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Summary

I am a systems-oriented behavioral psychologist at the University of Nevada, Reno. My graduate training has focused on applying the principles of behavior science to professional organizations. My research and professional interests include training and measuring behaviors relevant to Crew Resource Management in high-reliability industries, institutionalizing behavior science in organizations, instructional design, and promoting effective leadership.

Employment

August, 2016Present

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Nevada, Reno

My role is in collaboration with other doctoral students, UNR faculty, and executives from a global energy company on various projects. The general purpose of this collaboration is to expand the company's utilization of behavior science as a complement to their advanced technical proficiencies.

Collaborative projects include:

  • The development, testing, and implementation of an assessment protocol to measure the human factors used within a Crew Resource Management (CRM) model.
  • The refinement and dissemination of a behavioral engineering methodology to develop intervention strategies and scale them up globally.
  • The development of an internal training protocol to certify different levels of proficiency in behavior science knowledge and application by leaders and supervisors within the company.
August, 2015May, 2017

Assistant Director of Course Management: PSY 101 

University of Nevada, Reno

Instructional design of PSY 101 course, using a modified version of Keller’s PSI with ~600 students each semester. Work side-by-side with other Assistant Directors to maintain flow of communication among faculty, instructors, and students. Lead modification of course content by other TAs as needed. Conduct data analyses throughout each semester related to student performance. First point of contact for students during the semester regarding course content, assignments, grades, etc. Provide weekly lectures in smaller classroom settings.

February, 2014June, 2015

Graduate Assistant

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Assist behavior analysts in daily tasks, create/update behavior plans, and continual data collection. Worked with interdisciplinary teams consisting of direct care staff, psychiatrists, nurses, and behavior analysts to design optimal treatment plans for individuals living on-site.

Education

August, 2015Present

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Behavior Analysis [IN PROGRESS]

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

Doctoral Dissertation: (Not yet completed)

Advisor: Dr. Ramona Houmanfar

August, 2013May, 2015

Masters of Science (M.S.) in Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU)

Master's Thesis: An evaluation of the efficacy of interteaching in an undergraduate classroom

Chair: Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt

Certification

Board Certified Behavior Analyst #1-15-19540

Certificate demonstrates holder’s knowledge of behavioral techniques, concepts, and procedures. Certifies that the BCBA will engage in ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs, and will deliver instruction in behavior analysis.

Professional Affiliations

Publications

Alavosius, M.P., Houmanfar, R.A., Anbro, S.J., Burleigh, K., & Hebein, C. (2017). Leadership and Crew Resource Management in high-reliability organizations: A competency framework for measuring behaviors. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37(2), 142-170. DOI:10.1080/01608061.2017.1325825

Symposia & Presentations

Anbro, S. J. (2017, October). (Chair). What does behavior analysis look like in Nevada? Panel discussion presented at the 2017 Annual Conference for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, Reno, NV.

ANBRO, S.J. (2017, June). Crew Resource Management: An historical overview and recent applications in behavior science. Presented to the Applied Behavior Science in Organizations Boot Camp, Reno, NV.  

HEBEIN, C., Anbro, S.J., & Alavosius, M.P. (2017, May). The Best in Behavioral Safety Systems Step Forward: Detecting and Shaping Quality Domain. In C. Hebein (Chair) OBM in Workplace Health and Safety. Presented at the 43rd Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Anbro, S.J. (2017, May). (Chair). Spread the Word! An Overview of Some Current Interdisciplinary Applications of Behavior Analytic Dissemination. Symposium presented at the 43rd Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

ANBRO, S.J., Houmanfar, R.A., Alavosius, M.P., & Killingsworth, K. (2017, May). Ignorance is Not Bliss: Applying a Behavior Analytic Approach to Situational Awareness Training. In S. Anbro (Chair) Spread the Word! An Overview of Some Current Interdisciplinary Applications of Behavior Analytic Dissemination. Presented at the 43rd Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Reimer, D., ANBRO, S.J., Houmanfar, R.A., Candido, A. M. (2016, May). The Additive Effects of Online Values Clarification and Goal-Setting Training on Measures of a Weight Management System. In R. Houmanfar (Chair) What's Up Doc? Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Training in Medical Training and Healthcare Settings. Presented at the 42nd Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.

