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  • What is behavior analysis and behavioral gerontology?
  • Behavioral gerontology and neurocognitive disorder.
  • The role of behavior analysts in aging settings.
  • The importance of facility staff (in particular, activity professionals) in a behavior analytic approach to aging care.
  • Aging, Autism, and Intellectual Disabilities.
  • One Grass Roots Advocacy Program’s Impact on Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Baker
Guest Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Tierney
Live Stream Presentation: NCCAP

Continuing Education Credits

Pending: 5 CEU Hours BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Pending: 6 Clock Hours through NCCAP (National Certification Council for Activity Professionals)
Approved: NCCDP (National Certification Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners)

Open to all professionals interested in learning about Behavioral Gerontology

Conference information

Cost & Registration

Professionals: $60.00
Students: $30.00
Walk in registrations accepted

Regristration Form Download: Behavioral Gerontology Conference Regristration Form


8am-9am: Registration

9am-5pm: Seminar (15 min breaks, & 45min lunch break)

Meals (included)

Continental Breakfast

Other Information

Raffle Baskets/Gifts
Live Lunch Entertainment

Speaker’s information

Dr. Jonathan Baker

Dr. Jonathan Baker is a clinical faculty specialist in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining WMU, he was an associate professor and coordinator of the gerontology certificate program, as well as a faculty member in the behavior analysis and therapy program in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. He received a certificate in gerontology from the University of Kansas, a masters in applied behavior science from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. Dr. Baker is on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the editorial board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Behavioral Development, and is an Associate Editor at Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice as well as in the AE mentorship program for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He has served as a guest reviewer for the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and The Gerontologist. Dr. Baker is the former president of the Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis and former chair of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group with ABAI. Dr. Baker was the principle investigator for the Behavioral Residential In-home Care and Supports (BRICS) project evaluation for the Illinois Department of Aging and is currently a co-principle investigator for Behavior Analysis and Intervention in Nursing Homes, funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Baker’s main research interest is behavioral gerontology, including the assessment/treatment of behavioral excesses and developing programs that remediate behavioral deficits in older adults with neurocognitive disorder, as well as treatment adoption. His interests also extend to adults and older adults with developmental disabilities and staff training.

Dr. Cheryl Tierney

Cheryl Tierney-Aves, MD, MPH is a Board-Certified behavior and developmental pediatrician who has been in practice since 2002. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York and completed medical school at Tufts Universityin Boston. Her pediatric residency was at Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She completed Fellowships in Health Services Research, where she received her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health as well as Behavior and Developmental Pediatrics in 2002. After 8 years on faculty at Tuft’s Baystate Children’s Hospital she was recruited to join the faculty at Penn State Children’s Hospital in 2010 where she serves as the Section Chief of Behavior and Developmental Pediatrics. She is an active member of The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) including its Advocacy Committee. Dr. Tierney is the President and founder of the ABA in PA Initiative which is a grass roots advocacy group whose mission is to improve access and quality of ABA services in Pennsylvania. Dr. Tierney’s practice specializes in speech and language disorders to include autism and childhood apraxia of speech as well as pediatric behavioral sleep disorders

The List of Organizations in PA that Comply with ADA/Franklin Institute's PCA decision
(Staff can attend free of charge to paid event when accompanying an individual with a disability)

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Adventure Aquarium
Barnes Foundation
Colonial Theater
Electric Factory
Franklin Institute
Hershey Park
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Kimmel Center
Longwood Gardens
Michener Art Museum
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
New Hope Winery
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia History Museum
Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Union
Please Touch Museum
Renew Theaters
Rosenbach Museum
Sellersville Theater
Six Flags
Temple University Athletics
University of Pennsylvania Museum
Wells Fargo Center
World Café Live
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Boot and Saddle
Gettysburg Museum
Live Nation
Mutter Museum
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Soul
Philadelphia Zoo