About the Standard Celeration Society

Our Mission

The Standard Celeration Society is a membership organization committed to supporting and disseminating tools, methods, and strategies for measuring learning and performance. We have deep roots in behavior science and its application, with a history that traces back to the early days of the experimental analysis of behavior. At the same time, our members are pragmatists who use the standard graphic data display called the standard celeration chart (deceleration or acceleration) to monitor ongoing performance, and changes in performance (“learning” or celeration) so that we can better understand and make decisions that affect individuals, groups, whole organizations, and support research and development in many fields.

Our members include educators, students, psychologists, therapists of many kinds, social scientists, researchers, business people, managers, individual self-managers, policy makers, and more. We invite people to explore possible applications.

The Values of the Standard Celeration Society that guide our behavior in fulfilling on our Mission:

  • Acknowledgement and appreciation; standing on the shoulders of giants
  • Generosity in our interactions with others
  • Driving and embracing change
  • Social Beneficence
  • Commitment to evidence-based practices
  • Having fun

Volunteers often tell us that they learn more and meet more interesting colleagues when they become involved.

Volunteer members are the lifeblood of our Community

Here are some of the teams and committees where we could currently use additional volunteer help:

  • Editing video recordings for inclusion on our web site
  • Producing live webinars for our members and the public
  • Outreach to other professional societies & organizations

2018 Executive Committee Team

Danielle Costa

Danielle Costa


Danielle began her marketing career when she helped found an orthopedic sports medicine clinic 25 years ago. With her degrees in journalism and health science, she helped build a successful practice through effective marketing strategies. She spent another 20 years working for a San Francisco Bay Area medical device advertising agency. While still working in marketing and advertising, she discovered precision teaching as a way to help her daughter overcome mutiple learning obstacles. Influenced and mentored by many in the field of Precision Teaching she saw significant growth in her daughter and began working with other students with similar learning deficits. In 2011 she opened Learning Matters,  a  Precision Teaching based learning center. For the past 6 years, through her marketing and Precision Teaching background, she has successfully grown her learning center into a vibrant and stimulating resource for children in her community who are struggling in math and reading.
Courtney Peppers-Owen

Courtney Peppers-Owen


Courtney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has 16 years of experience working with developmental college students in the areas of algebra, reading, writing and first-year college success. She is currently the Director of Learning Services, Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. She worked in Learning Services under the directorship of Dr. Claudia McDade for almost 10 years, and through this mentorship, learned about ABA in education and Precision Teaching. She earned a Bachelor’s of Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in English from Jacksonville State University in 2006. In 2011, she completed the graduate course sequence in the ABAI accredited Applied Psychology Program at Jacksonville State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She currently supervises Jacksonville State Psychology graduate students to apply Precision Teaching, explicit instruction and other ABA education principles in the college classroom. She served as Program Chair for the International Precision Teaching Conference from 2007-2010, as VP Programs from 2015-2017 and is currently President of the Standard Celeration Society. She has presented data-based papers on student outcomes, program development and supervision at numerous conferences and webinars including the International Precision Teaching Conference, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Alabama Association for Developmental Education, and National Association for Developmental Education. She is a member of the Standard Celeration Society (SCS), Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis (ALABA), and the Alabama Association for Developmental Education (ALADE). She is an ambassador and mentor for the Network Resources Open for College and Career Readiness (NROC Project) and also serves on the planning committee for the annual member meeting.
Dr. Marlene Cohen

Dr. Marlene Cohen

VP Communications

Marlene Cohen, Ed.D., BCBA-D is the owner of Brain Waves Learning Lab. Brain Waves Learning Lab provides fluency instruction in basic skills, allowing students of all ages to be more successful with their educational achievements. She also provides training workshops to teach educators how to implement fluency instruction using the standard celeration chart.

Dr. Cohen received her B.A. in Psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers University, her M.Ed. in Special Education and Supervisor of Education Certificate from Trenton State College, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. Dr. Cohen has over 35 years of experience in the field in private, public, and university settings. She has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of Applied Behavior Analysis topics. Dr. Cohen is a co-founder and was first President of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis. Currently, she is the President of ABAI’s Translational Research Special Interest Group and an editor of EC Psychology and Psychiatry Open Access Journal.

Areas of professional interest include: precision teaching, self-determination, functional assessment of challenging behavior, social skills instruction, the use of visual supports for learners with autism, and curriculum development.

