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.

Find out who are the speakers!


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