SIG Leadership

Leadership Team

President: Barbara Gross, MA, BCBA, LBA, CSE

Barb is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality in St Louis, Missouri, which is an agency dedicated to addressing the need for sexuality services, especially for often under-served populations. She specializes in staff and caregiver training and development of sexual behavior intervention plans for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), including autism spectrum disorder. She also works to coordinate with educators to promote equity in access to comprehensive sexuality education for children with disabilities. Other areas of practice and research interests include pornography literacy, abuse prevention for children and adults with disabilities, and dissemination of behavior analysis and the potential it offers to promote healthy sexuality for people of all abilities.

Vice President: Shane Spiker, PhD, BCBA

Shane is a past secretary of the Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG. 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.

Secretary/Treasurer: Landa Fox, MA, BCBA, CSHE

Landa is a BCBA and Certified Sexual Health Educator living and working in Lkwungen territory/Victoria British Columbia. Her work focuses on sexual health and relationship education for those with unique learning needs. She works with schools, families, and individuals to create and modify existing sexual health and relationship education to be meaningful to those it is being presented to. She also works to create behaviour support plans to address inappropriate sexual/sexualized behaviours. She trains teachers, staff, and communities about sexual health development focusing on making sexual health education inclusive and accessible to all.

Research and Dissemination Liaison: Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA

Worner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the past President of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG. Worner has spent the past three years specializing in transgender-affirming research and practice, and has spent the past five years providing individualized and group-based education on sexual health and LGBTQIA health. In this time they have had the opportunity to teach sex education, gender affirming clinical skills, and sexual tool and toy health to more than 100 behavior analysts, psychologists, medical providers, support staff, and other helping professionals. Worner specializes in transgender health, harm-reduction based sex education for adults with and without disabilities, atypical sexual behaviors and kink-related behaviors, and atypical relationship styles. They are currently pursuing their Sexuality Educator Certification through AASECT.