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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Panel #527A
Diversity submission PDS: Let's Talk About Diversity
Monday, May 27, 2019
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Rouge
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Marlesha Bell (University of South Florida)
SARAH E. BLOOM (University of South Florida)
GREGORY REED (Howard University)
ANNA GARCIA (University of South Florida)

Behavior analysts serve a growing diverse population. Diverse groups currently make up about 28% of the population (Humes, Jones, & Ramirez, 2011), and by 2044 diverse groups are projected to make up more than half of the population (Colby & Ortman, 2017). Additionally, research from outside of behavior analysis has evaluated ways to reduce health care disparities and propose solutions for barriers that diverse groups experience. Conversely, limited research has been conducted on how to reduce barriers for diverse groups within behavior analysis. As students, this is an opportunity to learn about the current standing of diversity in behavior analysis. It is important to have these discussions and begin to conduct research on how we can best serve diverse groups in behavior analysis. Thus, the panel is designed to open up a conversation about issues with diversity in behavior analysis and review proposed solutions that behavior analysts can follow. The presenters will also discuss how to better serve diverse populations and how to recruit and retain diverse behavior analysts.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Culture, Diversity, Linguistic Diversity, Representation



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