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2020 Award Winners

Barry L. McCurdy, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

Barry McCurdy, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

Dr. Barry McCurdy is the Founding Director of the Devereux Center for Effective Schools and the Director of Training for Devereux’s APA-Accredited Internship in Health Service Psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in school psychology from Lehigh University, and has held both clinic- and university-based training appointments during his career. Dr. McCurdy's primary research interest in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders has led to several prevention initiatives in urban schools and alternative education programs, including the adaptation of multi-tiered systems of support for urban and alternative settings, school-based behavioral health for urban settings and the development of evidence-based training programs for teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. McCurdy is an active member of a number of professional organizations concerned with behavior analysis and positive behavior support, and currently serves on the board for the Association for Positive Behavior Support.

George Sugai, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

George Sugai, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

George Sugai is Emeritus Professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. In May 2019 he retired as Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair and Professor with tenure in School of Education at University of Connecticut. His research and practice interests included school-wide positive behavior support, behavioral disorders, applied behavior analysis, organizational management, and classroom and behavior management, and school discipline. He has been a classroom teacher, program director, personnel preparer, and applied researcher. Currently, he is Senior Advisor for the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Rob Horner, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

Rob Horner, 2020 APBS Leadership Award Winner

Rob Horner is an emeritus professor of special education at the University of Oregon. His research has focused on applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, multi-tiered instructional systems, equity in education, and systems change. He has worked for the past 20 years with George Sugai in development and implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Over 27,000 schools are implementing PBIS nationally. Rob was one of the founding board members for APBS.

Erika McDowell, 2020 Ted Carr Early Career Practitioner Award Winner

Erika McDowell, 2020 Ted Carr Early Practitioner Award Winner

Erika L. McDowell is a former NJ governor’s award recipient and honors graduate of Howard University and New York University. Currently, she is pursuing an EdD from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management, slated for completion in June 2020. In her professional role at The School District of Philadelphia, she is an Executive Director in the Office of Student Support Services in which she designs, creates, and delivers educational materials for employees that enhance cultural awareness and increase skills in various areas of operational competence. Erika has also served as the Director of PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports) and Youth Court for the school district. Other positions previously held include assistant principal and teacher. Her in-depth experience includes restorative practices, positive behavioral supports, conflict resolution, classroom management, bullying prevention, and behavioral data support. Ms. McDowell is committed to nurturing the minds and gifts of urban school leaders and youth nation-wide.

2019 Ted Carr Outstanding Poster Winners

At each year's International Conference for Positive Behavior Support, the Association for Positive Behavior Support awards two scholarships to students who present scholarly work at the Reception/Poster Session. These awards are given to students who present original research or original research-based practitioner or teacher education information.

Meeting Adolescents Where They Are: Tier 1 Efforts in Unique Settings
Ashley Thoma,University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Effect of Exercise on On-Task Behavior in High School
Colleen Commisso, Lehigh University