Mary Barbera

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Born
Mary Alice Lynch

(1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 56)
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMary Lynch Barbera
OccupationBehavior analyst and author
Years active2003-present
Known forApplied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Spouse(s)Charles F. Barbera
Children2
Academic background
Education
  • Ph.D.
  • MSN
  • BSN
Alma mater
  • Alvernia University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • West Chester University
Thesis[pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f68d/89f5a3ee61a5c60c8c0f2cf6814a0f1f8463.pdf The effects of fluency-based autism training on emerging educational leaders] (2011)
InfluencesB. F. Skinner
Academic work
Main interestsAutism
Notable worksThe Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders (2007)

Mary Barbera is an American behavior analyst and author who specializes in autism.[1][2] She is known for her work on the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Her notable publications include The Verbal Behavior Approach (2007), a book that covers Applied Behavior Analysis and B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.[3]

Education

Barbera received a Ph.D. from Alvernia University in 2011, where she wrote her dissertation on fluency-based autism training.[4][5] She is also a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D),[6] and holds an Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN from West Chester University (1986).[1][7]

Career

After Barbera’s son Lucas was diagnosed with autism in 1999,[8] she became the founding president of the Autism Society of America's Berks County Chapter.[9][10][11] Since becoming a behavior analyst in 2003, she has served as the lead behavior analyst for the PA Verbal Behavior Project from 2003-2010.[12][7]

Since 2015, Barbera has offered online courses and mentorship programs based on Applied Behavior Analysis.[13][14] Her methodology has been used by various clinics and organizations, including the Autism Centers of Michigan.[15]

Family

Mary Barbera is married to Dr. Charles F. Barbera, who is a Emergency Medicine physician and the Vice President of Unscheduled Care for Tower Health system.[7] She is the mother of two sons. Her eldest son Lucas was diagnosed with autism in 1999, and her son Spencer is a college student.[8]

Selected publications

Selected publications by Mary Barbera include the following.[16]

  • Barbera, Mary Lynch; Rasmussen, Tracy (2007). The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. (with Foreword by Dr. Mark Sundberg and translations in over a dozen languages)
  • Barbera, M.L. (2015). More talking less tantrums: Ten key components needed for effective autism programming for any age, any ability, any setting.
  • Barbera, M.L. (2011). The effects of fluency-based autism training on emerging educational leaders. Doctoral Dissertation. Alvernia University.
  • Barbera, M. L. (2009). Getting started with the Verbal Behavior Approach. Autism File Magazine, 30, 108-112.
  • Barbera, M. L. (2007). The experiences of “autism mothers” who become Behavior Analysts: A qualitative study. The Journal of Speech and Language Pathology–Applied Behavior Analysis, 2(3), 287-305.
  • Barbera, M. L., & Kubina, R. M. (2005). Using transfer procedures to teach tacts to a child with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 21, 155-161.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Croteau, Jeanne (2019).Waiting And Worrying About Autism? What You Can Do Right Now. Forbes.
  2. Tower Health (2018). Reading Hospital Unveils Legacy Wall and Pictorial History Book Commemorating 150th Anniversary.
  3. Barbera, M., and Rasmussen, T. (2007). The verbal behavior approach: How to teach children with autism (reviewed by N. C. Wilde, V. A. Evans & S. Axelrod). The Behavior Analyst Today, 8(3), 360-362.
  4. Barbera, M.L. (2011). The effects of fluency-based autism training on emerging educational leaders. Doctoral Dissertation. Alvernia University.
  5. Alvernia Magazine. Summer 2014 (52).
  6. Lucinda Literary.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Session 12 – Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera, BCBA-D. Behavioral Observations.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Barbera, Mary (2019). Can Children with Severe Autism be Happy?. Finding Cooper's Voice.
  9. Barbera, M. L. (2007). The experiences of “autism mothers” who become Behavior Analysts: A qualitative study. The Journal of Speech and Language Pathology–Applied Behavior Analysis, 2(3), 287-305.
  10. Urban, Mike (2019). Reading's Genesius Theater produces sensory-friendly 'Little Mermaid' for autistic children . Reading Eagle.
  11. Book - The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Asperger's Society of Ontario.
  12. The Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project.
  13. 3 Steps to Take Today if You’re Worried Your Toddler Might Have Autism. Medium.
  14. Caregiver's Corner. Behaviorbabe.
  15. The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Autism Centers of Michigan.
  16. Publications by Mary Barbera.

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