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.


Evidence-based practice is behavior analysis in action. ABAI provides hundreds of continuing education opportunities per year, and our Practice Board is devoted to helping providers access and interpret the very latest research to inform their work.

ABAI is home to providers who work in diverse areas of application of behavioral principles. The ABAI annual conference has area coordinators for Applied Animal Behavior, Autism, Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine, Community/Social/Sustainability Issues, Developmental Disabilities, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Behavioral Development, Education, Organizational Behavior Management, and Practice. ABAI also hosts an annual autism conference, and has hosted conferences on education, substance use and addiction, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavior change for a sustainable world, leadership and cultural change, and organizational behavior management (OBM) in health in human services.


ABAI is home to 40 Special Interest Groups representing diverse areas of practice in terms of populations served (e.g., animals, children, older adults) and sectors (e.g., clinical, educational, organizational).


The credentialing of behavior analysts under the current frameworks established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) has occurred only in the last few decades and licensure as a behavior analyst is an even more recent development in most jurisdictions. Since the 1950’s behavior analysts have been practicing in diverse professional areas as psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, animal trainers, and OBM consultants. Many of these professions have their own regulatory frameworks that have behavior analysis within their scope of practice (e.g., psychology) while others are unregulated (e.g., OBM). No matter what area of practice you are interested in, it is almost certain that practitioners grounding their work in behavioral principles have been active and working in that area for decades. The Practice Board aims to increase the accessibility of resources reflecting this diversity.



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