Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. For the past ten years he has also served as the Director of an SIU initiative (Behavioral Consultant Group) to infuse behavior analysis within schools, alternative education, and residential facilities serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mark also runs the Language and Cognition Development Clinic at SIU that delivers RFT and ACT interventions to children with autism on a daily basis. Dr. Dixon has published 10 books, over 200 peer reviewed journal articles, and delivered over 700 presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Dixon is recognized as one of the most skilled programmers of behavior analysis research and data collection systems worldwide. His software has been distributed across many countries and has been translated into foreign languages. Mark has been the Editor of the peer-reviewed journals, Behavior Analysis in Practice and Analysis of Gambling Behavior. He is also a former Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Mark’s research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, PBS, and the Southern Illinoisan. Most recently Dr. Dixon has developed an animal laboratory which uses cockroaches and octopuses as models of the applied challenges associated with autism.