By Jim Chok

The Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis (PennABA) is pleased to share our annual update.  

Mission and Vision

PennABA seeks to promote high-quality behavior analysis in the region, maintain the scientific integrity of the discipline, and advocate on behalf of behavior analysts and consumers of behavior analysis.


PennABA was incorporated in 1998. Richard Foxx and William Helsel saw a need to support behavior analysis in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Richard Kubina chaired a meeting at the ABAI annual convention to help elect PennABA’s first set of officers. With the creation of PennABA, service providers, teachers, students, and families in Pennsylvania gained a resource that fosters the application and growth of behavior analysis.

PennABA Updates  

Nicole Mastromatto, MA, BCBA, remains as the Secretary for PennABA and assists with conference planning and the logistics associated with recording continuing education credits. 

Jonathan Ivy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, continues to lend his effort and talents to PennABA as the Director of Planning and Development. Keith Williams, Ph.D., is currently the Executive Director and Treasurer for PennABA.

Rather than holding an in-person conference this year, PennABA designed online presentations that could be accessed by its members. In September of 2022, PennABA began offering free membership to anyone who has been a member in the past, as well as any person who resides in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

      For all of those who signed up for free membership, PennABA offered free virtual continuing education sessions. The presentations included offerings in both ethics and supervision, and certain courses were made available to psychologists who wished to obtain CEs for psychology licensure requirements. Over the past calendar year, PennABA was able to provide 15 CE credits for its members. We hope to hold an in-person conference again in 2023 and are currently in the process of identifying presenters.


PennABA will continue to serve behavior analysts and consumers of behavior analysis in the region through continuing education and advocacy. We thank the members of PennABA, whose continued support is integral to all that PennABA has accomplished.

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