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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.

44th Annual Convention

Invited Presenters & B. F. Skinner Lecturers

More speakers are being added every day; check back often for more details!


AAB: Applied Animal Behavior


Paul Andronis (Northern Michigan University)


AUT: Autism


Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston, Clear Lake)

Efficient, Cost-Effective Approaches for Disseminating ABA Methodologies Into Public School Classrooms Serving Students With Developmental Disabilities


David Mandell (University of Pennsylvania)


Javier Virues-Ortega (The University of Auckland)

Research Synthesis of Behavioral Interventions for People with Autism: Strategies to Maximize Social Impact


BPN: Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience


Robin Carhart-Harris (Imperial College London)


Kelly Dunn (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Using Behavioral Pharmacology to Improve Opioid Use Disorder Treatment


CBM: Clinical, Family, Behavioral Medicine


Steven C. Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)


Robert Stromer (George Brown College)

Become a Better Practitioner by Being Your Own Best Behavior Therapist


Thomas Szabo (Florida Institute of Technology)

Skinner’s Operationalism, Selectionism, Loving Infinitely, and Building the Deepest Connection With Others in ABA Practice and ACT


V. Robin Weersing (San Diego State University)


CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues


Julie Slowiak (University of Minnesota Duluth)


DDA: Developmental Disabilities


Kristin Sohl (University of Missouri Health Care; Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders)


Maria Valdovinos (Drake University)

The Elephant in the Room: Addressing Psychotropic Medications When Assessing Behavior


DEV: Behavioral Development


Julian Leslie (Ulster University)

Developing Reading Skills in Mainstream Education


Peter Pohl (Child Psychology Practice Garmisch, Germany)

The Bidirectional Operant as Behavioral Metamorphosis


Joanne Robbins (Morningside Academy)


EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior


Mike Le Pelley (University of New South Wales)


Amy Odum (Utah State University)


Marcia Spetch (University of Alberta)

Playing it Safe or Taking a Risk: The Role of Extreme Outcomes in Risky Choice and Memory


EDC: Education


Florence DiGennaro Reed (The University of Kansas)

Using Behavioral Science to Support Educators During Consultation


William P. Erchul (University of California, Riverside)

Behavioral Consultation: Past, Present, & Future


OBM: Organizational Behavior Management


Dale Brethower (Western Michigan University)


Dick Grote (Grote Consulting Corporation)

Discipline Without Punishment


Magnus Johansson (Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences)

Using Evidence-Based Kernels to Create Nurturing Environments in Groups and Organizations


PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues


Julio C. de Rose (Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia sobre Comportamento, Cognição e Ensino)


Greg Grether (University of California, Los Angeles)

Behavioral Interference Between Species


Kennon Andy Lattal (West Virginia University)

A Tale of Two Rats: The Backstory of a Clever Cartoon


PRA: Practice


Carl Binder (The Performance Thinking Network)


SCI: Science


Jim Bodfish (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)


Iser DeLeon (University of Florida)


Robert Gifford (University of Victoria)


Mikhail Koffarnus (Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)


T.V. Joe Layng (ChangePartner, Inc.)

Reasoning from Basic Principles: Translating Behavioral Research into Large Scale Applications


Suzanne Mitchell (Oregon Health & Science University)


Michael Perone (West Virginia University)


Anna Petursdottir (Texas Christian University)


Bethany Raiff (Rowan University)


Claire St. Peter (West Virginia University)

Has “Translational Research” Been Lost in Translation?


Lisa Stowers (The Scripps Research Institute)

Leveraging Olfaction to Study Innate Behavior in the Mouse


Travis Thompson (University of Minnesota)


Stuart Vyse (Independent Scholar)

Plotting a New Course: A Presidential Address Fantasy


TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis


R. Douglas Greer (CABAS)

A Synthesis Model of Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis


Mian Wang (University of California, Santa Barbara)

ABA Training in China: Issues and Challenges Through the Lens of Special Education


VRB: Verbal Behavior


Erik Arntzen (Oslo and Akershus University)

On the Search for Verbal Mediation in Delayed-Matching-to-Sample Arrangements and Emergent Relations


Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan)

A Complex Adaptive Systems View of Language and Second Language Development


Richard W. Malott (Western Michigan University)

How Do Rules Really Govern Behavior and Why Should You Give a Damned?


Modifed by Eddie Soh