SIG Leadership

Leadership Team

President: Worner Leland, MS, BCBA

Worner is the Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates, a nonprofit organization that provides sliding scale coaching, groups, trainings, and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community. They also serve as a sex educator with a focus on a behavior analytic framework of sexuality. They are passionate about research and education around intimacy, social, and interpersonal health that centers affirmation of all identities and relationship styles. Worner is also an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice special interest group.

Vice President: Barbara Gross, MA, BCBA, LBA

Barb is currently employed by Special School District of St Louis County, and Empowered: A Center for Sexuality. She has been a practicing behavior analyst for three years. As a parent to a child with autism, She has first hand experience in addressing sexuality education for students with developmental disabilities, and is actively pursuing the Certified Sexuality Educator credential through AASECT. Barb currently chairs the data testing committee for Special School District’s ABA department and is responsible for maintaining the committee’s membership, agenda, and action plan, as well as deploying any pilot groups.

Secretary/Treasurer: Shane Spiker, MS, BCBA

As a BCBA, Shane has worked in the field working with complex behaviors as well as intensive behaviors. Shane is one of the primary analysts in the Ormond Beach area that has experience working with sexual behavior, and would like to continue to develop and disseminate research and information in this area. He thinks this area of practice needs more exposure to mainstream behavior analytic practice, and values working toward that goal with like-minded individuals in the SIG.

Events and Resources Coordinator: Janani Vaidya, MS, BCBA

Janani moved to Chicago from India in 2013, graduated from The Chicago School with a Masters in ABA in 2015 and until recently, worked as a BCBA at an agency in the southside of Chicago that supports adults with DD/ID, before moving back to India in the latter half of 2016. Janani’s research interests include: relational frame theory and how that impacts cultural practices and the analysis of cultural behaviors via a contextual lens, the behavior analysis of cultural practices, sexuality, mental illness, organizational behavior management of staff working with people with disabilities as well as disseminating behavior analytic principles to said staff, and systems analysis. Academia is their strong suit- Janani has experience as a research assistant and teaching assistant. Their first year as the event coordinator got Janani started on some interesting projects in the SIG, primarily compiling the existent current literature on sexual behaviors.

Past President: Brigid McCormick, BCBA

Brigid McCormick owns an in-home ABA company that primarily works with children and adolescents of all ability levels.  Brigid teaches families and caregivers how to build consent and withdrawal of assent or consent repertoires, and teaches sex ed as appropriate to each client.  Her thesis addressed measurement of implicit and explicit attitudes of adults about sexual assault survivors before and after an educational treatment package.  Her passions involve applying behavior analysis to the treatment of survivors and prevention programs for violence against women, comprehensive and appropriate sex education, use of Precision Teaching methodologies, and standardization of measurement.