About Bucharest ABA International Conference:

Conferința Internațională ABA is the leading event dedicated to the research and theory of Applied Behavior Analisys in Romania.

During the 3 day conference, more than 500 people attend the event each year.

The conference is certified by the National Psychologists College, the National Medical College and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

  • 10 credits for presentations, 5 credits for participation for psychologists
  • 17 credits for participation for medical personnel
  • up to 20 credits for BCBA specialists

International lectors:

  • Jane S. Howard, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Modesto, CA United States, director BACB
  • Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D – Paramus, NJ United States
  • Suzanne Letso, M.A., BCBA – Milford, CT United States
  • Sigmund Eldevik, BCBA-D – Professor of Psychology at Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
  • William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University (USA)
  • Neil Martin, Ph.D., BCBA-D – United Kingdom
  • Christos Nikopoulos, BCBA-D, MBPsS, CSci, FHEA  – United Kingdom

Day 1&2

  • The first 2 days are mainly dedicated to psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and ABA therapists.

Day 3

  • The third day of the conference is mainly dedicated to parents, kindergarten and school teachers, ABA therapists.


  • Psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and ABA therapists, parents, kindergarten and school teachers.

FULL students

  • Enjoy all 3 days to have an overall view of the news studies and practices in ABA and intervention in autism.


8.30 – 9.30 Welcoming the participants

9.30 – 10.30 Press conference

10.30 – 11.30

WILLIAM L. HEWARD, Ed.D., BCBA-D – Why be a behavior analyst?

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00

NEIL MARTIN, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB): Updates, Developments and Opportunities around the World

ANCA DUMITRESCU, BCBA – ABA status and developments in Romania

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.45

JANE S. HOWARD, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Intensive behavior analytic and eclectic interventions for children with autism: data for decision makers

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00

BRIDGET A. TAYLOR, PhsyD, BCBA-D – Paramus, NJ United States – Observational Learning and Children with Autism: Emerging Research and Clinical Applications

9.00 – 10.45

Jill C. Dardig and William L. Heward – Sign Here: Contingency Contracting for Families

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00

CHRISTOS NICKOPULOUS, BCBA-D, MBPsS – Is the ‘C’ in ‘CBT’ actually redundant?

SIGMUND ELDEVIK, BCBA-D – Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Akershus, Norway – Analyzing and Extending the Evidence-Base for Behavioral Interventions for Children With Autism

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.40

SUZANNE LETSO, M.A., BCBA – Milford, CT United States – Innovative Programming to Enhance Quality of Life for Children and Families

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00


Alexandra Comărniceanu, psychologist, BCBA – Finding a job for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders

Claudia Matei, BCaBA and Andra Tabara, Psychologist – The effectiveness of auditory prompt strategies to increase social interaction in children with autism

Anca Grigoraș, Psiholog, BCaBA and Octavia Vasile, BCaBA – The acquisition of verbal speech by a child versus adult with autism


Ana Turtureanu, BCaBA, Raluca Furtună, BcaBA – Uses and Types of Data Collection

Alexandru Tarasov, BCaBA – Using video modeling

Roxana Maria Clinciu, Psychologist, BCaBA – Implementation of systematic desensitization

9.00 – 10.45

Dr. Ramona Gheorghe, Physician pediatric psychiatry; Dr. Anca Diana Oros, Specialist pediatric psychiatry – From parents concerns to the beginning of therapy – the road of the ASD child

Psychologist Raluca Nica – Parental counseling – essential component of the therapeutic program

Dr. Ileana Anca Efrim, Dr. Irina Angela Radu – GP – first stop

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00

Psychologist Lucian Negoita and psychologist Daniela Bololoi – The way personal development groups influence the emotional balance of parents with ASD children

Andreea Mățăuan, Psychologist – What does is mean “learning how to learn” in working with children with autism?

Andy Web, President of Christian Community Foundation – The world is watching…..

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.45


Susana Diaz, PR manager for Fundacio Friends and Jose Llorca, social educator – Brief history and origins of Fundació Friends. Description of diferent services of Fundació Friends: labour insertion program and education program

Daniela Gavankar, Psychologist – Language development and individual differences. Study on effects of hastening / acceleration language

Violeta Mihalașcu, Psychologist and Iliana Comendant, Psychologist and Professor – HESI Center – a step between therapy and practice


Oliviana Giura, Psychologist and Ana Maria Dutu, Psychologist – Implement individualized system of tokens by teacher

Lăcrămioara Petre, anthropologist, scientist, doctor – Eating behavior disorders in children with autism: causes and interventions

Gina Seria, psychotherapist and Nicoleta Lupoae – APCA Galati president, RBT – Interactive teaching in individual and group therapy for children with ASD

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30


Nicoleta Grigore, Psychologist, psychotherapist and Maria Alexandra Bogoescu, Psychologist, psychotherapist – Horse assisted therapy in ASD diagnosis

Tatiana Dănciulescu, Psychologist – Piano Therapy. About the importance of music in autism

Ana Hodea, Speech Therapist – Speech therapy in the rehabilitation of children with ASD


Alex Ștefan, Psychologist – The effects of television and gadgets on the psychological development of children

Ionel Mocanu, Psychologist – Effectiveness of parent participation to a behavioral training

Doru Zamfir, Psychologist – Sexual training of the person with autism


Over 40 international and Romanian specialists will speak at the 2016 ABA International Conference.


Bd. Expoziției, Nr.1B, Sector 1, cod 012101
București – România