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Chris Sullens - CEO of CentralReach

Chris Sullens is the current CEO of CentralReach, a practice management software for ABA and related autism service provider companies that manages billing, scheduling, data collection and more. In this interview we talk about what the software can do to help organizations, his background in growing technology companies, and how technology is playing an important role in the evolution of the autism services field. Learn more at


Dexter Braff - Private Equity Invests in Autism & ABA Services

Dexter Braff is the President of The Braff Group, a leading health care mergers and acquisitions advisor specializing in autism services. Since starting in 1998, the firm has completed more than 325 health care deals. In this episode, we discuss the wave of private equity investment that is sweeping the autism and ABA services industry across the nation, especially over the last two years. Dexter explains what private equity is and shares insight on how the field is rapidly changing as a...


Sara Litvak - Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Join us for some invaluable tips from Sara Litvak of the BHCOE. They provide accreditation for ABA organizations and have identified best practices and suggestions for organizations to grow successfully and ethically. This episode also features an update from your host Dr. ABR on his organization, AZA United, and what's going on with their expansion efforts. Lots of great tidbits for organizational leaders and BCBAs to digest in this episode as our field is experiencing transformational...


Season 2 Trailer - Organizational Expansion

Many organizations across the country are focused on growth. Season 2 will take an inside at look at what's going in the autism ABA field, with interviews from guests that can teach us something about successful expansion. As your host, I will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at how AZA United is approaching the challenge. You can learn more about that in this blog:


Patrick Progar - Princeton Child Development Institute

Dr. Patrick Progar, BCBA-D, is the Executive Director of Princeton Child Development Institute in New Jersey. In this episode we discuss the history and program models of PCDI, as well as Patrick's background in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Peter Gerhardt - EPIC School

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ ( The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to teach individuals with autism new skills and increased independence. In this interview we discuss EPIC's educational model and Peter's perspective on how to prepare adults with autism for success in real world settings.


David Kearon - Autism Speaks Adult Services

Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks (, where he works to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities and resources available to adults with autism related to employment, housing and residential supports, post-secondary education and community integration. In this interview we discuss some specific initiatives they are doing to help adults, opportunities and challenges he foresees in the future, and how the organization has evolved over time.


Sarah Trautman-Eslinger - President of CalABA

Sarah Trautman-Eslinger is the owner of STE Consultants, a leading ABA provider agency in northern California ( She also currently serves as President of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA). In this interview we discuss the origins and future goals of her company, strategic initiatives underway with CalABA, how to build great organizational culture within ABA agencies, and general thoughts on the future of our field.


Bryna Siegel - The Politics of Autism

Dr. Bryna Siegel is a developmental psychologist, as well as founder and Executive Director of the Autism Center of Northern California (ACNC). She is retired as Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She has published several books, including the widely read "Helping Children with Autism Learn," and a recent release called "The Politics of Autism." In this interview, we discuss all that and more. Visit for more info.


Sarah Morgan - Facilitating Parent Support Group Branches

Sarah Morgan is the Senior Branch Community Engagement Officer for the National Autistic Society in Wales. In this interview we discuss how support group branches get started, and what Sarah’s role is to train volunteers, conduct risk assessments, and provide technical support. We also discuss how NAS strategically integrates these branches into key initiatives related to public policy and fundraising. Learn more about NAS programs at


Ian Dale - Measuring Impact for Autism Programs

Ian Dale serves as Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation for the National Autistic Society in London ( In this interview we discuss his role as a data analyst for the organization, different techniques they use to measure impact for all kinds of programs, what types of outcome measures are most valuable to track, and how this approach leads to data-based decision making to improve the organization's overall mission impact and optimal use of resources.


Carol Povey - Director for the National Autistic Society

Carol Povey is the Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society (, the oldest and largest autism charity in the United Kingdom. In this interview we discuss the history of NAS, the wide scope of services and supports they offer for parents and individuals of all ages, and how they are advancing opportunities for people with autism through better diagnosis, legislative initiatives, and autism awareness.


Daniel Cadey - Autism Friendly Award

Daniel Cadey is the Autism Friendly Development Manager for the National Autistic Society (NAS) in London. He oversees their Autism Friendly Award program, which certifies business of all sectors and sizes throughout the United Kingdom for making changes to benefit people with autism and their families. In this interview we learn about what businesses must achieve to become certified as autism-friendly, and how this program helps the broader autism community....


Dave Giles - Intermountain Centers

Dr. David K. Giles is the founder and CEO of Intermountain Centers (, a behavioral health agency in Tucson that has existed for 50 years and strives to be a model for human service organizations. In this interview, we discuss Dave's roots as an early behavior analyst working with Mont Wolf and many other "legends," how Intermountain started, and the key roles they have had in the deinstitutionalization movement, the development of wraparound services, and state...


Michael Dougher - Association for Behavior Analysis International

In this episode we discuss the past, present and future of behaviorism, psychology, and many other deep dives with the president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Michael Dougher has had an extensive career in behavior analysis and psychology, including a key role in the development of the now rapidly growing field of clinical behavior analysis and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Learn more at...


Hanna Rue - Autism Spectrum Therapies

Dr. Hanna Rue, BCBA-D, is the Head of Clinical Development for Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), a multi-state agency that provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals with autism ( In this interview we discuss how Dr. Rue is helping AST integrate research into service delivery, her role in the National Standards Project, how to evaluate ASD outcomes, diversity issues in behavior analysis, and what needs to be added to BCBA graduate programs.


Emily Callahan - Council of Autism Service Providers

Dr. Emily Callahan, BCBA-D, is the Executive Director for the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP), a trade association and leadership development group for autism provider organizations ( In this interview we discuss why CASP was created, what they are doing to improve services for people with autism and the companies that provide them, how to evaluate evidence-based practices, common challenges that provider agencies face, and how to measure macro-level outcomes for...