington on Part Time Lovers

October 30th, 2019

33:55

Dr. Rob Pennington joins Dr. Kelly to discuss important trends in teacher education. On this episode, Dr. Pennington shares common barriers that ail …

ABA and the Earth

October 29th, 2019

12:09

In this episode, Dr. Kelly looks at science and sustainability. Inspiring us to take what we know about behavior change to make the world a better place. Learn more at www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Importance of Advocacy and Dissemination Efforts

October 28th, 2019

6:40

Hear Dr. Kelly's thoughts on the importance of being involved in advocacy and the dissemination of behavior analysis. Being involved in the …

Molly Benson on Sustainability and Public Policy

October 28th, 2019

22:33

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses the topics of sustainability and public policy with guest, Molly Benson. Molly chronicles her “competency-based …

Dr. Rick Kubina on the Power of Precision Teaching

October 23rd, 2019

37:47

In this episode, Dr. Rick Kubina joins Dr. Kelly to discuss precision teaching; why it’s useful and what makes him so passionate about the science. …

Elizabeth Drago on ABA in New York

October 23rd, 2019

24:24

Elizabeth joins Dr. Kelly to discuss the current restrictions for behavior analysts practicing in New York. Without a revision to current legislation, behavior analysts will continue to be limited to working exclusively …

Quality Indicators of an ABA Program

October 22nd, 2019

7:34

In this episode, Dr. Kelly reviews 30 Quality Indicators of an ABA program. To access additional resources on this topic, visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Presession Pairing

October 18th, 2019

9:31

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses her dissertation research and details her investigation on the effects of presession pairing. To learn more visit: www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Janice Chan on Classroom PRT (CPRT)

October 15th, 2019

20:52

In this episode Janice Chan sits down with Dr. Kelly to discuss classroom Pivotal Response Training. In this episode, Janice shares similarities and differences between a DTT and PRT approach to instruction. Janice also …

Translating Technical ABA into Everyday

October 12th, 2019

7:34

In this episode, Dr. Kelly talks about the challenges behavior analysts face when switching between a technical and conversational description of ABA. Learn more at www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Lara Bollinger on Life as a BCBA In Law School

October 10th, 2019

5:07

This episode features a guest speaker, Lara Bollinger. Lara is a BCBA with experience working in Massachusetts, Hawai’i, and Virginia. She is …

Dr. Calkin on Inner Behavior

October 6th, 2019

31:28

In this episode, Dr. Abigail Calkin shares with Dr. Kelly her journey with behavior analysis studying inner behavior. Having been a student and …

Functions of Behavior

October 4th, 2019

9:45

Dr. Kelly discusses briefly the ABCs of ABA and explains the four functions of behavior. To learn more visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Ashley Rose on Teaching Social Skills

October 1st, 2019

27:45

In this episode, Ashley Rose joins Dr. Kelly to talk about teaching social skills and not taking ourselves too seriously. Ashley offers listeners a definition of social skills, some suggestions for effective …

Top 10 Tips for Teachers

September 29th, 2019

11:22

Behavior management in the classroom is a skill that takes years to develop. In this episode, Dr. Kelly will review her top 10 tips for Teachers, based on her experiences as a teacher and behavior analyst. For more …

Science According to Skinner

September 25th, 2019

9:07

In this episode, Dr. Kelly brings us back to our roots and reads us some Skinner quotes, specifically related to science and our roles as scientists …

ADHD and Anxiety

September 24th, 2019

14:05

While medications are often prescribed for children with ADHD or anxiety, the first line of treatment recommended by the Center for Disease Control …

Being both a mentor and mentee

September 21st, 2019

11:33

Dr. Kelly sends an extra special congrats to our most recently certified analysts, specifically Jennifer Lonardo, BCBA! She also shares her experiences, and describes how one can be both a (lifelong) mentor and mentee!

Becoming a Behavior Analyst - My Story

September 20th, 2019

9:28

In this episode, Dr. Kelly shares her journey to becoming a behavior analyst. To learn more about applied behavior analysis, visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Dr. Bobby Newman on The Ethics of Popularizing our Profession

September 18th, 2019

51:20

In this episode, Dr. Bobby Newman speaks with Dr. Kelly about the ethics of using testimonials to promote our profession. Dr. Newman outlines times …

Kate Disney on Accessing ABA for Military Families

September 17th, 2019

31:01

In this episode Kate Disney, a mother, veteran, nurse, and military spouse offers her unique perspective on accessing ABA as a military family. Kate speaks with Dr. Kelly on the unavoidable and avoidable aspects …

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox on ACT & Creating Kindness

September 9th, 2019

36:45

In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Tarbox joins Dr. Kelly to discuss Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as how to empirically evaluate kindness when working with clients. Jonathan provides an overview of ACT, …

Behaviorbabe on Accruing Continuing Education Units (CEU)

September 8th, 2019

20:33

In this episode Dr. Kelly describes the seven different qualifying categories continuing education for behavior analysts. Dr. Kelly shares her total number of CEUs from her latest 2 year certification cycle, as well a …

