ABA Technologies, Inc. Announces Sudden Passing of Their Founder and President Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz
Melbourne, FL, October 13, 2020 –( PR.com )– It is with profound sadness that we share the loss of our beloved founder, mentor, colleague, and friend Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz. He died from complications related to an ongoing battle with diabetes. Through his extraordinary dedication to teaching and disseminating the science and application of behavior analysis—always with a deep sense of humanity and respect for others’ dignity—he touched the lives of thousands of individuals across the globe. He is dearly missed.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Martinez-Diaz worked closely with Dr. Gerald Shook to help create a formal behavior analysis certification credential for the State of Florida, which later grew into the national organization we know today as the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). In 1998, Dr. Martinez-Diaz founded ABA Technologies Inc. to provide both clinical and educational services based in the science of behavior analysis. Dr. Martinez-Diaz was the driving force behind creating the graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Florida Tech, which accepted its first students in 1998. In 2006 he began Florida Tech’s ABA Online program, providing much of the original content for the five-course sequence designed to meet course content requirements of the governing board that oversees and approves those who are allowed to provide clinical services as regulated by each state. This course sequence continues to generate high pass rates on the national exam. With the support of Florida Tech, Dr. Martinez-Diaz established an independent School of Behavioral Analysis (SOBA) within the College of Psychology and Liberal