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.

Why are we not acting to save the world? Skinner asked this question in an address to the American Psychological Association in 1982 (see also Skinner, 1987). Nearly 40 years later, we are revisiting it at a time when we face extraordinary threats to our planet and its inhabitants from global warming; when populations around the world suffer from multiple systemic ills, such as extreme economic inequality; when public health systems have failed a great majority; when many people cannot access clean water or afford basic medical care; and when significant numbers die of preventable causes, including smoking, alcohol overconsumption, obesity, and prescription and illicit drug overdoses.

 

ABAI’s Culturo-Behavior Science Conference will explore why we are not acting to save the world in these domains and how we can help ensure a better future. We will bring together scientists across related disciplines to explore how can we contribute.

 

 

For best experience, we recommend:

 

 

Virtual Conference

  • October 7 - 9, 2020 - Conference
  • 8 weeks of on-demand access
  • Hundreds of behavior analysts
  • Sessions on:
    • Climate change
    • Community intervention
    • Social justice
    • Science policy in education
    • Homelessness
    • Poverty and welfare policy
    • Public health – emphasis on pandemic might be added
    • Critical conceptual issues
    • Research and training in culturo-behavior science
    • Cultural Topics in Higher Education
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    We are pleased to offer a virtual gathering of scientists across disciplines to explore how to contribute to a better future. Even in the midst of a pandemic we are eager to encourage dialogue in the scientific community.

     

    All aspects of the conference—presentations, posters, the career fair, and exhibits—will be accessible from the comfort of your home or office. BACB and PSY continuing education credits will be offered. Invited presentations are available for review online or via the ABAI events app. The call for posters will remain open until July 22; we encourage submissions that are conceptual, experimental, or provide a systems approach to understanding and acting on socially significant issues.

    References

    Skinner, B. F. (1982, August). Why we are not acting to save the world. Paper presented at the 90th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Skinner, B. F. (1987). Why we are not acting to save the world. In Upon further reflection, (pp. 1–14). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

     

    Invited Presenters

    Climate Change

    LONNIE THOMPSON
    The Ohio State University
    MARK ALAVOSIUS
    Praxis2LLC
    ANTHONY BIGLAN
    Oregon Research Institute
    MAGNUS JOHANSSON
    Oslo Metropolitan University

    Immigration and Human Rights

    CARLOS GUEVARA
    UnidosUS
    SHAHLA ALA'I
    University of North Texas
    MEGAN KIRBY
    University of South Florida
    RICHARD RAKOS
    Cleveland State University

    Poverty and Welfare Policy

    BRUCE THYER
    Florida State University
    ROBERTA LEMOS
    Virginia Tech Carilion
    JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON
    University of Kansas
    CHRIS NINNESS
    Behavioral Software Systems

    Research and Training on Culturo-Behavior Science

    MARCELO BENVENUTI
    Universidade de São Paulo
    AECIO BORBA VASCONCELOS NETO
    Universidade Federal do Para
    TRACI CIHON
    University of North Texas
    INGUNN SANDAKER
    Oslo Metropolitan University

    Community Research and Violence Prevention

    KERRI KENNEDY
    American Friends Service Committee
    Roberto Aspholm
    University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

    Behavior Science and Community Health

    VINCENT FRANCISCO
    University of Kansas



    Youth
    Homelessness

    CASEY HOLTSCHNEIDER
    Northeastern Illinois University

    Future of Culturo-Behavioral Science

    MARK MATTAINI
    Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago

    Cultural Topics in Higher Education

    Maria Amalia Andery
    Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
    Emmanuel Tourinho
    Universidade Federal do Pará
    Angela Campbell
    HACC Central Pennsylvania's Community College
    Mark Jackson
    Wayne State University
    Monica Porter
    Indiana University, South Bend)

    Federal Science Policy

    JULIANE BARON
    Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS)
    SHARON COURTNEY
    Tulane University

    Critical Conceptual Issues on Culturo-Behavior Science

    SIGRID GLENN
    University of North Texas
    JONATHAN KRISPIN
    Valdosta State University
    RAMONA HOUMANFAR
    University of Nevada, Reno
    JOAO TODOROV
    Universidade de Brasilia
    FELIPE LEITE
    Imagine Tecnologia Comportamental

    Public Health Expansion in Marginalized and Underserved Communities

    KASTON ANDERSON-CARPENTER
    Michigan State University


    Implementing Behavior Analysis at Scales of Social Importance

    ROBERT HORNER
    University of Oregon

    CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

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