Reimer, D., ANBRO, S.J., Houmanfar, R.A., Candido, A. M. (2016, May). The Additive Effects of Online Values Clarification and Goal-Setting Training on Measures of a Weight Management System. Presented at 2016 Annual GradFIT Mini-Lecture, Reno, NV.

Reimer, D., ANBRO, S.J., Houmanfar, R.A., Candido, A. M. (2016, April). The Additive Effects of Online Values Clarification and Goal-Setting Training on Measures of a Weight Management System. Presented at the 2016 Annual California/Nevada Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Posters

Esquierdo-Leal, J., Lewis, A., Szarko, A., Anbro, S.J., Olla, R. Ta, J., & Houmanfar, R.A. (2016, October). An implementation of a three-phased training package and behavioral checklists in a peer-guided instructional system. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Conference for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, Reno, NV.

Anbro, S.J., Rehfeldt, R.A., Root, W., O’Neill, J. (2015, May). An evaluation of the efficacy of interteaching in an undergraduate classroom. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.

Larrabee, D., Seefeldt, D., Baker, J., Ritchie, H., Hendrickson, A., & Anbro, S. J. (2014, October). Effects of programmed discriminative stimuli used in a functional analysis on language disruptions of elderly adults with dementia. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Conference of Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, St. Louis, MO.

O’Neill, J., Whiteford, K. M., Anbro, S. J., & Rehfeldt, R. A. (2014, May). The effects of lag reinforcement schedules on the drawing behavior of typically developing children. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.

Service - Professional

January, 2017Present

Student Representative

Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

Responsibilities include:

  • Inviting speakers and workshop presenters to the annual NABA conference.
  • Securing of venture contract for the annual NABA conference.
  • Coordinating of student volunteers for the annual NABA conference.
  • Preparation of materials for the annual NABA business meeting at the annual ABAI conference.
  • Preparation of promotional materials and conference program.
  • Coordinating other activities with the NABA Board, as applicable.

Service - University

August, 2016July, 2017

Doctoral Student Representative

Behavior Analysis Program, UNR

As the doctoral student representative, I functioned as a liaison between the graduate student body and the faculty. Together with the masters student representative, I address any student concerns, questions, or comments with the faculty at monthly meetings and help to plan strategies to address those issues. The two student representatives also coordinated programmatic student meetings and facilitated the election of other positions in the program (e.g., ABAI student rep, admissions reps).

August, 2015July, 2016

Secretary/Treasurer

Behavior Analysis Club, UNR

As the secretary for the behavior analysis club, my role was to ensure adequate documentation of officer meetings and planned events.

As the treasurer for the behavior analysis club, my role was to apply for, and secure, university funding for club-related events.

May, 2015

Advisory Counsel Committee Member

Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, SIU

As a member of the advisory council, I served on a panel of faculty and graduate students to discuss the current graduate curriculum and any proposed future changes. 

Courses Taught

Summer 2017

PSY 450: I/O Psychology

Introductory OBM course; application of behavioral principles to individual and group management in government, business, and industry. Topics include selections, management supervision, morale, and productivity.

 

Fall 2015, 2016; Spring 2016; Summer 2016

PSY 101: Intro to Psychology as a Social Science

Introduces psychology as a natural science concerned with the actions of organisms in a social and cultural context.

 

Professional References

Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, NV

Phone: (775) 762-5573

Email: [email protected]

Mark Alavosius, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, NV

Phone: (775) 815-4905

Email: [email protected]

Amber Maraccini, Ph.D.

Director of Special Projects

Renown Health; Reno, NV

Phone: (209) 471-5956

Email: [email protected]