Lakewood, Colo. – The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) honored Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, for outstanding contributions to the field of behavior analysis during the Presidential Address at the 40th annual convention in Chicago, Ill. LeBlanc is one of only 13 women to obtain the distinction of ABAI Fellow.
The ABAI Fellow designation recognizes the most outstanding contributors to behavior analysis in one or more of the primary areas:
- Research and scholarship
- Professional practice
Potential Fellows are nominated by current Fellows with nominations accepted only for Full members of ABAI who have clearly documented records of sustained and excellent contributions in any of these three primary areas.
LeBlanc is Executive Director of Research and Clinical Services with Trumpet Behavioral Health. She is a Michigan Licensed Psychologist and has published over 80 articles and book chapters. LeBlanc is a current associate editor of Education and Treatment of Children and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, as well as a former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice.
She serves as an editorial board member for Behavior Modification, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities and The Behavior Analyst.
Previously, LeBlanc was a Professor of psychology at Auburn University and director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program and an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Western Michigan University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis and has worked with state agencies in both Michigan and Alabama on improving identification and education and treatment practices for individuals with autism.
Says LeBlanc of the award, “I am overjoyed and humbled to receive this honor from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). It is particularly important to me because the distinguished individuals who are already Fellows nominate the new Fellows. This means that the most senior and distinguished members of our field, many of whom are my personal heroes and role models, thought I was worthy to join their numbers.”
Since 1974, ABAI has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis. ABAI provides a variety of services to its members and the field including events, job placement, journals, resources, and more. ABAI has been inducting fellows since 2005.
For more information on the Association for Behavior Analysts International, visit www.abainternational.org.