Meet the Staff

Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Executive Director

Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Chairperson, Professor, and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Department at Caldwell University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Caldwell University Center for Autism and ABA. Sharon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral level) who received her Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the City University of New York. She has been active in the field of applied behavior analysis and autism treatment for over 20 years. She also serves as a reviewer and editorial review board member on a number of professional journals in ABA. Sharon conducts research investigating generalization of language, social, and leisure skills for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and regularly publishes and presents her work on these topics. She has also consulted for school and home-based ABA programs and serves on various advisory boards for agencies and schools involved with autism intervention.

Tina M. Sidener, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Training

Tina M. Sidener, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Department at Caldwell University. She received her doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and completed a predoctoral internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves as the Director of Training in the Caldwell University Center for Autism and ABA. Dr. Sidener is a board member of several journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Education and Treatment of Children, and Behavior Modification. Her current clinical and research interests include establishing conditioned reinforcers, assessment and treatment of stereotypy, pediatric feeding disorders, and teaching language and social skills.

Kenneth F. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Research

Kenneth F. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Alvin Calman Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Caldwell University and Director of Research at the Center for Autism and ABA. Ken is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral who received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis with a specialization in developmental disabilities from the City University of New York. He is co-author of the book Behaviorspeak: A Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis and was an invited contributor to a chapter on interacting with the media in Bailey and Burch's book 25 Essential Skills for Behavior Analysts. Ken conducts research in concept formation, stimulus control, and teaching applications for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and regularly publishes and presents his work on these topics. Ken also serves as a research consultant to early intervention agencies for children with pervasive developmental disorders.

Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP

Director of Evaluation and Assessment

Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University and Director of Evaluation and Assessment in the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Dr. Vladescu completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute. His research interests include early behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum and related disorders, increasing the efficiency of academic instruction, and staff training. He has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Psychological Record, Behavior Modification, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, and the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. Jason has served as a guest reviewer for numerous journals and is currently on the editorial board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Ruth M. DeBar, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Outreach

Ruth M. DeBar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. She also serves as the Director of Outreach for Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. She has extensive experience assessing and developing interventions to address behavioral excesses and deficits of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She also has provided intensive training to families and related professionals. Dr. DeBar earned her Master's degree from Northeastern University via The New England Center for Children and completed her doctorate degree at The Ohio State University. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and has lead parent-professional workshops on various topics relevant to learners with ASD. Her current research interests include functional behavior assessment, preference, choice, social validity and developing play and leisure skills for learners diagnosed with an ASD.

April N. Kisamore, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Curriculum Development

April completed her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University in 2013 under the advisement of Dr. Amanda Karsten and her M.A. in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University in 2009 under the advisement of Dr. James Carr. April has worked in the field of behavior analysis for 10 years and has conducted research in the areas of verbal behavior and language development, skill acquisition, social skills, and reinforcement procedures for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. She has published and presented her work in peer-reviewed journals and at local and national conferences. April is currently treasurer for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group, on the editorial board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and has served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Shannon M. Raimondo, M.A., BCBA

Assistant Director of Training

Shannon M. Raimondo, M.A., BCBA has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2003 and has worked in a variety of settings for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including home-based programs, both private and public schools. Shannon holds standard teaching certificates in elementary education and special education. She has been the Assistant Director of Training at the Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis since May 2015.

Debbie Maiorano,

Debra A. Maiorano has been employed at Caldwell University for over 5 years. She attended Seton Hall University and has been in the business management field for more than 25 years.