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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W30
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: Basic Statistics for Behavior Analysts
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Forum EF, Niveau 1
Area: PRA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Annette Griffith, Ph.D.
ANNETTE GRIFFITH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Description: In fields such as psychology, education, and medicine, the majority of the research conducted involves group designs and statistical data analyses (Byiers, Reichle, & Symons, 2012). In fact, in many fields, statistical analysis is viewed as the gold standard for evaluation and interpretation of data (Sullivan, 2011). In contrast, a hallmark of the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of single subject research methods, that rely on visual inspection of the data (Kazdin, 2010). As a result, while knowledge and skill in single subject design methods is a key component in behavior analytic training programs and a necessary skill for certification (BACB, 2012), many behavior analysts may not have the skills necessary to accurately interpret and critically evaluate the literature outside the field of ABA (Shull, 1999). This may place behavior analysts at a disadvantage when assessing current knowledge, as many studies outside the field of ABA are very relevant for our clinical and experimental work. Therefore, this workshop will provide a basic overview of statistical analyses typically employed for group level designs. We will cover rationales for learning more about statistical analyses, review common statistical methods, and examine how these methods are presented in the scientific literature.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe reasons why it is beneficial for behavior analysts to be familiar with statistical analysis methods; (2) identify common statistical analysis methods used in related fields; (3) identify and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of research reports; (4) discuss methods for increasing statistical knowledge and familiarity in the future.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice, and group breakout sessions. Guided practice and group breakout sessions will incorporate project-based methods to facilitate engagement and comprehension (Shambare, 2011).
Audience: Clinicians with BCaBA and BCBA certification.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): data analysis, statistics



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