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Mary Barbera
Mary Alice Lynch

January 19, 1965
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Other names Mary Lynch Barbera
Education Alvernia University (Ph.D., 2011)
University of Pennsylvania (MSN)
West Chester University (BSN, 1986)
Known for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Spouse(s) Charles F. Barbera
Children 2
Scientific career
Influences B. F. Skinner

Mary Barbera is an American behavior analyst and author who works on autism. She is known for her work on using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Her books include The Verbal Behavior Approach (2007), a book about Applied Behavior Analysis and B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.


Barbera got her Ph.D. from Alvernia University in 2011, where she wrote her thesis on fluency-based autism training. She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She also has an MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN from West Chester University (1986).


After Barbera's son Lucas was diagnosed with autism in 1999, she founded the Autism Society of America's Berks County Chapter. Since becoming a behavior analyst in 2003, she has also worked as the lead behavior analyst for the PA Verbal Behavior Project from 2003-2010.

Since 2015, Barbera has taught classes that were based on Applied Behavior Analysis. Many clinics and organizations, including the Autism Centers of Michigan, have used her methodology.


Mary Barbera is married to Dr. Charles F. Barbera, an Emergency Medicine physician. She has two sons. Her eldest son Lucas has autism, and her son Spencer is a college student.


Some publications by Mary Barbera are:

(with Foreword by Dr. Mark Sundberg and translations in over a dozen languages)

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