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Dear Don Ethics Panel

Navigating the Intersection of Ethics and DEI

Thursday, May 16, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)

Hosted on Zoom

Event Details


DEI must be a cornerstone of each organization's ethical framework. More than an ethical consideration, DEI leads to stronger organizations and workplace cultures. Diverse ideas, values, and experiences help teams engage in ethical inquiry and uphold the ethical principle of valuing each individual's contributions. Meaningful DEI initiatives and ethical decision-making require safe spaces to hold honest, even raw, conversations and engage in critical self-inquiry.

Panelists will use the CASP Ethics SIG's expanded guidance on using the BACB Ethical-Decision-Making Model to examine real-life DEI-ethical dilemmas submitted by the CASP community. 

Submit your DEI-ethical dilemmas for discussion here

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify all vested parties and relevant diversity/cultural considerations when evaluating a possible ethical dilemma.
  2. Participants will describe how cultural differences may impact the therapeutic/professional relationship and how to mitigate associated risk.
  3. Participants will identify relevant diversity/cultural factors related to accessing services and how behavior analysts may promote sound practices and advocate to change ineffective or inequitable practices related to increasing access. 

This webinar offers 1.5 BACB Ethics CEU.

  • CASP Members - free
  • non-members - $20


Paula Danquah-Brobby

Dr. Paula Danquah-Brobby is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the College of Science at George Mason University and has dedicated their career to social justice and advocating for historically disenfranchised populations. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Culturo-Behavioral Scientist, and International Psychologist, Danquah-Brobby has worked with children and adults diagnosed with [neuro]developmental delays for over 20 years, which included 10 years of providing consultative services to families, professionals, and organizations in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs).

Prior to joining the Mason’s College of Science, she was the department chair of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at a minority serving institution (MSI); where she created and embedded DEI strategic planning initiatives throughout department policies, procedures, and systems. This included developing an innovative articulation agreement with a local HBCU that enabled undergraduate BIPOC psychology students to access graduate school education during their senior year.

Their research interests include ABA capacity-building and sustainability in LAMICs, culturo-behavioral science (CBS) and cultural selection, intersectionality and social determinants of health / mental health, verbal behavior, and cultural responsiveness / humility.
Danquah-Brobby is an Advisor for the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and sits on the editorial board of the Behavior and Social Issues (BSI) scientific journal. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) Accreditation DEI workgroup, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) DEI workgroup for affiliate chapter and special interest group (SIG) leaders.

Amanda Ralston

Founder & CEO. Serial Entrepreneur. Neurodiversity/DEI/Culture Forerunner. Perspicacious, Dynamic Speaker.  Intellectual Decorator Crab. Evangelist in Chief.

Amanda (“Mandy”) Ralston is a queer, neurodivergent serial Founder. She is a 25-year veteran practitioner and has been certified as a behavior analyst since 2002. During her career she has founded two clinics that provided applied behavior analysis services to hundreds of families, schools, and individuals with autism or other developmental or intellectual disabilities. She successfully exited to the 4th largest ABA provider group in 2019.   

Mandy has served as a Subject Matter Expert to several international workgroups and panels related to Behavior Analysis, Ethics, Outcomes, and Practice. She is a featured speaker in several mediums globally.  She has twice been nominated for Small Businessperson of the Year in 2015 and 2017.  She was the recipient of the Autism Innovation Award at the Autism Investor Summit in 2023.

She is a frequently invited speaker for her work in the autism spectrum and “#ItsNotBinary:  Avoiding binary thinking in work, life, and social media.”

Her most recent venture is NonBinary Solutions - a data analytics and technology firm making Clinical Decision Support Systems for providers and other constituents of Applied Behavior Analysis and neurodiversity. 

Her behavior continues to be shaped by its impact on a world where autism exists, and the field of behavior analysis.

Jose Rios

Jose D. Rios, a BCBA since 2000, has 52 years of experience with children and adults with developmental disabilities. His work as include owning three group homes for children and adults with behavior problems for 17 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate ABA courses, conducting parent training with hundreds of families, and serving on professional boards and committees (including serving twice as President of CalABA).

Jose is a co-founder of the Latino Association for Behavior Analysis (LABA) and has served on the board of the World Behavior Analysis Day Alliance (WBADA) and APBA. Jose developed a unique and highly successful mentorship program called FastTrack to provide mentorship to ABA students and professionals. Jose consults with a variety of agencies and primarily focuses on adults with severe problem behavior who are within the severe and profound range of IDD and who reside in congregate living facilities.

In addition, Jose has made nearly 100 state and national conference presentations, panels and workshops on a variety of topics including behavior phenotypes, writing ethical and effective behavior plans, traumatic brain injury , diversity in ABA, ethics, mentorship, and the treatment of self-injurious behavior.

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Maria Sasaki Solis
Maria Sasaki Solis
BCBA Sasaki Behavioral Group (408)716-4720
Share your DEI-related ethical dilemmas for discussion in advance of the webinar.

Maria Solis

Maria has served individuals with varying exceptionalities and their families since 2003. She is the executive director and founder of the Sasaki Behavioral Group (SBG, formerly known as the Reilly Behavioral Group). She has extensive experience working collaboratively and negotiating with school districts, regional centers, and insurance payers.

As a small business owner, Maria is dedicated to maintaining a work-life balance and high quality of life for her team and the individuals they serve. Central to this are their JEDIH values: social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility.

Maria is a board member of APBA and serves on several CASP committees, including as the co-moderator of the Ethics SIG. Maria previously served as the Bay Area Regional Leader for the CalABA Public Policy Committee, working toward licensure of behavior analysts in California.

She presents at the state and national levels and has delivered pro bono training to local parent and community organizations. Maria has taught at the graduate level at the University of West Florida and Santa Clara University, and currently teaches at Endicott College. Maria holds a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from Santa Clara University and a Master of Public Health Degree from the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins University.