Yanerys Leon, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor
Co-director, Intensive Behavior Intervention Services Clinic
Director of Applied Research and Behavior Training, UM-NSU CARD

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About Me

Dr. Yanerys León is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (ABA Master’s Program), co-director of the Intensive Behavior Intervention Services (IBIS) Clinic, and Director of Applied Research and Behavioral Training at UM-NSU CARD. Dr. León began her training in behavior analysis as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) while working in both clinical and research roles at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Unit. She completed her doctoral training in behavior analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. In her role as faculty in the ABA Master’s Program, Dr. León teaches advanced graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis. Additionally, Dr. León supervises graduate practicum students in the IBIS Severe Behavior Disorders clinic. Dr. León’s current research interests can be broadly categorized into the following: a) refinements and extensions of common behavioral interventions, b) conditioned social and token reinforcement in application for individuals with ASD and IDD, and c) technological extensions of behavioral interventions.


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.