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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #447
CE Offered: BACB
The Trials and Tribulations of the International Growth of a Science
Monday, May 28, 2018
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, San Diego Ballroom A
Area: PCH/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michelle P. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair: Michelle P. Kelly (Emirates College for Advanced Education)
KAROLA DILLENBURGER (Queen's University Belfast)
SMITA AWASTHI (Behavior Momentum India)
CLODAGH MARY MURRAY (National University of Ireland Galway)

In 1971, in Beyond Freedom and Dignity, Skinner provided a broad and comprehensive analysis for why behavior analysis had been generally ignored by the mainstream. Now, in 2018, has all that much changed? Yes, there are many more today who can claim the title "Behavior Analyst," and the explosion of behavioral intervention services for individuals with autism has led to greater recognition of one of the science's significant (and successful) applications, at least in the US, but do we now have a seat at the table and are we invited out to play with others? The world is a big place and whilst some of us may still describe ourselves as the "happy few," the response effort involved in international growth remains hampered by the same issues described by Skinner nearly 50 years earlier, and some new ones, so let's talk about this, what we are doing, what we would like to do, and how we can make the world a better place.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: Optional for BACB CEUs. Objectives available upon request.
Keyword(s): International dissemination, international growth, multi-cultural



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