Our Founder Story

The story of why our founders began the IBAO® can found here.

Founders Story

Michael M. Mueller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, IBA

Dr. Michael M. Mueller is Co-Owner and Director of Behavioral Services for Southern Behavioral Group in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Co-Owner of Stimulus Publications. A board-certified behavior analyst, Dr. Mueller is the past president of Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and of the Behavioral School Psychologist Interest Group of the National Association of School Psychology.

Dr. Mueller has authored 11 books including Behavior Analytic Consultation to Schools, and the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), a seven-book assessment and teaching series to guide in the assessment and teaching of everyday, practical life skills, for learners of all ages.

He has published 22 research articles in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, Proven Practice: Prevention and Remediation Strategies for Teachers, Education and Treatment of Children, The International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, Making a Difference Magazine, and Behavioral School Psychology Digest.

He has published 8 book chapters, including 5 in the Comprehensive Encyclopedia of School Psychology, a book chapter on “Behavioral Theories on Human Aggression and Violence” for the Wiley Handbook on Human Aggression and Violence, and most recently, a chapter on, Functional Analysis for forthcoming book titled, “Case Studies in School Psychology,” and was published in Cigar Aficionado Magazine.

Dr. Mueller has served on the editorial board or provided reviews for several prestigious behavior analysis and psychology journals including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology Review, Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, Psychology in the Schools, School Psychology Quarterly, Behavior Modification, Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools.

Ajamu Nkosi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, IBA

Dr. Ajamu Nkosi is a Co-Founder of IBAO®, Southern Behavioral Group, and Stimulus Publications. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a Ph.D. degree from Temple University in Educational Psychology.

Dr. Nkosi is currently an active member of several organizations devoted to upholding the professional practice of applied behavior analysis. These organizations include The American Psychological Association, The Association of Behavior Analysis, The Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science, The Georgia Association of Behavior Analysis and The Florida Association of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Nkosi has publications in The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, and the forthcoming book, Case Studies in School Psychology: Behavioral Interventions for Effective Problem-Solving.

His research interests focus on teaching and instruction, the functional assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and behavior analytic school consultation. He is the author of 4 books which includes the groundbreaking Behavior Analytic Consultation to Schools.

While on recent trips to such places as Dubai of the United Arab Emirates and Ghana in West Africa, Dr. Nkosi experienced first-hand the dire need for an international professional certification program for behavior analysts outside of the United States. Based on these experiences, Dr. Nkosi has committed himself to ensuring that behavior analysts from all around the world are practicing behavior analysis properly and maintaining the high professional and ethical standards that we’ve all grown so accustomed to here in the United States.

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