QABA International Standards Committee

The purpose of QABA’s International Standards Committee is to serve as a liaison between the QABA Credentialing Board and professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) worldwide. The International Standards Committee reviews international standards of practice, determines preparatory equivalence, addresses cultural considerations, and ensures uniformity of best practice among all participants. Committee members represent a variety of countries and are subject matter experts in ABA and autism.

Aida Tarifa Rodriguez, QBA
Spain
member
Aida Tarifa Rodriguez, QBA, is the Assistant Director of ABA España and has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder for 14 years delivering ABA. She has worked in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, among other settings in different countries of the world. Her passion is working directly with clients and supervising students and early-career professionals.
Aysa Shaffer, QBA
US
member
Aysa Shaffer, QBA, is centered on improving patients' mental or physical behavioral health by applying the principles of behavioral psychology to structured treatment plans. She also works with the Charitable foundation Выход (Way Out) in Moscow, Russia, where she promotes and disseminates ABA and the appropriate evidenced based treatment for autism across Russia by conducting trainings, workshops, lectures and seminars.
Beatriz Querol-Cintrón, QBA
Philippines
member
Beatriz Querol-Cintrón, QBA, is a grant program manager for an interdisciplinary personnel preparation program through a joint partnership between University of Massachusetts in Lowell and Lasell University. She volunteers as an extern/dissemination coordinator for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and provides behavioral and educational consultation services to individual practitioners, clinics, and private and public schools in the Philippines and beyond.
Bosede Asikhia, QBA
Nigeria
member
Bosede E. Asikhia is the Program Director for International Training Center for Applied Behavior Analysis Lagos Nigeria and Home-Link International Inc. New Jersey USA, an agency that provides behavioral and educational intervention services for children with developmental disabilities. She is the current President of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Nigeria [ABAN] and a member of board of directors of World Behavior Analysis Day Alliance [WBADA].
Diana Febres Cordero, QBA
Ecuador
member
Diana Febres-Cordero, QBA, has a passion for the field of autism and ABA. She has taught and conducted research, modified curriculum, and administered assessments. Her expertise focuses on the development of communication (vocal language and language acquisition), social skills, independence, and academic literacy of young children with autism and other disabilities.
Dr. Daniel Moonbong Yang, QBA
Republic of Korea
member
Dr. Daniel Moonbong Yang, QBA, is the first QBA in Korea and has 35 years of experience in the field of autism and other developmental disabilities for adults and children. He is working as an Associate Professor at Baekseok University and Eduvision Co-CEO.
Dr. Geetika Agarwal, QBA
India
member
Dr. Geetika Agarwal, QBA, is an Assistant Teaching Professor (ABA) at Ball State University and an Associate Director of Stepping Stones Center, an ABA based school in Bangalore India. She is committed to making the science of behavior analysis accessible to parents and caregivers of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Dr. Ivana Krstovka
Czech Republic
member
Dr. Ivana Krstovska, Licensed Psychologist, conducts behavioral and psychological evaluations and provides training in behavior modification and classroom management for early intervention, preschool and school-based organizations and programs. Her clinical and research interests focus on building early social-communication skills in young children with ASD, such as teaching, requesting, joint attention, developing play skills, replacing problem behavior with functional communication, and providing parent and staff training.
Dr. Liliane de Aguiar-Rocha, QBA
Brazil
member
Dr. Liliane Rocha provides consultation to local schools and hospitals, as well as international consultation in Brazil, her native country. She is interested in ways to bring behavioral analytic treatment to areas with difficult access to behavior analysts. To that end, she has developed a telehealth practice, where she supervises behavior analysts serving children with ASD in Brazil.
Dr. Mapy Chavez, QBA
Peru
member
Dr. Mapy Chavez Askins, QBA, works with children with autism and their families in Spanish-speaking countries. Her research studies include the development of vocal language in children with autism, language acquisition, social skills instruction, the development of perspective talking skills, the quality of teacher instruction, and the education of parents and professionals.
Dr. Mylena Lima, QBA
Brazil
member
Dr. Mylena Lima, QBA, supervises Psychologists and Therapists providing center, school, and home-based services to over 100 clients across Northern Espirito Santo, Brazil. She has taught graduate level courses and given presentations and workshops at state, national, and international conferences on topics such as early intervention, staff training, quality services in ABA, and partnering with parents.
