Dr. Mark Dixon, SIU

Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D is professor and coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. His interests include the study of complex verbal behavior, gambling addiction, and organizational behavior management. Mark has published 10 books and over 200 peer reviewed journal articles. He has served as Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, associate editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and a reviewer for over 20 non-behavioral journals. Dr. Dixon has generated over 2.5 million dollars in funding to infuse behavior analysis within local schools and treatment facilities, and create a behavioral therapy clinic for persons suffering from autism and related conditions. Mark’s research and/or expert opinions have been featured in NewsweekTimeThe New York TimesNational Public RadioThis American Life, Bill Nye Saves the World, a New York Times best seller, and regional affiliates of ABC, CBS, and PBS.

PRESENTATION: Elevating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) assessment and treatment approaches for children with autism

This presentation will showcase a variety of new developments in refining how caregivers can assess and subsequently treat persons with autism who are in potential need of ABA services.  The author will walk the audience through the development and evolution of these methods and present a multitude of research studies done here in Illinois and beyond, ranging from changing IQ, adaptive behavior, improving eye gaze, and reducing autism symptom severity.