Care Expert Speaker Series

Spring 2022

Commonly Prescribed: Psychotropic Medication and Challenging Behavior

Prof. Maria Valdovinos, Ph.D., Drake University

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. - Virtual via Zoom

Commonly Prescribed: Psychotropic Medication & Challenging Behavior Online Registration

This presentation will explore how using functional assessment methodology can be used to measure various dimensions of behavior including motivating operational functions of medication and will include data from a study conducted to evaluate the extent to which changes in psychotropic medication regimens altered functional relations between problem behavior and the environment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The UMass Lowell CARE Expert Speaker series hosts professionals from around the country to provide information on topics related to helping individuals with autism and the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The Expert Speaker series is open to the public for free and provides 1.5 CEUs for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) for a fee of $20.

CEU: If you are planning on receiving the 1.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for the event, we will be using CEUHelper to sign attendees in and out, as well as deliver the CE Certificate after the event. If you have not used CEUHelper before, please make sure you download the app prior to the event.


Please feel free to contact Rebecca Markovits by email: with any questions.

This event is co-sponsored by CARE and the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies program.

“Disability is a Qualification for Employment and that Matters to Business.”

Bonnie Rivers, Director of Employer Relations, Work Without Limits, UMass Chan Medical School / Commonwealth Medicine

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 6-7:30p.m. - Virtual via Zoom

Please contact Ashleigh Hillier by email: for the Zoom link.

There are numerous misconceptions, myths, and stereotypes that surround disability and work. In this workshop, we will discuss how to emphasize that disability can be a unique qualification for employment and how to translate that into the value proposition for businesses to include people with disabilities on staff, as customers, and suppliers. This workshop is great for all audiences, but particularly candidates with disabilities, their family members, and employment service providers committed to improving the disability employment landscape. Employers seeking to increase their disability inclusion capacity would also greatly benefit.

This event is co-sponsored by CARE and the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies program.

Bonnie Rivers is theDirector of Employer Relations, Work Without Limits, UMass Chan Medical School/Commonwealth Medicine

Bonnie Rivers

About Bonnie Rivers

Bonnie has consistently fostered diversity, inclusion, and social justice throughout her career. Her experience managing learning and development, marketing operations, as well as regional corporate responsibility and global diversity and inclusion teams has significantly influenced the collaborative and inclusive nature of both her leadership style and approach. Bonnie continually seeks innovative and diverse ideas while always considering the client first when gathering needs, developing concepts, and executing projects, programs, and outcomes. Currently, Bonnie leads and fosters all membership relationships, services, activities, initiatives, and events surrounding the Work Without Limits Business Network —a network of over 40 local, state, national, and international businesses committed to disability inclusion. She also leads Work Without Limits’ disability inclusion training strategy, sales, execution, management, course design, and delivery for state agencies, employment service providers, and employers. Among other high-profile initiatives, Bonnie has led MA Vocational Rehabilitation statewide projects for Work Without Limits. She has collaborated closely with the executive leadership, staff, and key business leaders associated with the MA Rehabilitation Commission and MA Commission for the Blind to improve disability employment outcomes across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bonnie has an BA in Psychology and Philosophy and minor in Theater from St. Michael’s College and a Master of Education from UMass Boston in Instructional Design.

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