Vincent van Antwerp, BCBA

With nearly 15 years of experience as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I have dedicated my career to facilitating meaningful behavior change. My clinical expertise lies in working with individuals engaging in dangerous behaviors, including aggression, self-harm, and elopement. For my doctoral research, I focused on feedback and goal setting to enhance exercise performance, underlining my commitment to health and wellness.

In addition to my professional background, I am trained in Krav Maga and Shotokan Karate. I have completed three triathlons and over five endurance and obstacle course races, including Spartan and Tough Mudder. My dedication to fitness is further demonstrated by my adherence to a plant-based diet for almost a decade.

Currently, I am the founder of Smart Tools Consulting, where I provide coaching to individuals and groups to achieve their wellness goals. My approach integrates performance feedback, setting achievable goals, emphasizing the role of nutrition in fitness, and promoting regular exercise as a sustainable lifestyle. I take pride in guiding you on your journey to improved wellness and fitness through evidence-based strategies and personalized support.

Presentation at the ABA International Conference 2024


Programming for health as a replacement for dealing with illness and burnout

“If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” – Joyce Sunada


Clinical work is demanding and without proper self-care, clinicians risk injury and burnout. In this presentation, I will explore best practices for wellness and fitness from a behavior analytic perspective, aimed at helping clinicians sustain their physical and mental well-being. Attendees will learn how to apply behavioral principles to enhance their fitness and wellness, enabling them to remain active with their clients, endure physically taxing sessions, and mitigate burnout.

Key topics will include data tracking for fitness and nutrition and effective behavioral strategies to initiate and maintain fitness goals. Additionally, the presentation will cover the establishment of reinforcement systems to promote ongoing wellness. Emphasis will be placed on the critical role of diet as a modifiable factor influencing both healthspan and lifespan. By integrating principles of sleep hygiene, balanced nutrition, and regular physical activity, clinicians can significantly improve their overall health.

Through practical guidance and evidence-based strategies, this presentation will equip attendees with the tools necessary to prioritize their wellness, ensuring they can continue to provide high-quality care to their clients.