The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) will host a one day, comprehensive CARD Rochester Autism Conference on October 28, 2009 at The Country Party House located at 321 East Linden in Rochester, New York.

“CARD has brought together six of its leading autism experts to present workshops which will deliver the most effective autism interventions, the latest in autism research and information on the most successful autism curricula to date,” says CARD Rochester Managing Supervisor Denise Rhine, MS Ed, BCBA. “We are confident that both professionals and parents will greatly benefit from this intensive conference.”

The CARD Rochester Autism Conference is designed for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), parents, caregivers, students, and professionals (including teachers, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and others).

The conference begins with a keynote address by world renowned autism expert, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and ends with a screening of RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back, an award-winning documentary of four children who recovered from autism.

Other speakers include the following experts:

Melissa Olive, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Olive completed her master's degree at Vanderbilt University in 1992, specializing in early communication intervention. She was selected as a trainee for a national project on Positive Behavior Support at the University of Minnesota, where she completed her doctorate in 1999. Dr. Olive has received over $1.5 million in funding for research and treatment on ABA related interventions. The author of over twenty book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed publications, she currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Early Intervention, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and Exceptional Children. Missy is a frequent guest reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Young Exceptional Children. Her interests include researching communication intervention, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Functional Communication Training (FCT), assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, and training others to implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Prior to joining the CARD staff, Missy served on the faculties at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Tarbox is currently the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Tarbox has worked in a variety of positions in the field of behavior analysis, including basic research, applied research, and practical work; with individuals with and without autism and other developmental disabilities, of all ages, and their families and care providers. He has worked for and in public school districts, private schools, sheltered workshops, group homes, developmental centers, behavioral consultation agencies, hospitals, and community-based recreational programs; in direct service provision, supervision, consultation, and program development and director roles. His early career involved positions at both the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Tarbox is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, and he received his PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno, under the mentorship of Dr. Linda J. Hayes. Throughout his career in behavior analysis, Dr. Tarbox has been actively engaged in basic, applied, and interdisciplinary research and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in behavioral psychology texts, and articles in popular media. Dr. Tarbox currently serves on the board of editors for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Board of Advisors for the Chicago School for Professional Psychology Los Angeles Campus, is the Chair of the Research Development Committee of the California State University, Northridge Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium, and is the President-Elect of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Tarbox's primary research interests include verbal behavior, rule-governed behavior, private events, and recovery from autism. Dr. Tarbox's primary professional interests include graduate academic and clinical training, as well as dissemination of behavior analysis at the national and international levels.

Dennis Dixon, PhD

Dr. Dennis Dixon received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University with a focus in developmental disabilities. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and specialized in the treatment of severe challenging behaviors. The author of over 20 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters, he currently serves on the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. He also serves as a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Mental Health Research in Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Dixon is a research manager at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. In addition to his work at CARD he is also currently adjunct faculty at the School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University and within the Applied Behavior Analysis program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His research interests have focused on issues related to psychometric assessment, test construction, sleep disorders, and biomedical interventions for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Katrina Lublin, MS, CCC-SLP

Katrina Lublin is a certified speech-language pathologist and department supervisor at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc since 2004. She has worked with children with autism for eight years within collaborative models incorporating ABA. Her experiences also include working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech and language disorders within acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Denise Rhine, MS Ed, BCBA

Denise Rhine began her studies at The State University of New York at Potsdam to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Special Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where she received her certification in Special Education: Kindergarten through 12th grade. She took her course work for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the University of Nevada-Reno and received her certification in 2007. Denise is currently the Senior Managing Supervisor at the Center for Autism and Related Disorder’s Rochester, New York office. She has worked for CARD for over 13 years and had four years previous experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Denise is a member of the Autism Task Force in Monroe County in Rochester, New York. She was recently published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis for the treatment of rumination with a child on the autism spectrum.

Lisa Schrader, MS Ed, BCBA

Lisa Schrader obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2002 from Keuka College in Keuka Park, New York. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Special Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She completed her coursework for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the University of Nevada-Reno and received her certification in 2007. Lisa is currently a Case Supervisor at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Rochester, New York office. She has worked for CARD for six years. She is a member of NYSABA and is currently a member of their public relations committee.

For more information about the conference, visit
Registration deadline is October 23, 2009.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) maintains a reputation as one of the world’s largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and related disorders. Following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), CARD develops individualized treatment plans for each child. CARD provides services around the globe. For more information about CARD, visit

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