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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Christy A. Alligood

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Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Dr. Christy Alligood received an MA (2003) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. (2007) from West Virginia University. She is also a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Since 2007 she has worked at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Much of her initial work focused on a multi-faceted conservation program for Key Largo woodrats, which received a Bean Award for Significant Achievement in Captive Breeding from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2009) and a Federal Challenge Grant (2010) in collaboration with the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge for population monitoring work on Key Largo. She now works for the Animal Husbandry Department at Disney on various projects including animal behavior, organizational design, and departmental strategy. She has also worked in home, school, and clinic settings with children with challenging behavior and their caregivers and teachers, and currently supervises students in these areas of practice. Dr. Alligood is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She is an instructor for the AZA Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings course, is the president of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, and is on the program committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research interests lie in the stimulus control of human and animal behavior.

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