Dr. Sakurako Tanaka
Japan
member
Dr. Tanaka's son was diagnosed with autism at age four and began receiving Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) while she was in her post-doctorate residency. Dr. Tanaka is the honorary chairperson of ABA Speaks (formerly “Parents for Public Funding for Children with Autism”) in Japan and an approved QABA coursework provider.
Dr. Usifo Edward Asikhia, QBA
Nigeria
cochair
Dr. Edward Asikhia is the Clinical Director for International Training Center for Applied Behavior Analysis Lagos Nigeria and Home-Link International Inc. New Jersey USA, an agency that provides behavioral and educational intervention services for children with developmental disabilities. He collaborated with Global Autism and facilitated the inauguration of Autism Society of West Africa [ASWA] in Ghana - 2011 and recently promoted the establishment of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Nigeria [ABAN].
Eziafakaku Nwokolo, QBA
Nigeria
member
Eziafakaku Nwokolo’s interest in developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) stems from her personal experience of having a daughter with autism. Due to the lack of professionals in the area of behavior interventions in Nigeria, she retired from her full-time job and started training to acquire the required skills which have also enabled her to provide professional services to families. She is now a PhD researcher whose interest lies in validating screening tools for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) and ASD in Nigerian adolescents.
Ghaliya Shafqat, QBA
Pakistan
member
Ghaliya Shafqat, QBA, was a Montessori director and managed her own center for autism and early intervention services in Pakistan, where she was the first QASP-S in the country. She has been leading a team of speech therapists, ABA therapists and Montessori early educators in a community where quality therapy services are extremely scarce. Ghaliya is passionate about bringing change in the way young people with additional needs become independent and learn life-skills, keeping it as much fun and naturalistic as possible.
Katarzyna Motylewicz
Poland
member
Katarzyna Motylewicz is a native of Poland who has worked in the US in a field of behavior analysis for thirteen years, serving a culturally diverse population from many different countries in New York State. In her clinical work and in research, she is interested in targeting motor impairments and genetic disorders in children with ASD, directly affecting their social-emotional and communication development.
Mahmoud A Mahmoud, QBA
Egypt/UAE
member
Mahmoud Abdelrahim Mahmoud, QBA, has a passion for ABA and as one of the first African behavior analysts, he works hard to establish a solid ground for ABA science, spread awareness, advocate for children's rights of getting effective and evidence-based treatments, and support high quality ABA services among special educators in his region.
Maribel Stikeleather, QBA
Philippines
member
Maribel Stikeleather, QBA, desires to support individuals with exceptional needs enhancing their quality of life and integration into society. She provides services to organizations, institutions, families, and individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders, including intervention in the home, community-based, or school setting.
Ohud Alhaqbani, QBA
Saudi Arabia
member
Ohud Alhaqbani, QBA , M.Ed., has a passion for working with children with autism and their families. She specializes in parent training, special education, early intervention, and is a consultant for various centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has published articles on parent training and other related topics.
Okey Nwokolo, QBA
Nigeria
member
Okey-Martins Nwokolo, QBA, has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and related special needs since 2002. He founded Autism Associates Nigeria, the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities (CADD) and initiated regional autism awareness road-walks including the LagosWalk4Autism project in Nigeria. Okey upholds a person-centered, solution-focused orientation and advocates Applied Behavior Analysis as the most effective technology for behavior change.
Pooja Panesar, QBA
Kenya
member
Pooja Panesar, QBA, is a Founder and Director of Kaizora Therapies, Kaizora Foundation (Kenya) and Kaizora Child Development Centre (Tanzania), which are multi and inter disciplinary centers serving individuals with developmental disorders (including autism). She has presented at numerous conferences including at the United Nations during World Autism Awareness Day and provides training/consultations for schools, parents, professionals and students.
Vicki Moeller
US
cochair
Vicki Moeller has been in the Human Services Field for over 40 years and worked at the Devereux Foundation for over 25 years, including the Director of Quality and Risk Management for the California Center. Vicki has served on the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing Board of Internal Reviewers as well as the ANSI Accredited International Association of Continuing Education and Training’s Standard Council for the past 10 years.