Autism conference banner 2020.

This Conference is Beneficial For:

  • Individuals with autism
  • Families and the Community
  • Educators
  • Professionals

**In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism will implement the following changes while remaining open and operating under modified conditions.**

1. All public events have been postponed. 

2. Services are still available to the public but may be provided under modified conditions. 

3. We discourage everyone from coming to the center until further notice. 

If you need to contact the autism center, please contact us at or 801-863-7620.
You may also reach out to any of our staff via phone or email. 


The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to announce the 10th annual Autism Conference at Utah Valley University. The conference theme for this year is Community of Belonging. 

Join us for multiple sessions geared to meet the interest and needs of students, adults on the spectrum, families, educators, professionals, and service providers. There will also be informational booths sponsored by various services and support vendors.

The single-day event will be held in the Sorensen Student Center on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem, Utah. 

Register Now

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregory P. Hanley 

Gregory P. Hanley

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism Proudly Presents: Dr. Gregory P. Hanley.

For close to 30 years, Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities.  He worked and trained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and directed the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program and Life Skills Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU).

Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values.  Dr. Hanley is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 25), past associate editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and of Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Dr. Hanley currently serves as a research professor at WNEU, an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and CEO of FTF Behavioral, an international training and consulting group based in Worcester, Massachusetts.  This group of researcher-practitioners supports professionals attempting to create meaningful outcomes with practical functional assessment processes and skill-based treatments for addressing emerging and severe problem behavior, intractable stereotypy, food selectivity and mealtime problem behavior, and sleep problems.

Conference Sponsors

Vivint Gives Back logo
Autism Council of Utah Logo
Chrysalis Logo
College of Humanities and Social Sciences logo

UVU School of Education logo


Integrated Health Services

Heritage logo
Division of Services for People with Disabilities logo