ABA in Schools

September 7th, 2019

12:39

In this episode, Dr. Kelly provides an overview of applied behavior analysis in the school setting. Dr. Kelly provides resources related to …

Leanne Page on Parenting with ABA

September 6th, 2019

17:39

In this episode, Leanne Page from “Parenting with ABA” sits down with Dr. Kelly. Leanne talks about parenting advice and how much of it relies on punishment and is often based on our own experiences. Through her …

Dr. Crone-Todd on Gaslighting

September 4th, 2019

23:33

In this episode Dr. Darlene Crone-Todd speaks on gaslighting from a behavior analytic lens. Dr. Crone-Todd and Dr. Kelly discuss the ethics of behavior change and gaslighting within organizational systems. Other topics …

Sasha Long - The Autism Helper

August 27th, 2019

27:03

In this episode, Sasha Long joins Dr. Kelly to discuss how to best support teachers and students in our public schools. Sasha’s background as an …

Feda Almaliti on Creating Sub-Specialties in ABA and on the Treatment of Severe Behavior

August 22nd, 2019

30:33

In this episode, Feda Almaliti joins Dr. Kelly to speak on the need for specialization within the field of behavior analysis. Feda shares from her own experiences as an autism mother, insurance champion, and legislative …

Developing a Philosophy of Education

August 22nd, 2019

15:28

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses the process of developing a philosophy of education. She describes how this process will be shaped by your own …

Lorri Unumb on Autism Insurance and Adult Services

August 19th, 2019

26:05

In this episode, Lorri Unumb, Vice President of Governmental Affairs from Autism Speaks, talks with Dr. Kelly about Autism Insurance and creating …

Dr. Becca Tagg on Being Dually Certified

August 17th, 2019

22:23

In this episode, Dr. Becca Tagg discusses her journey as a scientist, dually-licensed as a psychologist and behavior analyst. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Tagg …

Dr. Ellie Kazemi on the Function of Supervision

August 13th, 2019

35:46

In this episode, Dr. Ellie Kazemi returns as a guest to discuss the topic of supervision in-depth with Dr. Kelly. Discussions include empowering students, connecting with them, helping them highlight their strengths and …

Inclusion with Chrissy Kelly

August 11th, 2019

19:32

In this episode, Dr. Kelly interviews Chrissy Kelly, creator of “Life with Greyson and Parker” about inclusion. What is inclusion? What is needed to make inclusion a success? Where do you begin? For more information, …

Dr. Kelly on Delving Deeper into Public Policy

August 9th, 2019

41:59

In this special edition, Dr. Ellie Kazemi interviews Dr. Amanda Kelly (Behaviorbabe) on her advocacy efforts. Dr. Kelly speaks to her journey and how …

Behaviorbabe on What Students Should Read

August 7th, 2019

17:22

In this episode, Dr. Kelly offers some suggestions for students studying behavior analysis. From the 7 Dimensions (1968, 1987) to The Rights to Effective Behavioral Treatment (1988), Dr. Kelly suggests articles. In …

Kristen and Erin on Being Honest, Humble, Human

July 29th, 2019

32:50

In this episode, Kristen Lancaster (she/her) and Erin Donovan (they/them) join Dr. Kelly (she/her) to discuss taking a values-based approach to everything we do. In this episode, Kristen and Erin share their thoughts …

Teaching Vocational Skills

July 24th, 2019

13:23

Dr. Kelly reviews some tips and techniques for preparing learners (and ourselves) for vocational settings. To learn more, visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Brandon Franklin on Reducing Suspensions in School Settings

July 9th, 2019

33:51

In this episode, Brandon discusses with Dr. Kelly the role his team plays in Louisville Public Schools. Brandon explains how “everything is legit …

Dr. Markovits on Making the Most of Online Instruction

July 9th, 2019

26:25

In this episode, Dr. Becky Markovits talks with Dr. Kelly about how students can make the most of online instruction. Dr. Markovits identifies some barriers (e.g., decreased contact with professor) and benefits (e.g., …

How to Get ABA on Your IEP

July 7th, 2019

17:38

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses some federal laws and protections afforded for students with behavioral needs. Dr. Kelly provides information and insights based on her experiences as a licensed behavior analyst and …

Ethics and ABA

July 6th, 2019

5:54

In this episode Dr. Kelly explains how a formula is needed when confronting ethical dilemmas as they are rarely ever black or white. What do you do …

Why Don’t We Participate in Public Policy

July 4th, 2019

13:55

In this episode, Dr. Kelly seeks to answer the question, “Why don’t behavior analyst participate in public policy more than we do”. Dr. Kelly details …

Tori Sims on Supervision

July 3rd, 2019

21:36

In this episode, Dr. Kelly interviews Tori Sims about the role of a newly certified supervisor. Tori shares with us the difficulties, differences, …

What is ABA | 7 Dimensions

July 2nd, 2019

7:04

In this podcast, Dr. Amanda Kelly reviews the basic characteristics of ABA [applied behavior analysis]. To learn more visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Ethics of Staying Up to Date

