KYABA Awards Ceremony 2017










On Saturday, July 15th, the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis will be hosting its first annual awards ceremony from 5:00pm - 5:30pm at our 2017 Annual Conference, Education Across the Lifespan. This year we are proud to announce our award winners for the KYABA Innovator in Behavior Analysis Award, Friend of Behavior Analysis Award, and Student Research Award.

Innovator in Behavior Analysis Award
This award is given to a behavior analyst who has demonstrated excellence in the expansion of behavior analytic science through accomplishments in practice or innovation in research. The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis is proud to recognize the 2017 Innovator in Behavior Analysis Award winner, Robert C. Pennington.

Robert Pennington PhD BCBA-D is an Associate professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Special Education. He has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and has written three dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability. Further, he has been instrumental in the receipt of 2,000,000 dollars in grant funding related to work in the area of disability. Robert is passionate about the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided nearly 250 refereed and invited presentations to practitioners. He currently sits on seven journal editorial boards and on multiple local and regional advisory boards including the Governor’s Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder. His current research interests involve behavior analytic communication instruction and expanding writing repertoires for students with significant intellectual disabilities.

Friend of Behavior Analysis Award
This award is given to an individual outside the discipline who has demonstrated a sustained, valuable contribution to the advancement of behavior analysis in Kentucky. The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis is proud to recognize the 2017 Friend of Behavior Analysis Award winner, Anne Gregory.

Anne Gregory moved to Louisville in 2001. After professional careers as an engineer and human resources manager, she became a stay at home mom when her children were born. She and her husband Jeff have been married for 24 years and he is her biggest supporter. For the past 15 years, she has been a tireless crusader for children and families with autism. Anne led the FEAT of Louisville organization for five years, serving as its volunteer president. During this time, she helped write grants, organize fundraisers and create programs including the Endeavor Program at Carriage House, Get Your FEAT Wet swim program and Dreams in Motion summer camp. Late in 2009, Anne stepped down as FEAT’s president to become involved in a grass-roots effort as the Kentucky Chapter Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks, working together with legislators, lobbyists, ABA providers, educators, and parents to help pass autism insurance legislation in KY. HB159 passed unanimously in 2010 through both the KY House and Senate floors to become the 17th state to enact autism insurance reform. She served on the initial Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing board as a parent representative. She is currently serving her second and final term on this board. Anne has been a long time board member for both Carriage House and Bluegrass Center for Autism and remains active in fundraising for these organizations as well as FEAT. She is also a past recipient of the WLKY Bell Award, the Mayor’s Good Neighbor Award, the KY Partnership for Families and Children’s Libby Fernandez Award, and the Autism Speaks “Speak Out Award”.

Student Research Award
This award is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding research or scholarship in the field of behavior analysis. The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis is proud to recog- nize the 2017 Student Research Award winner, Jon Burt.

Jon is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Louisville. His primary research interests include academic and be- havioral interventions to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD). Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Jon served as a special education teacher of students with learning and behavioral disorders in Indianapolis, IN and Chattanooga, TN. Jon is the founding president of the Behavior Analysis Student Association of Louisville and hopes to one day teach kids with EBD functional academic and life skills on a farm. He is accompanied on this journey by his lovely wife, Jessica and three children Adam, Claire, and Nora.