Susan Wilczynski
Start: January 16, 2020 4 p.m.
End: January 16, 2020 5 p.m.
Location: Teachers College, Room 1008

The next event in the 2019-2020 Teachers College Dean's Lecture Series takes place on Thursday, January 16, from 4-5 p.m. in TC 1008 with Dr. Susan Wilczynski's presentation: "Sex, Love, Anger, Contempt...and Catching Up"

Dr. Wilczynski spent time on sabbatical expanding her scope of competence to include sexuality education in order to develop a new line of research that involves training parents to teach their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder how to both remain safe from predators and have a better quality of life through intimate relationships. She will also discuss the need to balance “catching up” on existing commitments with new professional goals and personal growth, as well as discussing how mindfulness training provided by “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute” on BSU’s campus led to professional and personal growth – with a focus on how differentiating between anger and contempt helped manage her response to challenging political times.

Dr. Wilczynski is the Plassman Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. In her career, she served as the Executive Director of the National Autism Center, where she chaired the National Standards Project (the largest comprehensive systematic review of the autism treatment literature of its time). She also started the first center-based autism intervention program in the state of Nebraska while on faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and she was the first woman in the Psychology department at the University of Southern Mississippi to have an active research lab.

Dr. Wilczynski has edited multiple books and manuals on evidence-based practice and autism. She is a Guest Associate Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and is the longest serving member of the Practice Board for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Most recently, she has published articles related to scope of competence in behavior analysis, evidence-based practice and diversity, as well as evidence-based practice in non-traditional settings.