June 27th, 2019

8:57

In this episode, Dr. Kelly reviews some of the changes put forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Changes were announced December 2018 and most are effective November 2019. For more information visit

Dr. Cruz-Torres on RBTs: Ethics and Advice

June 25th, 2019

30:33

In this episode, Dr. Elisa Cruz-Torres speaks with Dr. Kelly about the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. Dr. Cruz-Torres discusses the process of becoming an RBT, constraints when trying to obtain …

Anxiety & Airplanes: A Personal Account

June 20th, 2019

28:04

When one of your favorite places becomes a place of panic, what do you do? In this episode, Dr. Kelly shares what she has learned since having panic attacks on airplanes. Dr. Kelly shares information from experts, as …

Rose Griffin on Being an SLP & BCBA

June 18th, 2019

29:59

In this episode, Rose Griffin details her journey of becoming a speech language pathologist (SLP) AND board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Rose …

Common Misconceptions of ABA

June 18th, 2019

8:07

In this episode, Dr. Kelly (Behaviorbabe) reviews some common concerns and misconceptions about the practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA). To learn more, visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Applications of ABA | Applied Behavior Analysis

June 16th, 2019

5:55

Applied behavior Analysis (ABA) is the problem-solving, scientific approach to challenges that are relevant to individuals, communities, and society. …

Jenn Lonardo on Advocating For Appropriate Treatment Recommendations

June 15th, 2019

10:18

In this episode, our guest Jennifer Lonardo, BCaBA who lives in Kona on the island of Hawai’i discusses how she effectively and ethically advocates for access to ABA services across settings for her clients. To learn …

Ethics of Effective Collaboration

June 15th, 2019

13:26

In this episode, Dr. Kelly shares some quick tips on how to work with others who don’t want to work with you. To learn more visit www.behaviorbabe.com.

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Dr. Rachel Taylor on Defining the Magic

June 14th, 2019

27:30

In this episode, Dr. Rachel Taylor talks about “Defining the Magic” of behavior change. This includes translating our science for others, staying focused on improved independence and quality of life, practicing within …

Shane Spiker on Self Care and Saying No

June 12th, 2019

28:50

In this episode, Shane Spiker joins Dr. Kelly for a discussion on self care and learning how to say no. Shane discusses the benefits to creating a verbal community as well as some strategies for starting on the path to …

Rebecca Womack on Adults, Advocacy, and Systems Change

June 11th, 2019

23:16

In this episode, Rebecca Womack joins Dr. Kelly for a discussion on serving adults, efforts related to advocacy, and some suggestions for achieving …

Dr. Judah Axe on Creating Connections

June 8th, 2019

29:23

In this episode, Dr. Judah Axe meets with Dr. Kelly and discusses his research on problem solving, as well as recent and upcoming conference …

Dr. Kazemi on Performance Feedback and Artificial Intelligence

June 8th, 2019

21:26

In this episode, Dr. Kelly speaks with Dr. Ellie Kazemi about starting a university program and publishing THE book on supervision. In addition, Dr. Kazemi also shares her interests in engineering and artificial …

Bearded Behaviorist on Behavior Analysis

June 3rd, 2019

32:53

On this episode, Brian (Bearded Behaviorist) shares the journey of his autism diagnosis and how he came to find behavior analysis. Brian shares with Dr. Kelly his experiences and his mission to break down misconceptions …

Dr. Laprime On Building Capacity in Public Schools

June 2nd, 2019

17:35

In this episode, Dr. Amanda Laprime joins us to share her thoughts, strategies and suggestions for building capacity in public school settings. Dr. …

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)

June 1st, 2019

6:58

Functional behavior assessments are generally considered to be a problem solving process for addressing behaviors of concern. Behavior plans based on …

Dr. Kelly Testifies at the Hawai’i State Capitol (2015)

May 23rd, 2019

8:32

In this episode, we take listeners back to 2015 when Dr. Kelly was asked to explain applied behavior analysis (ABA) to legislators at the State …

Is the RBT Right for You or Your Agency?

May 22nd, 2019

28:23

In this episode Dr. Kelly discusses the RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) credential and whether it is right for you or your agency. Dr. Kelly reviews the barriers and benefits to credentialing direct support workers …

SAFMEDS vs Flashcards

May 21st, 2019

9:36

In this episode, Dr. Kelly reviews the similarities and differences between SAFMEDS and flashcards as study tools. To learn more, visit

New Year, New You ...just kidding

May 20th, 2019

6:10

In this New Years episode, Dr. Kelly encourages us to find ways to bring ABA a bit more into our everyday in 2019. What good is having the ability to help others if we can’t also use the science to help ourselves? For …

Antecedent Interventions

May 12th, 2019

10:42

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses antecedent Interventions. Antecedent Interventions are those strategies, which are aimed at preventing challenging behavior from occurring. The focus is on strengthening deficient …

Dr. Dixon on Cockroaches, Casinos, & Curricula

May 9th, 2019

34:53

In this episode, Dr. Mark Dixon joins Dr. Kelly and discusses broad applications of behavior analysis. Dr. Dixon conducts research in 3 very distinct …

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