James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D
Chief Executive Officer
James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D is the Chief Executive Officer of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. His professional interests include behavior analyst credentialing, behavioral assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities, verbal behavior, and practitioner training. Dr. Carr has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics. Dr. Carr is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and received the 2017 Jerry Shook Award from APBA and the 2017 Azrin Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis Award from APA’s Division 25. He is the past editor-in-chief of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and has served on the editorial boards of 10 other behavior analysis journals, including 4 appointments as associate editor. Dr. Carr is the past president of the Colorado, Alabama, and Mid-American Associations for Behavior Analysis. He received his doctorate in 1996 from Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Bailey and previously served on the behavior analysis faculties at University of Nevada-Reno (1996-1999), Western Michigan University (1999-2008), and Auburn University (2008-2011).
Melissa R. Nosik, PhD, BCBA-D
Melissa R. Nosik, PhD, BCBA-D is the Deputy CEO at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Nosik received her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology in 2004 under the mentorship of Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, her doctorate in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Williams and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board under the mentorship of Dr. James E Carr. Her professional interests include credentialing, public policy, practitioner training, mentorship practices, dissemination, and diversity of practice. Dr. Nosik has 15 years of experience in practice and has trained behavior analysts both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Nosik has served as a board member for the Tennessee, Nevada and Colorado Associations for Behavior Analysis.
Molli Luke, PHD, BCBA-D
Director of Certificant Services
Molli M. Luke, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Certificant Services at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Her professional interests include organizational behavior management, systems-level assessment and intervention, and packaging of systems interventions as means to improve behavior-analytic services and promote application to new populations and regions. Dr. Luke has served in leadership roles as a developer of sustainable and effective organizational systems within various organizations which have been diverse in size, funding sources, type of services provided, and has included two non-USA locations. Dr. Luke received her doctorate in Behavior Analysis in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Director of Regulatory Affairs & Chief Legal Counsel
Margaret “Misty” Bloom, Esq., is the BACB's in-house Director of Regulatory Affairs & Chief Legal Counsel. For over twenty-five years, Misty has dedicated her legal practice to certification and nonprofit law, including a concentration on state and private regulatory and disciplinary issues, nonprofit organization, exemption issues, antitrust law, intellectual property protection and ADA compliance. Misty has served as a legal advisor to the BACB since 1998.
Tyra P. Sellers
Director of Code Compliance
Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D is the Director of Code Compliance at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. Her professional and research interests focus on professional ethics, training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, variability, and verbal behavior. Dr. Sellers has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. Tyra has served as a board member in various positions, for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals and is on the editorial board for a third.
Neil Martin, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of International Development
Dr. Martin has been working as a behaviour analyst (as a clinician, academic, supervisor and researcher), since 1990. He received his PhD from the University of Reading (UK) in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2002. He was among the first handful of BCBAs in the UK and he was one of the ‘ABA Lecturer’s Co-operative’ that developed the first BACB-verified course sequence in the UK. Dr. Martin has worked independently for many years teaching on a number of BACB verified course sequences, helping to establish others around the world, supervising students and consulting to numerous organisations and families both in the UK and internationally. Dr. Martin has published research in journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and he has special interests in the use of technology, media and software related to teaching and research. Dr. Martin was one of the international subject matter experts that last reviewed the BACB Task List and he was also one of the subject matter experts that generated the BACB Autism Task List and the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. In April 2015, Dr. Martin became the BACB’s Director of International Development to help advance the BACB’s global vision to expand the number of behaviour analysts and training courses worldwide. He lives in London in the UK.
Sara B. Duginske
Director of Testing and Accreditation
Sara B. Duginske is the Director of Testing and Accreditation at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Sara earned a BA in Political Science and a BS in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Sara has been an association management professional for over ten years, working for nonprofit trade associations and credentialing bodies. She specializes in certification examination development and maintenance, B2C marketing and legislative relations. Her professional interests include credentialing, mentorship and strategic planning. Sara has frequented the association conference and trade show circuit as a presenter and speaker on best practices in exam development and managing millennials in the workplace. Sara has served in leadership and volunteer roles for association and environmental organizations including the American Society of Association Executives, the Institute of Credentialing Excellence, the Sierra Club of Colorado and The Land Trust Alliance. In addition to being an association management professional, Sara is active in her community volunteering at charitable, social and political organizations. Sara resides in Denver with her dog, Remington.