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.

  • AAB: Applied Animal Behavior

    AUT: Autism

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    VRB: Verbal Behavior

14th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2020

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Invited Paper Session #15

Advancing Behavior Analysis by Extending the Continuum of Research Questions and Methods: From Single Subject to Randomized Clinical Trials

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:10 AM–10:00 AM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Nathan Call, Ph.D.
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation; Endicott College)
NATHAN CALL (Marcus Autism Center)
Nathan Call, Ph.D., BCBA-D, received his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Iowa in 2003. He has been at Marcus Autism Center since 2006, where he has held many positions as a clinician and as a leader of treatment programs. He currently serves as the center's Clinical Director. In this role he oversees all clinical activities and works to develop clinical innovations. Dr. Call has an active research agenda that includes publishing in and serving on the editorial board for several journals, including as an associate editor for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Dr. Call’s current research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. He is a strong proponent of disseminating behavioral treatments to broader audiences, which has led him to serve as principal investigator on several federally funded randomized clinical trials. Dr. Call has also conducted translational research in behavioral economics and measure development.  

Applied behavior analytic research has traditionally focused on tightly controlled within-subject manipulations that focus on maximizing internal validity. Although this approach is well suited for addressing many important research questions, the influence of this work will continue to be limited without extending it to include questions related to external validity. Thus, clinical research is best served by a comprehensive approach that acknowledges which types of research questions are best addressed by each research approach. Achieving this balance requires flexibility that many disciplines are traditionally averse to, but has tremendous potential to maximize the impact of clinical research on practitioners and thereby the patients and clients who could benefit from its findings.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) list 5 different types of research behavior analysts can engage in and give examples of each; (2) discuss the strengths and limitations of each type of behavior analytic research; (3) discuss the different types of audiences and forums that are best suited to each type of behavior analytic research.



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