Autism | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Clinic Supervisors

Becky Barron, B.A.

Clinical Supervisor

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Becky Barron is currently completing her master’s degree in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program at SIU and will begin the doctoral program in Fall of 2017. She is the Clinical Operations Supervisor for the Language and Cognition Development Clinic at SIU. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in arts & humanities and psychology, with a research focus on language development for children who are hard of hearing. She began working at the LCD Clinic when it first opened in the Fall of 2015. Her research interests include language and cognitive development for children with autism and related disabilities and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her personal interests include singing a cappella music and hanging out with her dog.

Dana Paliliunas, M.S.

Clinical Supervisor

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Dana Paliliunas is a doctoral student studying behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University.  She is the Research and Supervision Director for the Language and Cognition Development (LCD) Clinic on campus.  After graduating from college at Loyola University Chicago, Dana worked as a special education teacher, behavior therapist, and behavior interventionist in the Chicagoland area.  While doing so, Dana obtained her master’s degree in behavior analysis and therapy from SIU and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, so she could continue to pursue a career in the field.  Shortly after, Dana decided to continue her studies in Carbondale, where she helped to develop the LCD Clinic with her advisor, Dr. Mark Dixon.  Dana’s research interests include autism treatment, language development of children, applications of behavior analysis in school systems, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Her personal interests include hiking with her dog and teaching him fun new skills!

William B. Root, M.S.

Clinical Supervisor

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William B. Root received his BA in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in philosophy, for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and his MS in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and is currently working on his Ph.D. under Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt. His studies focus on functional contextualistic applications to clinical populations and contexts. His research focuses on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities, rule-governed behavior, stimulus equivalence, and ACT as a staff training protocol to promote valued living. William B. Root serves as student representative for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group, and student representative for the Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) committee.  He is currently a clinical coordinator at the Autism Research and Treatment Center, operated by the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, Carbondale, IL.