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Applied Behavior Analysis Expert Dr. John Neill to Chair Symposium

LIU Post Offers Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

John NeillBrookville, N.Y.—On May 27, 2012, John Neill, Ph.D., BCBA-D., will lead a symposium on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities at the Association for Behavior Analysis International, at the Washington Convention Center, in Seattle, Washington. The symposium, titled, "Recent Advances in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention" will feature discussions about scientifically-valid methods for effective early intervention. Dr. Neil, a board certified in behavior analysis (BCBA) will discuss the importance of using effective early intervention procedures for premature infants who may have seizures. Among infants born in the United States, approximately one-eighth are premature at birth and among this group, some may experience seizures. Dr. Neill's research has shown that seizures, independent of underlying medical issues, may impair the mother-child feeding relationship.  Further, the seizures may cause long term impairments in learning and behavior.  Fortunately, Dr. Neill and his students have also found that early intensive behavioral intervention can ameliorate these deficits, and lead to marked improvements in learning and behavior.

Dr. Neill is an associate professor who teaches in the graduate-level advanced certificate program in applied behavior analysis at LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University). A well-respected educator, he has conducted original research and experimentation on the causes and treatment of developmental disabilities for three decades at Children's Hospital in Boston, Harvard Medical School, Southampton College and LIU Post.

"Applied behavior analysis is an exciting field. It is based primarily on the principle of positive reinforcement, and is used to teach children who have severe developmental challenges, such as intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In the classroom, teach my graduate and undergraduate students that every child can be reached, to some degree, with ABA,” Dr. Neill said.

Behavior analysts' work with individuals at all age levels, from infancy through adulthood and old age, in settings that include schools, homes, day programs, communities, residential care settings, businesses and research laboratories. They function as individual clinicians or are employed in organizations in numerous fields including education, behavioral medicine, mental health, disability, and children's services, business and institutions of higher learning. LIU-Post has course sequence designed for training undergraduates and graduate students in applied behavior analysis.

For further information about courses on ABA at LIU-Post, prospective students may contact the department of psychology chairman, Dr. Gerald Lachter, at (516) 299-2184, or, email him at To learn more about this research, email Dr. Neill at

Posted 05/24/2012

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