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 Paper Session #326

Breaking New Ground: ABA in South Korea

Sunday, May 26, 2019
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Fairmont, Second Level, Gold
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Jinhyeok Choi, Ph.D.
Chair: Gabrielle T. Lee (Western University)
JINHYEOK CHOI (Pusan National University)
Dr. Choi is an associate professor of special education and director of the Autism and Developmental Disorder Treatment Center at Pusan National University Hospital, South Korea. He obtained his MA and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Columbia University under the direction of R. Douglas Greer. He also has teaching experiences in the CABAS model of schooling ( the Fred S. Keller School, Rockland BOCES, and the Faison School for Autism. He has served on the editorial boards of 10 journals including Korean Journal of Behavior Analysis and Behavior Support, has published over 50 research articles, and has published three books on behavior analysis and special education in South Korea. He is the recipient of the 2018 award for the Outstanding New Scholar by the Pusan National University, and the 2018 Commendation Award by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, South Korea.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the “cutting-edge and traditional” application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics and schools with the aim of improving socially important behavior. ABA has been active in South Korea for the last 10 years. More and more medical doctors, teachers, therapists, and stakeholders are interested in ABA beyond “behavior modification.” The science and practice of a behavioral approach has taken hold in South Korea in a variety of ways, including (a) Positive Behavior Support in schools, (b) legislation for people with developmental disabilities, and (c) training behavior analysts via graduate-school level programs. In this presentation I describe a significant growth in the number of clinics/schools using ABA, BCBA’s practicing, and ABA training programs, in South Korea. Additionally, the current limitations and the future of ABA in South Korea are discussed.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: Pending



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