Yanerys Leon, Ph.D.

Research Associate 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 Leon is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of the University of Miami (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. Leon, a Florida native, 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. Dr Leon has spent the last decade training undergraduate and master’s level practitioners in behavior analysis. In her current role as faculty in the ABA Master’s Program at UM, Dr. Leon teaches advanced graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and supervises graduate practicum students completing their fieldwork requirements and conducting their capstone research. Dr. Leon’s current research interests can be broadly categorized into the following: a) refinements and extensions of functional analysis and function-based treatment, b) conditioned social and token reinforcement in application for individuals with ASD and IDD, and c) technological extensions of behavioral interventions. Dr. Leon was named the 2021 recipient of the BF Skinner Foundation Applied New Researcher award presented by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and currently serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In her role as Division Director of Applied Research and Behavioral Consultation at UM-NSU CARD, Dr. Leon provides programmatic and consultative behavioral support to professionals (e.g., schools, hospitals) working with individuals with ASD and IDD. 



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., Wilder, D. A., Saini, V. (2021). Within and across session increases in work requirement do not produce similar response output. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54, 966-983.

*Luis, J., Leon, Y., & Campos, C. (2021). Further evaluation of noncontingent reinforcement to treat mealtime problem behavior. Behavioral Interventions, 36, 514-521.

 Leon, Y., Campos, C., Suarez, A.,* Salama, J.,* Balsimo, K.,* & Gokey, K. (2021). Further examination of the effects of order of stimulus presentation on receptive discrimination. Behavioral Interventions, 36, 422-433.

*Tudor, A., Leon, Y., Brewer, A., Argueta, T., & Wine, B. (2020). A preliminary laboratory evaluation: Effects of consequence quality and ratio-schedule arrangements on staff performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 40, 108-118. 

 *Argueta, T., Leon, Y., & Brewer, A. (2019). Exchange schedules in token economies: A preliminary investigation of second-order schedule effects. Behavioral Interventions, 34, 280-292.

 Brewer, A., Li., A., Leon, Y., Pritchard, J., Turner, L., & Richman, D. (2018). Toward a better basic understanding of operant-respondent interactions: Translational research on phobias. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 18, 328-332.

 Leon, Y., Gregory, M. K., Flynn, A. E., & Ribeiro, A. (2018). Descriptive assessment of inappropriate vocalizations emitted by persons diagnosed with dementia. Behavioral Interventions, 33, 69-78. 

 *Campos, C., Leon, Y., Sleiman, A., & Urcuyo, B. (2016). Further evaluation of the use of multiple schedules for behavior maintained by negative reinforcement. Behavior Modification, 41, 269-285.

 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.