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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Symposium #42
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Are Women Academics Receiving Fair Treatment in Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 25, 2019
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Cuvee
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Hugo Curiel (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
Discussant: Heather M. McGee (Western Michigan University)
CE Instructor: Anita Li, M.S.

There has been growing interest in the representation of women and other minorities in the field of behavior analysis given the inception of the Women in Behavior Analysis conference and the special issue on Women in Behavior Analysis published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, an ABAI-affiliated journal. This symposium reports data regarding representation of women in academia within behavior analysis by examining research productivity and publicly available salaries. The first paper entitled, “Participation of Women in Behavior Analysis Research: Some Recent and Relevant Data,” reports an increasing trend of women publishing in major behavior analytic journals compared to historical data. The second paper, “The Gender Pay Gap for Behavior Analysis Faculty: It’s Big and Bad,” reports a shocking discrepancy amongst female and male professors employed at ABAI-accredited universities based in the United States relative to other disciplines. We discuss implications of these findings for women in academia and in the field of behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): academia, diversity, wage gap, women
Target Audience:

Professors, graduate students, instructors of behavior analysis, and supervisors of individuals pursuing behavior analytic certification

Learning Objectives: 1. Audience members will be able to report on historical figures on women's participation in research in applied behavior analysis. 2. Audience members will describe strategies to incorporate research in applied settings. 3. Audience members will describe strategies to reduce the wage gap and participation of women in both academia and practice.
Diversity submission Participation of Women in Behavior Analysis Research: Some Recent and Relevant Data
ANITA LI (Western Michigan University), Hugo Curiel (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Joshua K. Pritchard (Factari), Alan D. Poling (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: An examination of article authorship and editorial board membership for six behavior-analytic journals from 2014-16 revealed that, compared to findings from prior years, women’s participation has increased substantially over time. This finding is heartening and continued efforts to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed in, and be served by, behavior analysis are richly merited.
Diversity submission The Gender Pay Gap for Behavior Analysis Faculty: It’s Big and Bad
Anita Li (Western Michigan University), NICOLE GRAVINA (University of Florida), Joshua K. Pritchard (Factari), Alan D. Poling (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: We examined publicly available faculty salaries for men and women faculty members in 16 ABAI-accredited university programs. Overall, 50.6% of the 89 faculty members were women, although there were twice as many men as women at the full professor level. Our data suggest that ABAI-accredited training programs pay women less than men at all academic levels. Both in absolute terms and relative to the wage gap reported in other area of psychology, the difference in mean wages for women and men in our sample is enormous. This state of affairs is an embarrassment for our discipline and should distress all right-thinking behavior analysts. As individuals and as a collective, women have received unequal and unfair treatment for millennia. It’s time for a change.



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