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

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Panel #174
CE Offered: BACB
Issues Regarding Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis: Curriculum Content
Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: TBA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: James Moore, Ph.D.
Chair: James Moore (University of Southern Mississippi)
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University)
LAURA L. DUDLEY (Northeastern University)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
Abstract: Dixon et al. (2015) ranked graduate programs in behavior analysis per the publication rates of their faculty. While controversial, this established the contention that research productivity may be a vital component of graduate training. Conversely, Malott (1992) argued that graduate programs should focus less on researcher skills and more on developing practitioners. At ABAI 2016, Wilder, Reeve, and Dixon offered a panel to discuss the importance of research in graduate ABA training. The purpose of this panel is to continue and expand that discussion, particularity with respect to the content of the training curriculum. Participants will engage with the panel in open discussion regarding issues such should curriculum focus on the development of specific clinical skills or present an integration of science and practice, does the Approve Course Sequence and BACB Task List provide a good balance of these factors, and the relationship between research skills and clinical competency, to name a few.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Graduate Training



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