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

VP Finance

Amy Evans, M.Ed., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 10 years of experience working with children. She began her career as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Her interest in educational applications of behavioral science quickly developed while she was working with Fit Learning and the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program. Since then, Amy has worked in public school classrooms, homeschool programs, and learning centers. She earned her Master’s of Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013, where she contributed to published scholarship with Dr. Rick Kubina and received her teaching license in Special Education and Middle School Mathematics.

Amy lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works remotely for Chartlytics as a Customer Success Ninja. She consults with teachers, therapists, and behavior analysts who are looking to improve measurement, graphing, and data-based decision making at their companies. She is currently developing instructional content in the areas of academic programming, progress monitoring, and data-based decision making. Amy also runs her own company (Flex Academics) providing educational services to children in the Denver area.

Amy is pleased to be assisting the Standard Celeration Society as a contribution to the community that has so generously shaped and mentored her over the years.

Tiffany Aninao

Tiffany Aninao

VP Membership

Tiffany Aninao graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. She later went on to attend Florida State University graduating in 2012 with her Master’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. She has been a member of the Standard Celeration Society since 2011 contributing through posters and presentations yearly at the International Precision Teaching Conference. She accepted the position of Associate VP of Membership in December 2013 and served in that position for three years. She has continued her volunteer service within the Standard Celeration Society by moving into the role of VP of Membership in January 2017. Currently, Tiffany serves as the Clinical Operations Coordinator at a Precision Teaching learning laboratory, Fit Learning, in Reno, NV.
Austin Seabert

Austin Seabert

VP Operation

Austin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management at Western Michigan University. Austin has previous experience providing ABA services for individuals with developmental disabilities which included assessment, treatment and the direct implementation of evidence-based programming. However, Austin decided his true passion lies in the expansion of behavior analysis in new avenues by using performance management, instructional design, behavioral systems analysis, and training and coaching to help organizations achieve their goals.

Austin was first introduced to the Standard Celeration Society after attending Morningside Academy’s  Summer School Institute where he was exposed to precision teaching technology. Austin believes that the Standard Celeration Society can help expand the use of measurement and data-based decision making to all and make the world a better place. 

Kelly Ferris

Kelly Ferris


Kelly Ferris is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years of experience working with children with autism. She earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington in 2003. Her clinical expertise includes early intervention for toddlers, instructional design, functional communication intervention with speech generating devices, elementary academic instruction, and positive behavior support for children and their families. She has worked with children with autism and their families as a Program Manager at Northwest Behavioral Associates, Program Director for Rising Star Academy at Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington, and a Consultant with Fabrizio/Moors Consulting.

Kelly currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she is co-owner and a Clinical Services Supervisor for the Organization for Research and Learning (O.R.L.). She is Conference Chair for Washington’s Association for Behavior Analysis, Past Vice-President, and a current Board Member of the Standard Celeration Society, a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Kelly has presented numerous data-based papers related to her clinical work with children with autism and other related disabilities at a range of state, regional, national and international conferences, including California’s Association for Behavior Analysis, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the International Precision Teaching Conference. Kelly has published her applied work with children with autism in the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration and the Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Kelly is a sustaining member of the Standard Celeration Society, a full-member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Association for Professional Behavior Analysis (APBA), and Washington’s Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA).

Tim Fuller

Tim Fuller

VP Scientific and Academic Relations

Tim is the assistant director at Fit Learning, a precision teaching learning laboratory in Reno, NV. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno where he had the opportunity to solidify his passion for behavior science and the Standard Celeration Chart (SCC). As part of his graduate studies, Tim has been able conduct research and apply the principles of behavior in schools, homes, and treatment clinics. In 2014, The Association for Behavior Analysis International awarded Tim with the international development grant through which he was able to share the analytical opportunities afforded by the SCC to students in Saudi Arabia. It is with that same passion for science that Tim serves the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) as VP of Science and Academic Relations committee and looks forward to participating in initiatives that serve the SCS’s mission and create opportunities for others to do the same.

