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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Science at the Animal Shelter: Research Designs, Ethics, and Effective Collaborations With Animal Professionals
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom A
Area: AAB/CSS; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Erica N. Feuerbacher, Ph.D.
ALEXANDRA PROTOPOPOVA (Texas Tech University), ERICA N. FEUERBACHER (Carroll College), SHERRY WOODARD (Best Friends)
Description: Through the combined expertise of a nationally-renown animal shelter behavior director, applied animal behavior analysts, and university animal researchers, participants will learn how behavioral research is conducted at animal shelters. Topics of discussion will include (1) effective and humane research designs, (2) ethical considerations of working with shelter animals, and (3) establishing a working relationship with animal shelter professionals. The workshop will include presentations from various professionals, a brainstorming session in which participants will develop a plan of action for approaching an animal shelter and developing an effective and ethical research design. Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader practice, education, and science communities in studying or applying the findings, procedures, practices, or theoretical concepts. Content is related to ethical, legal, statutory, or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) describe research methods that are appropriate for animal shelters; (2)list the potential ethical concerns with various research designs and provide solutions to these concerns; (3)describe the ethical concerns of conducting research with shelter animals from the animal, shelter volunteer, shelter staff, and community perspectives; (4)describe how to effectively communicate with other animal professionals; (5)develop a plan of action to conduct research at the participant's local animal shelter that includes initial contact, follow-up, and effective communication with all relevant member of the community.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be achieved through lecture, discussion, role-playing, and small-group activities.
Audience: Participants should be interested in learning how to effectively conduct research at animal shelters. Participants may be behavior analysts (no specific boar certification required), students in animal behavior, and animal professionals and enthusiasts.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Animal Shelter, Collaborations, Ethics, Research Design



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