Greg Hanley, PhD, BCBA-D

Gregory Hanley, PhD, BCBA-D, has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for more than 20 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a professor of psychology and director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Hanley has published more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals, in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice, and a past associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dr. Hanley's current research and practice activity is primarily focused on the development of effective and practical strategies for preventing the development of children's severe problem behavior.


Greg's Past Events

Treating Severe Problem Behavior: A focus on strengthening socially important behavior of persons with ASD

The success of treatments for problem behaviors associated with autism like meltdowns, self-injury, or aggression is largely dependent on whether the treatment is based on the function the problem behavior serves for the person with autism. But because of the seemingly obligatory focus on detecting the impact of single variables in good behavior analytic research, effective behavioral technology is often fractured across studies, resulting in a dearth of studies showing socially valid improvements in these problem behaviors and an absence of studies illustrating the treatment process from start to finish. In this session, an effective, comprehensive, and parent-validated treatment process for the problem behaviors associated with autism will be described.

Free!
Severe Behavior30 minutes

Preventing Severe Problem Behavior: A focus on strengthening socially important behavior

Considering both the challenges in marshaling the resources necessary for conducting a scientifically sound and ecologically valid functional assessment process and the numerous risk factors for developing problem behavior, preventing the development of problem behavior in young children is important. A class-wide and small group curriculum for teaching skills shown to prevent the development of problem behavior will be described in this brief session.

Free!
Autism45 minutes

Sleep problems of children & young adults with ASD (Part 1)

Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism. Addressing sleep problems can be challenging, and when left unaddressed, sleep problems can lead to or worsen other behavior problems such as aggression and noncompliance while also making learning in school difficult. The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with a sound understanding of factors that worsen and improve children's ability to achieve age-appropriate amounts of sleep as well as strategies for addressing common issues such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and nighttime routine noncompliance. As a result, attendees will have a better understanding of how family members and support staff can work as a team to promote the healthy sleep of the children in their care. The seminar will involve opportunities to design individualized and parent-friendly treatments for specific sleep problems and a review of strategies to prevent sleep problems from occurring.

Free!
Autism45 minutes

Sleep problems of children & young adults with ASD (Part 2)

Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism.  Addressing sleep problems can be challenging, and when left unaddressed, sleep problems can lead to or worsen other behavior problems such as aggression and noncompliance while also making learning in school difficult. The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with a sound understanding of factors that worsen and improve children's ability to achieve age-appropriate amounts of sleep as well as strategies for addressing common issues such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and nighttime routine noncompliance. As a result, attendees will have a better understanding of how family members and support staff can work as a team to promote the healthy sleep of the children in their care. The seminar will involve opportunities to design individualized and parent-friendly treatments for specific sleep problems and a review of strategies to prevent sleep problems from occurring. 

Free!
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