Board of Directors

Dr. Carl Binder

Dr. Carl Binder

Dr. Carl Binder began as a doctoral student in Experimental Psychology, attending Harvard University at the invitation of B.F. Skinner, whose writings had inspired him deeply. With an interest in making a societal contribution, he rapidly shifted from basic research to real world application of behavior science, first developing innovative instructional methods and teacher training for educators, and later contributing to the emerging field of human performance technology in large organizations. With input from many extraordinary teachers and colleagues, Carl has spent nearly 40 years bringing his enthusiasm for behavior science into corporations, schools, and public organizations worldwide. Founder of four consulting firms, recipient of career awards from the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Performance Improvement, prolific author and speaker, Carl believes that the Performance Thinking Network is his best opportunity yet for making a contribution. His ability to synthesize information from multiple fields, communicate complex ideas in plain English to non-specialists, and build excitement about making a difference with behavior science bring an intellectual and emotional spark-plug to The Performance Thinking Network.
Dr. Kent Johnson

Dr. Kent Johnson

Dr. Kent Johnson is founder and Director of Morningside Academy, in Seattle. Morningside is a laboratory school for typical children and youth, investigates effective curricula and teaching methods, and has provided training to over 125 schools throughout the world.

Dr. Johnson’s many publications about research-based curriculum and teaching methods include The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction, and Response to Intervention and Precision Teaching with Dr. Elizabeth Street. Over 40,000 students and over 1,000 teachers have implemented Morningside’s Generative Instruction model.

Dr. Johnson is recipient of the Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the Anderson Award for Exemplary Contributions to Behavioral Education from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Award for Excellence in Evidence-based Education from the Wing Institute, the Allyn and Bacon Exemplary Program Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award in Precision Teaching from the Standard Celeration Society.

Dr. Charles Merbitz

Dr. Charles Merbitz

Dr. Merbitz has 15 years of full-time experience teaching at the university level, 12 years as a full-time researcher on learning in rehabilitation, and two years of full-time experience in service delivery as a certified school psychologist. He also served as director of the Center for Disability Resources at IIT for nine years, where he was responsible for all disability accommodations provided by the university. Dr. Merbitz has a national reputation in the rehabilitation and behavioral communities and is widely cited on issues in functional assessment. His current research involves objective process measures for relating clinical interventions in rehabilitation to outcomes and outcome measures (Merbitz, Morris and Grip 1989; Merbitz, 1996).

Dr. Merbitz has published numerous articles, two books, and has served as reviewer for NIDRR (the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research) and the journals Stroke, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers, Journal of Precision Teaching, and The Behavior Analyst. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, for whom he helped, write SCI treatment standards.

Dr. Merbitz recently completed a term as president of the Chicago Association for Behavior Analysis and simultaneously of BASIL, the Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois. He served on an advisory board of the Illinois Assistive Technology Project and the Governor’s Task Force on Human Services Reform in Illinois. Dr. Merbitz received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1975.

Dr. Mary Schmidt

Dr. Mary Schmidt

Dr. Mary Schmidt currently serves as a consultant for Milwaukee Succeeds and Milwaukee Public Schools, working to improve elementary school students’ reading outcomes district-wide by implementing a scalable, teacher-professional development and coaching model. She is also the founder of Tosa Learning Center in Wauwatosa, WI, which for 10 years has contracted with parents to provide effective instruction for their children.

Previously, Mary partnered with Elizabeth Haughton, Carl Binder, and Kris Melroe to increase school-wide reading and math performance using Haughton Learning Center, Morningside Academy, and Headsprout programming, together with the design and implementation of a school-wide monitoring plan, at St. Anthony School, Milwaukee, WI (the largest, K-12, Catholic school in the nation).

She has served as an adjunct instructor, recently teaching Pediatric Psychology at UW-Milwaukee, and previously teaching Statistics at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She enjoyed teaching department managers to count outcomes important to their results as a Process Improvement Analyst at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL.

Mary was introduced to behavior analysis as an undergraduate in Jay Moore’s Experimental Analysis of Behavior laboratory at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education at UWM, under Caren Wesson (a student of Stan Deno), and her M.Ed. in Exceptional Education at University of Washington, as Tom Lovitt’s student, also studying with Owen White.

Mary feels very fortunate to call herself a member of the precision teaching community, and especially so to have Elizabeth Haughton as her close and dear mentor.

Mary has diverse interests, but many are connected by the universal utility of measurement science. Mary loves to turn people on to ‘Celeration, because she loves to help them learn, and to achieve better contact with the things they value.