Upcoming & Past Presentations

This page will contain announcements of upcoming presentations relevant to a practical functional assessment of problem behavior. This page will also contain materials related to these presentations.


June 14-15, 2017

Dr. Hanley will be presenting on the following topics at the Canadian Conference on Autism and Developmental Disabilities held in Winnipeg:

Functionally Analyzing Challenging Behavior of Persons with Developmental Disabilities  Click here for a copy of the presentation and click here for the associated notebook and assessment materials.

Treating Challenging Behavior of Persons with Developmental Disabilities: A Skill-Based Approach   Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Addressing Stereotypy: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to this Core Symptom of Autism   Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Click here for a description of the conference.

June 8-9, 2017

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services organized a two-day training in Detroit MI on the practical functional assessment and treatment process for severe problem behavior and stereotypy.

Click here to download a pdf of the presentation and click here to download the associated workbook.

April 8, 2017

The Esteves School of Education of The Sage Colleges is presenting their fourth annual Autism conference to the local community. The theme of the 2017 conference is Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behavior of Children with Autism. More information can be found about the conference here.

Dr. Hanley’s keynote address can be downloaded here and his breakout session here.

March 23-35, 2017

Dr. Hanley and members of his research and practice group will be presenting a symposium and workshop relevant to practical functional assessment and skill based treatment of problem behavior at the 2017 Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) convention to be held in New Orleans, LA in March. Details will be posted soon. Until then, please click here for the convention announcement.

Click here for the slides from Dr. Hanley’s Keynote address.

Click here for the workbook from Dr. Hanley’s workshop.


January 12-13, 2017

On the evening of January 12, Dr. Hanley will conduct a 2-hr parent training titled Meaningful Solutions to Problem Behavior in Chicago, IL.  More information on this training can be found here.

During the day on January 13, Dr. Hanley will conduct a full day workshop for professionals titled, Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment of Problem Behavior of Persons with Autism. More information on this workshop can be found here.


November 2-3, 2016

The flyer for the Critical Issues Facing Children and Adolescents Conference sponsored by the University of Utah Neurospychiatric Institute is available here. Dr. Hanley’s presentations  and workbooks can be found below.

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October 13-14, 2016

Multiple presentation relevant to a practical functional assessment and skill based treatments for severe problem behavior will be delivered at this year’s Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) conference in Amherst MA. Click here for more information.

On Friday, October 14 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Gregory Hanley will present Acknowledging essentials, inferences, and all that you are willing to not know when functionally analyzing behavior 

Abstract: Functional analyses of problem behavior involve the direct observation of problem behavior while aspects of suspected reinforcement contingencies are manipulated across test and control conditions. Research has indicated that better outcomes are obtained when treatment is informed by a functional assessment process that includes a functional analysis. It is important to recognize, however, that even clear functional analysis outcomes require interpretation of the controlling variables within the analysis and inference as to whether those variables are controlling problem behavior in the myriad conditions in which problem behavior has been reported to occur. It is also important to recognize that there are always aspects of controlling contingencies that are not known even when functional analysis results seem clear. The important question for the behavior analytic practitioner is: What are you willing to not know prior to treating problem behavior? In this presentation, Dr. Hanley will describe that which he is willing to not know, that which he is willing to merely infer, and that which is essential for him to know prior to and while treating problem behavior.

Click here to download the presentation.


October 10-13, 2016

A series of events on the applications of a scientific approach to the analysis of human behaviour will occur at the University of Auckland, New Zealand during their Applied Behavior Analysis week. Dr. Gregory Hanley will present the following talks:

October 10 — Helping Children with Autism Live Free of Challenging Behaviour (6 hour workshop)

October 11 — Unveiling the Mysteries of Sleep Disorders in Children with Autism

Click here for the sleep presentation.

October 12 — Stereotypy: A Contingency Approach to a Core Symptom of Autism

Click here for more information.

September 29, 2016

The Stone Soup Educational Series presents Practical Functional Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behaviour of Persons with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities by Dr. Gregory P. Hanley. This full day workshop will be presented in Whitby Ontario. Click here for more information.

Click here for presentation powerpoint and workbook.


September 9, 2016

Caldwell University’s ABA Workshop for Professionals and Students features a full day workshop by Dr. Gregory Hanley.

Click here for presentation powerpoint and workbook.

Click here for more information.


August 25th & 26th, 2016

Central Michigan University’s BCBA/BCaBA Course Sequence & CAAT Centers presents a two-day workshop by Dr. Gregory Hanley.

Day 1: Practical Functional Assessment & Treatment of Problem Behavior Associated with Autism

Click here for the slide presentation. 

Day 2: Understanding and Addressing Stereotypy & Sleep Problems of Persons with Autism

Click here for the slide presentation. 

More information (time, location, etc.) can be found here.


May 31, 2016

A discussion of the relative value of standard functional analyses versus interview-informed, synthesized contingency analyses (IISCAs) occurred at the 42nd annual Association of Behavior Analysis International Convention. Dr. Hanley’s brief discussant comments and slides can be found here.


May 30, 2016

A 50-min presentation titled Sleep Problems of Children with Autism: Prevalent, Relevant, and Treatable by Behavior Analysts is scheduled  for Monday, May 30th, at the 42nd annual Association of Behavior Analysis International Convention (Grand Ballroom EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East). Start time is 2 pm.

The presenter is Gregory Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Western New England University; Massachusetts). A relevant publication co-authored by this presenters can be found by clicking on the following link: 2013.

A pdf of the Powerpoint for the presentation can be obtained by clicking here.

The Sleep Assessment and Treatment Tool referred to in the presentation can be downloaded from this page.


May 28, 2016

A full day workshop titled Following a Safer and More Efficient Functional Analysis and Treatment Model is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th, at the 42nd annual Association of Behavior Analysis International Convention (Columbus Hall EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East). Start time is 8 am.

The presenters are Joshua Jessel, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Child Study Center; Texas) and Mahshid Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D., BCBA(University of Pacific; California). Relevant publications by these presenters can be found by clicking on the following links: 2015, 2016.