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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Invited Panel #66
The Potential of Statistical Inference in Behavior Analysis: A Panel With Discussion
Saturday, May 25, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich D
Area: SCI; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Derek Reed (The University of Kansas)
CE Instructor: Derek Reed, Ph.D.
Panelists: CHRISTOPHER FRANCK (Virginia Tech), SHAWN GILROY (Louisiana State University), AMY ODUM (Utah State University)

This panel will be a discussion of Dr. Jonathan Friedel and Dr. Brady DeHart’s SQAB Tutorial on the utility of statistics in behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe contemporary applications of statistical analyses in behavior analysis, (2) describe the research questions to be addressed by inferential statistics, and (3) describe the controversy of using statistical inference in behavior analysis.
Christopher Franck received his Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Franck's research interests include the statistical modeling of behavioral data, Bayesian inference with an emphasis in model selection, and spatial statistics.
SHAWN GILROY (Louisiana State University)
Dr. Shawn Gilroy is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Gilroy received his PhD from Temple University, completing his predoctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute and his postdoctoral training at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. Prior to his post at Louisiana State University, Dr. Gilroy served as a Marie Sklodowska Curie international research fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His work centers on the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments using technology for children with developmental disorders and the translation of applied behavioral economic methods to clinical populations.
AMY ODUM (Utah State University)
Amy Odum is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Her research interests are in basic behavioral phenomena, such as response persistence, sensitivity to delayed outcomes, conditional discriminations, and environmental influences on drug effects. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont’s Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory after earning her Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology, specializing in Behavior Analysis, from West Virginia University. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Odum has been Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and President of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of ABAI and is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.



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