International Speakers

Robert C. Mellon
Robert C. Mellon
Professor of Clinical Psychology-Experimental Behavioral Approaches (2009-present) in the Department of Psychology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, and director of Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Behavior Analysis (2010-present), Robert C. Millan is past president of the European Association for Behavior Analysis.
Janet Twyman
Janet Twyman
Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA is the Director of Innovations in Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education’s national Center on Innovations in Learning. After completing her doctorate at Columbia University, she ran an early childhood center and taught children, teachers, and parents. She is active on the boards of numerous organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (as Education Group Chair).
Nicholas Weatherly
Nicholas Weatherly
Dr. Weatherly is President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Past-President of both the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program where his research and studies centered on performance management interventions, behavior-based safety, behavioral systems analysis, and programmed instruction.
William Heward
William Heward
William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, served as Visiting Professor of Psychology at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and given lectures and workshops in 20 other countries.
Neil Martin
Neil Martin
Neil Martin, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has been working as a behaviour analyst (as a clinician, academic, supervisor and researcher), since 1990. Dr. Martin received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading (UK) in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2002.
Joyce C. Tu
Joyce C. Tu
Dr. Joyce C. Tu received a doctor of education in Educational Psychology specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University. Dr. Tu has over fifteen years of experience providing trainings, workshops, and supervisions for professionals and parents working with individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Anca Dumitrescu
Anca Dumitrescupsiholog BCBA
Anca Grigoraș
Anca Grigorașpsiholog BCaBA
Alexandra Comărniceanu
Alexandra ComărniceanuPsiholog BCBA
Andreea Stroe-Mățăuan
Andreea Stroe-MățăuanPsiholog BCBA
Ramona Gheorghe
Ramona GheorghePsihiatru
Claudia Matei
Claudia MateiPsiholog BCaBA
Lăcrămioara Petre
Lăcrămioara Petrecercetător științific
Nicoleta Florea
Nicoleta FloreaPsiholog
Loredana Bumbeș
Loredana BumbeșBehavior Analyst BCaBA
Alexandra Nespălatu
Alexandra NespălatuBehavior Analyst BCaBA
Raluca Furtună
Raluca FurtunăPsiholog BCaBA
Alexandru Tarașov
Alexandru TarașovPsiholog BCaBA
Ana Maria Bogdan
Ana Maria BogdanPsiholog
Raluca Vasilescu
Raluca VasilescuPsiholog
Andra Tabără
Andra TabărăPsiholog
Laura Ciobanu
Laura CiobanuPsiholog clinician
Elena Ungureanu
Elena UngureanuPsychologist
Ionela Ferucă
Ionela FerucăPsychologist
Ramona Cupă
Ramona CupăPsychologist
Iuliana Zamfir
Iuliana ZamfirPsiholog
Lucian Negoiță
Lucian NegoițăPsiholog
Daniela Bololoi
Daniela BololoiPsiholog
Ana Hodea
Ana Hodealogoped
Ionel Mocanu
Ionel MocanuPsychologist
Cecilia Moței
Cecilia MoțeiPsychologist
Iliana Comendant
Iliana ComendantPsychologist
Sebastiana Groza
Sebastiana GrozaPsychologist
Bianca Stănescu
Bianca StănescuPsychologist
Ana Turtureanu
Ana TurtureanuPsychologist BCaBA
Daniela Gavankar
Daniela GavankarPsychologist
Alina Căpușan
Alina Căpușan
Elena Nedelcu
Elena Nedelcu
Tatiana Dănciulescu
Tatiana DănciulescuClinical Psychologist
Mihai Bran
Mihai BranPsychiatrist
Alina Mirela Trofin
Alina Mirela TrofinPsychologist
Corina Pirsean
Corina PirseanPsychologist
Ruxandra Foloștină
Ruxandra FoloștinăPsychologist
Alexandra Nae-Dumitrescu
Alexandra Nae-DumitrescuPsychologist
Iulia Lăzărean
Iulia LăzăreanPsychologist BCBA

Attend the next ABA International Conference, 21-23 April, in Bucharest!

Day 1&2

  • 350 lei after March, 10th
  • The first 2 days are mainly dedicated to psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and ABA therapists.

Day 3

  • 150 lei after March, 10th
  • The third day of the conference is mainly dedicated to parents, kindergarten and school teachers, ABA therapists.


  • 400 lei after March, 10th
  • Psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and ABA therapists, parents, kindergarten and school teachers.

FULL students

  • 250 lei after March, 10th
  • Enjoy all 3 days to have an overall view of the news studies and practices in ABA and intervention in autism.


