Dr. Ellie Kazemi


Effective Leadership and Supervision (Workshop)
Although supervision is extremely important for provision of high quality and effective services, specialized training for it lags way behind. For example, a supervisor’s primary means of improving their supervisee’s skills is through ongoing performance evaluation and feedback. However, most supervisors report that they feel uncomfortable giving corrective feedback. In this talk. In this talk, I will address some of the common barriers supervisors face and provide practical tips for efficient, effective leadership and supervision of staff.

Leaders Care (Keynote)
Clinical supervisors, as leaders in their organizations, are responsible for caring for their clients as well as for their personnel. In this talk, I will focus on how leaders can create and maintain a culture of care that would benefit their consumers, staff, and the profession.

About Ellie Kazemi

Dr. Kazemi is a Professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she has developed and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in behavior analysis for the past 10 years. She founded the Masters of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010 and has collaborated with the CSUN community to provide graduate students high quality supervision experiences. She currently has two different lines of research. Her applied research interests involve identification of efficient, effective strategies for practical training, supervision, and leadership. Her laboratory research involves leveraging technology (e.g., robotics, virtual or augmented reality) for efficient training and feedback using simulations. She is currently working on several nationwide large projects (e.g., with FEMA and NASA) with a focus on effective training and behavioral outcomes. She has received several mentorship awards including the ABAI Best Mentor Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Service Award.  She has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including training, staff turnover, and the use of technology in behavior analysis. She is the leading author of a handbook written for both supervisors and supervisees that is titled, Supervision and Practicum in Behavior Analysis: A Handbook for Supervisees.