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JOSE MARTINEZ-DIAZ, Ph.D., BCBA-D

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Jose emigrated from Cuba with his sister during the height of the revolutionary takeover by Fidel Castro. Forced to leave his parents behind (and later reunited when they were allowed to leave), he moved to Miami to live with relatives. As he left Cuba for the last time, he witnessed his neighbors being executed in the street. He was not permitted to bring anything of value with him, and even his own stuffed toy was stripped away before exiting Cuba. Speaking no English, he entered America where he experienced a radical cultural and social shock.

Early on, Jose turned his traumatic uprooting into an insatiable desire to better the lives of vulnerable people in deep need of both comfort and genuinely useful action. His determination to channel fear, anger, and resentment into positive change for all people has steered his lifelong commitment to behavior analysis. Jose tied his interests and passion back to a neighbor in Cuba—locked in his home, feared by others, for his problematic behavior. Others described this man as “loco,” but even as a child, Jose realized no one should live such a life, fueling his desire to help the “loco.”

STATS & FACTS

1989

HELPED ESTABLISH CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS IN FL & OK

1998

FOUNDED FIRST MS IN ABA AT FIT

2004-2011

BCAB BOARD MEMBER

2011-2017

APBA BOARD MEMBER & BACB LIAISON

2003

EXPANDED FIT MS PROGRAM TO ORLANDO, FL.

2007

FOUNDED FIT ABA ONLINE PROGRAM

2009

ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE SCOTT CENTER FOR AUTISM TREATMENT AND RESEARCH

2013

DEVELOPED HYBRID MA IN PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AT FIT

EDUCATION

M.A. West Virginia University 1977 | Ph.D. West Virginia University 1984

REWARDS & RECOGNITION

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral (BACB-D)
Charles H. Cox Award for Outstanding Service and Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida (2005)
Provost's Academic Leadership Award (2005)

2 Comments to “ Our Founder”

  1. […] with profound sadness that we share the loss of our beloved founder, mentor, colleague, and friend Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz. He died from complications related to an ongoing battle with diabetes. Through his extraordinary […]

  2. […] profunda tristeza que compartimos la pérdida de nuestro amado fundador, mentor, colega y amigo, el Dr. José Martínez-Díaz . Murió por complicaciones relacionadas con una batalla en curso contra la diabetes. A través de […]

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