Yanerys Leon, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor

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About Me

Dr. Yanerys Leon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. In her role as faculty in the ABA Master’s program, she teaches graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and supervises Master’s students completing their practicum training at the Intensive Behavior Intervention Services (IBIS) Clinic. Dr. Leon’s research interests include a) functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior, b) extensions and refinement of reinforcer assessment, and c) conditioned and token reinforcement.


2012Ph.D. Behavior Analysis Florida Institute of Technology
2009 Applied Behavior Analysis University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2007B.S. Psychology University of Florida

Professional Experience

2019 - Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami
2014 - 2018Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
2014 - 2018Site Director, Professional Master’s in ABA (Miami, FL), Florida Institute of Technology
2012 - 2014Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida International University


  • Assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders
  • Translational evaluations of reinforcer assessment
  • Token economies and conditioned reinforcement

Selected Publications

Leon, Y., Borrero, J. C., & DeLeon, I. G. (2016). A parametric analysis of delayed primary and conditioned reinforcers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 639-655.

Leon, Y., Lazarchick, W. N., Rooker, G. W. & DeLeon, I. G. (2013). Assessment of problem behavior occasioned by disruption of ritualistic toy arrangements in a child with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 1-5.