Tom is currently the senior vice-president of ABA Technologies Inc., where he is dedicated to ABA Tech’s mission to disseminate the benefits of behavior science to the world at large. As part of that mission, he helps to create and present instructional content for the online program in ABA at Florida Institute of Technology, in both online classes and CE presentations. He also writes and provides live presentations on such diverse topics as the evolution of ethics in human services, behavioral pharmacology, grief and other end-of-life issues in relation to ABA, and coordinating ABA services with other professionals.
Tom began working in behavior analysis in 1979 at the Walter E. Fernald State School, a large state residential institution in Massachusetts. He has broad experience working with both adults and children with intellectual delays and other physical challenges, many of whom exhibited significant problem behavior. He moved to Florida in 1995, where he became a Florida certified assistant behavior analyst (CABA). While continuing to provide clinical services in Florida, he earned his Master of Science in applied behavior analysis in 2000 from Florida Institute of Technology. He became a BCBA in 2001.
Tom continued to provide both clinical consultations and educational opportunities related to the BACB coursework requirements through ABA Technologies Inc., while he also served for 10 years as a district/area behavior analyst for the State of Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities. There, he had responsibility for the administrative oversight of all behavioral services across two counties.
In addition to his four decades of work in ABA, Tom has extensive experience in wild-animal behavior research (North Pacific Humpback Whales and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins) primarily through a decade of work with the University of Hawaii Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory. He also worked briefly with wild, ex-captive orangutans at Camp Leakey on the Island of Borneo in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
Tom has produced numerous publications and presentations, including co-authorship of a chapter titled, “Grief and Developmental Disabilities: Considerations for Disenfranchised Populations” in Social Justice in Loss and Grief (2016), Harris and Bordere (eds.), and the chapter, “Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysis” in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd edition (2007), Cooper, Heron & Heward (eds.), and in the 3rd edition publication (pending May 2019).