About Us

 

The Center for Behavior and Climate at Behavior Development Solutions (BDS)
The Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC) is a new outgrowth of our educational work at Behavior Development Solutions. Since 1998, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people successfully learn by applying the scientific principles and methods of applied behavior analysis  to the development of online instruction. We use specific measurable objectives to teach the discriminations necessary to ensure that those objectives are learned. We then provide plenty of practice to ensure retention. Our CBA Learning Module Series is the premier exam prep and curriculum supplement for behavior analysts in training to become Board Certified. Our goal at the Center for Behavior and Climate is to apply our educational expertise  to the instruction of climate science and behavioral approaches to climate solutions. 

 

Caroly Shumway, Ph.D., Director of Climate Education
Dr. Shumway is passionate about making a difference on climate change through education, inspired by her grandfather, Dr. Roger Revelle, one of the earliest scientists recognizing human impacts on CO2. Her focus at CBC is to advance the study and use of behavioral science in the climate change field. Other planned climate change education efforts include the importance of oceans in climate change and nature-based solutions to climate adaptation. Trained in the study of brain and behavior, she wrote about the need to consider behavior in conservation over twenty years ago and has applied behavior change in stormwater messaging, value-based conservation, and aquarium exhibit design. Caroly has 25 years of experience in behavior change, sustainable development, natural resource management and conservation, policy, research, and outreach in Africa, Asia, South Pacific, and the U.S., working in government, nonprofits, and academia. In 2016-2017, she was USAID's Chief Scientist for the Global Development Lab, Senior Science Advisor to USAID's Administrator, and Director of the Center for Development Research; she has also been Executive Director of three environmental nonprofits and held senior positions at The Nature Conservancy and the New England Aquarium. Caroly received a BA in Biology from Wellesley College, a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Caltech, Boston University, and the Marine Biological Lab. She is a recipient of the Capranica Award in Neuroethology and author of 27 publications.

 

Stephen Eversole, Ed.D., BCBA-D, President of Behavior Development Solutions
 Dr. Eversole was inspired to become a "behaviorist" in a high school psychology class after reading "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" by B. F. Skinner.  He remained inspired, receiving his M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in 1984 and his Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 1995.  That same year Dr. Eversole began dabbling in computer-based training and in 1998 founded Behavior Development Solutions—makers of the CBA Learning Module Series, CE products, and other training materials. Steve has practiced behavior analysis for over 35 years, working with a variety of special needs populations including individuals with autism, mental retardation, and severe emotional disturbances.  Dr. Eversole has also taught classes on behavior analysis and presented research findings at professional conferences.  Dr. Eversole’s current research interest is in instructional design and its application to teaching both inside and outside the field of behavior analysis.  In 2019, Dr. Eversole was inspired to commit the resources of Behavior Development Solutions to the issue of our time--climate change.  Thus, the Center for Behavior and Climate was founded.