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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Event Details

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Invited Panel #130A
CE Offered: BACB
Advocating, Lobbying, and Disseminating: Advice for Behavior Analysts From Relevant Stakeholders and Experts
Saturday, May 23, 2020
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M2, Marquis Ballroom 3/4
Area: SCI; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Peter R. Killeen (Arizona State University)
CE Instructor: Peter R. Killeen, Ph.D.
Panelists: JULIANE BARON (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS)), ERIN HEATH (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Behavior analysts frequently opine on the lack of funding available for research, not having a seat at the proverbial table of policymakers, and being ignored by mass media and other affiliated sciences. In this special panel event, panelists from outside behavior analysis will offer insight on ways to best advocate to their discipline. Specifically, the panel will be comprised of a Washington lobbyist, a university-based government relations expert, and representatives from the Federation of Association in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS; of which ABAI is a member organization). Attendees will learn how to access resources to help advance their own work, obtain federal funding, better interface with policymakers, and contribute science to inform public policy efforts. Question and answer periods will follow. This special panel event is co-hosted by the Federation of Association in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS).

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify resources to help advance their own work; (2) identify resources to help obtain federal funding; (3) identify resources to better interface with policymakers; (4) identify resources to better contribute science that informs public policy efforts.
JULIANE BARON (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS))
Juliane Baron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. In this role she supports the FABBS mission to promote human potential and well-being. FABBS furthers this goal by advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior; promoting scientific research and training in these fields; educating the public about the contributions of research to the health and well-being of individuals and society; fostering communication among scientists; and recognizing scientists who have made significant contributions to building knowledge.   Previously Baron served as the Director of Government Relations at the American Educational Research Association. She leads AERA’s education and advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, and plays a strategic role with committees and coalitions that deal with research funding, research policy, and education. From 2006 to 2014, Baron served as deputy director of government and public affairs for the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers. Prior to that, she was deputy director of the Social Policy Action Network from 2001 to 2004 and director of the Population Resource Center from 2005 to 2007. For three years, Baron worked as a legislative staffer in the Texas House of Representatives, followed by a two-year stint as associate research scientist and project manager of Welfare, Children, & Families: A Three City Study, a multi-investigator study housed at Johns Hopkins University. Baron received her BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
ERIN HEATH (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Erin Heath is the Associate Director of Government Relations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. She has worked at AAAS since 2006. The Office of Government Relations provides timely, objective information on science and technology issues to lawmakers, and it assists scientists in understanding and getting involved in the policy process. Erin handles a range of policy issues of interest to the scientific community and is heavily involved in efforts to empower scientists and engineers to engage with policymakers, the media and the public. She co-chairs the Coalition for National Science Funding, the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition, and the steering committee of the Golden Goose Award.



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