8.30 – 9.00 Reception of participants
9.00 – 9.15 Opening of the conference

  • Representative of Bucharest University
  • Representative of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences – Prof. Univ.Dr. Lucian Ciolan
  • Anca Dumitrescu, BCBA, scientific coordinator of the conference

9:15 – 11:00

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 13.00

13.00 – 14.00 Meal Break

14.00 – 15.45

16.00 – 18.00

  • Development of Personal Management Skills for Children with ASD – Anca Dumitrescu, ATCA President, Psychologist, BCBA
  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB): Updates, Developments and Opportunities around the World – Neil Martin, Ph.D., BCBA-D

9.00 – 10.45

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 13.00

  • Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Joyce C. Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc.
  • Reducing Class Inadequate Behaviours, by using Differential Reinforcement (IDS) – Claudia Matei, Psychologist BCaBA, Andra Tabără, Psychologist, Laura Ciobanu, Psychologist

13.00 – 14.00 Meal break
14.00 – 15.45

  • Joint Control and Generative RespondingJoyce C. Tu, Ed.D., BCBA-D Center for Behavioral Sciences, Inc.
  • Effects of Functional Communication Training and Extinction in case of Aggressiveness – Alexandru Tarasov, Psychologist BCaBA

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 18.00

9.00 – 10.45
ROOM 1 – Amfiteatru „C.R. Motru”

  • Co-morbid associations in autism spectrum disorders – Dr Ramona Octaviana Gheorghe, Paediatric Psychiatry Head Physician, Dr. Anca Diana Oros, Specialist Physician in Paediatric Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Cognitive Interventions in Anxiety and Depression for Groups of Parents – Positive Influences and Limits, Daniela Bololoi, Psychologist and Lucian Negoiță, Psychologist

ROOM 2 – Amfiteatru „S. Stoian”

  • Building the temporal perspective for children with autism – Andreea Stroe-Mățăuan, BCBA Psychologist
  • The Efficient Coordination of ABA Therapy Programs – Anca Grigoraș, Psychologist BCaBA

ROOM 3 – Amfiteatru „M. Zlate”

  • Tulburarea de spectru autist – aspecte diagnostice și evolutive – Florina Rad MD, PhD Senior Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Lecturer, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy ”Carol Davila”

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 13.00

ROOM 1 – Amfiteatru „C.R. Motru”

  • Reducing Undesirable Behaviours by Choosing the Activities of Children with ASD – Ana Maria Bogdan, Psychologist and Raluca Vasilescu, Psychologist
  • Eating disorders to children with autism: over-selection. Study cases, Dr. Lăcrămioara Petre – Scientific Researcher Class III, ”Francisc I. Rainer” Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy

ROOM 2 – Amfiteatru „S. Stoian”

  • Learning about the world with images – Ramona Cupă, Psychologist and Ionela Ferucă, Psychologist
  • Preschool age – optimal period for the timely diagnosis and intervention in development disorders – Elena Ungureanu and Iuliana Zamfir, Psychologist

ROOM 3 – Amfiteatru „M. Zlate”

  • Terapia senzorială în tulburări din spectrul autismului – Lect.univ.dr. Ruxandra Foloştină și Psiholog Alexandra Nae-Dumitrescu
  • School inclusion of children with ASD and ADHD – Alina Mirela Trofin, Corina Pîrșean

13.00 – 14.00 Meal break
14.00 – 15.45

ROOM 1 – Amfiteatru „C.R. Motru”

  • Development of the social-emotional skills in the family with a child diagnosed with ASD – Nicoleta Florea, Psychologist
  • Enriching the vocabulary of the child with autism, Ana Hodea, Speech Therapist

ROOM 2 – Amfiteatru „S. Stoian”

ROOM 3 – Amfiteatru „M. Zlate”

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.45

ROOM 1 – Amfiteatru „C.R. Motru”

  • Mind Theory – Teaching the Concepts of Truth and Lie – Bianca Stănescu, Psychologist and Sebastiana Groza, Psychologist
  • Creative thinking – developing the creativity of children with ASD – Cecilia Moței, Psychologist

ROOM 2 – Amfiteatru „S. Stoian”

ROOM 3 – Amfiteatru „M. Zlate”

  • Diversity and Flexibility in Games – Iliana Comendant, Psychologist
  • Influența abilităților motorii asupra dezvoltării limbajului la copilul cu autism – Alina Paula Căpușan, logoped și Elena Nedelcu, pedagog


day 1 & 2 > Aula Faculty of Law of Bucharest University / Bd Mihail Kogălniceanu 36-46

day 3 > Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences / Șoseaua Panduri 90

What is ABA International Conference

ABA International Conference is the opportunity to learn for more than 500 psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and ABA therapists, students and parents. In total, in the previous 5 editions, the conference brought together over 20 international speakers from USA, Great Britain, Norway and Spain. Certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, ABA International Conference is organized each april in Bucharest by ATCA and HelpAutism and it is a reference event in South-East Europe, structured in two main sections:

  • First two days are designed to offer a platform for the BCBA and BCaBA specialists to present their recent research.
  • In the third day, speakers investigate and present the applicability of ABA in autism and legislative aspects of the domain.

brain conferintaABA 2016

2016 edition: new record of international speakers present at the ABA International Conference.

ABA International Conference 2016 was about:

  • 11 specialists from UK, Spain, USA
  • 33 Romanian speakers
  • More than 40 workshops and presentations and a special book launch
  • +500 participants in each of the three days of the event
  • National credists from the National Psychologists College and the National Medical College
  • International credists for BACB specialists
See some of the presentations!

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