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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #468
CE Offered: BACB
The Impact of Research: Scope, Dimensions, and Translation
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Alpine, Swissotel
Area: TPC/EDC
CE Instructor: Cheryl J. Davis, M.Ed.
Chair: Sam Blanco (Endicott College)
Abstract: This symposium will present a review of the 7 Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as outlined by Baer, Wolf and Risley (1986/87) as well as the cumulative number of published articles and citations across BCAB approved program faculty. In regards to the dimension review, both a review of The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), from 2000 to 2015, as well as a variety of non-evidence based autism practices were evaluated on each dimension. Preliminary results indicate that some dimensions, such as effective were met with rigor while other dimensions are minimally considered in applied studies, such as generalization. The citation review was based on Dixon, Reed, Smith, Belisle, and Jackson (2015) who asserted that research productivity measured by the total number of published articles in behavior-analytic journals is a quality metric for analyzing graduate training programs. The current study examined the number of citations that each published study produced. In addition, the authors searched for the total number of publications and citations in any journal for all faculty in all BACB-approved graduate programs. The cumulative number of published articles and citations across faculty, graduate program and journal were calculated.
Is the "Gold Standard" Journal Applying the Dimensions of ABA in Current Research?
CHERYL J. DAVIS (7 Dimensions Consulting/Endicott College), Lesley A. Macpherson (Endicott College), Timothy Nipe (Melmark/Endicott College), Michael F. Dorsey (Endicott College)
Abstract: This symposium will present a review of the 7 Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as outlined by Baer, Wolf and Risley (1986/87) as well as the cumulative number of published articles and citations across BCAB approved program faculty. In regards to the dimension review, both a review of The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), from 2000 to 2015, as well as a variety of non-evidence based autism practices were evaluated on each dimension. Preliminary results indicate that some dimensions, such as effective were met with rigor while other dimensions are minimally considered in applied studies, such as generalization. The citation review was based on Dixon, Reed, Smith, Belisle, and Jackson (2015) who asserted that research productivity measured by the total number of published articles in behavior-analytic journals is a quality metric for analyzing graduate training programs. The current study examined the number of citations that each published study produced. In addition, the authors searched for the total number of publications and citations in any journal for all faculty in all BACB-approved graduate programs. The cumulative number of published articles and citations across faculty, graduate program and journal were calculated.
Using Baer Wolf and Risley (1968) to Assess Autism Interventions: Back to Science
JOSEPHINE SOUTHWICK (Endicott College), Thomas L. Zane (Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College), Mary Jane Weiss (Endicott College)
Abstract: Requirements for evidence-based practice exist in many fields such as education, medicine, and the social sciences. A variety of treatment options are currently available for consumers who require service delivery in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Some are clearly evidenced-based, while others clearly are not. There are also a number of treatment models that include interventions that have ambiguous evidence, or have not yet been tested empirically. Some behavior analysts use interventions that are not scientifically supported nor behavior analytic. We propose using Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) to clinically evaluate the extent to which treatments for autism adhere to the basic dimensions of applied behavior analysis. By so doing, behavior analysts can more consistently use treatments and strategies that adhere to the fundamentals of our philosophy and approach. It is our hope that this call to action will reduce drift within the field and ensure a consistent commitment to science-based interventions.
Publication and Citation Analysis: A Systematic Replication and Extension
LESLEY A. MACPHERSON (Endicott College), Bryan J. Blair (Cape Abilities/Endicott College), Emily Debacher (Endicott College), Michael F. Dorsey (Endicott College)
Abstract: Dixon, Reed, Smith, Belisle, and Jackson (2015) asserted that research productivity measured by the total number of published articles in behavior-analytic journals is a quality metric for analyzing graduate training programs. While this is certainly a valid metric to evaluate the research productivity of a behavior analyst, the current authors argue that it is also relevant to examine the number of citations that each published study produces. The purpose of the current review was to replicate and extend Dixon et al. (2015), by further examining the number of times each published study was cited in six behavior-analytic journals. The authors conducted searches in Google Scholar for each faculty name listed in Dixon et al. (2015). In addition, the authors searched for the total number of publications and citations in any journal for all faculty in all BACB-approved graduate programs. The cumulative number of published articles and citations across faculty, graduate program and journal were calculated. These data will be presented and discussed in terms of their relevance and impact on the analysis of graduate programs.
 

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