Linda LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D

Linda is a Licensed Psychologist is the President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. She previously served as a professor at Claremont MeKenna College, Western Michigan University and Auburn University and as the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on topics such as behavioral treatment of autism, technology-based behavioral interventions, behavioral gerontology, and systems development in human services. Dr. LeBlanc is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and the Literature Review Editor for Education and Treatment of Children. She has previously served as an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Linda's Past Events

1 hour

Creating Capacity to Conduct Applied Research

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a long and storied history of closely integrating research and practice. That is, everyday practice can inform and even serve as the means by which to conduct research that informs our applied science. This presentation explores the differences between applied laboratory research and research conducted in ongoing clinical practice. The requirements for creating capacity for conducting applied research in human services agencies are explored with respect to: infrastructure, training, and human subjects protections.


The Role of Mentoring in Career Blazing in Behavior Analysis

Each professional is a product of their history and their current environment.  By conducting an analysis of your professional and personal influences, you can prepare yourself to identify your unique strengths and your remaining professional development needs.  This talk presents a series of questions that may assist women in behavior analysis in reflecting on their core influences and preparing to actively create the opportunities for new core influences.  Strategies are provided for identifying a mentor, charting your professional development path and purposefully advancing your career while maintaining happiness in both career and personal life. 


Identifying and Mastering Pivotal Leadership Skills

Everyone wants to be a leader, but no one is born a leader. A leader is someone who has followers (Daniels, 2005) because they behave in a way that inspires others to follow. Those behaviors can be analyzed into pivotal skills (i.e., skills that impact multiple repertoires) and singular skills (i.e., the skill is useful but does not necessarily produce change in other behavior). The members of this panel will discuss the pivotal skills for great leadership and the repertoires that are directly or indirectly impacted by those pivotal skills. They will also discuss strategies for mastering pivotal leadership skills throughout the span of a career.

Other2 hours

Leveraging Technology to Enhance Innovation and Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Technology solutions are in high demand in a global society that values efficiency. New devices and applications are emerging, which allow behavior analysts to develop and deliver efficient, accessible, and personalized application of our science. However, the cost-benefit analysis should be considered prior to adopting any new technology solution to ensure that automation does not compromise the behavior analytic technology.  The members of this panel will discuss their diverse backgrounds and experience in developing and studying the use of technology to enhance the application of behavior analysis (e.g., data collection, e-learning, virtual reality, telehealth).  They will also advise on how various technologies can be leveraged to enhance our understanding of behavior and to increase dissemination of behavior analysis in areas such as education, business and industry, and health services.


All Things Supervision with Panel Discussion

Effective supervision is critical to the provision of quality behavioral services, the professional development of the supervisee, the continued growth of the supervisor, and the overall good of our field and best practices. In this workshop, Linda LeBlanc will summarize five recommended practices for individual supervision. She will also detail strategies and resources and will cover the unique role of group supervision in higher-order, clinical decision-making skills development. Immediately after, a panel of experts in the area of supervision will discuss the joys, challenges, and responsibilities of mentoring junior colleagues and each panelist will discuss effective supervision for, and cautions about, the most common problems that arise in supervisory relationships.


Part 2: Using Conditional Discrimination in Catalyst

In part 2, Dr. LeBlanc will demonstrate the new conditional discrimination feature in the Catalyst, illustrating a tangible application of the teachings from part 1 within the Catalyst data collection platform.


Part 1: Conditional Discrimination Concepts and Best Practices

Part 1 will discuss key concepts of conditional discrimination and why it is so important to utilize in your daily clinical practice.

Assessment3 hours

Recommended Practices and a Selection Model for Measurement of Problem Behavior

Practicing behavior analysts frequently assess and treat problem behavior as part of their ongoing job responsibilities. Effective measurement of problem behavior is critical to success in these activities because some measures of problem behavior provide more accurate and complete information about the behavior than others. However, not every measurement procedure is appropriate for every problem behavior and therapeutic circumstance. The correct measures must be collected in appropriate ways to generate useful information to guide evaluation and revision of programming. This workshop summarizes five critical practice recommendations, describes the most commonly used measurement procedures and the contexts for which they are most appropriate, and reviews the clinical decision-making model for selecting measurement produces published by LeBlanc et al (2016).


Maximizing Stimulus Control: Best Practices for Teaching Receptive Language

Discrimination training is one of the most important components of early intensive behavioral interventions.  In order to design effective discrimination training procedures, behavior analysts and teachers must understand the critical differences between simple and conditional discrimination procedures.  This presentation will review research findings that inform our understanding of stimulus control with a specific application to receptive language programming as described in Grow and LeBlanc (2012).  Receptive language refers to responding appropriately to another person's spoken language (e.g., responding to your name, following directions, responding to names and features of objects).  This presentation will include 5 critical best practices for designing and implementing programming for receptive language.  In addition, this presentation will include the potential negative effects for deviating from these recommendations and strategies for troubleshooting and eliminating stimulus control problems that may have been created by prior non-optimal programming.

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