Richard M. Kubina Jr., Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Professor of Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University and teaches courses on methods for teaching reading, informal assessment, behavior analysis, and single case design. Rick graduated from Youngstown State University where he had Steve Graf as an advisor and then received a Masters and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University under John Cooper. Rick conducts wide-ranging research in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis and Precision Teaching. Rick is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral level and serves on a number of editorial boards for behavioral and special education journals. He was the editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration. Rick’s research interests are in behavioral fluency, effective reading methods, verbal behavior, and Standard Celeration Charting.
Kirsten K. L. Yurich M.A., BCBA, is the Chief Clinical Officer of The Vista School and The Vista Foundation, and provides overall clinical and quality leadership to all Vista subsidiaries, programs, services and staff. Kirsten also serves as an executive board member for Autism Central PA, a non-profit regional autism center funded by the PA Department of Public Welfare. She is Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Kirsten received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University in Harrisburg. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a Certified Coach for the Competent Learner Model. Kirsten has presented at a variety of regional and national professional conferences as well as published in several peer-reviewed journals. Research interests include toilet training individuals with autism, early intensive behavioral interventions, joint attention, Precision Teaching and behavioral fluency.