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. A Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Carr 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 four 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 the 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 of 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.
Kyle Jordan, MA
Director of Testing and Accreditation
Kyle Jordan, MA, is the Director of Testing and Accreditation for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kyle earned his master’s degree in education from Bethel University and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee. With more than 15 years in the education sector, Kyle began his career teaching middle and high school in Tennessee, including one year teaching conversational English in South Korea. He transitioned to higher education after moving to Washington, D.C., where he focused on course review and articulation. Since 2015, Kyle has worked in the certification industry developing high stakes certification programs. His professional interests include program and project management, examination auditing and security, and psychometrics.
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel
Margaret “Misty” Bloom, Esq., is the in-house Director of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. For over 25 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, JD, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Ethics
Tyra P. Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Director of Ethics for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She earned a BA in philosophy and an MA in special education from San Francisco State University, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD 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. She has served as a board member in various positions for the Utah Association of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Sellers 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 behavior analyst (as a clinician, academic, supervisor, and researcher), since 1990. He received his PhD from the University of Reading in the U.K. in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2002. He was among the first handful of BCBAs in the U.K. and was one of the lecturers in the ABA Lecturer’s Co-operative who developed the first BACB-verified course sequence in the U.K. 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 organizations and families, both in the U.K. 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 who last reviewed the BACB Task List, and who 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 behavior analysts and training courses worldwide. He lives in London.
Director of Operations
Dave Frazell is the Director of Operations for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. He earned a BS in computer science from the Engineering College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With over 25 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field, Dave is seasoned in enterprise-level IT operations and software development. This experience has allowed Dave to successfully lead a myriad of projects including tactical implementation, integration of IT platforms, and development of overall IT strategies that consistently deliver top-quality service to end users and stakeholders alike. Prior to joining the BACB, Dave spent over 20 years in the manufacturing industry where he gained extensive experience in enterprise resource planning and customer-relationship management systems. He has had a successful career designing and developing key business and web applications that are still used today.