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 #424
CE Offered: BACB
Discussion of Behavior Analysis in Community Corrections, Criminal Justice, and Policing
Monday, May 27, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Fairmont, B2, Imperial Ballroom
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Holly Seniuk, Ph.D.
Chair: Janice Ellen DeWitt (University of Mississippi)
AUTUMN KAUFMAN (Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice)
SARAH M. RICHLING (Auburn University)
HOLLY SENIUK (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Society has begun to increasingly notice problematic practices within Criminal Justice, Community Corrections, and Policing systems. The public’s attention and work within academic criminal justice programs has led to an increased use of data within these systems. The use of empirical research to shape the culture of the criminal justice system, particularly community corrections, is relatively new. As the use of empirically supported interventions is emerging, behavior analysts may have the opportunity to make large and lasting impacts within these systems. Some states and regions have already sought out behavior analytic support and have seen this support positively impact outcomes. Behavior analysts have also conducted and published research in this area, yet many within these systems have little awareness of the potential use of behavioral principles and methods. This panel will explore various behavior analytic employment opportunities within these systems, discuss the variety of behavioral research that has been conducted, and discuss potential next steps for increasing behavioral influence.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: Practicing behavior analysts looking to expand areas of expertise and practice, graduate students and faculty interested in research and practice in the criminal justice system
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe employment and research opportunities within the criminal justice, community corrections, and policing systems. 2. Discuss recent behavioral research within these systems 3. Identify
Keyword(s): Community Corrections, Criminal Justice, Policing, Recidivism



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