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[person name=”Nirvana Pistoljević, Ph.D.
Executive Director at EDUS
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[title size=”2″]Who am I?[/title]
After more than a decade of living and working in the US I have returned to my home country to make a meaningful difference in children’ lives by rebuilding social services and pedagogical practices. I am committed to helping children with autism and other developmental delays in Bosnia and Herzegovina through changing country-wide educational norms and values. I provide in situ training for teachers, psychologists, and therapists, and offer parent training and education. I am conducting research in the fields of language development, inclusion, and evidence-based educational tactics and support other behavior analyst in Europe in their work.
Words that inspire me: challenges can inspire.
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[toggle title=”Professional and research interests”]Nirvana is a published researcher in the field of education, behavior science, and language development. Nirvana’s current research interests include early verbal development and the milestones responsible for language acquisition such as: Naming (incidental language acquisition capability) and observational learning to name a few. Her scientific inquiries focus on increasing spontaneous speech in children with autism and related developmental delays, acquisition of listener behavior, and success in inclusion. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Changing country-wide educational systems and policies”]Nirvana has spearheaded a Project “CABAS® Mjedenica” starting first classrooms for children with autism and other developmental delays in Sarajevo, based on Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis and currently trains and oversees 30 professionals, providing education for 250 children. She is lecturing as a visiting professor at University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Pedagogy, conducting research and writing. In her role as an Executive Director of EDUS (a non-profit organization providing evidence-based education) she collaborates with public, private, and governmental sectors to advance educational practices and outcomes for hundreds of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina every day. She actively promotes the science of behavior and its applications in teaching and disseminates innovative empirically tested pedagogical strategies and verbal behavior development interventions across Europe.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Positions held and awards”]Dr. Pistoljevic successfully “juggles” multiple positions internationally. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology in the programs for Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College. Nirvana is also the Director of EDUS – an organization providing multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to teaching children with developmental disorders – children that otherwise would have little or no opportunity for education, as well as children with difficulties in the mainstream schools. She acts as a behavior analyst supervisor and peer reviewer for the Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention and the Journal of Behavioral Assessment and Intervention in Children.
Nirvana worked as the Assistant Director of The Fred S. Keller School, a private research based preschool and training site for Columbia University graduate students implementing the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS®) model of education. She held the position of Riders of Hope Director: a non-for-profit organization helping children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She taught in special education self-contained and inclusion classrooms in New York.[/toggle]
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Doctor of Philosophy: Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers College,
Master of Philosophy: Applied Behavior Analysis/Behaviorism, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York
Master of Education: Special Education/Instructional Practice, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Master of Arts: Special Education/General Education/Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology- Highest Honors, Rutgers University, New Jersey
CABAS® Senior Behavior Analyst and Assistant Research Scientist[/toggle]
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- Pistoljevic, N. (2010). Analyzing the effectiveness of increasing instruction to decrease inappropriate behavior. Journal of Applied Radical Behavior Analysis, 4/10 (in press).
- Greer, R. D., Pistoljevic, N., Cahill, C., & Du, L. (2010). Conditioning voices as reinforcers for listener responses in preschoolers with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (manuscript submitted for publication)
- Pistoljevic, N., Cahill, C., & Casarini, F. (2010). Effects of the speaker immersion procedure on the production of verbal operants. Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis, 5(2), 192-207.
- Pistoljevic, N. (2008). The effects of multiple exemplar and intensive tact instruction on the acquisition of Naming in preschoolers diagnosed with autism and other language delays. Columbia University, New York. (Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University). Abstract from: UMI Proquest Digital Dissertations [on-line]. Dissertations Abstract Item: AAT 3317598.
- Greer, R. D., Stolfi, L., & Pistoljevic, N. (2007). Emergence of Naming in preschoolers: A comparison of multiple and single exemplar instruction. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 8, 119-131.
- Pistoljevic, N., & Greer, R. D. (2006). The effects of daily intensive tact instruction on preschool students’ emission of pure tacts and mands in non-instructional settings. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention, 3(1), 103-119.