Dr Zwicker has over 20 years of experience serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities across the country. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas, the first and largest behavior analytic doctoral graduate program in the world. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level and a licensed behavior analyst in Connecticut and New York.
Dr Zwicker presents to a wide variety of groups, most recently in 2018 serving on a panel discussion at the Association for Behavior Analysis International annual conference that addressed the need for objective outcome measures for those receiving ABA services at home and in schools. Dr Zwicker also signed an agreement with the First Lady of the Dominican Republic to provide ongoing consultation and training for professionals serving children with special needs in the Dominican Republic and training for parents to implement ABA for their children throughout the country. He also serves on the advisory board for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), an accreditation organization that evaluates and certifies ABA service organizations against stringent quality standards around the world.
Dr Zwicker regularly leads training workshops throughout Connecticut for those interested in learning critical skills to address problem behaviors and increase language and social skills. He also leads ongoing training and workshops to teach parents and those interested in helping serve children with autism the skills required to become Registered Behavior Technicians.
Before founding ZABA Therapy, Dr Zwicker led the startup of ABA services at Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.
Dr Zwicker's connection to autism has become personal as well as professional and in recent years he has strongly advocated as a parent and expert to the state legislature, schools, and agencies to ensure every child gets the high quality, intensive behavioral intervention needed to help them achieve their maximum developmental potential.
Before returning to services for children and adults autism and other developmental disabilities, Dr Zwicker led large-scale transportation safety initiatives and coached executives to improve business performance using applied behavior analysis. His first role after receiving his doctorate was to lead the FAA's efforts to change the way it oversees the nation's airlines. His work to redesign ATOS (Air Transportation Oversight System) used by all 3000 inspectors at he FAA for oversight resulted in reducing airline fatalities from an average of about 300 a year previously to zero fatalities for the last 14 years for all United States airlines. After that, he led research teams to implement and evaluate regional and national efforts to increase safety belt use and reduce drinking and driving. These efforts led to significant increases in safety belt use and significant decreases in alcohol related fatalities. Following his work in transportation safety, Dr Zwicker worked with corporate executives to maximize performance and bottom line results during major strategic changes, mulit-billion-dollar major capital projects, mergers, and reorganizations.
Caryn Mello-Kennedy, M.A., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Caryn has over 20 years of experience as a behavior analyst and has worked with a wide range of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has wide ranging expertise and has extensive experience consulting for schools and supervising home-based ABA programs as well.
Molly Piette, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Molly recently returned to Connecticut after working in public schools in Massachusetts and then moving to behavior analysis while in San Diego and Colorado where she worked directly with children with autism for a number of years. She earned her M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and became board certified as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2016. Since then, she served children with autism in center and home-based programs while in Colorado and joined the ZABA team in 2017.
Ashley Curran, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Ashley taught in public schools for years and developed a passion for behavior analysis that led her to pursue certification as a Behavior Analyst. She joined ZABA in 2017 while working towards her BCBA credentials and recently joined the clinical team as a BCBA. She has expertise in effectively reducing and eliminating severe challenging behaviors.
Frank F Savage, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (NY)
Dr Savage received his Doctorate degree in Psychology in 2011 from Northcentral University, School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Arizona. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level with over 20 years of experience in training and education in businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He currently teachers in the Master's and Doctoral programs for behavior analysis at a large Midwestern University. Dr Savage also maintains certification in teaching psychology from the New Jersey Department of Education. He consults and leads teams on complex cases. Before receiving his doctorate, Dr Savage used his Master's degree in Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Management to help businesses maximize their results through talent management.
Dr. Savage uses his expertise to ensure client teams take the most effective, appropriate behavior analytic approach to fit the client and the context. He focuses on programming that is driven by strong positive reinforcement contingencies to keep clients motivated and learning so they can maximize their developmental potential.
Dr Thomas J Zwicker, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (CT & NY)