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

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Paper Session #516
Effective Dissemination of Behavior Analysis to the Public
Monday, May 25, 2020
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty N-P
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Rita M Cooper (KANS ABA)
Increasing Understanding the of Behavior Analysis in Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Aging
Domain: Service Delivery
RITA M COOPER (Missouri Department of Mental Health - Division of Developmental Disabilities, KANS ABA, MOABA), Teresa A. Rodgers (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities), Lucas Evans (Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities), Melantha Witherspoon (Missouri Department of Mental Health - Division of Developmental Disabilities)
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of how interactions of an organism and its environment result in the acquisition and maintenance of socially important behavior across the organisms’ lifespan. While ABA is a broad science encompassing the extent of human-environment interactions, it is most frequently associated only with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. However a strong research base supports the positive contributions of ABA for the fields of Mental Health (MH), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Aging. Applications in both MH and SUD are concerned with durable behavior change from harmful patterns toward healthy patterns. Additionally, in the area of aging, ABA has been successfully applied to maintain existing and creating new patterns of healthy behavior. Missouri undertook a project funded through a SABA grant to increase the general awareness and understanding of ABA services in those areas (MH, SUD and Aging) by providing basic information of ABA services and then specifics for application to MH, SUD and Aging to relevant service centers such as Community Mental Health Centers and Centers on Aging. Lesson’s learned during the project and future implications will be explored.
HeroRATs: Lessons to be Learned from Successful Diffusion
Domain: Theory
KRISTIN GRIFFITH (Utah State University), Scott Page (Utah State University), Sarah E. Pinkelman (Utah State University)
Abstract: While the field of behavior analysis continues to grow, there is an ongoing need to expand into new domains to address wide-ranging, socially significant problems. These efforts might be aided by better understanding the process of diffusion or the spread of innovations to those would benefit from their use (Rogers, 2003). Diffusion researchers have focused on identifying commonalities across disciplines that are predictive of successful adoption of innovations and this integrated knowledge holds potential to effectively bring a science of behavior change to the masses. Using the diffusion of rat detection technology (HeroRATs) as a case example, we will describe the critical attributes of this behavioral innovation that led to its adoption, illustrating how the diffusion framework might be used to guide those attempting to disseminate behavior analysis into novel arenas.



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