Brian Conners, Ed.S, BCBA is a New Jersey Department of Education certified school psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He originally developed the graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Seton Hall University. He has worked within various sectors as a behavior analyst and consultant including public and private schools, psychiatric hospitals, and community agencies. He also was the former owner and Chief Executive Officer of a nationally recognized Behavioral Health Center of Excellence for four years in private practice. He specializes in providing behavioral treatment to clients with severe developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and psychiatric conditions. His clinical areas of expertise include behavioral crisis intervention, behavioral assessment, and providing treatment and interventions for clients with the severe problem behaviors of physical aggression and self-injury. He has presented at state and national conferences and has published articles and book chapters in school psychology and special education on behavior management strategies, behavioral crisis intervention, and restraint and seclusion practices in schools.
- Ed.S., School Psychology, Seton Hall University
- Post-M.A. Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis, Pennsylvania State University
- M.A., Psychological Studies, Seton Hall University
- B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2014). Best practices in promoting appropriate use of restraint and seclusion in schools (Invited book chapter). In P. Harrison and A. Thomas (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology VI. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2014, January). Presenters up close: Developing comprehensive school policies on restraint and seclusion. Communiqué, 42(5), 30-31.
- Yankouski, B., Massarelli, T., & Lee, S. (2013, January). Ethical issues regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The School Psychologist, 67(1), 47-55.
- Yankouski, B. (2012, October). Restraint and seclusion in schools: A graduate student's experience. Communiqué, 41(2), 35.
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2017, February). Developing a comprehensive behavior program to reduce special education costs. Practitioner conversation session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.
- Massarelli, T., & Conners, B. (2017, February). Restraint and seclusion use in schools. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, San Anotnio, TX.
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2017, January). Ethical issues on restraint and seclusion use in schools and developing school policies. Invited keynote presentation at the Macomb/St. Clair Psychological Association, Detroit, MI.
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2016, February). Ethical and legal issues on restraint and seclusion use in schools. Invited documented session presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.
- Yankouski, B., & Massarelli, T. (2015, February). Developing comprehensive school policies on restraint and seclusion. Mini-skills workshop presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.
*All publications and conference presentations under old last name of Yankouski are the work of Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA
- Crisis intervention procedures such as restraint and seclusion
- Assessing and treating challenging behavior (i.e., physical aggression, self-injury, property destruction, etc.)
- Community-based instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities and other disorders
- Employment skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities and other disorders
- Supervision and training of professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis
Areas of Expertise
- School Psychologist, New Jersey Department of Education Certification #973779
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Certification #1-13-13631
- Instructor Certification (Associate Level), Crisis Prevention Institute’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention